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The Extraction of Recon Team Moccasin by Bob Morris

The Extraction of Recon Team Moccasin, September 14, 1970 by Robert Morris

The Extraction of Recon Team Moccasin

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This is my story of the first cross-border SOG/CCN mission into Laos that I participated in. My initial thought was that what happened to e would make for an interesting story, a tale punctuated with the humor that sometimes accompanies even the Mose hazardous situations. While developing the information necessary to supplement my own recollections, I came to realize that the story of that day’s mission was much larger and more serious one than I had been contemplating, a story of events that really deserved to be told…


April 2020 Cancellations

Due to the continued Corona Virus concerns the April 101st meeting AND the April VA Pizza Party are both cancelled
The next VA Pizza Party will be in October, date to be determined.
Please check your email and our facebook page for further updates in the coming weeks as the pandemic situation develops. 
Next Chapter Meeting (tentative)
Saturday, May 16th (third Saturday)
1:00pm – 3:00pm
American Legion Post 261
840 South Washington Ave.

Piscataway, NJ 08854
All are welcome! Lunch and beverages served at every meeting.
Upcoming 2020 Meetings (tentative) 
May 16 (third Saturday)
June – No meeting (annual picnic)
July 25
August 22
September 26
October 24
November 21
December – No meeting (banquet)

Dennis Lee Linder 1948-2018

Chapter Life Member Dennis Lee Linder, 70, of West Orange passed away on Saturday November 3, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Dennis was born in Allentown, PA, raised in New Jersey, moving to West Orange when married. He was a Printer, working for Bowne Business Communications in Secaucus. He was a member of the VVA Chapter 510, and the VFW Post 6255 in Cedar Grove. Dennis proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. While in the service he was awarded with the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Army Commendation Medal, and the NJ Distinguished Service Medal.

Dennis was the beloved husband of 32 years to Linda Linder (nee Longo). Devoted father of Shannon Mary Linder.  Cherished brother of Ralph Jr., Paul Raymond, Richard, Jennifer Mules, and Sam Kenyon. Loving step-brother of Teresa Larson and Eric Larson.  He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

See Dennis’ full obituary on Dangler Funeral Home’s website here.

2019 Bastogne Banquet Weekend

You are cordially invited
by the General Anthony C. McAuliffe NY-NJ Chapter
of the 101st Airborne Division Association
to join us for the Chapter’s Bastogne Banquet Weekend 2019
celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge!

Bastogne Banquet

Thursday December 5th – Sunday December 8th
with Banquet Dinner featuring Guest Speaker on Saturday December 7th
at The Thayer Hotel at West Point
674 Thayer Road, West Point, NY 10996

Tentative Schedule of Events
Thursday, December 5th
1:00pm-Midnight:  Hospitality Room open (Eisenhower Room)
Friday, December 6th
12:00pm-Midnight:  Hospitality Room open (Eisenhower Room)
6:30pm:  Hors D’oevers and Raffles in the Hospitality Room
Saturday, December 7th
12:00pm-4:30pm:  Hospitality Room open (Eisenhower Room)
5:00pm:  Cocktail Hour in the Hospitality Room
6:00pm:  Bastogne Banquet featuring Guest Speaker (Cash Bar)
8:00pm-Midnight:  Camaraderie and Raffles in the Hospitality Room
Sunday, December 8th
Breakfast & Brunch available for purchase at the hotel
7:00am-9:30am:  Breakfast Buffet in in MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant (Lobby level, at your own expense). No reservations are taken for the buffet, seating is not guaranteed.
10:30am-1:30pm:  Sunday Champagne Buffet Brunch in MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant. Reservations required: 845-446-4731, ext. 7929.
Learn more about the Champagne Brunch by clicking here.

