1st Recon Bn Association

1st Recon Battalion Association

February 15th, 2018

from: Bruce E Mosley ALPHA CO. 4/1967-11/1967

Bruce is wanting to get in contact with Lou Giordano of Alpha Co. You can email Bruce at brucemosley5@gmail.com

February 23rd, 2018

My Name: Eddie Arambulo

Message: First i would like to thank the association for providing this
important site,i am not good with words ,again i thank you.
This is my latest information please feel free to update my information. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Semper Fi...

Email: eddie.bodyworxftn@gmail.com

Date: Monday, March 19, 2018 10:51 pm

Message from: JIM EDWARDS 

Email: rockitout@juno.com



Gunnery Sergeant Jimmie E. Howard

The Marine Corps Medal of Honor Recipients

Save Howard's Medal of Honor

Stolen Valor


CHARLIE CO 1965-1966

Medal of Honor Recipients


Date: April 12th, 2018  1:23am

Name: Michael G Rosendahl
Email: mgrosendahl@gmail.com
Phone number: (407) 601-6179
Subject: 1st Recon C co 1966
Message: www.usmc1strecon.com

Mike Rosendahl

I was born Michael Gorden Berski in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. I was adopted Michael Gordon Rosendahl in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The adoption was due to the death of a mother and the disappearance of a father. One girl and two boys share my DNA. Amy lives in Jacksonville, Florida. Steven resides in Houston, Texas and Tony is in his eighth year in the United States Marine Corps. Tony became a Marine while fighting house to house in the streets of Fallujah, SEMPER FIDELIS. I am now recently retired and live with my wife Lily within the boundaries known as the city of Kissimmee, Florida.

Graduating from Missouri Military Academy in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and sixty five, the first decision I would make, within my first exposure to the world, would be a mistake. I would decide to forgo college for the adventures of war. Then I would quickly learn that within war there is no adventure! This decision would produce images and thoughts that would dwell within my mind, every day, for the remainder of my life. For in my nineteenth year I would become a professional killer and I would kill a large number of people with great precision and little remorse.

I would arrive in Vietnam in December 1965 and depart in January 1967 thus the year 1966 was life altering. Fate would deal me a remarkable hand. For within this year I was assigned to the elite of the elite. The reader should know that I was not qualified for such a task. But Recon Marines were being killed faster than trained volunteers could be found. I would live through this incredible experience only because of the skill and professionalism of the Marines that accompanied me into the jungle. This book is our story. It is a story of the joys of life and the sadness of death. This story travels from the exhilaration of survival to the despair of defeat. Within this story is a degree of camaraderie that only the damned can share.

The darkened meandering maze we call the Vietnam War split my beloved country in two. It is for this reason that I make an effort to write about the how’s and why’s. For only through knowledge can we learn. There are 58,153 names carved into the sacred wall of granite and 2,503 reported as missing in action. It is for them, my comrades, that I have pushed this pen. Also, you must know one basic fact: I will take to my grave an immense amount of pride in the realization that I was once and will always be “a combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps.”

Please note that the photographs are a gift from the participants.

Michael Rosendahl
Kissimmee, Florida

Thanks Mike,

Hope to see you in Colorado Springs at the reunion this August.

(God Willing)

Thanks for stopping by today.

See You All in 2021

(God Willing)

The 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association extends its appreciation to one of our own, Justin Murray, a.k.a., Murdog, for graciously providing the Association with 1st Recon Bn. logo decals for distribution to our newest members. Justin is president of Support Special Operations Forces, a 501 (c)3 Non-Profit Organization designed to provide direct assistance to Special Operations personnel and or their families in times of need.


Thanks, Murdog!

SF, Dave ‘Doc’ Snider


We are trying to see if anyone remembers,

Mark Shiuarts

Mark Shugarts was First Recon Marines, Vietnam, 1968-1970. Mark passed away in July 19, 2017. My wife, Elizabeth Shugarts, is his sister. She is creating a shadow box memorial for Mark in our house.

We are trying to determine if any of your members remembers Mark and has a story about him, or pictures of him in country.

Name: Elizabeth Shugarts
Address: 2054 S. Xenia Way Denver CO 80231 United States
Email: smithassociatespc@gmail.com
Phone Number: 303-809-7715
Subject: Mark Shugarts, 1st Recon Bn, Vietnam, 1968-1970
Message: We are tying to find anyone that might have known Mark Shugarts. Mark died July 19, 2017, from complications of diabetes. His sister, Elizabeth Shugarts, has created a small memorial to Mark in her home. Would love to have any stories of him in Vietnam and any pictures of Mark in Vietnam.

All new updates are found at the bottom of this page.

2021 Reunion Information

Coming Soon

We are trying to see if anyone remembers,

Mark Shiuarts

Mark Shugarts was First Recon Marines, Vietnam, 1968-1970. 


I have received a question of what company he served in.

