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Delta Tango |
I was in the french bunker next to the 1st Radio Bn tent on hill 37, Christmas 1969. You can see the tent, next to the bunker in the Hill 37 picture
24 August 2006 - Atlanta

Webmaster comments   DT,

Were you with 3rd Marines? I was with Radio Bn that moved into the French Bunker in February, 1970. I didn't know we were on Hill 37 in Christmas, 1969. Thanks for checking in.

Semper Fi,


Dave Sowers |
Hello First Radio!

Graduated from Pensacola as a dit chaser in June 65
Stationed at Torri with Co D MSB from August 65 til going TAD to Det A SU 1 (Hill 327) from August 66 thru end Feb 67.
Back to Okinawa for two months before going TAD to First Radio for landings and excercises with 27th (?) Marines at Pendleton in April/May 67

I'm looking for anyone who I may have served with. Especially Frank Cox (from Louisville, Ky) who was with me in Pensacola and went to DLI then to First Radio in Kaneohe and VN when the Bn moved in. Tony Roberts, Tony Straeke, Johnny English, Willie Easter, 'Tiny' Theisen (sp?), Joel Baugh and anyone who was part of the Bowhand, Bootcamp A,B,C DF net we ran from 327 and Happy Valley during 66-67.

Rick, thanks for a great site and a job well done.

Semper Fi

Dave Sowers
24 August 2006 - Vinton, VA

Bill Runnels |
Gary Catura's condition:

From Gale Monda....

Spoke with Joan Cartura last night. She told me that Gary remains in critical condition. He had a big scare at the clinic before being transferred to the hospital. He did suffer a major heart attack.

Because of his kidney problems, the can't work on his heart. Because of his bad heart, they are having trouble treating his kidney problem.

The bottom line is that Gary's heart is currently operating at only 10% of its capacity. Prognosis is that he probably only has a short time left - could be two weeks, two months but according to the doctors, less than a year. He has determined that he does not want to be put on life support - just let nature take its course.

Joan said she would keep me updated. As I hear from her, I'll pass on any further information. I know that Gary has many more friends than this short list. Please pass on to others you may be in contact with about Gary.


Gale Monda
8 August 2006

Ed Lynch |
Did you ever hear anything from Capt. Hampton about that award honoring Capt. Ayers??
21 July 2006

Webmaster comments   Ed,

Sure did. Here is Capt Hampton's tribute: http://www.swanassoc.com/1stradiobn/james_ayers.htm

Semper Fi

john v. mckay |
Hello and semper fi to all former
members of sub unit #1. 1st radio bn.
I served in Danang, Dong Ha, Chu Lai
and Khe Sanh from May, 1967 to June, 1968 with the 1st rad. I was sent to Dong Ha to replace Steve Traughber when
he was killed on a convoy run. He and
I had played basketball on the Marine
Corps team in Pensacola. He was stationed in Kamiseya, Japan and TAD
to su#1 along with Norm Schroeder.
Best regards to all and remember,
the brave may not live forever, but
the timid never live at all.
11 July 2006 - all over

Tom Cunnally |

The Marine stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, Marine,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Marine waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Marine,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

~Author Unknown~
19 June 2006 - Mountain View CA

Chuck Truitt | |
The United States has welcomed the "yards" with open arms, and taken an active part in helping that people group. By far the largest number of Montagnards, outside of Vietnam, are in America. In the mountains of western North Carolina.

The Montagnard Farmland
4836/4838 Waynick Meadows Road
Asheboro, North Carolina 27205

It was awhile getting started because almost none of them joined the exodus of refugees fleeing South Vietnam after the fall of the South Vietnamese government in 1975. Since the mid-'80s things have changed a lot though.
18 June 2006 - Mannheim, Germany

Anthony Surman |
In my lifetime 1st the Montenyards, now the Kurds, who will we allow our goverment to let become extinct next. Those with courage who fought with The brave Montenyards while those without will let whole communities of our most loyal friends be annihilated in the name of peace with honor...
15 June 2006 - Pittsburgh

Ike Eisenhauer |
It was with great sadness that I learned of the recent death of MGySgt E.L. Williams. My first assignment in 1964, after Corry was in 1st Radio Bn working for the then GySgt Williams. He had the ability to terrorize you and then go to the mat to defend you. I had the pleasure of working for and with him at several other duty stations, including Chu Lai, Vietnam in 65. As I came to know him better I realized that he was one hell of a Marine and as my career progressed I tried to emulate him. When I heard that he was in poor health, I wanted to call and tell him how much I had respected him over the years. Alas, because I did not want to disturb him, I never made the call. I wish I had.

Fair winds and following seas to a Marines Marine. MGySgt E.L. Williams.
8 June 2006 - Front Royal, Virginia

Ike Eisenhauer |
Thanks Chuck. We were talking about radio wave propagation in the office and I could not remember the formula for antenna length. I know I could have gone to google, but I thought I would put it out to the old pros to answer.
8 June 2006 - Front Royal, Virginia

Steve Lambert |
Hi Marines,

Boy, does this bring back memories.

