1st Recon Battalion Association

1st Recon Battalion Association

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Part 12


1st Reconnaissance Battalion
Missions / Patrol Reports

Are you looking for your Old Patrol Reports? Check out this page on my website:


Too close to whisper...
...one click for "yes", two for "no"...
"Brothers of the Bush"

Recon...their name is
their honor...and nothing more
need be said...Recon

Floyd Ruggles

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Part 13 - 2021

All Companies

Photo Gallery

Bravo Company

Photo Gallery 

The Memory Remains Not All Wounds Are Visible.

"A Brotherhood Forged In Combat"

1st Reconnaissance Battalion Index


Message Board Links

Part 1 - 2018-2019 

Part 2 - 2019-2020 

Part 3 - 2020 

Part 4 - 2020 

Part 5  - 2020

Past Message Board

Past Newsletters 

Part 1 - 2017-2018 

Part 2 - 2018 

Part 3 - 2018 

Part 4 - 2018-2019 

Past Reunions 

Past Stories 

Send in your photos

Part 6  - 2020

Past Photos Galleries 

Part 7  - 2020

Part 8  - 2020

Bobby Bare



Photo Gallery

Sergeant James F. "Jim" Southall


Family photo gallery

Part 10  - 2021

Click a photo to link to a page on our  website or Facebook. Links are found on nearly all Web pages. Links allow users to click their way from page to page. You will find thousands of links on the 1st recon battalion association website.

In Remembrance of our brother Reconnaissance Marines & Corpsmen killed in action or otherwise while on duty.

Cheers; Bill

Lt Col (ret) Bill Woodier


“Let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds,

to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan”

    Abraham Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address

I'm just a simple old warrior who served in the uniform of this country's military in War who loves to discuss all aspects of life. It is my firm conviction that if one understands what caused the war, how the war was conducted, and the Reconstruction Years that followed, one will know what this country is about.

July 1968 - July 1969

The Memory Remains Not All Wounds Are Visible.

My personal website

Look at it as your Time Capsule. This website won't stand long after you're gone.


On 23 Feb 1945 the Marines planted the flag on Mt Suribachi on IWO Jima. This morning at the crack of dawn Marine Corp Vietnam Veteran Mike Goble and I and two younger veterans climbed the hill in Crockett California and replaced the torn and tattered flag on the Iwo Jima memorial with a new flag. Keeping our history alive Semper Fidelis

Daniel M Turpin

1st Reconnaissance Battalion Index

Rest In Peace, Marine

1st Recon Battalion Association

To all members if you find a misspelled word somewhere on our website send the page that the word is on and the word and I'll correct the spelling appreciate the help thank you.

Part 11  - 2021

Meet one of our members, DAVID SWIGER

Duty Stations:
1st Force
Co C 1st Recon Bn
Security Co Pearl Harbor
Co G 2/7 1st MarDiv
HQSvc Co ITS MCB Camp Pen
H&S Co 2/7 1st MarDiv Bn Career Plnr
Co E 2/7 1st MarDiv
3rd Recon Bn
Co I 3/4 3rd MarDiv
HQ Co 4th Marines 3rd MarDiv
2nd TNK Bn ATTOW 2nd MarDiv
Co I BLT 3/8 34th MAU
2nd Med Cruise
HQSVC Co 3/8 2nd MarDiv S-3
Year Entered Marine corps:
Year Exited Marine Corps:
Favorite Duty Station:


Can you walk me through finding the patrol reports. I know you mentioned having that site on your antiques web site and also on 1st Recon web site. Unforturnately I am unable to find them.


Message from, Steve Dulin <deltaoscarcharlie@att.net> 6/27/2021 4:23 PM

1st Reconnaissance Battalion
Missions / Patrol Reports

Too close to whisper...
...one click for "yes", two for "no"...
"Brothers of the Bush"

Recon...their name is
their honor...and nothing more
need be said...Recon

Corpsman Up!!! "Doc" Russell Glen Daniels HM2 USN A friend and fellow recon corpsman KIA 18 November 1970. Keeping our history alive

Posted on Facebook by; Eric Schwartz

Paul "Medic" Roshong

Paul B. Roshong, age 73, of Toledo, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg.

