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Larry Feldman
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Dave Backer

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Gunnery Sergeant Jimmie Howard, C Company, 1st Recon

As Team Leader of an 18 man reconnaissance platoon, Gunnery Sergeant Jimmie
Howard was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions 16 June 1966 on Hill 488, near Chu Lai, Vietnam. 1st Sergeant Howard is buried at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA. The 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association will place a wreath at 1st Sergeant Howard’s grave at 1500, Friday 21 August. Join us!




Bill Hunter Echo 69/70
Oct. 31. 2014

William "Doc" White Echo Co. C.O. 68/69
May 2015




1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association members and friends
gathered at the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park, Quantico, Virginia,
to place a wreath honoring 1st Recon Battalion’s KIAs and absent
comrades. Attending the 23 April ceremony were Sergeant Major
Justin LeHew, Rod Downie, Larry Feldman, Kent Dickson, Marv
Floom, Charles “Howdy” Howdyshell and Gary Maxam.

Message from the President
March 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of Fleet Marine Forces deploying into the Republic of Vietnam. This reunion and succeeding reunions is dedicated to the reconnaissance Marines and Corpsmen serving in Vietnam in the period 1965-1971.
The Commandant of the Marine Corps awarded a Certificate of Commendation to the reconnaissance units and the supporting combat air crews in recognition of their service and sacrifice in the Vietnam War (a copy of the Certificate is here
The 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association’s annual reunion, held in concert with the 1st Marine Division Association reunion, will be in San Diego, California, 18-22 August 2015. Essential Elements of Reunion Information and events are included in this Patrol Report.
Join your 1st Recon team-mates in San Diego as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Marine reconnaissance in Vietnam.
God bless America! God bless the United States Marine Corps! God bless 1st Reconnaissance Battalion!

Semper fidelis,
Charlie Kershaw

2009 Reunion Essential Elements of Information
    18-22 August 2015

    Reunion Registration: The 1st Marine Division Association (FDMA) Reunion will be 18-22 August 2015 at the Crowne Plaza San Diego, California. Reunion information is on line at:

    1st Recon Battalion Association members should register on line with the FMDA or print and mail or email the FMDA Reunion registration form to Armed Forces Reunions, Inc. , Attn: 1st MARINE, 322 Madison Mews Norfolk, VA 23510. Registration closes 17 July 2015.

    Lodging: The Crowne Plaza San Diego-Mission Valley, located at 2270 Hotel Circle North San Diego, CA 92108, is the official reunion site for 1st Marine Division Association & 1st Recon Bn Association. Reunion accommodations are available at a rate of $120.00 + tax (currently 12.5% and $1.16) per night. To reserve your room, call the Crowne Plaza at (619) 297-1101 or (888) 233-9527 and ask for the 1st Marine Division Association Reunion rate.

    Transportation and Parking. The Crowne Plaza offers parking at a daily rate of $6.00. Complimentary airport shuttle service is not available. However, Super Shuttle provides curbside service to/from San Diego airport for $12.00 per person. Call (800) 974-8885 for reservations or wait for pick-up at the shuttle stand outside of the terminal baggage claim.

    1st Mar Div Association Events. The Reunion Committee has worked hard to plan and organizing reunion events and tours. Tours include the USS Midway, San Diego City and MCRD. The FMDA Reunion Banquet is open to all reunion guests. FMDA Reunion Activity Registration Forms, with all reunion event information, is available on line at: or


    1st Recon Bn Assn CP/Harbor Site: The 1st Recon Battalion Association Reunion CP and hospitality suite at the Crowne Plaza will be open to reunion attendees from 18-21 August. Recon Battalion Association members and guests are requested to sign in at the 1st Recon hospitality suite following their arrival at the Crowne Plaza.

    Volunteers and Donations. As always, we need volunteers to help with reunion events
    such as registration, the auction and manning/maintaining the hospitality suite. In addition, we need auction items such as Marine Corps/Recon clothing, equipment and memorabilia, sporting goods, books, art and gift cards. Help make this reunion a financial success - donate some of your time and treasure to 1st Recon Battalion Association.

    Fund Raising. The reunion is your Association’s primary source of income. The auction and hospitality suite refreshment donations keep the Association operating through the year. Bid generously at the auction.