This is about me and my experience in Vietnam era:

Name: Stephen F. Lambert
Service: USN
Years in - out of service: 1965 - 1970
Years in - out of Vietnam: 1967 - 1970
Units - Places - Dates(MM/YY-MM/YY)

Det A., NavCommStaPhil Phu Bai 9/67 – 2/68

Sub Unit 1 1st Radio Bn, Dong Ha 2/68 – 11(?)/68

TAD USS Chicago 12(?)/68 – 4(?)/69

Sub Unit 1 1st Radio Bn, Danang – Dong Ha - 10(?)/69 - 2/70

I was a Vietnamese “I” brancher. I first worked with Tim Hauck, a crypie, USMC Sgt., I replaced a GySgt, whose name I don’t remember. I remember Al Weiss and Greg Power. We copied the 27th Independent Battalion forever. Tim Hauck could listen to the cut number and type plain-language Vietnamese. Amazing guy!

We had a Major who was former supply or some such – called him “Chicken Man”. He issued an order that making chicken noises would be punishable by an Art 15.

When I came back to Dong Ha in 1969, 3rd MarDiv had moved out of Dong Ha, and the Army’s 5th Mech moved in. MGySgt Rokis was memorable, but for the wrong reasons. We had a mustang USMC Lt. (Capt?) who was tremendous. Also a GySgt who was a natural leader.

We ate chow at 12th Marines HQ Battery. I remember having Brussels Sprouts for about a month straight. One holiday, probably Christmas, 1969, the cooks prepared a “Christmas Ham”. it was half a Spam loaf with half a pineapple ring and a maraschino cherry on top. I almost cried. It was the cook’s way of trying to make something nice, but it was so pathetic.

I was sent to Khe Sanh, but never made it. I stayed at the Rockpile trying to catch a chopper out. Met up with some Army who’d been reconning for a two day mission that somebody forgot about. They were hitching a ride the other way. They’d been in the bush for two weeks. I finally got to LZ Stud. Everybody from the NSG unit had diarrhea. They were wearing blouses and boots with no pants.

I remember getting arrested by the Army MPs for “fraternizing” with the Vietnamese. We hadn’t gotten any beer for 90 days. A pallet load came in. Our Capt decided that we should have a barbeque/beer bust. Since I spoke Vietnamese, I was sent out to Hwy 9 to Dong Ha to buy some ice from the locals. The MPs saw me and arrested me. The Army MP couldn’t spell “fraternize”. By the time he figured out what to write on the arrest report, the Lt. from our unit came and “bailed” me out.

Good luck with the site. I would love to hear from others there.


Steve Lambert
6 June 2006 - San Diego, California

Joseph Gillen |
Tomorrow, Memorial Day, I will think of all our brothers and sisters who have given the ultimate sacrifice. I will also think of all those who are now in harms way.
28 May 2006 - Avon, CT

Chuck Truitt |
Okay, I see that last one didn't go up, so I'll give it just one more shot.

Hmmmm, a long wire; it's been awhile.

To do it in feet you divide the speed of light (985,000) by the frequency, and you get the length in feet. For instance,
985,000 divided by 27110 (used to be the mean freq for CB radios) would give you an answer of 36.333456 feet, which is the wave length. So a 1/4 wave antenna (marconi) would be 9.08 feet for the mean CB radio wave length. Of course, a hallf wave would be better and a full 36 and a third footer would be even better. I hope that helps, Ike. (long time no see!)

Note: if you change that 985,000 to 300,000 you'll get the results in meters.

Respectfully, Chuck Truitt sends
24 May 2006 - Mannheim, Germany

Ike Eisenhauer |
Do any of you old salts remember the formula for setting up a long-wire antenna?
23 May 2006 - Front Royal, Virginia

Webmaster comments   Ike, Google "antenna length calvculate" w.o the quotes and you'll find a lot of calculators to assist. Here is one: http://www.crompton.com/wa3dsp/hamradio/antcalc.html

Ric Warnick |
I want to thank Rick Swan for putting together a great 1st Rad. Bn reunion in San Antonio, Texas last week. To all of the men and their wives that my wife and I met for the first time, it was a pleasure to meet you and we both enjoyed the time spent with you. Rick, thank you for making it happen and thank all of you that had a hand in it. For those of you that could not attend, we missed you. Hope to see all of you next year in San Diego. It will be a lot of fun!! This reunion was my first. It was really great to hear other perspectives on our mission in Vietnam and to meet other Marines from all over the country and differenct eras in Vietnam and the Marine Corps.
22 May 2006 - Midland, Texas

Chuck Roberts |
Does anyone recall the name of the 1st Sgt in charge of the Marines at Corry Field 1960-61? I arrived at Corry late Dec '60 (the last CT classes were still being held at Imperial Beach - first R class at Corry began mid Jan '61) and left in Oct '61. R&O 2571/2575.
2 May 2006

Ric Warnick |
In response to Rick's saluting at events, I have always perferred saluting to puting my hand over my heart. I shall continue to do so.
Chuck, glad you are home. Hope you got to fish all you wanted to. Still hoping to see you at the reunion in May along with all the rest of you Rad Bn guys. 68 and 69 don't seem to have much representation so far. What's up with that? You guys and your wives will love San Antonio. Semper Fi, Ric
3 April 2006 - Midland, Texas

Eduardo Baukat |
Please send any information or photo of Robert Baukat (Vietnam war veteran) to Baukat family in Brazil.

Thank you
26 February 2006 - Brasil

Webmaster comments   Please contact Eduardo if you can share information about MGySgt Baukat, USMC 69-90, Vietnam 70-712571, with Greek in boot camp; Marble Mountain in 1971

Rick Swan |
I was forwarded this interesting idea from an I Corps Special Forces friend, Mike Stahl.

