Thirteen    Issue One
Spring/Summer 2006  Newsletter of "The Natural Warrior"  
Feb. Rendezvous

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Final Extract
Robert Quigley
St Francis SD
Car Crash Dec. 16, 05
Delta Feb 69 - Feb 70 Team 2/1


SgtMaj Mills

2ND Recon
  Lost in combat  

Contacts Lost
  With every net Patrol Report and Recon Rendezvous sent out I lose track of several men by their emails bouncing.



Hall of Shame
  This man claimed to have been 1st Force 63/68 attached to Echo Co. 1st Recon 68.
Thanks to Stan Trzcinski for the lead.

1st Recon Fake


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  After his discharge from the Marine Corps, reconnaissance Marine R.L.Barth went to college and on to write and edit poetry. Called a "poet's poet who articulates the harsh realities of war in the style of the great classical satirists", R.L. Barth's terse poems are about Vietnam and his generation. Barth's satirical epigrams in Deeply Dug In speak to many Vietnam veterans and come very close to home. Deeply Dug In is available through booksellers like B. Dalton , Borders and, from Barth's publisher, the University of New Mexico Press. 

Up Against the Wall

These dead troops gave their country fame, Which country travestied their story. Now, only kin recall each name; Only the dead recall their glory.

by R.L. Barth

Denver 06 Reunion
From "These Good Men"
by Michael Norman

  I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite. Not to tell stories or look at old pictures. Not to laugh or weep. Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted their best, men who suffered and sacrificed, who were stripped raw,
right down to their humanity.
   I did not pick these men. They were delivered by fate of the U. S. Marine Corps. But I know them in a way I know no other men. I have never given anyone such trust. They were willing to guard something more precious than my life. They would have carried my
reputation, the memory of me. It was part of the bargain we all made, the reason we were so willing to die for one another.
   I cannot say where we are headed. Ours are not perfect friendships; those are the province of legend and myth. A few of my comrades drift far from me now, sending back only occasional word. I know that one day even these could fall to silence. Some of the men will stay close, a couple, perhaps, always at hand.
   As long as I have a memory, I will think of them all, every day. I am sure that when I leave this world, my last thought will be of my family and my comrades....such good men.

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Message from the President

The 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association reunites this year in Denver, August 24-27. Denver is a great city to host the 1st Marine Division Association and unit association reunions, and this one should be memorable. Reunion 2006 is dedicated to the reconnaissance marines and corpsman that served in the Republic of Vietnam in 1966. Come to Denver and honor the 40th anniversary of their dedication and service.

God bless America! God bless the United States Marine Corps!
Semper Fidelis,
Charlie Kershaw

1st Recon Bn. Sitrep

Change of Command

Lt Col (Col Select) Joseph C. Marello, Jr. will relinquish command of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, to Lt Col James B. Higgins in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, 33 Area Camp Margarita parade deck at 10;00 on Friday 30 June 2006. Association members are cordially invited to attend the change of command and the reception that follows. RSVP to Captain Salmon, 1st Recon Battalion Adjutant, (760) 763-2020.

1st Reconnaissance Battalion Returns From Iraq

1st Reconnaissance Battalion, with 262 hands, returned to Camp Pendleton 19 April following the battalion's third deployment to Iraq. 1st Recon Battalion (-) (rein), with Company A (3 Platoons), Company C (2 Platoons), and H & S Company (-), reinforced with a fifty man platoon of FAST Company, was based at Camp Fallujah, Iraq and conducted operations in support of the 2nd Marine Division. 1st Recon Battalion has sustained minor casualties during their deployment.


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Florida Recon Ball
I am toying with the idea of having a formal Recon Ball on Nov. 11, 06 somewhere in middle Florida. If I can get a minimum of 25 Reconners to attend I will go ahead with plans. The ball would be as close as possible to any Marine ball you could attend i.e. cake, oldest & youngest Marine, recorded message from the commandant, guest speaker, meal, and anything else making up a Marine ball. Tickets would be between 40 and 50 dollars. If I can get it done cheaper I will.
What I need now is a head count to determine whether to go ahead with the planning. Should I get the minimum count I will proceed with all the planning such as setting up a hotel, hall for the ball, and a catering service for the meal. Once I get all the information needed I will put out a message listing final cost, where, and when to those interested asking them to commit. If I have 25 men who will commit I will call for them to send the money and start finalizing arrangements.
Those Reconners interested please contact Bob Morris at:



7570 46th Ave N # 144
St Petersburg, Fl. 77309

Major General J. Michael Myatt, USMC

“…I never take this air-ground team for granted. Such teamwork doesn’t just happen—and it can’t be legislated by Congress or created by some instruction or imposed by some edict about jointness. But, the result is a marvelous marriage, more powerful than the sum of the parts, where a Marine’s most sought after privilege is to be able to fight for another Marine.”

