Category Archives: Remembrances

We Remember the Eagles Who Have Soared

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

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.

In Memoriam – Frank Mirabella

It is with deep sadness that the Chapter announces the passing of Chapter Member and WWII Veteran,
Frank R. Mirabella

Frank Mirabella, age 92, passed away at his home on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Frank’s decorations and citations include the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal and the American Service Medal.

For Par Troy Funeral Home full obituary, please click here.

Frank was an active and loved member of the NY-NJ Chapter and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Visitation & Service Information for Frank Mirabella

will be held on Friday, May 5 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at
Par Troy Funeral Home
95 Parsippany Rd, Parsippany, NJ 07054
Click Here for Directions
(973) 887-3235

Liturgy of Christian Burial
will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 9:30am
at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church
781 Smith Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054
Click Here for Directions

Restland Memorial Park
East Hanover

Frank and President George Fallon at the annual Vietnam Veteran Picnic

2015 Bastogne Banquet

In Memoriam – Richard W. (Bob) Knapp Sr.

It is with deep regret that the Chapter informs our members of the passing on
Friday, June 17, 2016 of Richard W. (Bob) Knapp Sr., patriarch of the Knapp family
that has long been known for supporting the USMA at West Point, the
101st Airborne Division Association, and the McAuliffe Chapter in particular.
Bob was a regular attendee at our Bastogne memorial banquets each December.

He served in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean War,
and was a life member of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division Associations.
Among his many survivors, Bob leaves his wife Betty, and his son Edward Knapp
and wife Lydia, of Redding, CT, and their children Nicholas and Gina Knapp.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016
at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 Cross Highway,
Redding, CT 06875.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home,
25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877 on
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For those visiting the Funeral Home, please note the Ridgefield
(not Danbury) location:  directions are available at

A map of the Church location is provided at

Contributions in Mr. Knapp’s memory may be made to the
Redding Volunteer Fire Company #1 – P.O. Box 1130, Redding, CT 06875,
or to the First Church of Christ, Congregational – P.O. Box 1055, Redding, CT 06875.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the Knapp family whom we are grateful to
have as our friends and constant supporters.

In Memoriam – Peter DeVries


The Chapter regrets to inform our members that our friend and comrade
Peter S. Devries, a WWII and Korean war veteran,
passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

To read the full obituary for Pete DeVries, please click here and visit the Kamienski Funeral Homes website.

Visitations will take place on Sunday, January 10th
2:00pm – 4:00pm and 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Kamienski Funeral Home of Wallington
106 Locust Avenue
Wallington, NJ 07057

Click Here for Directions

Chapel Service at the Funeral Home will take place Monday, January 11th at 9:00am.


Raymond Ferrante Arlington Burial – UPDATE

UPDATE – Ray Ferrante’s Burial Arrangements:
Arlington Cemetery Honors for Ray Ferrante will take place at 11:00am on Wednesday, September 2nd. All attendees should plan to arrive at the Administration Building 30-45 minutes in advance.

Time (UPDATED): 11:00am Wednesday, September 2nd
Location: Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, VA 22211)

The burial will be followed by light refreshments.

In Memoriam – Raymond Ferrante


A memorial celebration will be held for Ray Ferrante on Saturday, May 2nd at the Ferrante residence from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

Arrangements are being made for interment at Arlington National Cemetery, date to be determined. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Ray’s name to the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA), the National Guard Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, or a national veterans charity of your choice.

Raymond Paul Ferrante Obituary from the William J. Leber Funeral Home

Chapter members and friends on the email list will be informed via email when final interment arrangements are announced. If you would like to be added to the Chapter email list, please send a request to

We regret to inform the Chapter of the death of a Screaming Eagle combat veteran and dear friend, Raymond Ferrante, who was fatally injured in a motor vehicle collision on the evening of Saturday, April 18th.

In Memoriam Raymond Ferrante

Chapter members and friends may visit this website for updated information regarding funeral arrangements and may send any questions or comments to the Chapter’s email address:

Ferrante was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, serving as a pilot from 1969-1970. He flew UH-1H “Huey” helicopters, serving first as a Kingsman of Company B, 101st Assault Helicopter Battalion (AHB). Ray then extended his combat tour to serve in Company A, 101st AHB, where his call sign was Comanchero 12.

He was the unit’s instructor pilot and flew lead ship in many major combat assaults, as well as in cross-border operations run by the MACV-SOG CCN (Command and Control North) units out of Marble Mountain, Phu Bai and Dong Ha. In addition to his civilian piloting on returning to the States, Ray flew AH-1 Cobra helicopters for the New Jersey National Guard, also qualifying in the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter prior to his retirement from the Guard with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer grade 5 (CW5). Ray had accumulated over 25,000 hours of flight time during his career, including over 2,100 hours in the Vietnam combat zone for the U.S. Army.

May & June 2014 Remembrances

Written by Chapter Secretary & Newsletter Editor, Frank Febus
McAuliffe’s Eagles Newsletter, August 2014


Werner J. Meier, 94, of Norwood, NJ, died peacefully on June 12, 2014. Born in Germany, he came to this country at age 9 settling in New York City and became an American citizen. He served our country during WWII, with the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division, dropping behind enemy lines at Normandy Beach on D-Day. He served 5 years with the U.S. Army attaining the rank of Captain. He returned home after being wounded at Bastogne, receiving the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Shortly thereafter he met his loving and devoted wife, Helen, and was happily married for over 68 years. He was a member of the VFW, the General Anthony C. McAuliffe Chapter of the 101st Airborne Division Association, and member of the Trinity Reformed Church.

Kenneth G. Johnson

Photo From Montclair Patch Article “World War II Veteran, Kenneth G. Johnson Dies at 92”

Kenneth G. Johnson, 92, of Brick, NJ, died on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, in the Ocean Medical Center. During WWII, Ken served with the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division, Company H, 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment from its inception in September 1942 to the end of WWII in 1945. He reported to Camp Toccoa, GA and was one of 2,100 trainees (out of 7,000) to qualify as a paratrooper. Ken was wounded in action on June 6, 1944 in Normandy and on January 5, 1945 in Bastogne. He participated in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, the invasion of Holland (Operation Market-Garden) and siege of Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge. Ken received three battle stars from each campaign. His military awards include: Combat Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, three Bronze Service Stars and one Arrowhead. He also received the Orange Lanyard of the Royal Netherlands Army, the French Croix de Guerre with Palm, the Belgian Fourragere, and most importantly, the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. Most recently, Ken received the French Legion of Honor, and the Distinguished Member of the Regiment Award (506th). He was a life member of the 101st Airborne Division Association, the General Anthony C. McAuliffe NY-NJ Chapter, the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment Association and the Blind Veterans Association.