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HELP! Only a complete, up-to-date mailing address and email address will ensure you receive your copy of the Patrol Report. About 1000 Patrol Report email notices and 450 printed copies are mailed each spring and fall. Unfortunately, many are returned by the USPS as “Undeliverable; no known address” or by your internet provider as incorrectly addressed. Help us help you to receive the Patrol Report! Go online to our website and check your contact data; submit changes/corrections with Bob Morris or Charlie Kershaw at:  


Message from the President
The 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association’s annual reunion, held in concert with the 1st Marine Division Association reunion, will be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 14-18.

Guests of Honor our 16 August luncheon are the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Commanding Officer Lt Col Brian Von Herbulis and Sergeant Major W.L. Shaffer. In addition, we hope that 1st Reconnaissance Battalion’s 2012 Team Leader of the Year will be our honored guest.

Milwaukee promises to be a great city for our reunion Join your recon team-mates this year and make the 2013 reunion one to remember!
One of the most important reunion events is the election of Association Officers; join us at the reunion and attend the 16 August General Membership Meeting. Elect our best members to lead the Association.

As we prepare to celebrate our reunion, know that elements of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion are forward deployed with Marine Expeditionary Units (Special Operations Capable). Keep these Marines and Corpsmen in your thoughts and prayers.

God bless America! God bless the United States Marine Corps!
God bless 1st Reconnaissance Battalion!

Semper fidelis,

Charlie Kershaw


    Thirty-nine commemorative bricks line the pathway in front of the 1st Reconnaissance
    Battalion Memorial; an additional twenty-seven bricks are placed in the concrete pad
    Marine or Corpsman, living or deceased, may be ordered through the 1st
    Reconnaissance Battalion Association with a donation of $215.00. Each brick
    inscription may have three lines; each line is not more than 20 characters in length
    (this includes all letters, punctuation and spaces); each line must end with a complete
    word or name (words and names may not be hyphenated or
    continued on the next line). Here are two examples of Recon bricks:

    Send your contact information, brick inscription and check or money order to: 1st Recon Battalion Association, c/o C. Kershaw, 2527 Unicornio Street, Carlsbad, CA 92009. Call/email Charlie Kershaw with brick questions at: 760 438-8638 or 


12-18 August 2013

Reunion Registration: The 1st Marine Division Association (FDMA) Reunion will be 12-18 August at the Sheraton Brookfield Hotel, Brookfield, Wisconsin 53005. 1st Recon Bn Association members should register on line with the FMDA at: or use the mail in FDMA Reunion registration form included in the Patrol Report. FDMA Registration closes 12 July 2013!

Lodging: The Sheraton Brookfield Hotel, 375 S. Moreland Road, Brookfield WI 53005, on the westside of Milwaukee, is the official reunion site for 1st Marine Division Association and 1st Recon Battalion Association. Reunion accommodations are available at a rate of $112.00 + tax (13.1%) per night. Complimentary parking is available for Sheraton guests (For RV parking, with full hook-ups, call the nearby Wisconson State Fair at 414 266-7035). Reserve your rooms early; call the Sheraton Brookfield at (800) 325-3535 or (262) 364-1100 and ask for the 1st Marine Division Association reunion room block.

Transportation. The Sheraton provides complimentary airport shuttle service to and from the General Mitchell International Airport; after your flight arrives, call 262 364-1100 for pick up. Taxi service is available outside Baggage Claim 3. Call Go Riteway Transportation (800 236-5450) for shuttle service rates and reservations. Bus transportation is included with all FDMA tours.

1st Mar Div Association Events include visits to local sites such as the Harley Davidson, Miller Brewery, Old World Wisconsin, Potawatomi Casino, and Milwaukee Irish Fest and the FDMA Banquet Dinner. FDMA Reunion and event registration forms may be found at the 1st Marine Division Association website:

1st Recon Battalion Association

CP/Harbor Site: The 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association Reunion CP and hospitality suite at the Sheraton Brookfield will be open to reunion attendees from 14-18 August. Recon Battalion Association members and guests are requested to sign in at our hospitality suite following their arrival at the Sheraton Brookfield.

1st Recon Battalion Association Luncheon will be held from 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Friday 16 August at American Legion Post 449, 3245 North 124th Street, Brookfield, WI 53005. The buffet luncheon will include roast beef, boneless chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, salad, and iced tea/coffee. Bus transportation and the luncheon will cost $25.00 per person. Confirm your attendance at the luncheon and send payment to Charles Kershaw, 2527 Unicornio Street Carlsbad, CA 92009. RSVP for the bus and luncheon not later than 10 August 2013.

1st Recon Bn Association General Membership Meeting and Election of Officers will be Friday 16 August at 9:00 am in our Hospitality Suite. Members will elect the following Association Officers: Vice President, Treasurer, and one Associate Director.