Dave ‘Doc’ Snider

April 23, 2018 04:38 pm

April 23, 2018 02:04 pm

April 23, 2018 02:15 pm

Email Sent: Secretary, David (Doc) Snider

Doc, Can you help out... I'll post this on the website today.

Cc President, Charlie Kershaw, Herman Jonse & Elizabeth Shugarts <Elizabeth's email kicked back called her for new email address.

April 23, 2018 02:47 pm

Sorry for their lost. I did not know him. 


April 23, 2018 02:49 pm

Floyd, I have already posted on FB. If you can confirm an email, I will go back in and edit.

Dave ‘Doc’ Snider

April 23, 2018 02:59 pm

From: Mark Smith <smithassociatespc@gmail.com>


Thank you so much for the call. I really appreciate you reaching out to correct the email issue.

Email from:

Don "Robbie" Roberts


May 4th, 2018

Need to contact pers 65/66 H&S hkorno, schwab, Chku Lai I was the radio chief. Am pretty well home bound now as my vision is gone, macular, only one I keep contact with is Doc Snyder. I made the 50th in Oceanside, that was the last time I Traveled. Hope to hear from some of you.

My email: scfd3x604@yahoo.com

My Phone Number: 435-632-1685 

More Info coming soon!

Email from Mike Houlihan

BRAVO 87/91

May 11th, 2016

Hi Floyd,

You have the correct information.

You may be aware of this but for my era, we do 1st Recon reunions at Talega. It's very informal. It's free to sleep there, and the cost is $25. So more money for guys visiting to do extracurricular events, large charter a fishing boat or go golf. All 1st Recon Bn alumni are welcome to this event.

Mike  (Mike's email is houliha@gmail.com)

More Info coming soon!

Email from Robert Honzell

Charlie Co. 67-69

May 11th, 2018

I am 100% Disabled and homebound. I will not remember this interaction. My wife is typing for me.

Thanks Rob for the email. I'll update our website today with your new Info. I see that you were in Charlie Company in 67-69. I was in Bravo about the same time.Sorry to hear you are in poor health. I will count on your wife to keep us updated whenever possible.

Have a great day, Floyd

Rob's email address is sonnyboy.smith@yahoo.com 

More Info coming soon!

On Apr 24, 2018, at 8:05 PM, C Kershaw <invictus7@earthlink.net> wrote:

Dave and Floyd,

I don't find Mark Shugarts on our rolls.  He may have been in 1st Force or if he was in 1st Recon, he never joined the Association.  Recommend putting this request for information on the Facebook site.



On April 24, 2018 09:31 pm, david snider <Docsnidley@aol.com> wrote:

Hi Charlie,

I have already put the request on both the 1st Recon Assoc site and the 50th anniversary site. So far nothing has come of it.

Charlie, Are you still planning on visiting the Howard in San Diego? She ported several days ago. My thoughts center around a letter of appreciation for LtJg Cara Fischer.

Hope all is well.


Dave ‘Doc’ Snider

April 23, 2018 01:34 pm, David Snider Facebook Posting: Click Here

Facebook Comments

Harry Hayes Rest in peace Marine. Condolences to his family

Doug Benning Doesn't ring any bells for me, Doc....What Company was he in?

Dave Doc Snider I just heard back from the brother-in-law and they do not know what company, that is one of the pieces that they wish to learn.

Doug Benning Geez.! Now, that's gonna be real hard....Sure he was in 1st Recon?

Jim McQuaide doc went out with many teams when he was needed, he would be our best bet

I just heard back from the brother-in-law and they do not know what company, that is one of the pieces that they wish to learn.

July 11th, 2018


Hi Floyd,

Here is some information on retired Gunny, Donald E Roberts who retired in 1974. I had the pleasure of meeting Robbie at one of our mini-reunions held in Las Vegas. Robbie did all the footwork for us and secured us a great venue. Robbie was with 1st Recon 65 and 66, Camp Horno, Camp Schwab and Chu Lai. In Chu Lai he was the Bn Radio Chief In 68 and 69 he was with Hq 7th Mar

Robbie would like to get more info on 488 and on the command team Col Sullivan took to Tin Phuc. We brought in some 105's and they got a chance to do some direct fire.
He would also like to talk to anyone who was in the Bn in 65 and 66 Contact Robbie at scfd3x604@yahoo.com or phone 435 632 1685. Robbie would really appreciate hearing from all. His FB page is Donald E Roberts

SF, Dave ‘Doc’ Snider

May 12th, 2018  2:42pm

July 10th, 2018



Looking forward to first reunion this year in Colorado Springs, Co.

For more Info. on the reunion

Click Here

July 10th, 2018

Name: Steve Risk Mr
Email: Martinrisk@comcast.net 
Phone number: 925 8204727
Subject: Reunion in Colorado.
Message: I served with D co. ,4/2 ,call sign, prime cut in 1970 .will any team members be there?lynch, Wiley, swickschwartz,(doc)hunt?


