1st Recon Battalion Association

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Part 14


1st Reconnaissance Battalion
Missions / Patrol Reports

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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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The Memory Remains Not All Wounds Are Visible.

"A Brotherhood Forged In Combat"

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Part 3 - 2020 

Part 4 - 2020 

Part 5  - 2020

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Part 6  - 2020

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Part 7  - 2020

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Part 10  - 2021

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

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.

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Part 11  - 2021

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

Not forgotten honored 


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Bravo Company 1968-1969

Part 12  - 2021

Meet some of our members of our association.

To all Association Members,

Please reply and update or confirm your Information.
Your 1st Recon Battalion Association Website Information
can be found at: 1streconbn.org/members.html

Hope to hear from you soon.
Thanks for all your help.

My email address is floyd@weststpaulantiques.com.
Please keep your information up to date.

This will allow the Association to send messages out from time to time by email or by mail.

Semper Fi,
Floyd Ruggles
Membership Director & Webmaster

Passed Away 





Thanks for all the information should help and our members locate their Brothers.

A Summer Day In Nam
"A Brotherhood Forged In Combat"

Last night I awoke to the sounds of thunder. I was recalling a small part of a day as if it was yesterday. As I remember, it was the height of the war that day. It seems to be bits and pieces of time that have been locked away for over fifty years. Our team call sign is "Average". 9 Recon Marines with an attitude, charging from the gate of a CH-46 Sea Knight, carrying our weight.

I can say I’m literally carrying my weight or more on my back. As a small Marine around 145 pounds and about 5 feet 7, I could move in and out of tight areas as a point. On my back is a rucksack. A “back pack or the sack” as the team called it. In the rucksack would have been enough C Rations for this mission. I can recall running out from time to time. I recall on one of my missions working with a team of 14 Marines. We went out on a 5 day mission and we were socked in by the monsoon for 10 days or so living off the land eating bugs and small green bananas before we were lifted out of that zone by choppers. But that is another story. On this summer day in my rucksack would have been rain gear, dry socks, my weapon maintenance kit, poncho liner, my camouflage blanket. camouflage paint, first aid items, map and compass, mess kit, gasmask, a canteen or two of water, and my trusty camera that was always by my side and I’m probably forgetting something. As for my weapons now all I can say to “Charlie” is I’m packing. Ten to twenty hand grenades, gas and colored smoke canisters, extra M60 machine gun rounds, two to four clamor mines, my knife and bayonet, 15-20 M16 magazines. Yes this marine was packing on all my missions plus I would have had a ton of C4 plastic explosives with detonators. Thinking back today on this for some apparent reason it seems I like to blow things up. As my wife Linda, who I love dearly, is looking over my shoulder at this time and making a coy remark like I was a young dumb kid. And I reply back as I’m thinking Hoo-ya, but all those explosives were for clearing LZ “landing zone” for the choppers to land on for extractions at the end of our missions and the C4 was for cooking our food. I don’t think she bought in to that. I’m thinking for the record it was a great deterrent for the enemy forces. But as you can see I’m literally carrying my weight.

My steps were quick and light. I’m running point that day for a small team of brothers. They’re reconnaissance Marines out of Bravo Company. We’re on a mission to locate enemy movement and report back; it’s a 5 day mission in enemy controlled territory and my team is on the ground.

