Reuniting all eras of Marine Corps' 1st Recon Battalion, including members of the 1st Force Recon Company, Deep Reconaissance Platoon and the Amphibious Recon Company. Membership into this association of special warriors is free. The association's "Patrol Report" is published twice yearly with reunion information and other Recon news.

Join by clicking on the Application link at the top of this page.

To find someone you served with

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This Website is a Work in Progrees


The 1st Marine Division Association (FMDA) & 1st Recon Battalion Association Reunion will be held in Colorado Springs, CO.

August 5th-12th, 2018

More Information coming soon. Click: Colorado Springs 2018.

See You All in Colorado Springs (God Willing)

1st Recon Bn. Association - 2017 Norfolk, Virginia

Donations can be sent to the Association Treasurer:
Creg Howland
43761 Churchill Glen Drive
Chantilly, VA 20152

Make donations payable to The 1st Recon Association

1st Recon Battalion Association is a non-profit organization of former and current members of the 1st Recon Battalion, 1st Marine Division.

Our mission is to help locate former Recon Marines and their families, and to recognize those who paid the ultimate price through the 1st Recon Memorial Fund which has established and will help maintain the permanent memorial at the Marine Corps Historical Museum at Camp Quantico Virginia.

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 4:00 pm

Commemorative Bricks

Commemorative Bricks will line the winding pathways in the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park. 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association members, family and friends are invited to donate a commemorative brick to honor a reconnaissance Marine or Corpsman, living or deceased. 1st Recon Commemorative Bricks will be placed along the pathway in front and around our memorial. The Association is collecting 1st Recon commemorative brick donations and inscriptions and submitting them to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Commemorative bricks may be ordered through the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association with a donation of $210.00 for each brick plus $5.00 for related postage with each order of one or more bricks.


Brick Engraving Guidelines. Each brick may have no more than three lines; each line may be 20 characters in length (a character includes all letters, punctuations and spaces). Each line must end with a complete word or name (words and names will not be hyphenated and continued on the next line). You may purchase as many bricks as you like. Examples of commemorative brick inscriptions are provided below.

Order your Commemorative Brick(s) and submit your contact information (name, mailing address, phone number(s), and email address) along with a check or money order and your brick inscription to the 1st Recon Battalion Association at the address below. The MC Heritage Foundation will provide a proof copy of each brick inscription before it is engraved. Ensure you send your contact information in case there are questions about your inscription. Thank you for your support of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Memorial and Commemorative Bricks. Commemorative Brick check or money order donations should be made out to: 1st Recon Battalion Association. Send your contact information with your $215.00 donation and brick inscription to: 1st Recon Battalion Association, c/o C. Kershaw, 2527 Unicornio Street, Carlsbad, CA 92009. Call or email Charlie Kershaw with brick questions at: 760 402-8638 or

Memorial Day 2017

Semper Fidelis Memorial Park

Quantico, Virginia

The 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association

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Message from the 1st Recon Battalion Association President

1st Reconnaissance Battalion Memorial Remembrance

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To Colorado Springs 2018 God Willing

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"You only live once, but if you live right, once is enough."


The USS Johnson, a Navy Destroyer named after PFC Ralph Henry Johnson who was awarded a MOH for his heroic actions on March 5, 1968. The USS Johnson was commissioned on March 24th, 2018 in Charleston, S.C. Attendees: Lieutenant Colonel K.R. Root, Sergeant Major Curtis A. Rice, Charlie Kershaw, John & Sandy Burtoft, Henry & Amy Covarrubias, Al DeMeo, Alan & Connie Enfinger, Kevin, Kim, Rick & Cassidy Greenberg, Ron & Sandy Huegel, Patrick C. "Clebe" McClary III, Alex Colvin, Tom Hyder, Rod & Linda Kicklighter, Steve Lakernick, James Lever, Wille Lewis, Gary Maxam, Floyd & Linda Ruggles plus 13 year old Grandson Jacob Nollan, Garry Parks, Jim Pearston, Larry & Deborah Quigley, Rick Rabinold, Ed & Pat Rowland, David "Doc" Snider, Don Streeter, Dennis Swick, Curtis Gruetzmacher & over 5,000 in attendance. USS RALPH JOHNSON (DDG 114) joined the United States Navy in a time-honored Commissioning Ceremony in Ralph’s hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. See all the photos on the next page.

 New Updates April 10th, 2018 Click Here A Must See


Sunday, April 10th, 2018 1:00 am




Ronald V Overton   Alpha Co. Mar 1968-Nov 1969

Thomas L Jensen    Bravo Co. & H&S Co. 6/70-7/73

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Cliff Emery          Bravo Deuce Nov '68 - Oct '69

Steve M Risk        Delta Co. Mar 1970-Sept 1970

April 23, 2018 02:04 pm We are tying to find anyone that might have known Mark Shugarts. Mark died July 19, 2017, from complications of diabetes. Mark Shugarts, 1st Recon Bn, Vietnam, 1968-1970

For more Info, Click Here

Taps 6 parts click here

August 5 -12 2018
Hotel Elegante' (719) 576-5900 

The Hotel Elegante' is now accepting reservations for our August reunion.
To get the Reunion rate of $123.00 plus taxes please use our code: 1613342. You must book directly with the hotel to get the rate.
Book early so you don't miss out! 