Thanks for the email. I'm assuming Delta Company will be well represented this year.  We have 6 new members this year from Delta, Paul B Goodwin, Robert M Lange, Frederick A Romero,  Don Griffith, Joseph A Perron & Michael J Witherell. See new members web page for more Info.  As for your team "Prime Cut" members, I sent out emails to James Lynch & Hank Wiley two months ago and both emails kicked back (bad e-mail addresses). I sent out postcards two week ago. They have not been returned but I have no reply to date. I do not know Swickschwartz or Doc Hunt from your team. I'm not finding them on our roster. Will send a copy of this email to Doc Snider from Delta Company to see if he can help us. Hope to see you in Colorado Springs this year. For more information on the reunion this year go to this link. Click Here I'll post this email on our message board today.

Semper Fi,


July 10th, 2018

Hi folks,

Thanks for letting me in. I was with 3rd 155 Guns at Danang, An Hoa and LZ Ross in the Que Son. We worked with you guys a lot, big respect to ya. I have a friend who was with me in Nam 68/69 who is looking for a friend of his that went to 1st Recon. The guys name he is looking for is Mark Smith (middle I think is Thomas). I guess Mark was wounded and lost a leg. Jack would really like to find him again. Any help would be great. Small world, I met several of you guys in Branson last year when we were there too for our reunion (great place). It was intermission on the Show Boat. Great talking to you guys. Wsih we would have had more time. Semper Fi my brothers! King


Will update our website today and add you to our message board.

Semper Fi, Floyd

July 11th, 2018

Please reply to this email and update or confirm your Information today, so we can save $$$ on postage. When I do not get a response, I assume the information is incorrect. The directory has not been updated in over 12 years so I cannot assume that the information is correct.

 I will be sending out the balance of the reunion postcards to all association members with missing or incorrect information by Wednesday the 18th of July, 2018. As of today we have over 1200 members with unconfirmed information.

PLEASE RESPOND ASAP.  Thanks, Floyd Ruggles

Sgt. Denny Eller - Bravo Company

Sept. 1969 - Sept. 1970

Congratulations on your new position and good luck with the mailing. SEMPER FI

Chuck de Boisblanc - Alpha, Bravo & Charlie Companies Oct. 1975 - July 1979


Sorry about the delay. All of the information is correct and up to date. It doesn't look like I'll be able to attend the reunion. I still work in a plant and have to schedule time off a year in advance. But, like the good ole USMC, sometimes things change at the last minute. For now though, I won't be making the trip.

Thanks for all the hard work keeping this going.



Thanks Chuck, Hope to see you at the 2019 reunion. S/F Floyd

Message Board

From: John T Reed (Doc) 7/23/2018 6:25 PM

Email: jreedsr@charter.net 
Phone number: 541-270-0015

Delta Company 9/66-9/67 Corpsman

Sorry I won't be able to attend the 2018 reunion in Colorado Springs.

To all those I served with over my 30 years Navy career,
a hearty SEMPER FI!!

John (Doc) Reed

Date: July 24, 2018 at 11:48 AM
Name: Roger D Hicklin 

Email: rogerjuju@yahoo.com 
Phone number: 540-221-2836
Subject: looking for information

Message: Sir, I served with 1st Recon Bn. from 1972 til 1975. There was a marine brother Gary Neil King, that served with me. I see that he is a member of the association. Do you have any current address or Email address, or phone# listed for him? I would like to reconnect with my long lost brother. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Message Board

Hello Roger,

As for Gary N King, (Alpha, Charlie, H&S Companies 72-74)

Our Info as of today is:

Address: Bad address postcard returned (6/6/2018)
Phone:  907-529-4362 (?)
Email:  Bad Email Address (returned 5/20/2018)

As of 6/6/2018 Gary Neil King: no information available

If  I can not confirm Gary's Information by our 2019 Reunion. He maybe dropped from our membership rolls in the 1st Recon Battalion Association. So please let me know if you can fine Info on Gary by our 2019 reunion. I'll update his information at that time. I hope you or one of our brothers from the associations can update Gary's Info soon.

I'll post Gary's Info on our website today for help from our brothers from 1st Recon.

Thanks for your email Roger.

Semper Fi, Floyd

New 1st Recon Battalion Association Member: Cary F Andras MD from H&S Company 1/70-9/70 

Message: to 1st Recon Battalion Association I was the Bn Surg during Lt Col Drumwright's command. Previously served under him in 2/26. Glad to hear from anyone but I tend not to answer calls from unknown numbers because of the damm robo calls.. Address is good, but planning to go to Fla Soon for a few mos. Mail willbe forwarded. Doc

Email: glynnwoodfarms@yahoo.com

Phone: 217-370-1285 or 217-882-4511


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Floyd: Would you please post the following on our website? okay.

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