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

Click on the Members link at the top of this page.

2020 REUNION INFORMATION

This Website is a Work in Progrees

2019

August 2020

See You All in Washington DC Area (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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Welcome to our Website!

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To Louisville, Kentucky 2019 God Willing

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Thank You

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

2019

Saturday, March 16th, 2018 4:00 pm

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Doug W Patterson       Bravo Company & H&S Company 6/68-7/69

Message: Proud to have served with this elite and effective battalion in Bravo Company as a platoon commander and later as H&S Company commander. Application approved 

Click Here part 1 of 3

Taps 10 parts

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PFC Ralph Henry Johnson

PFC Thomas E 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. "This website makes me proud I served" Email sent in July 17th, 2019 from Buddy AKA Ryder Haskell Delta Company 66-67. Thanks Ryder 

Dong Den Photos

Charles C Richardson       1st Force 3 West Orange  Aug 10, 1966-Nov 24, 1967

Message: Served at Dong Ha and DaNang, Scuba School at Subic Bay Application approved 

Ott B Reid                       Alpha Company Oct 1969-Aug 1970

Message: The time of my life I am most proud of Semper Fi  Application approved 4/8/2019

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2019 New Members

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Roger W Schultz               Bravo Company 4th Recon 4/22/1974

Message: I need to expose a chucklehead. Dick Everhard was my inspector instructor in 76-77. I attended his send off to the Pentagon in North Park. Kelley and me went dancing in Circle that night.

(Membership pending approval 3/14/2019)  Application approved 4/8/2019

Floyd Ruggles 

Please keep your contact INFO up to date.

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

Thank You,

This Website is

21 Months Old

August 16th, 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!  

Memorial Day 2018

1st Recon Battalion Association

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Cary F Andras M.D.        H&S Company 2/70-9/70

Message: So happy to find you! Saw the pictures of Gump May in the Leatherneck. Sorry that I missed the reunion last year. Hope to see you in Louisville! Application approved 4/8/2019

Your Webmaster

Message from Grandle Starling  marine1@stardevil.com

Subject: Recon Marine Patrick Sanchez

Message: Another Marine is looking to locate this Brother who served with him in the early 90's. He was also at 3rd Recon for a bit. Probably from the Los Angeles area.

 

Thanks,

Grandle Starling Cpl E-4 1959/1963

Father of SSGT Jeffrey R. Starling

SSgt Jeffrey R. Starling
Died 09 December, 1999

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Thanks Grandle for the message!

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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Ron Overton

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

Steven Michael Mace

Taps

Garth A Robertshaw          Bravo Company & H&S Company 10/77-6/79 Check out Brian's web page on "Tips"  Application approved 

Message: Thanks for the reply, one of my 1st recon friends passed a few years ago can we add him to the "Tips" section? YES send Info. CPL Brian L McMann - Alpha Company 1st Recon 1/77-1/79 & Alpha Company 3rd Recon 1975-1977 let me know if you need more (I sent a picture) Thank You

  Check out Brian's web page on "Tips"

Bill Smith

Terry L Moore

Jon B Edwards III           Charlie Company  1983-1988 & Bravo Company 1989-1992

Message: Tom Minder can vouch for me when I was in C Co. Todd Smallenberg can vouch for me when I was in B Co. I hope this helps vet me. Application approved 4/8/2019

October 17th, 2018

Email from Mike Collins:

Floyd, Here is the website and incident report from HMH 364 Purple Fox regrading the helicopter crash we were involved during resupplying our OP. The crew chief Charlie Bassett posted the report on their website. My son Patrick found it. After reading he referenced that he knew I was Medivaced to Japan but didn't know if I survived. I contacted Charlie to let him know I did survive the crash. He asked me to add my recollection of that day and they added to their website. Maybe you can add this to our website. Thanks, Mike Collins

James W Harrell Sr.        Delta Company June 1966-July 1967

Message: I thought I had joined the Association before, but my name is not listed in the Members listing. Please advise. Application approved 4/9/2019

Louisville, Kentucky

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Jeffrey "BB" B Graves   Charlie Company 3/91-1/93

Message: Met Lance Perkins here in Texas, and he shared this organization with me. Had no idea we had an Association. Look forward to joining and supporting. My Company Commander was Captain Scott Walker. Iwas a 2nd an 1st Lt, and took a Platoon out on the U.S.S. Ogden in 92? Application approved 4/9/2019

More names on our 2019 new members continue towards the bottom of this page!     

More Information

Coming Soon!

Floyd Ruggles 

2/6/1969 - 2019

50 Years

Message from the 1st Recon Battalion Association Membership Director

It is with deep sadness that we report the news of the death of Ronald S. Colombani He will be greatly missed by his family & friends. We give thanks for Ron's life.

