Baldwin Park, California

January 11th, 1951 - March 18th, 2018

After They Are Gone

When someone we love passes away,
We ache, but we go on;
Our dear departed would want us to heal,
After they are gone.

Grief is a normal way to mend
The anguish and pain in our hearts;
We need time to remember and time to mourn,
Before the recovery starts.

Let's draw together to recuperate,
As we go through this period of sorrow;
Let's help each other, with tender care
To find a brighter tomorrow.

By Joanna Fuchs

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A man is not dead until he is forgotten. Go in peace and remember you are not forgotten while I am still on patrol.



July 9th, 2020
Thank you for your service to our country. Rest In Peace Joseph.


RIP Joseph

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2019 Reunion Louisville, Kentucky

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RIP Joseph

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Born January 11th, 1951

Passed Away March 18th, 2018


1st Reconnaissance Battalion

Echo Company

1969 - 1970

1st Reconnaissance Battalion


1st Reconnaissance Battalion

Patrol Reports

January 11th, 1951 - March 18th, 2018

This photo was taken at Camp Reasoner in Da Nang in November 1968. It is the 3rd Platoon, 1st Force Recon Co., Team call sign, "Moose Peak".

Kneeling front left to right: Cpl. Sammy Carver, Lcpl. John Carr. Pfc John Wells.
Standing rear left to right: Lcpl. Terry Campbell, Ho Chi Minh, Lcpl. Robert Regan,
Cpl. John Mcdonugh, Sgt. Robert Buda.

The photo was obtained on patrol on Charlie Ridge when the team over ran an NVA antiaircraft gun position. The photo and a large quantity of NVA weapons and gear were recovered. Missing from the team photo is Pfc Jim Sincere who was killed in the action against the gun position and Paul (Doc) Roshong who was severely injured during the rapell insert and again while giving aid to Pfc. Sincere.

July 9th, 2020 Floyd Ruggles <> wrote:

Micheal, Sorry and I apologize for the slow response to your last email. I would be glad to help you locate teammates of your father. Can you email me a little more information on your father. His full name, "this would help me greatly". The company he served with in 1st Recon Battalion. "If you know it this would help but not necessary." Maybe a photo or two of your father, "this would be nice for the posting". Once I receive the Info I'll post it on our website for the 1st Recon Battalion Association. I'll send you a link to his web page once I created it, so you can follow it from time to time as we add more Information. We had to cancel our 2020 reunion for Washington DC due to this COVID epidemic. But, next year we are planning a big one outside of Camp Pendleton, in Carlsbad. Hope to see all of our members at that reunion. We have a little over 1500 members so we should get a good response to the posting. God Willing. As a family member you could become a member of 1st Recon Battalion Association. You can by clicking this link: Click Here

Semper Fi, Floyd Ruggles, Membership Director/Webmaster

 July 11th, 2020  Floyd Ruggles wrote:


I spend some time today looking over some old 1st Recon rosters and patrol reports. From the late sixties and early seventies. Looks like there was at least nine "Martinez" serving in 1st Reconnaissance Battalion from 1965-1970. I've eliminated six of them. The three remaining all served from the late 60s through the late 70s. The only difference are there military service numbers. Do you by chance know your father's service number? Can you give me the name of the cemetery where he's buried. I'll wrap up this posting in a day or two and send you a link to the web page. Thanks for the photos of your father. Photos will always help people to remember. If you think of anything you might want to add to your fathers web page feel free to send it to me.

Semper Fi
Floyd Ruggles
Membership Director/Webmaster

From: Mike Martinez, Friday, July 10, 2020

Floyd, Thank you sire for the response. My father's full name is Joseph Raymond Martinez. I know he was in Vietnam around 1971. He was at Camp Reasoner. Outside of that I don't know much. Thank you sir for your help.

 July 11th, 2020  Mike Martinez <> wrote:

He is buried at Riverside Nation Cemetery in Riverside Ca. His full name is Joseph Raymond Martinez. He was also the California President of B.R.A.V.O. (Brotherhood Rally of All Veterans Organization) he was Marine of the month of the Monthe of the south Pacific when he was stationed in Okinawa.

Semper fi and thank you

 February 6th, 2020  Michagel M Martinez <

Subject: Looking for Marines who served with my father.

Message: Hello and Semper Fi. My father served with 1st Recon in Vietnam. He was at Camp Reasoner in 70 or 71 I believe. I am trying to find his fellow Recon Marines, so Ican understand better the contribution my father made for our country. He was hit with RPG near Quang Nam in Feb of 70 or 71 if I am correct. Thank you for your help.



Looking for Marines

who served with my father

DATE OF BIRTH: 01/11/1951
DATE OF DEATH: 03/18/2018
BURIED AT: SECTION 59F SITE 284  cemetery map


Sergeant Joseph Raymond Martinez

Echo Company 1st Recon Battalion

Echo & Alpha Companies 1969-1970