BANQUET COST – Please send payment by November 1st
$75 per adult (includes Hospitality Room and complementary beverages)
Make check payable to: Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe NY-NJ Chapter
Mail check to: Jim Agins, 33 Sunset Blvd, Hamilton, NJ 08690

HOTEL RESERVATIONS – Not guaranteed after November 2, 2019
The Thayer Hotel has a block of rooms available for Bastogne Banquet guests.
Room rate is $109 + tax and facilities fee (not guaranteed after 11/2/19).
Be sure to mention the 101st Airborne event when booking rooms for reduced rate.
1-(800)-247-5047 or (845)-446-4731

GRAND RAFFLE PRIZE – Proceeds benefit the Chapter’s Programs
Drawing: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Donation: $5.00 per ticket
Heckler and Kotch VP40 Pistol
.40 Caliber Handgun
MSRP $649.99
Winner need not be present at drawing. Raffle tickets will be collected in the Hospitality Room during the Banquet Weekend. If not in attendance, please mail tickets and donations to:
Jim Agins, 33 Sunset Blvd, Hamilton, NJ 08690

Hospitality Room

2018 Bastogne Banquet Weekend

Bastogne Banquet Weekend Schedule of Events

Thursday, November 29th
1:00 pm          Hospitality Room Opens (Eisenhower Room)
Midnight         Hospitality Room Closes

Friday, November 30th
12:00 pm        Hospitality Room Opens (Eisenhower Room)
5:00 pm          Cocktail Hour & Camaraderie in the Hospitality Room
Midnight         Hospitality Room Closes

Saturday, December 1st
12:00 pm        Hospitality Room Opens (Eisenhower Room)
4:00 pm          Last Call in Hospitality Room
4:30 pm          Hospitality Room Closed while Attendees Dress for Dinner
6:00 pm          Bastogne Banquet Call to Order
After Dinner   Raffle in the Hospitality Room
Midnight         Hospitality Room Closes

Vietnam Picnic 2018

All Chapter Members, family, and friends are invited to attend this year’s Annual Vietnam Memorial Picnic!

A short memorial ceremony will be held at the Museum Helicopter at 11:00am sharp, with picnic and merriment to follow.

When: Saturday, June 2nd beginning at 10:30 am
Where: NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 1 Memorial Ln., Holmdel, NJ 07733

Hamburgers, hot dogs, beer, and soda will be provided at the picnic.
Please bring a covered dish or a dessert item with you if you plan to attend.
RSVP to George Fallon with the number of people in your party and your menu contribution ASAP:
George’s Phone: (856) 767-6437
George’s Email: tishimself47@gmail.comLocation: NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Museum in Holmdel, NJ
Date: June 2nd
Time: 10:30am

Hope to see you all there!

In Memoriam – John Rawley – Col. (Retired)

It is with great sorrow that the chapter informs our members of the passing on
April 3, 2018 of Colonel (Ret) John Rawley, beloved friend and chapter member.

John will be missed by all chapter members and friends who remember with fondness his many years hosting the Bastogne Banquet and his dedication to the chapter. May he rest in eternal peace.

Viewings will be held
Sunday, April 8th, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
and Monday, April 9th, 2018 from 9:30am to 11:00am
at Bocco Funeral Home
1300 Kings Hwy, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Funeral Services will be held
Monday, April 9th at 11:00am
(Immediately following the viewing)
at Entombment Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum
2398 West Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

View John’s Full Obituary from Bocco Funeral Home Here

John Rawley, Col. (retired) of Cherry Hill, NJ, formerly of Medford Lakes, NJ passed away on April 3, 2018 after a brief illness.  After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School, he continued his civilian and military education graduating from Wilmington University and Central Michigan University.

John is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Jean Rawley (nee Burgo).  Also survived by his dear and loving sister-in-law Michele and brother-in-law William Taylor, Jr. and niece Krista.  Predeceased by his nephew Billy Taylor, sister Joan, brother-in-law William Johnston and niece Susan O’Neill.

