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1st Recon 1967-1970

Part 7



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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Bravo Company '69

The Memory Remains Not All Wounds Are Visible.

"A Brotherhood Forged In Combat"

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Part 1 - 2018-2019 

Part 2 - 2019-2020 

Part 3 - 2020 

Part 4 - 2020 

Part 5  - 2020

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Part 1 - 2017-2018 

Part 2 - 2018 

Part 3 - 2018 

Part 4 - 2018-2019 

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Part 6  - 2020

Antrim, Ulster, Ireland

Antrim is a town and civil parish in County Antrim in the northeast of Northern Ireland, on the banks of the Six Mile Water, on the north shore of Lough Neagh.

GySgt Rodney Harry Pupuhi

Delta Company - 1st Reconnaissance Battalion

Chase LeClair, Visited MajGen Butler this morning in his hometown of West Chester, PA. Semper Fi, sir

Smedley Darlington Butler

Major General Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940), nicknamed "Old Gimlet Eye", was a senior United States Marine Corps officer who fought in both the Mexican Revolution and World War I Butler was, at the time of his death, the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. During his 34-year career as a Marine, he participated in military actions in the Philippines, China, in Central America and the Caribbean during the Banana Wars, and France in World War I. 

Butler later became an outspoken critic of American wars and their consequences. Butler also exposed an alleged plan to overthrow the United States government.

By the end of his career, Butler had received 16 medals, five for heroism. He is one of 19 men to receive the Medal of Honor twice, one of three to be awarded both the Marine Corps Brevet Medal (along with Wendell Neville and David Porter) and the Medal of Honor, and the only Marine to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions. For more on this story Click Here

Thanks for the photo Chase

Photo sent in by Larry Feldman 8/4/2020

Auqust 3rd,2020

Email from: Joseph Spair Jr.  turbo8u@gmail.com

Message to 1st Recon Battalion Association: This is for my father who recently passed. I am looking to find more Marines who served with him and if they remember him.

Joe Spair's Webpage

Hill 200 June 3rd, 1968

Steve Grandusky - Bravo Company 68-69

Email from Ernest Tompkins "pete"

Hey floyd, I saw three pictures of me in your albums. I would like to share my album and pictures with you and all. Thanks for bring back some old memory's. I was mostly in delta co. as a radio operator most of the time. Won't be stateside till the 17th.,then going back to Thailand. Let me know how to send pic's..........later.........Ernest Tompkins.

Pete Tompkins Photo Gallery

Message from Joseph A Perron albertperron@cox.net


I have been looking for one of my best friend that we served together in 1st Battalion 1st Recon DeltaCompany in Chu-Lai Vietnam. I have been looking for him for the past forty plus years I am hoping that this time some one can help me fine him. I have tried everything to locate him the only name I have is his last name Porter and he was from PA. Thank You for ypur help. Please help me...

Message from: Dana P Zuber  banana60@me.com

Looking for Missing Friend

Looking for Robert Spurling. Looking for Battalion Roster?


Sgt. Robert Larry "Bob" Hughes

July 11, 1946 - February 14, 1990

In June 2014 My 11 year old son and I went to Norman France for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

Prvate Philip Germer Omaha Beach

Photo sent in by Mike Shokatz

Thanks, Mike!

Eric Schwartz, I eats rusty nails for breakfast. OOH RAH!!!!

Ray Hall. Echo Co. ‘68-69.

Lance Corporal Melvin Joseph Riley, Jr

Delta Company


Hill 445

Sgt. Mark Angel Guillen

(1949 - 1978)

Bravo 1969

The Man in the Doorway
by Michael Ryerson

Listen to the audio

They came in low and hot, close to the trees and dropped their tail in a flare, rocked forward and we rushed for the open doorways. This was always the worst for us, we couldn’t hear anything and our backs were turned to the tree line. The best we could hope for was a sign on the face of the man in the doorway, leaning out waiting to help with a tug or to lay down some lead. Sometimes you could glance quickly at his face and pick up a clue as to what was about to happen. 

 We would pitch ourselves in headfirst and tumble against the scuffed riveted aluminum, grab for a handhold and will that son-of-a-bitch into the air. Sometimes the deck was slick with blood or worse, sometimes something had been left in the shadows under the web seats, sometimes they landed in a shallow river to wash them out. Sometimes they were late, sometimes…they were parked in some other LZ with their rotors turning a lazy arc, a ghost crew strapped in once too often, motionless, waiting for their own lift, their own bags, once too often into the margins. The getting on and the getting off were the worst for us but this was all he knew, the man in the doorway, he was always standing there in the noise, watching, urging…swinging out with his gun, grabbing the black plastic and heaving, leaning out and spitting, spitting the taste away, as though it would go away…

They came in low and hot, close to the trees and dropped their tail in a flare, rocked forward and began to kick the boxes out, bouncing against the skids, piling up on each other, food and water, and bullets…a thousand pounds of C’s, warm water and rounds, 7.62mm, half a ton of life and death. And when the deck was clear, we would pile the bags, swing them against their weight and throw them through the doorway, his doorway, onto his deck and nod and he’d speak into that little mic and they’d go nose down and lift into their last flight, their last extraction. Sometimes he’d raise a thumb or perhaps a fist or sometimes just a sly, knowing smile, knowing we were staying and he was going but also knowing he’d be back, he’d be back in a blink, standing in the swirling noise and the rotor wash, back to let us rush through his door and skid across his deck and will that son-of-a-bitch into the air.

They came in low and hot, close to the trees and dropped their tail in a flare, rocked forward, kicked out the boxes and slipped the litter across the deck and sometimes he’d lean down and hold the IV and brush the dirt off of a bloodless face, or hold back the flailing arms and the tears, a thumbs-up to the right seat and you’re only minutes away from the white sheets and the saws and the plasma.

They came in low and hot, close to the trees and dropped their tail in a flare, rocked forward and we’d never hear that sound again without feeling our stomachs go just a bit weightless, listen just a bit closer for the gunfire and look up for the man in the doorway.

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

Your Marine Corps

October 5th, 2020

Hi Floyd,

I received this email the other day from Danny Lliteras, our prolific writer. Is the an opportunity for you to add this to the web site? I always enjoy seeing our brothers do well. Some day, I will publish my ‘Great American Novel’ heheheheh

I hope all is well with you and that we will be able to gather next year. Too many war stories need to be told around the camp fire.

Dave ‘Doc’ Snider

Death Takes a Byline Paperback

November 10, 2020

by D.S. Lliteras (Author)



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Over 100 Patrol Reports.

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The Jim Southall Story

Some Give It All

Sgt Southall 1969

1st Recon Battalion Marines involved in this story. The story is a work in progress over the next year.

Over 200

LCpl Ruggles 1969

Blue Spruce 1968

PFC Southall 1967

Hill 200 1969

Jim Southall 2012

The Jim Southall Story

The Jim Southall Story

Some Give It All

Some Give It All

The Jim Southall Story

The Jim Southall Story