He was born on September 3, 1947 to Joseph and Hazel (Houser) Roshong in Toledo, OH. After graduating from Scott High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, following in his father and older brother, Carl's footsteps. Paul proudly completed two tours of duty as a medic in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart, Gold Star and a Bronze Star. Paul was affectionately nicknamed 'Doc' while in the Navy and upon returning to Toledo, he answered to the name 'Medic'. Paul could often be seen doing what he loved, cruising around town on his motorcycle or in his car.

 Rest in Peace, Semper Fi.

Hopefully all my info. is up to date. I will at the end of e-mail leave all my info.

I've left info. looking for anyone living so they might get in contact with me but

so far no answers. Maybe they are dead or not members.

SSGT. Wendt, R.A. USMC
1st Recon H&S co. Oct. 1974 to April 1975
14330 W. Marshall Dr.
Manhattan, Il. 60442

Uyuni Bolivia

Johnnie Jones, civil rights icon, gets Purple Heart 77 years after World War II wounds

101 year old Veteran Johnnie Jones can still see the German sniper who tried to kill him as he came ashore Omaha Beach on D-Day.

“I remember it all,” he said. “Sometimes reminiscing is a terrible thing. I lay down at night and as soon as I close my eyes, I relive the whole D-Day invasion.” Jones received his Purple Heart this past Saturday.

Desert Storm 30

Congratulations to our brother Randall Parkes on his retirement after 20 years of faithful service to our country and Corps.

Never above you
Never below you
Always by your side

randall_parkes @marinereconfoundation

His selfless service and sacrifice will never be forgotten

Not forgotten honored today. Rip Warrior

23 October 1983
Beirut Barracks Bombings

The Beirut barracks bombing (October 23, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon) occurred during the Lebanese Civil War, when two truck bombs struck separate buildings housing United States and French military forces—members of the Multinational Force in Lebanon—killing 299 American and French servicemen. The organization Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing.   Read more at Chris Alascio's USMC HomepageWatch Beirut Memorial Video   & A Navy Corpsman's Survival Memories

From Military Times

‘Greater Love Hath No Man:’ Marines in Congress request Camp Reasoner sign be sent from Vietnam to the US

Marines with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion stand by the sign marking the entrance of their Vietnam headquarters. (Courtesy of Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis.)

Philip Athey

On a hill near Da Nang, Vietnam, sat Camp Reasoner ― home of the Marine Corps' 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion and later 1st Reconnaissance Battalion during the Vietnam War.

The camp was named after 1st Lt. Frank Reasoner, the second Marine to receive the Medal of Honor during the war, and was marked by a stone that bore a hand-lettered message to the fallen Marine.

“'First Lieutenant Reasoner sacrificed his life to save one of his wounded Marines. ‘Greater Love Hath No Man,’” the stone said, according to the Marine Corps University.

On Monday 12 Marine veterans and members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling on him to begin negotiations with Vietnam to have the stone sent to the U.S. where the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion will host it on Camp Pendleton, California. Read the full story at Military Times

(See the attached pdf file, or go to the URL at bottom here)

A New Congressional Research Service Publication on U.S. Military Service Records, Awards, and Unit Histories

The Congressional Research Service has just published a short reference document that might be of interest to many:

Military Service Records, Awards, and Unit Histories: A Guide to Locating Sources by Mese F. DeBruyne and Barbara Salazar Torreon.

The guide provides information on locating military unit histories and individual service records of discharged, retired, and deceased military personnel. It also provides information on locating and replacing military awards and medals. Included is contact information for military history centers, websites for additional sources of research, and a bibliography of other publications, including related CRS reports. Click here to download the Publication


July 3, 1898 Marines and sailors aboard USS New York docked at Newport RI.

