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Creg Howland
43761 Churchill Glen Drive
Chantilly, VA 20152

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To Louisville, Kentucky 2019 God Willing

PFC Ralph Henry Johnson

PFC Thomas E Jenning

Operation "Rock"

Lt. Clebe McClary

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


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Floyd Ruggles 

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

Thank You,

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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Message from Grandle Starling

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.



Grandle Starling Cpl E-4 1959/1963

Father of SSGT Jeffrey R. Starling

SSgt Jeffrey R. Starling
Died 09 December, 1999.


Thanks Grandle for the message!

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

Steven Michael Mace


Bill Smith

Terry L Moore

Floyd Ruggles 

2/6/1969 - 2019

50 Years

Message from the 1st Recon Battalion Association Membership Director

Message from the 1st Recon Battalion Association Membership Director

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.





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

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 has passed away 

Check out all the new updates.

Jim's Photo Albums

Names on new members for 2018-2023 

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

January 19th, 2019

December 18th, 2018

Message from Emily Martin

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


Meet our newest Association member as of July 22nd, 2021

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


Must See!

Doc Terry Coffin

Alpha Company

Ken Androes

Delta Company

Updates June 30th, 2019

It is with deep sadness that we report the news of the death of Ciro Viento of Alpha Company. He will be greatly missed by his family & friends of 1st Recon. We give thanks for Ciro's life.

Ciro A. Viento

A Brave Marine's Last Words!

Cpl Frank James Montez

Alpha Company

1st Recon Battalion Association members

On July 2, 2019 at 3:58 PM   Doc Lakernick  wrote: Subject: Dave Apgar and Jim Fossos update. Message: For those of you that did not know Dave had a Heart Attack 7 weeks ago and is in rehab and not permitted to travel and as of last Wednesday told me he would not make this years Reunion and wants everyone to have a great time. Jim Fossos doctors have told his family that he is not going to be able to travel for the foreseeable future. So Jim will not be in attendance this year also.

1st Recon Bn  Association members please join FMDA

2018 Colorado Springs Reunion Photos

2018 Colorado Springs Reunion Photos

Dan Mulvihill,

Chuck Bosley, 

Rick Binns

2018 New Members

*Members of the 1st Recon Battalion Association*
Below is a picture of a custom-made belt buckle which will be produced and offered for sale to members of the 1st Recon Battalion Association.

Plans are to take orders on or about June 15 for delivery to members attending the August reunion. Following the reunion, orders will be taken for delivery by mail.

The particulars concerning price and mailing costs are yet to be determined but will be published well before June 15.

We would like to gauge membership interest in order to help us anticipate the number of buckles that will be produced.

Please send me an e-mail,, if you would be interested in purchasing a buckle.


1st Recon Battalion Association

Belt Buckle

Dave Doc Snider,

Posted these photos on Facebook.
Me and Harry at Reasoner. The last time we were together there was following a nasty patrol into Dodge City. — with Harry Mundorff

Reconners, I just approved the addition of Thanh Trang to this group. Thang, pronounced Tang, is a Vietnamese guide that his guided over 20 1st Recon members around VN for the past 15 years.

He was the guide that led us to Camp Reasoner and the discovery of the main gate in 2011. He also found and led us to Howard's Hill. There were Eight 1st Bn Reconners on this trip. He has led 4 Recon only trips and will guide one more Recon only trip this March. He loosely meets our criteria for membership by providing support to the 1st Recon Bn Association. IF THERE IS OPPOSITION TO TANG’S INCLUSION, I WILL REMOVE HIM IMMEDIATELY. — with Thanh Tran, Harry Hayes and Daniel B Bracken.

Team “Stone Pit” 5th Platoon, 1st Force Reconnaissance Co.  

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On 5/2023, Charlie Kershaw <> wrote:

Charlie Kershaw

Stay Safe and Healthy Members!

2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024

New Members



Jeffrey Jerauld Hein

Jeffrey Jerauld Hein served in 1st Recon Battalion, Delta Company in Da Nang, Vietnam as a Radioman.

1st Recon Battalion Association

Thanks for stopping by today

Tony Martinez

Alpha Company  1969-1970

1st Reconnaissance Battalion

Camp Reasoner 2020

Remembering Vietnam

1st Recon Battalion Patrol Reorts

2024 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 I can 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.



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Message: Sad to hear that King Dixon former company commander of both Bravo and Force companies in 1966-1967 has passed from cancer on 6th July 2020.


Semper Fi


Albert King Dixon II


New Messages 17 Parts

New Messages 18 Parts

New & Past Messages 18 Parts


Ernest "Pete" Tompkins 

Navy Medic David Snyder

talks about being part of

small recon teams on patrol.

Deceased Members List

Deceased Members List

New Members List 2018-2023

New Members List 2018-2024

Steve Grandusky

Bravo Company 68-69

We have new up-to-date information on Steve check the directory.

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