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.

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

August 4th-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

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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 will be commissioned on March 24 in Charleston, S.C. Charlie Kershaw has contacted the XO of the USS Johnson and we are collecting names and contact information of those who wish to attend the ceremony and represent the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association.

 “The 1st Recon Bn Assoc. is putting together a list of 1st Recon Battalion Marines and Corpsmen who would like to attend the commissioning of the USS Johnson, DDG 114 in Charleston, South Carolina on March 24, 2018. This group will sit together and officially represent the 1st Recon Bn Assoc. The Arleigh Burke class destroyer was named after PFC Ralph Henry Johnson who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War.

Johnson used his body to shield two fellow Marines from a grenade, absorbing the blast and dying instantly in March, 1968. 

New Update

February 21st, 2018

Tuesday, February 06, 2018 05:00 pm




Ronald V Overton   Alpha Co. Mar 1968-Nov 1969

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

Click Here part 1 of 3

BRAVO CO FEB 1969 - NOV 1969

January 25th, 2018

Text from Herman Jonse & Mike Shokarz,

"It is with a heavy heart that I must share the sad news of the passing of a great man and brother Marine, Charles Bauer or simply "pappy" pappy died this week after battling Parkinson's & dementia services are pending. For more Info click here...

Cliff Emery       Bravo Deuce Nov '68 - Oct '69

Steve M Risk     Delta Co. Mar 1970-Sept 1970

January 19th, 2018 from: Steven M. Risk, Delta 4/2 Call Sign: Primecut 3/70-9/70

I tried to join last year, I guess my Info never went through? We're sorry, Steve

Taps 6 parts click here

Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2018 5:35 PM
Subject: Contact Us

Name: David Nisbeth
Address: United States
Phone Number: 303-668-9410
Subject: 1st Recon A Co meet and greet
Message: Good afternoon, my name is GySgt David Nisbeth, I am the platoon sergeant for 1st Platoon, A Co, 1st Recon Bn. I am reaching out to you hoping you could get me in contact with a few Marines that served in A Co 1st Recon Bn. We are planning a meet and greet where I want to set up a panel of Marine Vets from (Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Iraq) to allow the Marines to ask question to them about their experiences they had as Recon Marines. I was hoping you could put me in contact with a few that live in the San Diego area that could possibly join us on 1 March. Marines that served in A co is preferred, but if that is not possible then we will extend the invitation to any Recon Marine.

Enlisted is a must.

Thanks for all the help.

Gy Dave Nisbeth

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