Historical Photos


1966-1968: USMC, combat tour with 1st Reconnaissance Bn, RVN

Brigadier General Chesty Puller at the
1st Marine Division Association 4th Annual Reunion,
held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 1951

Historical Photos


Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, February 1945

Sent: Sunday, March 28, 2021 11:54 AM
Subject: Message Board

Name: Clint Humphrey
Email: clinthumphreytx@gmail.com
Phone number: (817) 694-9742

Subject: Prior service questions

Message: Hello all! I have a few questions that I would love to talk to someone about. I have a family relative who was talking about his service time as a Force Recon Marine in the very early 60s and I would like to know how to check that? If someone could reach out, it would be much appreciated!

From: "Herman Jonse" herman.jonse@gmail.com



Good evening Floyd,

Did this email ever get through?  Our writer has been at again, receiving more acclaim.  If possible, could you put the following in your writer’s section.  I altered the original one to the following:

Danny Lliteras , perhaps the Association’s most prolific writer, having authored over 14 books, served as a corpsman with 1st Recon in 69/70.  He was highlighted in the  article “Why Combat Medics Are the Best Humanity Has to Offer” by Javier 

Thanks and S/f 
Dave ‘Doc’ Snider

There are plenty of other stories from Navy corpsmen and Army combat medics that illustrate and represent the core principles of the egotistical utilitarian, whose most valuable contribution is ultimately to save lives. This story published by the U.S. Army details several occasions wherein medics were crucial in helping avoid death. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Ransom’s case is particularly remarkable. Petty Officer Ransom, who was stationed in Coast Guard Air Station in Sitka, Alaska “was called to assist when an aircraft with five aboard went missing in mountainous terrain in July 2015.” for more Click Here

Message Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 10:42 PM
Subject: Contact Us

Name: Adam Evans
Address: 1793 W Divide Creek St Meridian ID 83646 United States
Email: info@citebrain.com
Phone Number: (208) 919-0023
Message: I hope you don't mind me re-sending a message I tried sending before, but that I don't know reached you. You can read it below. Thanks!


When Veterans Day rolled around this year, I couldn't help but think about the toll the last several months have probably taken on our nation's heroes. I thought a very small gesture to show my appreciation for all of the sacrifices these men and women have made would be to reach out to sites like yours with a mission to support vets and offer some additional resources you may wish to add to 1streconbn.org:

Resources for Student Veterans During COVID-19

SNAP Benefits

VA Housing Grants for Disabled Veterans

Current VA Loan Rates Available Locally

Top 60 Veteran & Military-Friendly Employers

College Resources for Veterans and Their Families

Top 10 Work from Home Jobs for Military Spouses & Veterans with Disability

Five Ways to Cope with PTSD

Trusted Military and Veteran Service Organizations

Highly-Rated Nonprofits Dedicated to Veterans and Military Service Members

Would this list work on a page like this one? http://1streconbn.org/members-websites.html

I hope you can find some way to use it!

I also recently read an article about the unique challenges presented to veterans who return to school (here: https://www1.cuny.edu/mu/forum/2020/11/10/kcc-vetsday2020/). It occurred to me that a site like yours would benefit from an article offering advice to vets who are considering going back to school. If I wrote you an original piece on the topic, would you consider publishing it? If so, I?ll put a draft together for your review.

Thanks so much for your time!