Subject: Saluting by Veterans

Following is a letter which a good friend, Ret' d Army MG Vern Lewis, asked me to pass on to my associates. I think he has a great idea, and if you agree, hope you will pass it on to your retired mil contacts.

I gathered some 16 of my old military friends who agreed to sponsor a movement for Veterans to salute rather than place their hands over their heart when honoring the flag, fallen comrades, and/or the country. I have some from each of the four principal services. Three of them were former Vice Chiefs or Assistant Commandants of their services, and several were former CINC's.

We refer to saluting when we do the pledge to the flag, when the National Colors pass or are presented, when the National Anthem or honors are played, or when taps are played and firing squads or guns render honors. We got MOAA magazine to ask veterans what they preferred, hand over the heart or saluting. When last I looked, some 583 veteran respondents had voted 81% in favor of the salute. In addition, my email address was in the questionnaire and I've had about 150 responses, with all but a dozen or so in favor of the salute. Obviously an overwhelming majority of the veterans want to salute.

There are no regulations telling us veterans what we can and can't do in this matter. If we decide we want to salute, who will dare to tell us "no"?

It is a matter of personal choice. We've earned the right to render a salute. Now the challenge is to get the word out. I believe the unit and branch associations are the best way. The commanders of the American Legion and VFW never answered my emails, presuming they even got them. If we can get this started it will take on a life of its own. Those who object can continue the hand over the heart thing. Gradually the custom will change, as well it should.

Just imagine thousands of fans saluting at NFL, MBA, and Major League Baseball games when the National Anthem is played. It will telegraph a message to all others of how many have served this country in the Armed Forces---it will be a positive and patriotic message.

You can help by putting the word out in your organizations, which are made up of patriots like you and me. Thanks, my friend.

Vernon B.
23 March 2006 - Palo Alto, CA

Chuck Truitt |
Okay, I'm back in God's most blest nation on the earth.
When I left yesterday afternoon from Frankfurt, Germany, it was snowing. Had a two hour layover at Dulles, then arrived in Orlando at 2345 hrs. My brother picked us up, and we were headed down Boggy Creek road by 0015 on my way home to Haines City/Winterhaven. Couldn't sleep at all on the plane - never can - so was up about 24 hours total, and hit the rack about 0200 after "shooting the breeze" for a little while, but was up again by 0735.

Just kinda vegitating right now. Trying to figure a way to do some kayak fishing in the next few days. I have three invitations to do some serious deep water fishing for big stuff, and will definitely do that, but I definitely want to get out on the yak too; all four of my yaks are back in Germany. I'll be returning to Mannheim on the 23rd of May.

Ohhh how I love this warm weather once again.
22 March 2006 - Mannheim, Germany

Webmaster comments   Great timing, Chuck. Today, April 17th, I drove by your home in Mannheim on way to Heidelberg. After a few days of work here, I'll return to California on Friday, April 21st.

Dan Canipe |
Retired 2001. You've a great page here. Looking at the pictures makes me remember how special our breed was, however much younger. Semper Fi, SIGINT will never die.
8 March 2006 - Burnsville, NC

Bill Morris |
Does anyone know what happened to Maj. Mike Leito USMC. He was CO of Marines at Torri Station Okinawa in the mid to late 60's
15 February 2006

Sgt Steve Bates, Dong Ha |
My son Eliot now serving in Iraq, 3/1 Radio Operator.
Some things don't change.
11 February 2006

Chuck Truitt |
A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that her name is Patricia Whack.

"Miss Whack, I'd like to get a $30,000 loan to take a holiday."

Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it's okay, he knows the bank manager.

Patty explains that he will need to secure the loan with some collateral.

The frog says, "Sure. I have this," and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed.

Very confused, Patty explains that she'll have to consult with the bank manager and disappears into a back office.

She finds the manager and says, "There's a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000, and he wants to use this as collateral."

She holds up the tiny pink elephant. "I mean, what in the world is this?"


The bank manager looks back at her and says.

"It's a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan. His old man's a Rolling Stone."

(You're singing it, aren't you?)
8 February 2006 - Mannheim, Germany

Jack Pfaff |
Everyone knew I was crazy, but now I am FC (freaking crazy)- if I can find someone to say I was somewhere out there out of DaNang in 1970 I could get some money from the VA - any suggestions?
16 December 2005 - Pensacola, Okinawa, Vietnam, Hawaii

Ray |
Perhaps this will help other Marines.
When they moved H&S Co. out of III MAF, we were moved to the 8th Comm compound at China beach. Across the road from the Army Logistics center.
If my memory hasn't failed me completely, there was an orphanage next to the compound. This may be the orphanage to which Dorothee refers.
7 December 2005

Dorothée Calvet |
I’m a Vietnamese adoptee living in France now.

I left Vietnam in January 1969 at 18 months of age to be adopted thanks to a humane Association held by Rosemary Taylor.

Today, after 37 years, I’m trying to look for my past, then I visit many web sites and links.

My search leads to you and I saw on your website “1st Radio Battalion USMC Vietnam” two photos taken in Danang, particularly at “China Beach Orphanage”. : the one named “Dave Ekardt and some of the kids at the Catholic Orphanage Danang”, and the second is “Grover (Mike) Dowell and friend at China Beach Orphanage”.