Take a look at what's waiting for us!

Our group requests for the commissioning ceremony have been submitted. I have been in communication with our USS Johnson on-board contact and the process is moving forward smoothly. We will need to express our gratitude to our contact for taking care of us. For more Info click here.

Tracy L Smith            DRP / Scuba Locker 79-81

Bruce E Mosley         Alpha Co. 3rd Plt. April 1967 - November 1967 

Message from the 1st Recon Battalion Association President

PFC Ralph Henry Johnson

PFC Thomas Edward Jenning

Operation "Rock"

Lt. Clebe McClary

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Jimmie Howard

2018 USMC Birthday Cruise

Date: Monday, April 02, 2018 02:21 pm

Subject: John Clary III 

We received the following text from Cindy today.

She asked us not to come last week because they couldn’t get John’s pain under control.

“ You and Dave should come soon. All of John's brothers and sisters have been here this weekend. I dont think he is going to last long”

She also wanted everyone to know now is the time to call if you would like. We will be going up on Tuesday


For New Updates.

It is with deep sadness that I report the news of the death of John C. Clary III John Passed Away on April 2nd, 2018 at 10:30 pm.

He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all his Recon Buddies from the 1st Recon Battalion Association.

We give thanks for John's life.  New Update

It is with deep sadness that I report the news of the death of Captain John C. Clary III. 

John Passed Away on April 2nd, 2018 at 10:30 pm.

He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and  the 1st Recon Battalion Association.

We give thanks for John's life.

New Update

Charlie Breedlove      Charlie Co. 1965-1966     (Thanks to Jim Edwards)

Date: Monday, April 09, 2018 04:27 pm

Email from: Larry Feldman <>

Subject: Memorial Day

I’m ordering our wreath for Memorial Day at Quantico. May 26, 2018 at noon.

We would like to get a head count.

Larry Feldman

Email Larry if your going to Quantico, Virginia  Memorial Day May 26th, 2018 at noon.

New Photos Coming Soon

Please keep your contact INFO up to date.

This will allow the Association to send out messages from time to time.

Thank You,

Thomas L. Jensen      Bravo Co. & H&S Co.  June 1970-July 1973




5 MARCH 1968

Much of what comes to mind when we think of the Vietnam War happened in the pivotal year of 1968. That year began in January with the enemy's "Tet" offensive, a massive assault on dozens of South Vietnamese targets intended to sway sympathizing civilians to the North Vietnamese cause. And as this offensive fizzled into failure in February, US forces returned to sweeps and patrols bent on crippling North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and Viet Cong (VC) activities south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). One area of particular concern was west of Saigon, where VC machinations seemed impossible to halt. From the USMC fire base at An Hoa, between 6-10 March, the Marines launched Operation "Rock" in which the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines swept the peninsula between the Vu Gia and Thu Bon Rivers six kilometers to the northwest--the so-called "Arizona Territory."

Despite multiple family members who had served in the Army, Ralph Henry Johnson had been impressed at a young age with the uniforms of US Marines seen in movies at his local Charleston, South Carolina, theater. He joined the Marines in March 1967, arriving "in country" just before "Tet." Assigned to Company Alpha, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, Johnson entered the sweep area days before Operation "Rock" launched. In one of his first contributions Johnson uncovered a pair of mines the enemy had planted at one intended landing zone (LZ). Had the choppers landed, most of the recon team would have been killed.

Early this morning Johnson and his 15-man team were dug into an observation position on Hill 146 overlooking the Quan Duc Valley--deep in VC controlled territory. Suddenly the jungle burst around them with automatic weapons fire, hand grenades and satchel charges. A platoon-size VC force assaulted their position, quickly outgunning the Marines and threatening to overrun their post. In the opening confusion an enemy grenade bounced into Johnson's fighting hole. Without thinking Johnson chased his two Marine shipmates from the hole, then jumped on top of the explosive. It detonated, killing Johnson and one of his comrades instantly. But the PFC's sacrifice allowed the second Marine to escape, and the position, ultimately, to be held.

PFC Johnson is the recipient of the Medal of Honor for his selfless act of bravery, as well as the Purple Heart and several additional awards. He is remembered today with the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center in his hometown of Charleston. Our 30th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, USS RALPH JOHNSON (DDG-114) will be commissioned 24 March 2018 in Charleston. She will join our Pacific Fleet, being based in Everett, Washington.

CAPT James Bloom, Ret.

Larry Hardin              Bravo Company, 5th Recon attached to 1st Recon 1968  

Don Griffith                  Delta Company April 1969 Transferred to 1st Force May 1969


New Members This Year

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New Members

Mark G. Wehr              Supply Clerk & Door Gunner aboard a CH-46

Ross McFadden          Bravo Company 10/2003-9/2006

Dwayne A Sweet       Bravo Company Dec, 1977- May 1983

Mike Adams                  Alpha March 1968 - April 1969

Michael J Witherell   Delta/Force 2007-2013

Marc Olmsted              Alpha 1980-1982

Hugh M Roop              Alpha Company Light Armored March 1st, 1989 - Nov. 28th, 1992