1st Recon Battalion Association


Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018 09:00 pm
Subject: Frank Durham

Hostage 1-0, 

 I saw your request in the Patrol report and Frank is in Heaven now.  We lost him in 98 or 99. I visited with Frank in 1985/1986. Franks is an Ace and a true warrior.

 I’m not aware of the status of the other Cayenne team members that you did an emergency extract on July 25,1968. I was with Bravo Co 1st Recon BN (Jun 68-Jul 69). Thanks for reaching out.

Semper Fi,

Herman Jonse Jr

Retired (MGySgt USMC)

From: Patrick Sirmon [mailto:psirmon@bellsouth.net]
Sent: Sunday, January 28, 2018 7:31 PM
To: Herman Jonse

Subject: Re: Frank Durham

Thank you  for your reply.  It means a lot to me.
50 years have gone by since then, but the memories remain.......and mean more to me year after year.  The memories of courage and bravery of you and your brothers continue to inspiration to me.  From this old fart retired Marine, and I appreciate your response. I sincerely appreciate your service and the service of all your Recon brothers.
As a side story, in April or May 1968 I was a member of a 5 Marine detachment sent to the Army 1st Air Cav.  They had just gone into the A Shau valley.  The Marines were: Major Keating, Staff Sergeant Hughes and a Captain whose name I do not remember from 1st Bn and Captain Key and me gun ship pilots.  Major Keating and Staff Sergeant were KIA's and the Captain was WIA. That experience has bonded me to Recon Marines.....forever . 
Again, Thank you and Semper Fidelis,
Patrick Sirmon

 From: Herman Jonse <herman.jonse@gmail.com>   
 To: 'Patrick Sirmon' <psirmon@bellsouth.net>
  Date:Sunday, January 28, 2018 11:35 pm
 Subject: RE: Frank Durham



Every time I hear the chopper, it’s like the air angels in sky coming to extract us. Thank you and your team mates for risking it all to insert and extract us.


I can still see the YT on the CH 46’s.


Semper Fi,



Frank Durham

Past Messages part 2