Within minutes my eyes were fixed on movement. A small group of 4 VC or NVA with small arms packs and two radios were moving along a river 200 yards or so from me on a winding trail. The enemy moved along the trail within 50 yards or so of the team and moved off down the trail into the bush. To reach higher ground our team would have to cross the river. 1st Lt. Riley "at the time a 2nd Lt." ordered Sgt. Southall "at the time a Cpl" and me to move towards the river to find a river crossing for the team. We moved out towards the river moving through elephant grass at least 6 feet tall as we moved very cautiously and slowly. I recall being at point arms. The grass appeared to become shorter as we approached the river. We moved over 100 yards or so before my eyes picked up movement to the right of our position. We hit the deck! A company sized unit of enemy with Chinese was moving towards our position. Carrying RPGs this company of NVA is packing and looking for a rumble. As this unit moved on the trail and the trail was now winding around me we were out gunned on this day ten to one. I’m thinking back what if one of the team would have to squeeze off a round or two. What if, what if, can drive a man crazy some times and what if can tear your mind apart time and time again. This Company sized unit moved within five feet or so of me at times. My eyes were fixed on them, my hands were steady. I held firmly to my M16. The Cpl is 10 feet or so to my left. The balance of the team Ssgt. Romo, 2nd Lt. Riley, Pfc. Brandvold, Pfc. Coy and Pfc. Plunket are 300 to 400 feet behind me in the thick bush with the radioman Pfc. Harkins and Pfc. Horne on the M60 caliber machine gun. Out of the corner of my eye I could see Cpl. Southall trying to shift from his awkward position. I’m thinking ‘Oh No’ as my life started to flash by me. As I’m thinking and looking back on it now, it would be like the movie “Christmas Story” when Ralphie said," No more turkey, no more turkey sandwiches, no more turkey period". Thinking back now, I can also say I thought no more turkey dinners with my future wife, children, grandchildren, no more turkey period with my family. Things are about to turn worse. I’m a sweating Marine only two years out of high school and it seems like a life time ago. I was as strong as I could be. Nothing ever got to me, until this moment of this day! I’m afraid that things are about to end for me or turn worse for all of my brothers this summer day. The Corporal Jim Southall, whose name I can remember, is going to reposition his leg and the enemy’s all around us. As Cpl. Southall moved his leg I could hear a twig snap. Instantly two of the North Vietnamese turn and look at me from five feet or so away. My eyes were fixed on them. My hands were steady as I gripped my weapon. This moment in time seemed like an eternity to me. Their eyes seemed to be searching for me but their weapon stayed shouldered as they turned back and moved on down the winding trail. Not a shot was fired.

As this Company sized unit of North Vietnamese moved past me in single file, they were packing on this day. One by one they passed by me that day, one by one but time seem like it stopped that summer day. Yes time stopped for me. It seems like yesterday for this proud recon Marine. The enemy moved past me with packs on their backs. I could almost make out the serial numbers on their RPGs as the enemy passed by me with their weapons shouldered, carrying heavy arms and equipment. Yes the enemy passed the team by that day, moved off into the bush and not a shot was fired this time. The Cpl and I resumed our position and moved towards the river to look for a crossing for the team. We located one and returned to our brothers with painted faces. I’m running point toward the river. My steps now are quicker and lighter. Towards the river through the elephant grass we all cross that river on this day. We all moved to higher ground. What a somber place it seems to be. Second Lieutenant Brian Riley US Marine Corps (retired) and our radio operator Pfc. Harkins, called for artillery that day, March 15th, 1969 at about 1500 hrs and the artillery rained down in Elephant Valley. On the other side of the river as my mind wandered back to that twig snapping and those North Vietnamese turning and looking at me, this moment in time seemed like an eternity when their eyes seem to be searching for me. The team call sign "Average" moved out that day in '69. All my brothers with painted faces moved out! Our steps were quick and light and I’m proud to say that not one shot was fired on this glorious summer day in Vietnam. We called for an emergency extraction on the 2nd or 3rd day of that mission. But that is another story for this Marine.

Semper fi,
Floyd Ruggles
1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association,
Membership Director & Webmaster

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"I crossed that river with "Dublin City" a couple weeks after you." Posted by Rick Sikkema

Dang, an outstanding story sir…… much respect from a next generation recon marine….

James Lucas

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Howard "Doug" Wolfe

It is with deep sadness that I report the news of the death of Doug Wolfe. He died peacefully on March 31st, 2022  with his family at his side. He will be greatly missed by his family & friends. 

Part 13  - 2021-2022

Part 15  - 2022

Good Morning Floyd,

Here is a picture from the initial 1st Recon Bn USMC Birthday Cruise in 2010 cosponsored with Vietnam Battlefield Tours. There has been a total of 5 cruises thus far with the 6th and last  scheduled this October.  These cruises were held every other year.  Unfortunately, we missed the 2020/2021 cruise due to Covid.

Amongst our military attendees and their guests  were Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen who had served during the Cold War; Vietnam War; and our present-day conflicts.  These past and present warriors celebrated this unique event in traditional, first class , Marine Corps style which culminated in the time-honored cutting of the birthday cake with sword.  

For each cruise we received money back from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line based on the number of cabins we ’sold’.  Our profits were increased by auctioning off personal items donated by the guests. We were able to give $8000+ to the general fund.

Dave ‘Doc’ Snider

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October 21, 1950 ~ August 29, 2022 (age 71)