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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REUNION INFORMATION

This Website is a Work in Progrees

2018

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

August 5th-12th, 2018

For More Information New updates. 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.

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 invictus7@earthlink.net

Memorial Day 2017

Semper Fidelis Memorial Park

Quantico, Virginia

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1st Recon Battalion Association Website is a work in Progrees.

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

2018

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

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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

Daniel Sweeney May 19th, 2018 It is with a heavy heart that I have heard from the Shaffer family , our teammate Dave Shaffer has passed away last night. Dave was not only a good friend but a rock solid Marine. Dave was awarded the Bronze Star during the TET offensive. 

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Taps 6 parts click here

2018 COLORADO SPRINGS REUNION
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! 

HOTEL ELEGANTÉ PHOTO GALLERY
Take a look at what's waiting for us!

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

Click a photo to link to a page on our website.

Links are found on nearly all Web pages.
Links allow users to click their way from page to page.

Our Website Navigator is at the top of each page.

2018 USMC Birthday Cruise

Dong Den Photos

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

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

Ronald Dristle                      Echo Co. 1968 - 1969

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

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

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New Members This Year

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New Members

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 Company 1980-1982

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

Dave Shaffer

Thursday, June 7th, 2018 11:30 am

Key Reunion and Registration Information

The 2018 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association Reunion, in Colorado
Springs, Colorado, is held in conjunction with the 1st Marine Division
Association (FMDA) Reunion. The reunion hotel is the Hotel Elegante
Conference and Events Center, 2886 S. Circle Drive, Colorado
Springs, Colorado. In order to take advantage of the $123.00 per day
reunion lodging rate and/or participate in 1st Marine Division
Association tours and reunion events, 1st Recon Association members must
register for the reunion with the 1st Marine Division
Association and pay the $55.00 registration fee (registration form
attached). "You can find the form at the bottom of this page."

1st Recon Association reunion activity and events are 8-12 August 2018.
The 1st Recon Hospitality Suite will open Wednesday, 8 August; the
Association Luncheon is planned for Friday, 10 August, 1300- 1600 at the
Hotel Elegante. Chicken, Beef and Vegetarian entrees will be served. The luncheon will cost $40.00 per person. RSVP to Charlie Kershaw not later than 7 August, and mail your meal choice and check to: 1st Recon Battalion Association, PO Box 130753, Carlsbad, CA 92013 If you have questions, call or email Charlie at 760-402-8638 or invictus7@earthlink.net The General Membership Meeting will be held in our Harbor Site (hospitality suite), Saturday, 11 August from 1000 - 1200. Elections will held to fill the following Board positions: Chaplain, Historian, Director and Unit Director.  More Details to follow,

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Reunion Registration Form

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

Thank You,

This Website is

7 1/2 Months Old

July 9th, 2018

Attack on OP BaNa

August 12, 1969, near Da Nang, Vietnam. This is from USMC Oral History Tape 4496, and was recorded on September 4, 1969. CAUTION: SOME LANGUAGE MAY BE OFFENSIVE!  

Memorial Day 2018

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Paul B Goodwin               Delta Co. 65 and 66 Plat cmdr & Co cmdr (Retired Colonel)

Your Webmaster

Message: Hello

I was a member of the 1st platoon, 1st Recon Btn. in 1968. I ran numerous patrols as a member of a Btn. Recon unit, and was later transferred to 1st Force Recon when they arrived in Da Nang (Camp Reasoner) in the fall of 1968. I would love to get in contact with some of my old teammates.

I wrote a book "Chasing Charlie" about my experiences in both units and wondered if you could include my book in your list of books and articles about the Vietnam War.

My website is: http://firstforcerecon.com 

I have included a link to your website on the page.

I commend your efforts to publicize the heroic actions of all Recon units, and wish you the best of luck

All the best.

-Dick Fleming
dickfleming@hypermediadsign.com
207-801-1187

Camp Reasoner 2016

By JONATHAN "JON" KIRCHNER

              They came this way but once. Yet, they               touched our lives in many ways while they were here. We shall remain eternally grateful for their friendship and for the influence each bestowed upon us.

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Charles L. Gillespie III

Steven Plunkett
1/9/50 - 5/28/18

Steven Michael Mace

9/9/46 - 5/28/18

Joseph A Perron                 Delta Company 1965 - 1966

Emest V Ward ( Bo )    Bravo Company Aug. 1989 - July 1991

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Frederick A Romero    Delta Co.  1967-1969

Richard H Fleming           1st Force Recon 1968

Bill Smith

Terry L Moore

Robert M Lange               Delta Company  1967 - 1968

July 9th, 2018

It is with deep sadness that I report the news of the death of Col Don McKeon Sr. Col McKeon passed away on Saturday July 19th, 2016 at the age of 88. 

Donald N McKeon Sr

USMC Colonel Retired

Former Battalion Commander

1966 - 1967

July 10th, 2018

It is with deep sadness that I report the news of the death of Major Phil Prinice. Phil passed away on Monday February 1st, 2016 at the age of 76. 

Phillip E Prinice

USMC Major Retired

Ronald L. Hibble                  Bravo Company  August 1967 - April 1969

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