I was very interested in these two photos because I came from this orphanage. Since my birth, I lived in Sacred Heart Orphanage in Danang, and the Sisters of Saint Paul de Chartres (web site is http://spcdanang.tripod.com/ took care of me until my adoption. The Sisters of Saint Paul de Chartres operated both the Sacred Heart Orphanage and the China Beach Orpahange.

I would like to know if you have memories of this period in Danang (about 1967-1969) and your work in these orphanages?

Can you tell me more about this and have you got more information? Can you talk about your work as a soldier: helping civilians, protecting civilians, humane activities?

Do you know somebody who stationed in the same Marine units or US Army Corps who went to this orpahange? Can you give me some e-mail contact?

Perhaps, you have kept other photos of you or friends in this orphanage located in Danang that you can send me? Sorry for all these questions but I hope that your understand me.

I’ll be so happy to hear from you.

Thank you in advance for your reply.

This also is my story.

4 December 2005 - France

Webmaster comments   Yo, Marines,

This is important to Dorothée. If you have any information/stories about the China Beach Orphanage, please write her directly. Of course, I also encourage writing of stories for our Web site so all can learn...

Tom Cunnally |
I started to read Jarhead a few years ago but I gave up and gave the book to a retired Army Officer who enjoyed reading it. I saw the movie and it concentrated too much on the dark side of marine life ie a sadistic DI, dysfunctional comrades, dear john letters, and officers and staf nco's who are not inspirational leaders but rather inidviduals who attained their rank because of the length of their service and not on merit.
22 November 2005 - Mountain View CA

Chuck Truitt |
Oops, I may be infringing on Ease's domain here, but here goes anyhow.

Bubba and Earl, two rednecks from Alabama, were in a local Wal-Mart when they decided to get in on the weekly charity raffle. They bought five tickets each at a dollar a pop. The following week, when the raffle was drawn, each had won a prize.

Earl won 1st place, a year's supply of gourmet spaghetti sauce and extra-long spaghetti. Bubba won 6th prize, a toilet brush.

About a week or so had passed when the men met back at Wal-Mart. Bubba asked Earl how he liked his prize, to which Earl replied, Great, I love spaghetti!"

Earl asked Bubba, "How about you? How's the toilet brush?"
"Not so good," replied Bubba. "I reckon I'm gonna go back to to the corn cobs and Sear's catalogs."
22 November 2005 - Mannheim, Germany

Joseph Gillen |
I must admit, Chuck, that I saw Jarhead and thought it was well done. After having seen it, I needed a few days to digest the different levels. I think it was a good observation of men who are psyched for action and end up in boredom. I think it made some observations about power and politics in organizations (military or otherwise). We all filter external stimuli through our experiences and personalities.I liked Jarhead.
20 November 2005 - Avon, Connecticut

Chuck Truitt |
That movie Jarhead, I'm not getting lots of good feedback. In fact, I've heard no good feedback from anyone that was a Marine. I just received this, Hey brother, I did go see the movie and very much regret it. I felt dirty upon leaving the theater. So that seems to pretty much sum it up, in a nutshell.

Respectfully, Chuck Truitt sends
17 November 2005 - Mannheim, Germany

Brent A. Hampton |
I am Capt Brent A. Hampton USMC stationed at the Navy Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center (NMITC), Dam Neck Annex to Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, VA. (Yes, I know that is a mouth full). I am a Signals Intelligence Officers Course (SIOC) Director/Instructor to junior Marine Corps officers (Yes, the school has been moved from Pensacola to here) and I am doing some research on a deceased Marine Corps Officer that was killed while serving as the Communications Platoon Commander of 3/5 in 1967. I am looking for a point of contact or a direction in which to search for more information about this individuall. As the course director of the SIOC we are wanting to honor this fallen Marine by naming our "honor graduate" award after him. I am working to gather any photos or biography bullets on our award designee. He was a Cryptologic Officer, which was the predessor to our modern Signals Intelligence Officers.

His name is James W. Ayers, born in Moncks Corner on October 31, 1934. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on April 5,1957, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on July 1, 1962 and was killed in Quang Tin, Vietnam on 26 May 1967.

I am only searching for public information and do not wish to pry into anyones personal life.

Thank you for your time and I appreciate any amount of attention you are able to pay my request.

Respectfully Submitted,
Capt B. A. Hampton
8 November 2005

Webmaster comments   Yo, Marines, this is my reply to Capt. Hampton:


I'm the Webmaster for the Vietnam Era 1st Radio Battalion.

Your message arrives at a a poignant time for us with the 1st Radio Battalion. Tomorrow we are meeting in Pensacola in order to commemorate a Memorial plaque on our Marine Corps Birthday on Thursday.

The bronze plaque - http://www.swanassoc.com/1stradiobn/memorial.htm - will be uncovered in honor of nine of our brothers who died in service to their country in Vietnam.

I just Googled James A Ayers and found the name of his nephew (also named James A Ayers) whom I spoke with briefly. The nephew was born in 1969 so knew almost nothing about his uncle. I did, however, get the name of Capt. Ayers brother, Homer, with whom I left a phone message. I told him of your goals and that I would pass on Homer's contact info.

I will also post your note to me into our Guestbook so that other men can check their own memories and perhaps give you the bullets you seek about Capt. Ayers.