Adam Evans, info@citebrain.com

1 st Sergeant Otis Barker
My introduction to First Sergeant Barker was when I reported to the company office in March of
1968 as the new company clerk. The first thing I noticed was the back of this field desk with
letters stenciled on it stating, “Keep your FUCKING hands and ass off my FUCKING desk.
1stSgt”. The letters were 3” tall with the exception of the two “Fuckings” , which were 6” tall. I
thought to myself, ‘I’m not in Kansas anymore’.
He meant it. Several months later, I was working in the office and a new Lieutenant reported for
duty. This ‘butter bar’ actually had the audacity to put his hands on Top’s desk and lean over,
apparently to tell him something. Top grabbed his ruler and rapped the Lt’s knuckles like Mother
Superior in the Blues Brothers, stating “It says, ‘keep your fucking hands and ass off my fucking
desk’”. The Lt said, “yes, Sir”.
Some months later, it seems the mother of Sgt. Turk was working in Saigon in the press corps (I
believe) and wanted to see her son. She hitched a ride to Da Nang escorted by some Air Force
bird colonel and of course brought the perfunctory bottle for Top. Now picture this man, five foot
nothing tall, trying to cover up these two giant Fuckings from the mother of one of his troops,
while she’s handing him a bottle of scotch and everyone in the office trying hard not to lose it.
Top Barker was from Seth, West Virginia, a small unincorporated coal mining town. He was
born in 1926 and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943. He fought in the Guadalcanal campaign
in the Pacific. He was at the Chosin Reservoir. Vietnam was his third war. He was discharged
in 1974. He was short in stature but huge in heart and energy.
Top was perhaps 5’2” – 5’4” or so, but he was the largest small man I ever knew. He was larger
than life and always going ‘a mile a minute’. This translated into his PT (Physical Training)
routine. Alpha Company was going to be in shape – even if it killed them. Three times a week
at 1:00 in the afternoon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, everyone in the area had to fall
out for PT. We started at the Pull Up bar at the Company office and then headed down the
Landing Zone (LZ 401) where we got in formation and did calisthenics. We had some ten (10)
exercises that we did. Then we formed up and headed out down the road. We jogged, in
formation, down to Freedom Hill and back. It was about a mile and a half each way for a total of
about 3 miles. Oh, and we chanted road songs the entire 3 miles. ‘I don’t know but I’ve been
told, Alpha Recon’s might bold’. ‘Stand up, buckle up, shuffle to the door. Jump right out and
count to four’. As a side note, Top could do one arm pullups.
The kid got in some serious shape. Being company clerk, my fat ass was always in the area
and available for PT. I had a 27” waist and weighted all of 135 lbs.
One incident that will forever be burned in my mind occurred while time we were on a run.
Some other company was practicing repelling out of a helicopter. Apparently, they were using a
single rope instead of two. From what I recall, you used a double rope for practice. In addition,
they had it running straight off the tailgate. Oh, and they were wearing full packs. This poor guy
got up there with slack in the rope and jumped backwards off the tail. Of course, the rope
snapped and we watched him plunge to the paddies. They were flooded at this time, and he