Fund Raising. The reunion is our Association’s primary source of income. Proceeds from the silent auction and Hospitality Suite refreshments keep the Association operating through the year. Please donate auction items and bid generously at our silent auction!

  • 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association members, family and and friends gathered at the National Museum of the Marine
    Corps to remember team-mates lost in combat, especially
    the Rush Act casualties, and those who have had their final
    extract. Present (l-r) Gary Maxam; “Howdy” Howdyshell;
    Larry Feldman; Jim Anderson; Les Williams (HMM 263),
    Charlie Kershaw; Chip Gregson; Kent Dickson and Arnold

Books By Reconners
Flames and Smoke Visible: A Fire Fighter’s Tale By D.S. Lliteras

In 1969-70, “Doc” Lliteras served as a recon corpsman and combat diver with A Company; he completed twenty long range reconnaissance patrols and was awarded a Bronze Star with Combat V. He went on to earn a Bachelors of Arts degree and Master of Fine Arts at Florida State University. Commissioned in 1981, Lliteras returned to naval service as a Deep Sea Diving and Salvage Officer. Ultimately, “Doc” Lliteras became a fire fighter in Norfolk, Virginia.

Critically acclaimed Flames and Smoke Visible: A Fire Fighter’s Tale is D.S. Lliteras eleventh book and his first non-fiction work ( Flames and Smoke Visible is available on line at &, Independent Book Stores, Barnes & Noble, and direct from the distributor & publisher: Square One Publishers & Rainbow Ridge Books.

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 account of a young Marine officer and his highly capable, dedicated group of men doing a very dangerous job for their country, while the United States became increasingly disillusioned and weary of the Vietnam War. Killer Kane is expected to be published in August by McFarland & Company, Inc. Box 611, Jefferson, NC 28640; advance purchases may be made on the McFarland website, print and mail the order form at, and by ordering on line from Amazon Books (search Andrew R. Finlayson to find the book).
1st Reconnaissance Battalion

Training and Operations. 1st Reconnaissance Battalion and the Force Reconnaissance Company remain at Camp Pendleton California following their return from Afghanistan in March 2012. A Company and elements of Headquarters and Service Company continue to support the deploying MEUs. B and C Companies are conducting mission training, with B Company detachments deployed for training to Peru and Belize.

1st Recon Battalion’s official website is: . The Battalion’s website is comprehensive and very informative.

1st Reconnaissance Battalion Awards

Congratulations and best wishes to the following award recipients:

Sergeant Andrew P. Painter – Purple Heart
GySgt Timothy M. Biggs and MSgt Christopher L. May - Meritorious Service Medal
Sergeant Anthony E. Berg and Corporal Michael D. Currier – Navy Commendation with Combat V
Captain Brent E. Logan, GySgt Steven J. Patrick and Captain William M. Willis – Navy Commendation Medal

New Members
Brad Lietha Charlie 85/90
Brian Gilman H&S & C 2011/2012
Lon Couch Bravo 79/81
James Simkins Echo 69/70
Kaleb Palmer Recon Co./H&S 97/2000
Laurie Baird Alpha 59/60
Mike Harding 4th Pl. 93/97
Paul Clifford H&S 2010/12
Robert Lehman H&S 05/06




Colonel Richard D. Mickelson
CO, 1st Recon Battalion
Vietnam 1968-1969
November 6, 2012

Eddie Ash
C and H&S Companies
Vietnam 1965-66
December 7, 2012

Luther "Lee" Freeman
B and H &S Companies
Vietnam 1964-66
February 27, 2013

Staff Sergeant Caleb Medley

Force Reconnaissance Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion

Staff Sergeant Caleb Medley, a reconnaissance Marine who served as a field radio operator with Force Reconnaissance Company and 1st Reconnaissance Battalion was honored at a Camp Pendleton memorial service on 25 March. SSgt Medley died as a result of a sky diving training incident on February 26, 2013. He served with 1st Recon Battalion during its recent deployment to Afghanistan and repeatedly proved his mettle in numerous combat operations. SSgt Medley's professionalism, physical fitness, esprit de corps, teamwork and leadership set an example for his recon team mates to emulate. His tragic death was keenly felt by his brothers-in-arms.






Vietnam Trip

Ever Thought About Going Back to Vietnam?

Vietnam Battlefield Tours (VBT) designed a 1st Recon Battalion battlefield tour, scheduled for 9-23 March 2014. Visit Chu Lai, the Que Sons, Hill 119, An Hoa and the Arizona, Hills 55 and 65, Camp Reasoner, Ba Na, and Elephant Valley. While we’re in the boonies, spouses will enjoy exotic shopping and dining opportunities. All hotels are rated 3-star or better. Contact Dave “Doc” Snider, , for tour details, pricing and reservations.