Semper Fi,


Encouraging mail | |

I've been getting periodic encouraging emails from folks who have read my book "Pop A Yellow Smoke" about a tour in 1st Radio Battalion. It seems that folks are becoming more and more aware of the book. I even got a letter of thanks from the Commandant.

"I just got your book in the mail today from my brother... in Clinton, Maryland. I set down to read it at 2pm today. Well, 8 and ahalf hours later (1030pm) I was done reading it from cover to cover. I think I've read less then 10 books cover to cover in my whole life, (and I think it is closer to 5 then it is 10 books) plus I've never read a whole book the same day I started reading it, before this one, anyway. That sure is a good book.

Dan Dove
Danny Boy :)
Chu Lai Viet Nam 1968-1969"

Respectfully, Chuck Truitt sends
6 November 2005 - Mannheim, Germany

Marty Wilson | |
Really good site, and a pleasant suprise. Keep doin what you do, dont ever stop.
5 November 2005 - USA

Chuck Truitt | |
I haven't seen the movie and probably never will, but I'm seeing much more negative things about the movie [b]Jarhead[/b] than I am good about it.

Check this out on one of Sgt Grit's forums.

Respectfully, Chuck Truitt sends
5 November 2005 - Mannheim, germany

Kelly | |
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4 November 2005 - Belgium

Tom Cunnally |
Commandant of the Marine Corps'
2005 Birthday Message

On November 10th, 1775, the Second Continental Congress resolved to raise two battalions of Continental Marines marking the birth of our United States Marine Corps. As Major General Lejeune’s message reminds us, the ensuing generations of Marines would come to signify all that is highest in warfighting excellence and military virtue. Each November as Marines the world over celebrate the birth of our Corps, we pay tribute to that long line of “Soldiers of the Sea” and the illustrious legacy they have handed down to us.

This past year has been one of continuous combat operations overseas and distinguished service here at home—a year of challenges that have brought out the very best in our Corps. In Iraq and Afghanistan, Marine courage and mastery of complex and chaotic environments have truly made a difference in the lives of millions. Marine compassion and flexibility provided humanitarian assistance to thousands in the wake of the South East Asian tsunami, and here at home, Marines with AAVs, helicopters, and sometimes with their bare hands saved hundreds of our own fellow Americans in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Across the full spectrum of operations, you have showcased that Marines create stability in an unstable world, and have reinforced our Corps’ reputation for setting the standard of excellence.

The sense of honor, courage, and patriotism that epitomized those who answered that first call to arms two hundred and thirty years ago is still indelibly imprinted on our ranks today. In commemorating our anniversary, let us strengthen our ties to the past by paying homage to those who have gone before us. As we honor the sacrifices of our wounded and fallen comrades, our commitment to one another remains unshakable. We take special pride in the actions of the Marines now serving in harm’s way, and rededicate ourselves to the service of our Nation and our Corps.

Happy Birthday, Marines. Semper Fidelis, and Keep Attacking!

M. W. Hagee
General, U.S. Marine Corps

3 November 2005 - Mountain View, CA

Tom Cunnally |
New Movie "JARHEAD"
A young man gets a crash course in the
madness of war in this fact-based drama from director Sam Mendes. Anthony "Swoff" Swofford (Jake Gyllenhaal) decides to join the Marines, just like his father and his father before him, and signs on just in time to be sent to Iraq to fight in the Gulf War in 1991. After experiencing the rigors of boot camp, Swofford and his pal Troy (Peter Sarsgaard) are trained to be snipers, and under the leadership of Sgt. Sykes (Jamie Foxx) and Lt. Col. Kaczynski (Chris Cooper), the two land in the middle of a desert where they're up against an enemy they can't always see under a blazing sun with hours of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror. Swofford, Troy and their fellow soldiers rely on the wits, their sense of humor and their friendship of their brothers in arms to deal with a situation that doesn't much resemble what they saw on television at home. Jarhead was based on the memoirs of the real life Anthony Swofford, who did serve as a sniper in the 1991 Gulf War; the title comes from military slang for a Marine enlistee.
3 November 2005 - Mountain View, CA

Gunny Ike |
Stuck in Overland Park, KS on business for the next five weeks. Any Marines out here?
3 November 2005

John J McDonough MGySgt USMC Ret |
Marine Corps Mom you must be very proud. I was the 1/7 wire communications chief in Korea 1950-51 serving with A Co & B Co 7Th Marines 1st MarDiv in frozen Chosin. Good Luck John McDonough
2 November 2005 - Melbourne Fl

Chuck Truitt | |

Vieques! Ah yes, now that was an interesting place. I was there in the fall of 1968. I remember going through the chow line and having noodles, or potatoes dished up on the plate. Officers and enlisted went through the line together - maybe - regardless there was the Camp Commander, two men ahead of myself a LCpl. All the course ground pepper (I thought) was checked out by the Colonel and it was meal bugs or some kind of bugs. The Colonel just shrugged his shoulders and said, that's good for you, it's just more protein. So everybody ate it with no moaning or groaning.

I recall all the cows freely roaming all over the place, and I remember the cow paddies in the heads, and showers. I recall waking up in the middle of the night with cows in the hootch and having to shew them out.

