Association Purpose

  Reuniting all eras of Marine Corps' 1st Recon Battalion, including members of the 1st Force Recon Company, Deep Reconaissance Platoon and the Amphibious Recon Company. Membership into this association of special warriors is free. The association's "Patrol Report" is published twice yearly with reunion information and other Recon news. Join by clicking on the Application link on the left.


Contact Information:

Many Patrol Report mailouts and emails are undelivered and returned to the Association due to incorrect or out of date addresses. Help the Association maintain contact; if you are not receiving the Patrol Report, email Charlie Kershaw at: and correct or update our records.

Thank You


To find someone you served with

If you know their name click on the appropriate letters under Member, Alphabetical. If you can's remember names click on the appropriate Company under Members, By Company. If you find someone whose email address is bad or not listed cross reference their name in the Alphabetical member listings.



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The 1st Marine Division Association (FMDA) &

1st Recon Battalion Association

Reunion will be held in Colorado Springs, CO

August 4th-12th, 2018

More Information: click here.


The USS Johnson, a Navy Destroyer named after PFC Ralph Henry Johnson who was awarded a MOH for his heroic actions on March 5, 1968 (Check out a great memorial on the new web site) The USS Johnson will be commissioned on March 24 in Charleston, S.C..  Charlie Kershaw has contacted the XO of the USS Johnson and we are collecting names and contact information of those who wish to attend the ceremony and represent the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association.   

“The 1st Recon Bn Assoc. is putting together a list of 1st Recon Battalion  Marines and Corpsmen who would like to attend the commissioning of the USS Johnson, DDG 114 in Charleston, South Carolina on March 24, 2018.  This group will sit together and officially represent the 1st Recon Bn Assoc.   The Arleigh Burke class destroyer was named after PFC Ralph Henry Johnson who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War.  Johnson used his body to shield two fellow Marines from a grenade, absorbing the blast and dying instantly in March, 1968.  Details are still being put together.  If you are interested, please e-mail: your name; the name of spouse if attending; home address; telephone number to David Snider at ASAP.



Commendation from the Commandant

The commendation was given to 1st and 3rd Recon Battalions and 1st and 3rd Force compainies at the Recon 50 reunion held in Oceanside April 21 - 24. Click Here to read the commendation.


Association News

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 Message from the 1st Recon Bn

Association President

 Monday, November 06, 2017 12:47 pm



To all:

 Birthday Greetings.  

View the Commandant's Birthday video at the following link: Click Here


Semper fidelis,

 Charlie Kershaw


10 NOVEMBER 2017





Seventy-Five years ago today, after months of fighting at Henderson Field and along Edson’s Ridge, Marines on Guadalcanal spent the night of 10 November 1942 planning and preparing. Although the Battle of Guadalcanal would continue for three more months, the plans laid on our Corps’ most sacred day became integral to the amphibious campaigns that followed. Success at Guadalcanal proved to be the turning point that ultimately paved the way for Allied victory in the Pacific. Those warriors defended their positions in brutal conditions against a formidable enemy – and triumphed. Through every major conflict our Nation has seen since the Revolution, Marines performed their duty with utmost courage, devotion, and raw determination. Their valiant deeds in the face of overwhelming challenges give us confidence and inspire us to meet the trials of today. As we pause to celebrate the birth of our Corps this year, we honor the legacy that was passed down to us and we recommit ourselves to carrying those traditions into the future.


This November 10th marks 242 years of warfighting excellence. At places like Trenton, Tripoli, Chapultepec, Belleau Wood, Guadalcanal, Chosin, Khe Sahn, Fallujah, Sangin, and so many others, Marines have fought with an inner spirit – a spirit that bonds us, binds us together as a cohesive team. It’s that intangible spirit that has formed the foundation of our warfighting reputation for the past 242 years. Now it’s our responsibility to ensure we honor and carry on that legacy. The American people expect a Corps of men and women who are committed, selfless, willing to sacrifice, who epitomize honor, courage, commitment, virtue, and character. We owe our Nation and our predecessors no less.