splashed. We all assumed he was dead but seems he only sprained his back. That said, it was
horrifying to watch.
As for repelling – what a rush. Everyone had to go through the training and we did several
times. You wore Swiss Seat with a D ring attached through which to run the rope. You then
wrapped it around your back and used your break hand to hold it, wrapping or releasing the
rope around your body to either brake or slide. Most everyone’s first few attempts were
something of a herky jerky constant breaking embarrassment. However, the more often you
did it, the more you relaxed and built up your speed. The real pros could do what I’ll call the
inertialess stop, to want for a better term. They would come at full speed, not breaking until just
before they hit the ground. Then they broke hard and the rope stretched sufficiently for them to
touch the ground and release. Just sticking it. Wow. This was so incredibly neat to watch
someone pull off.
Top Barker, liked, no, loved to stencil things. I think there was something stenciled, some
instruction, saying or other information on most every flat surface in the company area. His
penchant for painting stuff even spilled over to Sgt Jones who went on a spree of stenciling the
“midnight stalker – or skulker” on everything. This was a cartoon character of the spy-like guy in
the trench coat with the Sherlock Holmes hat sneaking along with three little dots behind as a
trail. Jones made up a cardboard stencil that was a couple of inches square – and proceeded to
go nuts. He spray painted that sucker EVERYWHERE. No matter where you looked – there was
the skulker. You opened your footlocker and he was on your skivvies. You went to the head and
looked up - there he was on the rafters.
Much more than a spray paint maniac, Top was a scrounge. It was all for the cause and
something he’d learned in three wars – grab everything, have a backup, do anything you have
to do to get the right gear for the troops – ‘beg, borrow, lie, cheat or steal’ – but get the
equipment. Taking care of the troops was his top priority – aways.
First off and just to set the mood, the 1 st Sgt hootch had a 1 ton air conditioner that came from
somewhere. He had scrounged it before I arrived. Early on after I got there, he persuaded the
engineers to run pipe up the mountain from Camp Reasoner to a spring so that we had 24/7
running water for our shower. Ah, but what about dry season? No problem, he scrounged a
couple of 600 gal. wing tanks from the air wing and had the engineers erect a scaffolding
system and install hot water heaters so we had 24/7/365 hot water for our showers. I think it all
cost him a couple of cases of long range rations (long rats) and some Korean camouflage
utilities he had swapped for earlier. I recall one swap a single case for a 6x6 stake truck of
The Supply Hootch is where he had his beer cooler. Most people don't realize it, but each of us
had a beer 'ration'. I don’t remember just how much it was because it didn’t really matter. At
Camp Reasoner, we had the E-club where we could go and drink beer. Well, because of this
situation, Top purloined the company beer ration and stashed it in the Supply Hootch in his beer
cooler. This was a refrigerator with all the shelves removed and turned down as low as it would
go. That was the source of the beer for Beer Calls after every patrol or PT or any other special
occasion. These were the only times this cooler was opened. This may have been the coldest
beer on the planet. I remember not really even liking beer before then. Sure, I drank it in high
school - we all did. But I never really enjoyed it until 'nam and having one of Top's Beer Calls.
Had ice floating in it. Best tasting beer there ever was.​
Now let’s get serious and talk about weapons. Top Barker liked guns and by God, Alpha
Company wasn’t going to wait in line for guns in a war! Again, this was all about taking care of
the troops. Accordingly, he put together his own company arsenal that was in some ways
superior to that of our battalion. All ‘off the books’, mind you. He had a couple of .50 caliber
machine guns, M-16s, M-14s, .45 caliber pistols. The story was that the .50 calibers had been
pieced together from various and sundry wrecked helicopters that gone down in the water. Who
knows? We even had a 60 mm mortar 3rd Platoon swiped from one of the bunkers at the air
base while the sentry was asleep. Oh, and late one afternoon, a jeep pulled in with a brand
spanking new M-60 – still in its original packing and coated in cosmoline – wanting to trade for a
.45 cal. pistol that their gunny needed so he could rotate. It worked for us. The way it worked
with the military, if you received a M-16 when you arrived in country, you turned one in when you
left. Serial numbers? Who cares. Same for their Gunny and his .45. Anyway, Top had taught
us well and finding a .45 was easy. Great swap.
Where Top got in trouble was just before he rotated back to Oki. Some team from another
Company needed a .50 cal. for an OP (Observation Post) and the battalion armory was out.
One was checked out and one was being repaired. They were referred to Top Barker to borrow
one of his. Apparently, the word got back to the Colonel and he did not appreciate it and Top lost
his 50s.
Taking care of the troops also meant Top would never, ever give anything back. We received
quotas ever month for R&Rs to various ports (i.e. 2 Hong Kong, 2 Hawaii, 4 Bangkok, etc.).
Can’t use them. Nonsense, find someone to go. We once received about 100 pair of tiger
stripped PT shorts. Click here for more on Ron's story.

Email Sent: Monday, February 01, 2021 at 5:33 PM

Subject: Message Board

from: Bruce E Fogarty
Email address: BFogarty1@aol.com
Phone number: (609) 220-8801

Subject: Roe Hopson

Message: Sgt Roe Hopson was KIA on June 1st, 1970. Roe was assigned to Bravo Company. He was laid to rest in his family plot, on the side of a mountain i located in Milo, Kentucky.

May you rest in peace,

my brother.

I will never forget you.