I also recall that a squad of guys would tackle a cow and carve initials in the cows side. It was not uncommon to see a cow walking around with something like "C.T. was here!" I also recall the jeeps riding down the firing range to shew the cattle off. And, watching the tracers arch over to the sides of the range searching for a moving target during the night fire exercises.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot to tell how we flew out from our unit at Company "H" Homestead as a 12 hour reaction force, and landed via C-130 onto the air strip there at Camp Garcia. There was a jeep and trailor with us. We all had M-14s and one of the guys leaned his 14 against the jeeps tire. The pilot must have been recently a fighter jock who had landed on carriers, because he hit the asphalt so hard with that C-130 that the M-14s flash suppressor went right up through the fender on that jeep.
Yepper that was in the fall of 1968.

Respectfully, Chuck Truitt sends
2 November 2005 - Mannheim, Germany

Deb Conrad | |
Dear 1st Radio Battalion Marine;

First, a huge thank you for your service to our country as a United States Marine. As the mother of an active duty Marine (1/7, Bravo) who has been to Iraq twice, I understand and deeply appreciate your sacrifice. Currently, 3rd Radio Battalion Marines are deployed in Iraq and will be there over the holidays. For those of you who were away from home at Christmas during the VietNam war or other conflicts, you may remember how you felt. I can tell you that it is equally hard on families. My son was deployed last year and it was the longest Christmas Day I've ever had.

For many of these Marines, this will be the first Thanksgiving and Christmas they will be away from home and family. For others, it will be the second or third in a row. And it is an unfortunate fact that some of these young men and women will not receive mail and packages from friends and family members. The Marine Corps Moms hope to make a difference for our Marines. Here’s our plan.

Operation Santa USMC 2005 will provide as many battalions as possible with Christmas-in-a-Box. Each platoon in the battalions will receive a box containing the following:
A filled Christmas stocking for each Marine in the platoon.
A small fold-up Christmas tree with decorations.
A Christmas CD
Christmas Cards for each Marine
Treats (cookies, candy, snacks)
Gifts that the platoon can share (board games, decks of cards, DVDs)

Battalions are made up of 4 or more companies, and each company has a number of platoons. Each platoon has 30 or more Marines. We need church groups, organizations, clubs, employer groups, etc. to sponsor platoons and fill their boxes. We also need volunteers to sew the Christmas stockings and donations to help with postage and filling boxes. All boxes need to be mailed by Thanksgiving, so if you can help by adopting a platoon, making a donation, or helping spread the word to others who might be interested, we would deeply appreciate your support.

If you can help make the Christmas season merrier for our Marines in Iraq, please contact one of us:

Deb Conrad- Operation Santa Coordinator
541-974-6948 or deb@marinecorpsmoms.com

Connie Riecke - Operation Santa Coordinator
503-838-4111 or riecke@marinecorpsmoms.com

Operation Santa USMC is sponsored by The Marine Corps Family Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. All donations made through the Foundation are tax deductible. Mail to:

Marine Corps Family Foundation
4000 Lancaster Drive- Suite 57
Salem, OR 97309

More information can be found at www.marinecorpsfamilyfoundation.org or www.marinecorpsmoms.com. I have pictures of last year's effort with over 6,000 deployed Marines receiving Operation Santa stockings and packages if you would like to see what we did in 2004. I also have guidelines that I will be happy to send to anyone who is interested in helping this year's outreach. Thanks so much for any support you can provide.

Deb Conrad
Proud Marine Mom
1 November 2005 - Oregon

Sarah Petrin, daughter of Noel Petrin |
Hello - I see that mention of my father's death has been made on this website. Is there anyone here who knew Noel H. Petrin? I don't know much about his time in the Marine Corps so was just wondering if anyone has any memories to share with his family. Sadly, my father passed away on Sept. 14th after a very short battle with lung cancer. He died at home with family members and he passed very peacefully. He was 72. Thank you very much in advance for any info you would like to provide.
23 October 2005

JJMcDonough MGySgt USMC Ret |
Is that Roy Jones from Alabama, Again on that AGent Orange have them do a Bone Marrow test I have AO Leukemia found by Bone Marrow test ONLY JJMCD
23 October 2005 - Melbourne Fl

Joseph Gillen | |

This is a nice page; thank you Rick!

I was in Chu Lai during 1965-1966. I am not sure of the dates - old age hurts!

I remember Ike Eisenhauer; there were many others in the GP tent but I cannot recall their names.

I was in contact with Lester Briesblatt for awhile - we were stationed in Hawaii and he was up in the Phu Bai area. I sure would like to contact Lester.
20 October 2005 - Avon, CT

Ray Jones |
The article about the new referral service was in the latest AO newsletter, I just received mine a couple days ago. Thought of you when I read it. Last time I saw you was in Dong Ha, you were swinging a hammer building hootches - - - it's been a long time.
15 October 2005 - LA (lower Alabama)

paul jagodzinski |
Ray-Yes I do receive the AO news letter, but I must have missed the article. Still have my copies so I will be checking it out. Also, just finished a 90 day series of lamisil tablets and finally had the VA skin doc admit he doesnt know what the hell I have. Thank for the info.
15 October 2005 - North Hatfield MA

Ray Jones |
Paul, do you get the "Agent Orange Review" newsletter? There's a new referral service for people with undiagnosed AO problems.
13 October 2005 - LA (lower Alabama)