Today, as we celebrate our 242nd birthday, we must remember who we are, where we came from, and why we’re here. We must remember the past, honor those who are no longer with us, focus on today’s battles, and get ready for tomorrow. We can and will prevail as we always have, in any clime and place. But we must prevail together, united by the unyielding spirit in each of us that makes our Corps unique – that willingness to put our Corps and fellow Marines ahead of ourselves. Victory in battle comes through the integrated efforts of many – teamwork. We value the sacrifices and contributions of every Marine and Sailor, as well as our family members without whose support we would not be able to accomplish our mission. And we remain committed to being our Nation’s Expeditionary Force in Readiness that sets the standard for honor, discipline, and courage. I am proud of each and every one of you. Happy Birthday, Marines!


Semper Fidelis,



Robert B. Neller


General, U.S. Marine Corps


Commandant of the Marine Corps






Commemorative Bricks


Commemorative Bricks will line the winding pathways in the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park. 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association members, family and friends are invited to donate a commemorative brick to honor a reconnaissance Marine or Corpsman, living or deceased. 1st Recon Commemorative Bricks will be placed along the pathway in front and around our memorial. The Association is collecting 1st Recon commemorative brick donations and inscriptions and submitting them to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Commemorative bricks may be ordered through the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association with a donation of $210.00 for each brick plus $5.00 for related postage with each order of one or more bricks.


Brick Engraving Guidelines. Each brick may have no more than three lines; each line may be 20 characters in length (a character includes all letters, punctuations and spaces). Each line must end with a complete word or name (words and names will not be hyphenated and continued on the next line). You may purchase as many bricks as you like. Examples of commemorative brick inscriptions are provided below.


       In Memory Of                                 Sgt Tom Jones
Capt John Smith USMC                         C Co, 1st Recon Bn
         1944-1969                                    Vietnam 1969-70


Order your Commemorative Brick(s) and submit your contact information (name, mailing address, phone number(s), and email address) along with a check or money order and your brick inscription to the 1st Recon Battalion Association at the address below. The MC Heritage Foundation will provide a proof copy of each brick inscription before it is engraved. Ensure you send your contact information in case there are questions about your inscription. Thank you for your support of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Memorial and Commemorative Bricks. Commemorative Brick check or money order donations should be made out to: 1st Recon Battalion Association. Send your contact information with your $215.00 donation and brick inscription to: 1st Recon Battalion Association, c/o C. Kershaw, 2527 Unicornio Street, Carlsbad, CA 92009. Call or email Charlie Kershaw with brick questions at: 760 402-8638 or 



1st Reconnaissance Battalion Memorial Remembrance

The 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association
We Remember

Memorial Day 2012
Semper Fidelis Memorial Park
Quantico, Virginia


1st Recon Lineage, Honors, & Commanding Officers 

    Hugh Campbell's Recon Reflections

    Larry Gifford's Thin Man patrol Account

       Texas Pete Patrol March 2, 1968


Col. Fred Vogel's 2000 Birthday Ball Speech 


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David Snider         John Bowcock         Manuel Garcia

Gary Husar            Chuck Fenwick        Michael Harder

Bob Bruno              Michael Holmes      Doug Wolfe     

Paul Young            Will Aalbertsberg    Leonel Perez       

Robert Farmer      Randy Kendall         Lennie Miller

Bill Davison            Robert Luster          Clint Howard

Bill Hatten                Mark Puig
          John C. Minahan


Member Sites 

 Glen Holthaus        Brian Riley                        Joe Orsen;       

Ray Hildreth            Jim Batts                            Curtis Gruetzmacher

Harry Hayes             Robert Tracy                   Dalton Sportswear

Arthur Lipper          Michael LoGiudice          Arron Barringer  

Chuck Fenwick       Bill Woodier                      Michael Rosendahl

Doug Springer         Larry Keen                        Joe Welock         

Jason Swarr              David Wilson                   Tom Hyder

Frank Rego               Frank Eddy                      Gordon Ryan       

Dwight Griffin           Joseph Taussig             Floyd Ruggles

Maurice Nay             Jim Barta                         Paul Porter

John Holton             Richard Hall

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