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 Aplication link on the left.
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.
Cayenne 6 Final Extraction
It is with profound sadness that I inform you of Sgt Bob Morris' passing on March 26th, 2016.
Bob Morris was born April 12, 1950 in Monterey, California to James Franklin Morris and Marilyn Drost Morris. He served in the United States Marine Corps from July 1969 until September 1972 including the year that he spent as team leader with the 1st Recon Division while in Viet Nam, obtaining the rank of Sergeant. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star with Valor, two Navy Commendation Medals with Valor, the Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal, the Viet Nam Service Medal, and a Combat Action Ribbon.
Bob, known to many as “Cayenne 6”, along with his wife Julie, was devoted to the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association and his Recon teammates. He served as the Membership Coordinator and Web Master from the earliest days of the Association and always gave freely of his time and talent. Bob worked tirelessly to reunite 1st Recon teammates and bring them together in the Association. Cayenne 6 leaves a void that will never be filled. We are blessed to have known Bob and stood with him, side by side, in war and peace.
A graveside service was held in Temple, Tx earlier this month where the Colors were presented to Julie by the Color Guard. A small group of family and friends were present and were grateful for the attendance of the Patriot Guard.
"I believe God put me through the first cancer to turn me around and get me ready for this time. He put me in a spiritual position to accept and welcome a new life. Julie and I have had a great relationship...God gave us 22 years and that I am so thankful for...My concern is not seeing the streets of gold or mansions. I want to see My Savior and live in a body without pain."
Process applications to the 1st Recon Ass.
Mail Membership cards and Assn. window decals to new members
Send a welcome email to new members
Keep track of members who change their email or mailing information or extract out
Pass on all the information to the webmaster
Email the twice yearly newsletter out to all members on the net
Work closely with the webmaster to make sure everything stays correct.
Attend reunions as much as possible
Should be someone who served after Nam to add longevity
Must have a basic knowledge of how to maintain a site
Upload all the new member information to the server
Upload the twice yearly newsletter to the server
Work closely with the membership director to make sure everything stays correct.
My earnest hope is there is someone in the assn. who can take my feeble attempt at a site and turn it into something everyone in the assn. can be proud of.
Anyone interested please contact Charlie Kershaw at C2K2@earthlink.net
2016 Reunion Information
The 1st Marine Division Association (FMDA) Reunion will be held in Houston, Texas, 1-7 August 2016.
The FMDA will hold its general business meeting Thursday, August 4. the Executive Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting Friday, August, the General Membership Meeting and banquet, Saturday August 6.
The reunion schedule of events, with tour information, and registration forms are yet to be completed.
The reunion hotel is the JW Marriott Houston, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 7056. Reunion room rates are $109.00 + Tax. The rates are effective July 30 until August 7th.
The JW Marriott Houston does not provide shuttle service. It looks like Hobby Airport is 15 miles away and Bush International is 27 miles away; I'll look into airport to hotel transportation options.
The hotel link for reservations is: http://www.marriott.com/meeting-event-hotels/group-corporate-travel/groupCorp.mi?resLinkData=First%20Marine%20Division%20Association%20Reunion%5eHOUJW%60FMDFMDA%60109%60USD%60false%603%607/30/16%608/8/16%607/8/16&app=resvlink&stop_mobi=yes
Recommend arriving on 3 or 4 August.
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.
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 email@example.com.
1st Reconnaissance Battalion Memorial Remembrance
The 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association
Memorial Day 2012
Semper Fidelis Memorial Park
Nothin’ But A Thing
By Doc Gary Lewis
Available at Amazon.com (paperback and e-book).
A true personal story of a young Navy corpsman’s tour-of-duty in Vietnam with the 1st Marines and the 1st Force Reconnaissance Co. 1967-1968.
Caged Heroes: American POW Experiences from the American Revolution to the Present
By Jon Couch Bravo 79/81
Available at Amazon.com (paperback and hard copy).