MGySgt John J McDonough USMC Ret |
Received EMail through MCCA net from Marty Monnat mmonnat@isi-texas.com and Wm Vincent Johnson wvjohnson@jcpenney.com EMail to Vincent Johnson comes back undelivered, If you are out there give me buzz, good old EWCo troops Hawaii. JJMCD
30 September 2005 - Melbourne Fl

Ric Warnick |
Hi Rick, some of my info on the roll call list is also screwed up. I know that you are already aware of this. Should we e-mail corrections or wait to hear from you to let us know what to do??
28 September 2005 - Midland, TX

Webmaster comments   Ric, and many others - thanks for the headsup. Do not send corrections yet. I'm trying to get this into a Web-based SQL database and will ask everyone to update at that time. Look for a message during October. -Rick

JJMCDonough |
Hi Ski I know the DMZ well I had the Khe Sanh plt , Dong Ha Camp Carroll. Troops on Rock Pile Contien Da nang Chu Lai 65-66-67 Great bunch of Marines . I go back to Marshfield Ma every May-Sept maybe we can get together. JJMCD
27 September 2005 - Melbourne Fl

Paul Jagodzinski Sgt USMC (discharged)
JJ-Thanks for the info on you illness. Hope all is going well. I too am looking for answers the VA claims have unknown causes and they only give meds to mask the symptoms. I did two tours in Nam from Sept `68-June `70, all of which was along the DMZ. My hands and feet severely blistered and I have suffered since. Just hoping more 1st Rad Bn vets will write about specific, undiagnosed med problems they are having.
26 September 2005 - North Hatfield, MA

John McDonough |
Bill Thankyou on Taylor as I do not remember him in the Intel business. JJMCD
25 September 2005 - Fla

Bill Griffin, SSGT USMC
JJ--I think I remember Capt. Taylor as CO of Operations Company back then. I may be wrong. Capt. Bau was CO of EW Company, IIRC
24 September 2005 - Freeport, Maine

John J McDonough MGySgt USMC Ret |
Still looking for info on Capt Taylor 2502 What platoon he had in 1st Rdo Bn Hawaii 1973-74
24 September 2005 - Melbourne Fl

Hubert Potter |
Just received an email from a friend in NYC that Noel Petrin has passed away. No further details at this time.
17 September 2005 - Tucson, Arizona

Mike Brock |
Cpl. Ronald LaBerge. 1st. Radio Battalion. Saigon, Vietnam. 1969-71
Hello. My name is Mike Brock. I am Ron's cousin. I found your website and have want to bring you up to date on my cousin. Ronald Eugene LeBerge died from complications of Agent Orange in the year 1985. He is buried in Bremerton, Wa. He was survived by his wife and two sons. He lived in Longview, Wa. at the time he served in the Marines. He moved to Bremerton to work at Bangor Naval Station as a machinist. Ron was proud of his service in the Marines. For the former members of the 1st. Rad. Bat. I bring you this information. I would love to hear from anyone who served with him. I only know that he was stationed in Siagon during his tour of duty. Thank You.
15 September 2005

MGySgt John J McDonough USMC Ret |
Trying to find out if anyone in RdoBn Hawaii, 1973/74 can tell me what platoon Capt Gilbert J Taylor 2502 held? Can anyone tell how to contact MGySgt David Kee OpsCh RdoBn same yearsI have Capt Benny sepulveda.s pensacola Fl address hopefully still good. also Maj Harold Reed Bn XO 73/74 address. Very Important I JJMCD
14 September 2005 - 315 Tangle Run Blvd Apt 1024 Melbourne Fl 32940

JjMCDonough |
Hey Paul (Ski)They found my Leukemis down here after 20 years Boston VA said unidentified virus, A bone maro must be dont to find real problems If you have the tremmers have them do a bone marrow JJMCDonough
13 September 2005 - Fla

John J McDonough MGySgt USMC Ret |
Hello I also served in Korea 1-7-50-51 A Co Wireman Sgt. I have leukemia,Macular Degeneration cant see out of Rt eye., AO (Tremers)from Vietnam 65-66-67 Subunit-1 and Rdo Bn. Home town South Boston Mass. Retird Jan 1975 Winter in Fla JJMCD
13 September 2005 - melbourne Fl 32940

Ramona (Bulock) Grunden |
Cecil C. Bulock passed away March 15 2005. He was buried with full military honors at the Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort SC.
12 September 2005

Bill Griffin |
I remember Dave Carpenter now, wasn't he over there so long he had honorary citizenship so something?
11 September 2005

Paul Jagodzinski |
Still waiting to hear from former 1st Rad Bn Vietnam vets who are suffering from medical problems associated with service in the `Nam. I have had problems with my hands and feet for the past 36 years and now have been diagnosed with nerve damage(cause unknown) of the feet, legs, arms, and legs.
Served as the 2841 at Stud from the last part of `68 and all of `69, then was sent to Dong Ha and finally Danang.
Viewed the sites pictures and have now began to place faces with names. Knew Ray Greene, Kraatz, Gunny Bean, Takaki, Weaver, Winters, Lt. Ryan, Capt. Ekhart, Top Hill, Tom Kelly and many more.
10 September 2005 - North Hatfield MA

Bill Griffin |
Found this after talking with a friend who was a Doctor with 7th Marines. I served in 1st RadBn Sept 69 to June 70, after time at CoD on Okinawa. I see some familiar names on the roster; so how do they get updated? Went on to Kaneohe and Geiger after VN, discharged in '75.
7 September 2005 - Freeport, Maine

