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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This Website is a Work in Progrees


August 2019

See You All in Louisville, Kentucky (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

Memorial Day 2017

Semper Fidelis Memorial Park

Quantico, Virginia

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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

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

Round table Discussions

Thanks for coming out!

A great turnout!!

December 17, 2018  7PM • Marine Reconnaissance Units.
Veterans of the 1st and 3rd Marine Reconnaissance Battalions will discuss how when and why they entered the Marines, how and why they were assigned to these elite units, their training and preparation for combat, and their small unit missions deep within enemy controlled territory. What were their experiences, options, and attitudes when the time came to reenter the civilian world. At Concordia University, St Paul 300 Hamline Avenue North, St Paul, MN 55104 for more Info:

Tracy L Smith               DRP / Scuba Locker 79-81

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

PFC Ralph Henry Johnson

PFC Thomas Edward Jenning

Operation "Rock"

Lt. Clebe McClary

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Dong Den Photos

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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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

Floyd Ruggles 

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Feb. 17th, 2019

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!  

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

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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: 

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

Camp Reasoner 2016


              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


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

Louisville, Kentucky

Dave "Tom" Thompson  1st Force Recon Co. 1/27/1968 - 2/22/1969

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Wish you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Floyd Ruggles 

2/6/1969 - 2019

50 Years


1ST Marine Division Association (FMDA ) and

1ST Reconnaissance Battalion Association Reunions will be held at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky,

3-11 August 2019 & Recon reunion events will be 8-11 August 2019.

Additional reunion details will be posted on this website soon,
as they become available, and in the spring Patrol Report.

Message from the 1st Recon Battalion Association Membership Director

Louisville Crowne Plaza