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Frank Mirabella Interview

Thank you to the West Point Center for Oral History for interviewing Frank and documenting his amazing and heroic experiences during World War II. To watch the interview online, please visit  (…/do-what-i-do-shoot-when-i-sho….

As a reminder, please see the last post for Frank’s viewing and funeral service schedule.

Frank Mirabella joined the Army in February, 1943, during World War II and became a Radar Operator. He was sent to the Pacific and arrived in time for the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was supposed to be on one of the last waves assaulting the beach, but when a Kamikaze hit the ship he was on, he found himself in the 3rd wave, one of the few Soldiers to land with the Marines. Fortunately, a Marine grabbed him and told him to do exactly what he did.

In this interview, Frank describes his training, and the process of shipping from Fort Dix to other bases on the east coast, and finally to California, Hawaii, and ultimately to Iwo Jima. He talks about the hell that was the battle for that Island. Pay attention for a touching story about the time he met actress Bette Davis, and how she helped a sad soldier who was going through a tough time.

Lyons Pizza Party April 8 at 13:45

NJ Area Members!

This is a reminder that Ron Wyka has arranged a Pizza Party at Lyons VA on this coming Saturday, April 8th at 13:30, with pizza arriving at 13:45 – 14:00. Members are encouraged to attend. Canteen books will be available.

VA Address for Pizza Party

VA New Jersey Health Care System
151 Knollcroft Road
Lyons, NJ 07939

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January Meeting Date 1/21/17

Happy New Year to all!

The chapter would like to inform members of a date change for the January 101st meeting. The meeting will be held on Saturday, January 21st (rather than the 28th) due to a scheduling conflict with Post 261.

Next Chapter Meeting

Saturday, January 21st
1:00pm – 3:00pm
American Legion Post 261
840 South Washington Ave
Piscataway, NJ 08854

All are welcome! Lunch, soda and beer served at every meeting.

In Memoriam – Ray Hoy

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ray Hoy, Honorary Life Member of the McAuliffe Chapter and British Paratrooper

Bolton PRA - The Pathfinders!Ray and his comrades from the Bolton & District Parachute Regimental Association attended the Bastogne Banquet weekend in 2015. Ray received his honorary life membership a few days before passing away on November 2, 2016. We send our condolences to Ray’s family and friends, and are grateful that we were able to get to know him at the Bastogne Banquet last year.


VA Pizza Party October 17th

VA Pizza Party for Lyons VA Hospital Facility Residents

The Chapter will be hosting a Pizza Party on Saturday, October 17th at 1:30 pm at the Long Term Care Facility, VA Hospital Campus in Lyons, NJ.

Pizza and beverages will be served at around 1:45pm and music played to the residents of the long term care facility at the Lyons VA Hospital Campus. All members are welcome to attend a pleasant afternoon of shared camaraderie at the pizza party that delights facility residents and chapter members alike!

Thank you to Ron Wyka for making the arrangements.

VA Lyons Hospital Address:
151 Knollcroft Rd, Lyons, NJ 07939
Phone: 908-647-0180
Fax: 908-647-3452

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Reminder: The next chapter meeting will be held Saturday, September 26th at 1:00 pm
American Legion Post 261
840 South Washington Ave.
Piscataway, NJ 08854