CG, 1stMARDIV, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm

Looking For



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Recon Insert

Wally 'Bytes' Beddoe 

Can you get this out to your Recon bros? Trying to locate any involved in this insert/firefight 19JAN68. [ It was, I believe to the North north west of Phu Bai maybe near Ashau between Khe Sahn and Ashau. I only know the date of Jan 19th or maybe the 20th ]

The Marine aircrew who took the photo has identified some of the recon positions with an "x" in the attached photo. But to see some of the recon faces, click on the link below.

See link on POPASMOKE:

Some of the recons in the photos have been identifed as follows:
Mike Foster, Ray Garner, Chuck "Whistle Dick" Owens, Andy Finlayson, Jim Hager, Ronny Willams

Any of those names ring a bell?

I may have sent this same series of images several years ago, can't remember.

Semper Fi Big Brother!

Wally 'Bytes' Beddoe, USMC 81-85
USMC/Combat Helicopter Association

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Jerry Coon

I'm trying to locate Don Kravitz, Col. Ross Minor or
Miner, and then Maj. Dick Johnson. In the year
1961 (old Corps!).

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Lorne Parker

I started a yahoo group site today. Iím trying to track down some Marines I floated with back in 1992. Your site has already helped me track down a few. Anyway, I placed a link to your site and your outlet site. I also started a homepage at the Military.com site, I have your links on there too. I hope its ok, if not let me know and I will remove them. Once again thanks, and Semper Fi! -Parker



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Kym Bliss

My name is Kym Bliss. My fathers name was HMC Eugene Wayne BlissUSN ret. Although he was Navy corpsman. My dad spent probably half of his 23 years of active duty with the Marines , and Force recon. My Mother told me my dad first joined 1st force recon in 1963. My dad went to Vietnam . I don't want to take up too much of your time. I really just want to talk to someone who may have known my father. My Uncle Billy T. Branch USMC ret. was also 1st Force Recon Battalion. I lost my dad in1979. It's hard to believe all the years he served his country and one year after retiring he's killed in a trucking accident. If it's not too much trouble. Could you please write me back with any info. you may have. This may sound crazy, but I lost him when I was 19, now I'm 45. I want to tell his grandchildren my kids what an honorable soldier and great man he was, but he didn't live long enough to tell me all those war stories. Now I'm determined to find some of his ol Recon buddies. Thank you for your time. I hope a daughter of 1st Force Recon can keep in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you sir. Sincerely, Kym Bliss

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Ronald Turner

On 6-1-67 I was part of an 8 man team 1st sqd 6th Plt, 1st Force Recon in Chu Lia Vietnam. On 6-3-67 we were over run and Lt. Martin died, Williams died two days later, and Stowe died two weeks later. Three of the remaining five were wounded.

Today, three of the remaining five have found each other.

I am asking you for help finding R.A Willingham [2236072] and W.E. Rucker [2110999]. I have worked through the V.A. via my Senator without success. I have a copy of the 6-1-67 patrol report if you need it.

This is not only about seeing old friends it is about healing.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Ron Turner
Harbor Springs, Michigan

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Richard Keene 

Looking for Donald Young and Michael Hines. They served with me in 1965-67 with the 1st Recon Bn., 3rd Marine Div. Contact: Richard Keene, P.O. Box 1908, Chandler, TX 75758; 903-849-7151.

The Elite
  Ravino Book  
Childs Poem
This poem is, as yet, untitled but is a testament to the love of a Marine for his child . . and vice versa.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star
My daddy's gone away real far.
Proud to answer his country's call,
He had to leave us early last fall.

With his cammies, boots, and ruck on his back,
he kissed us goodbye and left for Iraq.

Convoys, watches, and IED sweeps,
No time for play and no time for sleep.

Scorched in the day, froze in the night,
He endures it all and stands for the fight.

No shiny medals or special recognition,
To him all that matters is a successful mission.

He fights to keep me safe at play,
Free from the terrorists' harmful way.

For his brothers-in-arms he'd give his life,
So they could go home to their kids and wife.

Days, weeks, and months have passed.
He's set to come home to me at last.

There is one thing you can guarantee:
My daddy's a real life hero to me.

Clothed in desert brown and olive green,
My daddy's a US Recon Marine.

- M. Ramos, 1st Recon Battalion

Silver Star
1968 Recap
Compiled by David Snider
Delta Corpsman
Sgt. Bill Gibson
  KOTV - 5/25/2006 10:27 AM - Updated: 5/26/2006 2:17 PM

A Pryor Marine who lost his leg in combat in Iraq says he wants to return to the front lines. Gunnery Sgt. Bill Gibson wounded last week, told family members he'd be back on duty as soon as possible


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