Jon has made the book available free of charge to all members of the 1st Recon Assn. You can download the PDF file at
Killer Kane: A Marine Recon Team Leader in Vietnam, 1967-1968
By Andrew R. Finlayson
Killer Kane was of one of the most successful U. S. Marine long range reconnaissance teams of the Vietnam War. Team Leader Andy Finlayson’s narrative covers a pivotal period in the war, the year leading up to the Tet Offensive, and presents a highly personal account of the dangerous missions conducted by this team of young Recon Marines as they searched for North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong units throughout the Da Nang area of operations
Killer Kane’s six to eight man patrols searched for the enemy far from friendly lines, in locations such as Elephant Valley, The Enchanted Forest, Charlie Ridge, Happy Valley and the Que Son Mountains, often engaged in desperate fire fights with vastly superior VC and NVA forces. The book also explains in detail the planning, preparation and conduct of, a long range reconnaissance patrol, giving the reader many insights into why Killer Kane was so successful.
Andy Finlayson’s Killer Kane is a gripping first hand account of how a young Marine officer and a highly capable and dedicated group of men did a very dangerous job for their country, while the United States was becoming increasingly disillusioned and weary of the war.
Killer Kane is expected to be published in August by McFarland & Company, Inc. Box 611, Jefferson, NC 28640; advance purchases may be made by going to the McFarland website www.mcfarlandpub.com , print out and send the PDF file at http://www.1streconbnassociation.org/1Slow/Finlayson%20Killer%20Kane%20Flyer.pdf, or ordering from Amazon Books (search Andrew R. Finlayson to find the book.
Rice Paddy Recon
Advance Notice of "Viet Man" Pub date: March, 2015
By D.S.(Doc Danny) Lliteras Alpha Co. 69/70
CSPAN BookTV Video http://www.c-span.org/video/?324960-1/panel-discussion-vietnam-war
Flames and Smoke Visible
By D.S.(Doc Danny) Lliteras Alpha Co. 69/70
Flames and Smoke Visible can be purchased on Amazon.com, B&N.com, Independent Book Stores, B&N Bookstores, Books A Million, even direct from the distributor & publisher: Square One Publishers & Rainbow Ridge Books.
Gordon Ryan Bravo 63
Check out Gordon Ryan's latest book in two volumes. The protagonist is a Marine. Click on links.
Mike Schneider 1969-1970
Swift, Silent and Deadly: Recon Marines in Vietnam Click on links.
The above links are to an ebook I recently published on Nook and Kindle. The book was written for the juvenile/young adult market. I completed writing the book in 2004 but have never been able to attract a publisher or even convince a literary agent to promote it. I finally decided to publish it as an ebook.
Books I & II, American Heroes:
Grunts, Pilots & "Docs"
by Michael Dan Kellum, 1stLt. and former PFC, USMCR
A 2-book series about Marine Grunts and Recon, Pilots and their crews and the "Docs," the Navy Corpsmen, who worked alongside them all. These books are a 21-year project to gather research material, interview Marines and Navy Corpsmen and finally the writing. Approximately 1,019 Marines and 42 Navy Corpsmen are the focus of Books I and II with personnel from other service making up another 40 or so mentioned. 1st Recon Bn. in 1969-70 in Nam is the main focus of the Recon stories...some of the Reconners mentioned include Lt.Col. Bill Drumright, Lt.Col. Bill Leftwich Jr., Cpl. Larry Feldman, Gunny Terry Moore, SSgt. John Hare, Cpl. Bob Morris, Doc Thurman Mullins, Doc David Snider, 2ndLt. Tony Kupka, 1stLt. Chip Gregson and many more. For more information on who's in the books and some excerpts and photos go to my website at www.michaeldankellum.com and see the Indexes for both books. The website also contains the ordering and pricing form. Any additional questions about the books contact Michael Dan Kellum at firstname.lastname@example.org The publisher is Navarro-Hill Publishing Group, P.O. Box 1088, Longview, TX 75606
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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Memorial Fund Bracelets
1st Recon Battalion Association Memorial Fund Bracelets with the names of all our fallen comrades are available for sale. Memorial Bracelets may be purchased for $20.00 each and by name requests are $25.00 each. All monies from the sale of these bracelets go to the Memorial Fund.
Orders and by name requests, with a mailing address, may be sent to
7570 46th Ave N. #144
St Petersburg, Fl. 33709
Send a self addressed stamped envelope and make checks/money orders payable to: 1st Recon Bn Association.
Alpha 2nd Plt. & Delta 1st and 2nd Plt. 2006
Submited by Justin Honcoop Alpha 2nd Plt. 05 - 09
Alpha Ace & The Stanley Cup
July 07 Alpha Ace pictured with the 07 Stanley Cup and three of the players from the Champion California Ducks. Flick courtesy of Seth Vance. Alpha 06/08 and Force Co. 08/09.