John had an extensive and outstanding military career.  His military education included Airborne, Officer Candidate School, Special Forces, Ranger and Pathfinder schools.  In addition to numerous military awards, he earned the Soldier’s Medal for Heroism in 1976 after rescuing two people from a burning automobile.  In 1979, he joined the Delaware Army National Guard Academy and served as the training officer retiring in 1987.  He was an admirer of World War II Veterans and researched records to make sure individuals had received the medals and recognition they so deserved.  He was a lifetime member of the 82nd, 101st and Special Forces Associations.  In addition to his military career, he was employed until 2010 as the training officer for the Camden County Sheriff Department.  Anyone who met John always remembers the charismatic personality of “The Colonel.”

Donations may be made to:

American Cancer Society
1851 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Parkinson’s Foundation
200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131

Chapter Meeting Dates 2018

The General Anthony C. McAuliffe NY-NJ Chapter
of the 101st Airborne Division Association
Chapter Meeting Dates 2018
4th Saturday of the month at
American Legion Post 261 at 1:00pm
840 South Washington Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08855

Saturday, January 27

Saturday, February 24

Saturday, March 17

Saturday, April 28

Saturday, May 13 (3rd Sat due to Memorial Day Weekend)

Saturday, July 28

Saturday, August 25

Saturday, September 22

Saturday, October 27

Saturday, November 17 (due to Thanksgiving)

**NO MEETINGS IN JUNE (picnic) AND DECEMBER (banquet)**

Additional Activities Schedule

April (Date TBD) – Pizza Party at VA Medical Center, Lyons, NJ

May 28 – Memorial Day Parade at Post 261, Piscataway, NJ

June 2 – Annual Chapter Picnic at the Vietnam Memorial, Holmdel, NJ

October (Date TBD) – Pizza Party at VA Medical Center, Lyons, NJ

November 12 – National Veterans Day at Vietnam Memorial, Holmdel, NJ

Nov 29 – Dec 1 – Bastogne Banquet, Thayer Hotel, West Point, NY

Joe Pisano Life Celebration

The Chapter has been notified that a Celebration of Life is being held for Joe Pisano on Sunday, December 17th. Chapter members and friends are invited to attend. Please find the event  information below:
Celebration of Life for Joseph Pisano
Sunday, December 17th 
2:00pm – 4:00pm 
Barton Hall 
in Leisure Village East
1 Dumbarton Drive
Lakewood, NJ 08701
Coffee and sweets will be served.
Joseph Pisano

In Memoriam – Joseph Pisano

The Chapter is deeply sorrowed to announce the passing of Chapter Member, WWII veteran and dear friend, Joseph Pisano. Joe passed away yesterday morning, November 27, 2017.

Joseph Pisano

Joe was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Queens, NY. He was inducted into the Army a year after Pearl Harbor. He volunteered to be a paratrooper after basic training at Fort Jackson, but was instead assigned to glider training. Joe was deployed in October 1943 to England to begin preparations for D-Day. Joe was in the F Company, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne, was assigned to make an amphibious landing on D-Day, and landed on Utah Beach. Joe served from 1942 to 1946 and also participated in operation Market Garden, and in the defense of Bastogne, where he witnessed the futile attempt of the Germans to force McAuliffe’s surrender.

Joe participated in an interview with the West Point Oral History Department during the Bastogne Banquet Weekend in December of 2016. If you are interested in viewing the video in which he shares the story of his service, please click here.

Viewing and Burial Information

Thursday, November 30th
from 2:00pm – 4:00pm and 7:00pm – 9:00pm
at Moloney’s Lake Funeral Home
132 Ronkonkoma Avenue
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
View Funeral Home Information

Prayer Service and Burial:
Friday, December 1st at 9:00am
Prayer Service at Moloney’s Lake Funeral Home

Followed by Immediate Burial
at Calverton National Cemetery
210 Princeton Boulevard
Calverton, NY 11933

The Chapter sends its deepest sympathies to Joe’s family. He will be sorely missed.