Karen M. O'Hara Stocks |
I am looking for any information concerning my Dad, Garrett O'Hara. I am trying to put together a memorial of my Dad's time in service for the family. If there is anybody that can help me out I would appreciate it very much.
4 September 2005 - Delco, North Carolina

Mike Baker |
The new Marine Corps Commemorative Silver Dollar is out, I got two, and it is really something any Marine would want to have. Check it out at catalog.usmint.gov
30 August 2005 - Northern CA

Chuck Truitt | |
It worked out that I have a free roundtrip ticket from Mannheim, Germany via Milan to Dulles from 13 to 23 September. I'll be attending the MCCA reunion, and I'll also have a few cases of my book Pop A Yellow Smoke. But, I need to share a room with someone and go halves on the cost.
24 August 2005 - Mannheim, Germany

Tom Cunnally |
During Boot Camp Training at Parris Island, SC, I came down with a bad case of pneumonia and was moved to the USN Hospital Intensive Care Ward at Beaufort, SC. While I was there I watched a patient expire and the Doctors and Corpsmen transported him to the hospital morgue. Then they came back from the morgue and placed me on the same transporter and covered me with a blanket. I thought that they were about to move me to the morgue, so I sat up swearing and yelling that I wasn't dead and not ready for the morgue.
The corpsmen laughed and told me to shut up, because they were merely changing the linen and blankets on my bed which was a daily task for pneumonia patients. The next day I was the butt of a lot of sick jokes by the corpsmen, so later back at my training regiment I thought the rest of Parris Island Recruit Training was a "piece of cake" compared to my stay at the USN Hospital Intensive Care Ward at Beaufort,SC.
23 August 2005 - Mountain View CA

Chuck Truitt | |
Ike said, Quote - "Actually, I was in Chu Lai in August of 65 with the detachment from 1Rad. Before Chuck was born. Boy does that make me feel old."

Heh, Heh, you are OLD! :) but maybe not as old as you think. I said I was in High school in 1965, I didn't say I hadn't been born yet, so not to worry Ike, you're just really. really old, and not ancient! :)

23 August 2005 - Mannheim, Germany

Ike Eisenhauer |
Actually, I was in Chu Lai in August of 65 with the detachment from 1Rad. Before Chuck was born. Boy does that make me feel old.
23 August 2005 - Front Royal, Virginia

Tom Cunnally |
Ed Lynch/Chuck Truitt,

Thanks for your inputs re: 1st Radio Battalion. Do you guys know if the 1st Radio Company, FMF which arrived at Pleiku in 1962 was still "In Country" and may have provided the intercepts highlighted in LEATHERNECK??
18 August 2005 - Mountain View

Tom Cunnally |
Here's an excerpt in the August 2005 issue of Leatherneck Magazine that mentions the 1st Radio Battalion.

Operation Starlite: The First Battle of the Vietnam War
By Otto J. Lehrack

On 15 Aug. 1965, Major General Nguyen Chanh Thi, commander of the South Vietnamese forces in I Corps, had urgent news for Marine Lieutenant General Lewis W. Walt, the commander of all the Marines in Vietnam. “I have,” said MajGen Thi, “the most important intelligence information of the war.”

A 17-year-old enemy defector had come into his lines and reported that the 1st Viet Cong Regiment was in the village of Van Tuong south of the new Marine base at Chu Lai. Shortly after MajGen Thi’s departure, the Marines’ 1st Radio Battalion intercepted radio traffic that confirmed the defector’s information.

18 August 2005 - Mountain View

Chuck Truitt | |
It is a very good article. I would like to point out that though it says the 1st RadBn provided the info, the 1st Rad Bn was not "in country" as a battalion yet. I believe it was a Sub Unit of Rad Bn. I was still in high school and more concerned with football, baseball, motorcycles and my girlfriend, Linda, who is now my wife of 37 years.
18 August 2005 - Mannheim, Germany

Chuck Truitt | |
Ya gotta watch out for the Tooth Fairy!

My grandpa warned me about that one. Ol' gramps didn't have a tooth in his mouth but he used to wear false teeth, which helped him to look right. In fact, I never saw him not looking normal, until one morning when he told me the Tooth Fairy stole his false teeth from him. Evidently it happend like this,

Before he went to bed he'd go to the bathroom and gargle, and put the false teeth into a glass full of water. Evidently, because he had house guests he decided to carry the glass with the teeth into his bedroom, and set the glass on his night stand next to his head. That way in the morning when he came out of his room he would appear rather normal having already inserted his false teeth.

Well you can imagine the commotion the next morning when he came out of his room, bright and early, making all kinds of noises and jumping up and down, fired up mad. He woke everybody up! He hadn't put his teeth back in cause the Tooth Fairy took em, but he was holding a glass full of quarters! Hmmmm, I always thought teeth were worth more than a quarter a piece too!

So, you can have your Tooth Fairy, I'll take an ice cream cone!
7 August 2005 - Mannheim, Germany

Roger Sturgis |
Everyone who was ever in Radio Bn should read Chuck Truitt's book "Pop A Yellow Smoke." His recollection of his tour in Viet Nam captured the essence of what 1st Radio Battalion was all about during that war. We did some really good things and made a significant contribution to the Grunts we supported. I am indebted to Chuck for telling our story.
5 August 2005 - Bolivar, Tennessee

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