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.


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
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Restland Memorial Park
East Hanover

Frank and President George Fallon at the annual Vietnam Veteran Picnic

2015 Bastogne Banquet

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

Click Here for Google Map Directions

Ron Ymbras Book Signing – April 8

For Our NY Area Members! Ron Ymbras will be Hosting a ‘Meet the Author’ Presentation & Book Signing

April 8th from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
2518 South Rd.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Please Click Here for Directions

Ron will give a short presentation on his coffee table style guide to Vietnam Veterans Memorials throughout the USA, entitled “Fallen, Never Forgotten: Vietnam Memorials in the USA.” His presentation will be followed by a meet-and-greet and book signing.

For more information about Ron, feel free to visit his website

Ron Ymbras

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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.

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


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!