Bravo Company June 1st, 1970

Subject: Message Board

Email from: Emma Hogberg
Email Address: tardisnerd325@gmail.com
Subject: 1st Marine Division 1st Recon Battalion, H&HS Company
Message: I would like to thank all of you for your bravery and service. I am the Granddaughter of Herbert "Herbie" Hogberg II and I am looking for any and all information about those who could possibly remember him. I Know He was In the 1st Marine Division 1st Recon BN, with H & HS company; he was a Radio operator. Was also in Operation Kansas, friends With SSgt Jimmie E. Howard. I don't have much information on him because we lost some of our records. I going to try and post his photos from Vietnam to this site and see if he will let me take his photo now. Again thank you all and have a wonderful day.

E. Hogberg

Bravo Company 1968-1969

On January 23, 2021 at 11:20 PM 

Email from: Angela R Ford-Downs
Email address: ardowns29@gmail.com
Phone number: 806-670-6103

Subject: Carroll Lynn Ford, Alpha Company Photo

Message: I lost my Daddy last November, a World War II First Division Marine. I was missing him tonight and just browsing the internet looking up the First Marine Division when I saw the 1st Marine Recon Battalion Association. So, knowing my big brother (who died in 1985) was part of Alpha Company, I looked at your photos and I saw his picture! It was great comfort to me. Almost like a comforting hug from him. Thank you! God Bless you. Semper Fi!

Part 13  - 2021

Amarillo, Texas

Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima

Happy Birthday to
PFC Golda Fabian

Ninety-seven years ago, Golda Fabian was born to a logger and his wife who lived in Grand Ronde, but she was no small-town girl and had an adventurous spirit. She was ahead of her time, joining the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and fighting discrimination against women in the military and throughout her career.

“My mother had two children with her first husband when he died in the flu epidemic of 1918,” Golda said. “She met my dad at a pie social where the women bid on pies made by the men without knowing who baked them. I’m sure my dad’s mother baked his pie. My mother bid $1 for my dad’s pie, and they ate it together. He asked her to dance. It was love at first sight.” Click Here for more!


Date: Sun, May 30, 2021 at 1:23 PM

Dear Marines,
I am reaching out with hopes of support from the 1st Marine Division Association helping to build "Puller Park" in Saluda, Virginia. As you well know, "Chesty was born right down the street in West Point , Virginia and lived in Saluda, Mrs. Pullers home town. And at Christ Church where "Chesty" is buried, the 1st Marine Division Association has a sign pointing to "Chesty's" Grave.

Sir, my family grew up and served with the General and yes, I knew the entire family personally because of my grandfather and father. Our family has been Marines since 1917.

The reason for my letter is that the Middlesex County Museum in Saluda is an old Country Museum and the entire town of Saluda is now listed nationally as a Historic Town. The Museum itself has a big display of Veterans, local in the museum including my family.....but "Chesty" is the big draw and the Puller Family supported but only one family member is left.

The Marine Corps League in Gloucester, Detachment 1317, has teamed up with the Museum to build a "Park, " Puller Park" for the many visitors yearly to Saluda which includes many, many Marines. "Chesty's home has finally been bought by a Marine and his is restoring it. But I am personally concerned that the name of "Chesty" is fading as the Marine Corps doesn't teach Recruits History like they used to and the Political Climate in Washington is slowly getting into the Corps.

The Middlesex County Museum has set a goal to sell Memorial Bricks to be set either in a wall or ground around the new Flag Pole, which now flys the American Flag and Marine Corps Flag provided by Det. 1317. The Detachment has also reached out to a Brick Mason to design and cost of a brick wall of Memorial Bricks as a backdrop for the flagpole. Already, we have "Chesty's" original "Head Stone" in the park.

I ask that you look up on the website; Middlesex County Museum and click on "Puller Park" for the plans/goals we have set. If you have any questions whatsoever, please feel free to contact me. I have supported your association at VMI. My grandfather and father were 2nd Division Marines but my fathers brother was a 1st Division Marine at Inchon, Seoul and Froz. Chosin.

Sir. I am reaching out for questions and support of not just our Detachment, but the memory of "Chesty" in Saluda.

Semper Fi,
Steve Robertson
"Chesty's" Friend