1st Recon Battalion Association Dinner will be Friday 21 August, from 6:00 pm -10:00 pm, at The Bay View Restaurant, MCRD, San Diego, CA 92140. A buffet dinner, with beef and chicken entrees, vegetables, salad, bread & rolls, dessert and tea and coffee will be served. Soft drinks and alcohol will be at the individual’s expense. Guests with special dietary requirements should contact Charlie Kershaw as soon as possible. The dinner will cost $40.00 per person. RSVP no later than 15 August 2015, and send your check or money order to: 1st Recon Battalion Association, c/o C. Kershaw, 2527 Unicornio Street, Carlsbad, CA 92009. Bus transport will be provided to and from the Bay View Restaurant. If you have questions, call or email Charlie Kershaw at: 760 402-8638 or 

1st Recon Bn Association General Membership Meeting and Election of Officers will be Saturday, 22 August at 11:00 am in our Hospitality Suite. Members will elect the following Association Officers: Chaplain, 1st Marine Division Association Unit Director, and an Associate Director.
The Association is looking for a few good directors.
Are you willing and able to serve on the Board of Directors?

  • Commemorative bricks, honoring reconnaissance Marines and Corpsmen living and deceased, line the flanks and pathway approaching the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Memorial. Bricks may be ordered through the Association with a $215.00 donation. Brick inscriptions may have three lines; each line is not more than 20 characters (this includes all letters, punctuation marks and spaces);
    Each line must end with a complete word or name (words or names may not be hyphenated or continued on the following line).

    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 



Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Moore, USMC (RET) Inducted into the USSOCOM Hall fo Honor
1st Reconnaissance Battalion

   General Joseph L. Votel, CG, US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Mac Dill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida inducted Lieutenant Colonel Terry Moore, USMC (Ret) and eight special operations warriors into the USSOCOM Commando Hall of Honor on 6 April 2015. Known to many Vietnam-era 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Marines and Corpsmen as “Gunny Moore”, he conducted 1st Recon’s in-country Reconnaissance Indoctrination Program (RIP) and led the S-3 “Mission Impossible” emergency extract/quick reaction team.

LtCol Moore’s USSOCOM citation reads as follows:

Lieutenant Colonel Terrence L. Moore distinguished himself in service to his country, the Marine Corps, and his fellow Special Operations Warriors across three decades of service. As a young enlisted Reconnaissance Marine, he participated in innumerable reconnaissance patrols and direct-action raids against Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces from 1961-1963. As a team member of a United States Navy Advisory Detachment, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Studies and Observation Group, from 1966-1967, then Sergeant Moore trained Vietnamese unconventional warfare teams and participated in several classified missions deep in enemy areas, including one insertion by parachute. Drawing upon a vast reservoir of professional military knowledge honed in extensive combat, then Gunnery Sergeant Moore developed a comprehensive training program for Reconnaissance Marine candidates, while simultaneously leading a Special Operations team for the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in the Republic of Vietnam in 1970. Due to his outstanding combat leadership during his tour, Gunnery Sergeant Moore was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on the field of battle. An indomitable fighting Marine, Lieutenant Colonel Moore’s deft skills and superb leadership are the epitome of what all Special Operations Forces Warriors strive to be. Lieutenant Colonel Moore’s unwavering loyalty, devotion to duty and lifetime of dedication reflect great credit upon himself, Special Operations Forces, and the United States Special Operations Command.


1st Reconnaissance Battalion

For a comprehensive overview of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion’s leaders, missions,
operations and training, visit 1st Recon’s official website:


Alexander Jensen Alpha 87/90

Andrew Finlayson 1st Force 67/69

Anthony Herlihy Bravo and 1st Force 89/91, 01/02, & 02/04

Billy Floyd Bravo 70/71

Charles Hudson Echo 69/70

Gordon Hogg H&S 82/85

Jeffery Andrews A 80/83 & C 89/91

Joe Marroquin Echo 68

John Thurmond Delta 66

Kevin Fossett Charlie 86/89

Kyle Holewinski H&S 86/89

Laton Mahan Charlie 67/68

Lawrence Grimm Alpha 70/71

Marco Ruiz Charlie 04/06

Michael Bennett H&S & 1st Force 68/70

R.D. "Butch" Calvert Delta & H&S 66/67

Robert Martinez Charlie 64/66

Roger Hicklin Charlie & H&S 73/75

Roger Wrolstad Alpha 69

Stephen Kopach Charlie 06/08

Terence McDonnell Charlie 64/67

Tyler Freeburg Alpha & Bravo 06/2011




1st Recon Gear

For all your 1st Recon gear contact John Dalton at John served with Charlie Co. 77/80.