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Many Patrol Report mailouts and emails are undelivered and returned to the Association due to incorrect or out of date addresses.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.



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.


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 Message from the 1st Recon Bn

Association President

August 21st, 2017 (02:52 am)



To all:


I hope each of you returned home from the Norfolk reunion safely and without incident. 


Norfolk was a very successful reunion!  Reunion highlights: 
Forty 1st Recon Battalion Association members registered in the hospitality suite. 


Ninety-four members and guests attended the luncheon.


The auction raised $2230.00.  Hospitality Suite refreshment donations were $1162.00.  Our thanks and appreciation go to Don Streeter and Gene Lashley for their dedication and hard work!
The First Marine Division Association thanked the 1st Recon Association for our $500.00 donation to the Division Scholarship Fund.
Mike Collins was elected Sergeant-at-Arms and Floyd Ruggles Membership Director/Web Master. Congratulations and thank you for accepting the challenge of Association leadership!


Updated Association By-Laws, approved 5 August 2017, are attached for your reference and files.
Your ideas and recommendations on how to improve on the Norfolk Reunion are welcome.


On 18 August, commemorative bricks for 1st Recon Battalion's nine Vietnam-era commanders and two others were placed in the pad surrounding the memorial; a total of one hundred forty-four bricks now surround our memorial.


Thank you for attending the Norfolk Reunion and for your support to the Association and our recon team-mates!


Semper fidelis,

 Charlie Kershaw




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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