Ronald Steven Colombani
August 27, 1944-July 12, 2018

Ron was a proud man who served his country in the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1968. Ron served as a Marine in the 1st Recon Battalion, earning the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals, among many others. He was nominated for the Silver Star for his bravery saving his platoon during a heavy firefight. His time in the military defined his life and was a source of many colorful stories that he regaled to his devoted friends and family. Click Here for more Info

Message from the 1st Recon Battalion Association Membership Director

Flag Raised on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima
23 February 1945

Please start making your plans to join us in a week of tradition, fun, and comradery

2019 New Members

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Louis E Short                     Paraloft / Parachute Rigger  1980-1983

Message: Ran into a fellow parachute rigger just last month and for me all the great reunion and stories can't wait to see some old friends again.

(Membership approved 4/8/2019)

Larry E Sparks                    Delta Company 1970-1971     Application approved

Message: Hello This is a resend... Not sure if authorized the use of my phone number or not on my  first application request. Wanted to update etc. As of yet my name has not been added to Delta Company 2/1/2019 My name is Larry E Sparks and had the honor of being part of 1st recon, Delta Co. Ihave applied for membership and have even received some information relating to my application etc. However as of today there is no mention of me being a member within the association (member list) which was just updated. I served in Delta Company in position as Point Man and later Team Leader for Chilli Pepper & WageEarner. I would love to hear from some of my old friends/fellow Marines. lsparks299@aol.com Please advise and thank you for your assistance. 11/3/2018

William L Stepp                  Alpha Company 1969     Application approved 

Message: Have pictures of A Co. I would like to send to Association. "Please send me your photos"

James C Tharpe           H&S Company Sept 1984-May 1987  Application approved 

Message:  Honor to Serve, looking forward to being a part of the Association. 

Nolan Warren B                  Echo Company Jan 1969-Aug 1969

Message:  No Message at this time. This Application is approved

2019 New Members

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I apologize to all our new & existing members for the delay in all updates to this website.

But I only will do a full update every quarter. It takes 2-3 weeks per update.

Check back from time to time for the completed update.

I will update the "Taps" section of this website when notified of a fallen brother or other urgent matters. Please mark your emails accordingly.

Message from the 1st Recon Battalion Association Membership Director

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.

1st RECONNAISSANCE BATTALION ASSOCIATION BY-LAWS

ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP

 

 

SECTION 1. CRITERIA. All Marine and Navy personnel who were assigned to or were attached to the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division are eligible for membership in the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association.

SECTION 2. ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP. The 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association may grant Associate Membership to any parent, spouse, child or sibling of anyone, living or deceased, who was assigned or attached to the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division and friends and supporters of the association. Associate Members shall not exceed 20% of the general members of the association. Associate Members may participate in Association events, except the general membership meeting and have no voting rights at Association meetings.

SECTION 3. DECEASED MEMBERS. All who met the aforementioned qualifications for membership and are deceased will be carried on the Association?s deceased member rolls as they become known.

SECTION 4. DUES. Association members have no mandatory dues. However, Members and Associate Members are encouraged to make donations, annually, to help defray the Association's operating expenses. An annual donation of $10.00 is suggested.

For more Info on our By-Laws

Recovered Property

More names on our 2019 new members continue towards the bottom of this page!     

Thompson, David B "Tom"  (SGT. 1st Force Recon Jan 27, 1968 - Feb 22nd, 1969)

Message:  Looking to connect with all Recon Marines and Corpman that I may have served with while with 1st Force Recon from Jan/1968 to Feb/1969 in Phu Bai, DaNang and An Hoa. I have many photos from my files and others plus many patrol rosters, etc on my website. Click Here  approved 

From police Investigator in Southern California

New Applications are pending approval by the President and/or the Secretary of the 1st Recon Battalion Association. It may take a week once the member is posted on our website.

Jim Fossos in Hospital

Mike, I apologize for the delay in your updates to this website.

Wiltrout, Robert                 H&S Company Oct. 1969 - Sept. 1970

Message:  The brave young Marines who put themselves in harms way have my deepest respect and admiration. Semper Fi    This Application is approved 4/9/2019

Joaquin Venegas - Photos

Check out all the new updates.

Jim's Photo Albums

More Names on new members for 2019 click here

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

Wood, Michael S             Bravo Company 1969-1970

Message:  Honor to be associated with fellow Black Diamonds. God, Country, Corps, Semper Fi.

