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Past Chapter Events and News

Bastogne Guest Speaker – Lt Gen Robert Caslen

The Chapter is Pleased to Announce that Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, Jr. 
the 59th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point
will be the 2016 Bastogne Banquet Guest Speaker

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We are also excited to announce that the Oral History Department of West Point has been notified of the Banquet Weekend activities and will be on site at West Point during the weekend to record interviews the WWII veterans and others.

We look forward to a great weekend with our extended group of friends!

JANUARY MEETING CANCELLED

ATTENTION ALL CHAPTER MEMBERS AND FRIENDS!
MEETING CANCELLATION DUE TO SNOW STORM

The meeting this Saturday, January 24th has been CANCELLED due to the impending snowfall. Members are encouraged to pass this information along to those who do not have access to email or internet.

To view the weather forecast for Saturday, January 24th, CLICK HERE.

The next meeting will be held on:

Saturday, February 28th
1:00pm – 3:00pm
American Legion Post 261
840 South Washington Ave.
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Vietnam Memorial Picnic Recap

The General Anthony C. McAuliffe NY-NJ Chapter of the 101st Airborne Division Association held its annual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Picnic on June 7, 2014 at The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel Township, New Jersey. The chapter, family and friends remembered all those who served in Vietnam with a moving ceremony. The ceremony was followed by a jovial picnic on the museum lawn.

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The picnickers were pleasantly surprised by the appearance of a group of young ROTC members who came to visit the memorial. Members of the chapter were able to share their advice and stories with the recruits and inform them that there are many organizations like the 101st Airborne Division Association available to them for support after they leave the service.

If you or a friend are looking to join a military association, check out this list of military and veteran associations for all service branches!

Thank you to all those who attended the picnic! Many thanks for any and all donations of food and beverages.

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Chapter members posing with the newly-dedicated Huey in front of the Vietnam Memorial Museum

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Members, friends and family attending the heartfelt Vietnam Memorial Ceremony

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Members, friends and family enjoying the beautiful June afternoon

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Chapter President George Fallon and WWII Veteran Frank Mirabella

 

Vietnam Remembrance Day Recap

Written By: Chapter Secretary & Newsletter Editor, Frank Febus
McAuliffe’s Eagles Chapter Newsletter, June 2014

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rememberance Day Ceremony on May 7, 2014, with the dedication of a UH-1D Huey was attended by my estimation over five hundred Vietnam Huey aviators, crew chiefs and those of us who have deep memories of the insertions and extractions by the Huey. The ceremonies and guest speakers were exceptional. The main guest speaker was Rocky Bleier, Super Bowl Champ and Vietnam Veteran.

The restoration of this Huey was a labor of love by military veterans, many former pilots and maintenance technicians. This Huey served two tours in Vietnam. From October 1966 through 1967, it served with the 116th Assault Helicopter Company, at Cu Chi in support of the 25th Infantry Divison. It then served with the 118th Assault Helicopter Company, from November 1968 through February 1970 at Bien Hoa,  logging more than 3,000 flight hours in support of our troops.

A special moment occurred when we had a huey fly over. This had the crowd on their feet and cheering and waving, but when the Huey made a 180 and came in really low and that thump-thump-thump brought back a lot of memories, the crowd really got into it then, I saw a lot of moist eyes around me.

After the ceremonies were over, the foundation had complimentary hoagies, soda and water bottles for all. The event then became a big picnic with the veterans mingling and greeting new friends. Our football jerseys attracted the attention of people who asked us to pose for pictures. As we walked around the memorial area I could see/feel a lot of eyeballs on us, our jerseys really stood out. One lady asked us to pose for pictures lined up from the back and from the front.

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Chapter Members Attending L-R: George Nonestied, Frank Febus, Bob Morris, Bob Maslo and Ed Myskosky

We also met chapter members who can’t make our meetings but receive our newsletter and are able to keep in touch about the 101st. We should make it a point that when we assemble together at a function such as this or one of our own, to wear the football jerseys. When we designed our jersey, the thinking was to make the design unique to our chapter, showing our unity of members and also the legacy of the 101st Airborne Division.