This Application is approved 4/9/2019

Carlucci, Luciano           Alpha Company 2001-2006

Message: Semper Fi Brothers

This Application is approved 4/8/2019

Email from Mike: Thanks very much and I feel honored to be a member with my brothers. Is there a membership card or can I make a donation to the Association for membership. Just let me know and I will be happy to support it. I am also a member of the Marine Corps League. S/F Mike Wood 

Thanks Mike, I'll send you a membership card soon. You can make all donations to our Association's Treasurer: 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.  S/F Floyd

Holmes, Ronald L     Delta Company - Patrol Leader 1969 - 1970

Message: BaNa getting over run one night. I was a patrol leader 1st Recon Delta Co. My team was on patrol below BaNa on night we heard the fire fight going on up there, guys yelling and screaming over radio communications. We relayed the activity going on up there, as they were having hard time getting out on .comications. From what I remember there was like two teams up there half of them didn't make it as they got overran and the other half got extracted out overnight, I think. Trying toget the story straight. I believe this was late 1969 or earlie 1970. The following week they inserted two teams up there, mine was one of them. We followed a trail down and seen nothing but a little blood here and there. Anyone out there tall me more about it? Thanks Ron Holmes   Approved 4/8/2019

Email from Luciano: I noticed my name was spelled incorrectly..it's Carlucci! Thank you for deserve this connection to our brothers once again and I'm honored. Thank you for all that you doing. I look forward to connecting with new and old brothers in arms. Can I send donations to the association, please let me know and it's as good as done. Thank you and SEMPER FI BROTHERS 

Thanks Luciano, I'll fix your name with is spelled incorrectly on Tursday the 4th of April 2019. You can make all donations to our Association's Treasurer: 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.  S/F Floyd

Kingsbury, Thomas III        Charlie Company - E5 Hospital Corpsman

Message:  I served with you folks. I was an E5 Hospital Corpsman and did my time as the senor enlisted man with Company C. It nice to see what you are doing.

This Application is pending approval by our president or secretary of the 1st Recon Association. I'm looking for approval by May 1st, 2019.  Approved 4/14/19

2019

Company Reunion

Message from Rihard J Schadl

rechadl10@comcast.net  (732) 929-3797

August 30th, 2018 4:45pm

Subject: Death Notification

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Message: It is with great sorrow that I pass on information about the death of Bruce Ware. Bruce served as commander of 3rd platoon, Echo Company, 1st Recon from December 1967 to December 1968. He died August 28th, 2018. Semper Fi, RJ Schadl

Bruce Ware

January 19th, 2019

McCury, Jon      (New 2018 Reunion Attendees & 2018 Meeting Attendance)

Message from the 1st Recon Battalion Association Membership Director: No Company Info, Phone or email address. Please could you send me your information soon as possible. THANKS

Rahne, Ray        (New 2018 Reunion Attendees & 2018 Meeting Attendance)

Message from the 1st Recon Battalion Association Membership Director: No Company Info, Phone or email address. Please could you send me your information soon as possible. THANKS

Luhrs, Timothy J      Delta Company Team Chili Pepper    See all correspondence!

Message:   Looking for any remaining members of Chili Pepper who were on ladder extract that went bad.  Tim's email address is timothyluhrs@gmail.com  Application approved 

December 18th, 2018

Message from Emily Martin    emartin@usni.org

Subject: USNI Photo Request

I am the photo researcher for the U.S. Naval Institute, a non-profit located in Annapolis Maryland. For the upcoming issue of Naval History, our bi-monthly periodical, we are featuring an article by a former Navy Hospital Corpsman assigned to Charlies Company, 1st Reconnaissabce Battalion, 1st Marine Division in 1967.

His article covers a patrol he was on in May 1967 out of Da Nang. We're looking for photos from the time period of 1st Recon Battalion with Corpsman on patrol.

Is it possible that any of your members might be able to help?

Please let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,

Emily Martin

Corpsman, Up! 

A Navy corpsman in the Vietnam War pens a gripping firsthand account of the night in 1967 that still haunts him to this day.

Naval History Magazine - April 2019 Volume 33, Number 2

By Ralph DiPietro

Louisville, Kentucky

PHOTOS

SGT John Sleeper

My name is: Shawn R Hazelton 

Email: Shawnrobert032@gmail.com 
Subject: Michael Lee Hazelton
Message: My father is Michael Lee Hazelton, and he passed away when I was 12 all I can find out about him is he served in Vietnam with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. Does anyone remember him and can email me what they remember cause I would like to know more about my dad. Thank you

Message from Michael's Son

Michael was a member of Marine Recruit Platoon 145 - The Arizona Platoon - that went through boot camp at MCRD San Diego in 1965. Served with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in Viet Nam. Discharged at the rank of Sergeant on June 30, 1968.

John Sr. & Patricia Peeples

John Peeples Jr., son of SSgt Peeples

John & Patricia

Good Morning, 

My name is John Peeples Jr., son of SSgt Peeples, John of Delta Company 1st Recon Bn. Marines 1967.  I wanted to update your records that my father passed away from agent orange/ cancer throughout his whole body and brain.  He passed in October 2008.  He is remembered by his wife Patricia, Daughter Julie and his son John Peeples Jr.  He has a grandson named after him John Peeples III, who is 18 years old. 

Edward Henry

Bravo Company Team: Chili Pepper

If someone wants to go back to Vietnam they can contact: David Snider "Doc" Phone: 513-607-9184 Email: Docsnidley@aol.com

MEMBERS

If someone wants to go back to Vietnam they can contact: David Snider "Doc" Email at:  Docsnidley@aol.com