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Fredericksburg, VA ~ September 23 – 25, 2021

Clarion Hotel and Suites Convention Center

2801 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia / Ph: (540) 786-8321

Hotel check-out time is 12 p.m.  Thanks for coming! 


From the MCEA Vice President

Our recent Reunion and Awards Banquet is in the archives and it was a great event. Even considering the handicap of the coronavirus, we had 85 people show up to support the awardees in the various categories.

Because of the reluctance of some to travel, we decided to also live stream the event. Those that requested access were given access to the website and could view the entire event. We do have to apologize for the silence at the beginning and end of the event. This was our first effort to live stream and we totally forgot to leave a microphone active during the entrance ceremony. A good time was had by all and the trolley tour Saturday was well received.

In addition to live streaming, we also videotaped the event. The video is now available on our website. If you go to the MCEA website ( and click on the tab “Gallery”, you will see the video file.

For those who could not attend, I would suggest you take a look; the video shows the quality of our current Marine Corps engineers.

I hope all are doing well and look forward to seeing you next year on the West Coast.

Semper Fi,

Tony Raniszewski



Vietnam Veterans Reunion

 San Antonio, Texas

Menger Hotel 

May 4th – 8th, 2022

A tour revealing the story of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and taking you to key battlefield locations that are today hidden under San Antonio’s streets.

Company and Women’s Luncheons

Battalion Banquet, Company and Women’s luncheon. Gather separately for lunch and talk about the good ole days in a local restaurant or hotels area restaurant.

The auction is a tradition and is used to help raise funds for the 1/1 Organization.

Includes the 2022 reunion chairman updates, financial report, election of officers, approval of future reunions, and battalion business. 


Message from the Board President, Reunion Chairman, and Board of Directors

San Antonio 2021 Reunion RESCHEDULED to May 4th – 8th, 2022

Due to the worsening, escalating ‘SEVERE’ threat of the COVID Pandemic in Texas, the 1/1 Board of Directors made the difficult but necessary decision to reschedule our 1/1 Reunion to May 4th thru 8th, 2022.

The safety and well-being of all Reunion participants is the primary consideration for the decision. Our President, Reunion Chair, and the MENGER Hotel mutually agreed to the rescheduling.

The MENGER Hotel will keep the rooms blocked for the equivalent new dates at no added cost for current and future reservations. Please contact the MENGER Hotel to advise the hotel that you still need your reservation for the equivalent new dates (e.g., Tue, May 4, 2022 thru Sun, May 8, 2022) or to make new reservations.

Moving forward, you have options for consideration:

  • Leave your current Hotel and Reunion reservation intact—no additional Hotel or Registration fees.
  • If registering now for the Reunion, make Hotel reservations with the Hotel.
  • Request the Hotel to cancel your room reservation.
  • Request the Committee reimburse your Reunion Registration Fee.

We will continue to monitor the San Antonio and the nation’s COVID Pandemic situation and keep you informed. Meanwhile, we are still receiving registrations at a greater level than previous Reunions. As always, please feel free to contact us at

Semper Fi

  • Samuel Verdeja, Bill Kendle, John Kaper, Roy Wiltrout, Glenn Griffin, Leonard Davila, Seth Wolfe, Robert Black (Blackie), Bob Jackson, and Bill Ring

Mrs. Dolia Gonzalez, Mother of Hue City Battle, Medal of Honor recipient, Sargent Alfredo Gonzalez will be present throughout the Reunion. We will also be honored by General Juan Ayala, Government and Military Affairs for City of San Antonio, and the Battalion Banquet keynote speaker, General Ray Smith.

Hospitality room will be open 

Wednesday – Saturday from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm 

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am

Optional Activities:

(Throughout Reunion)

Old Town: Free Shuttle


Entertainment Venues

Shopping Center 

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am

Women/Guests Luncheon

11:30 am @ Old Town

Company Luncheon

11:30 am @ Old Town

Continental Breakfast

*7:00 am – 7:45 am


Graduation Ceremony 

Parade Ceremony 

Lunch at MCRD

Free Time 

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

City Tour

Mountain Soledad

National Veterans Memorial 

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm 

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am

Battalion Meeting 

At Hotel 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Battalion Banquet

Reception 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Dinner 6:30 pm (start time) 

Program 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am


Charter buses are handicap accessible and have toilets, and refreshments provided by Reunion Committee  

*On Friday Continental Breakfast is scheduled in Hospitality room from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. due to early start for City tour and MCRD

Hotel Rate: $119 Per Night + 12.5% California Tax

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Mission Valley 

2270 Hotel Circle North

San Diego, California 92108


A dedicated website is available to book your hotel room!

Please ask for the “1st Battalion 1st Marines Vietnam” rate

Or use Group Code “MVV” when calling 1-888-233-9527

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am

Optional Activities:

(Throughout Reunion)

Veterans Memorial

Mexican Market Place

Tower of the Americas

Double-Decker Bus Tour

Riverwalk Boat Rides 

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am

BN Chaplin Gathering

Room TBD

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Alamo Tour

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Company/Women’s Lunch

12:00 pm

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am

BN Chaplin Gathering

Room TBD

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Vietnam Memorial

Room TBD

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am

Silent Battalion Auction

Ending prior to Banquet

BN Chaplin Services

Room TBD

8:30 am

Battalion Meeting 

Room TBD

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Free Afternoon

Free time before the Banquet.

Battalion Banquet

Reception 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Program 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm 

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am


Chairman of the Committee

Again this year we will have a fundraising auction at the reunion. In the past these events have raised around $1500, a figure that we hope, with your support, to surpass this year. So we need your donated items to sell!

Donate anything that you think fellow 1/1’ers might like.

Handmade things, especially with Marine or 1/1emblems on them, always sell. But don’t just stick to that theme. If you think something is cool, others probably will too. We’re seeking a broad selection of items, in all price ranges. .

Donations can be physical things, but don’t have to be. You can donate services, such as legal help, tax prep or landscaping consultation. A few of you high rollers might want to donate a week or weekend at your ski, golfing, or Caribbean condos.

This will be a silent auction, not a live one. Starting when I get commitments, we’ll post the item list on our website, so everyone will know what’s being offered. We’ll also post the current high bids. At the reunion, the stuff will be out on display, each with a sheet that you can use to make last minute bids. At the designated “witching hour” the auction will close and high bidders will pay up and take their stuff.

To donate, you just need to let me know as soon as possible what you’re committing to give. Don’t ship the items to me, just bring them to the reunion. Anything too large to bring with you may be shipped directly to the Menger Hotel, with clear marking that it’s for the 1/1Vietnam reunion. The hotel has allowed us storage.

To donate, please contact me, Seth Wolfe, with the form below and Click to Send.

Let me know:

  • Description of the item
  • Your best guess as to its value
  • If there is a minimum bid we should accept for the item, please let me know what would be appropriate.

See you in Texas!

Hotel Rate: $129 before 4/4/22. 

After 4/4/22 room rate increases to $159.00 – $200.00 per day.  

Menger Hotel 

204 Alamo Plaza

San Antonio, TX 78205


Arrival and Check-in at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

A lunch at Old Town with some old pals.

Graduation/parade ceremony, lunch, and a city tour. This included Mountain Soledad and the National Veterans Memorial.

Battalion meeting, auction, and banquet.

1st Marine Division 80th Anniversary Ceremony

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Roger B. Turner, Jr., the commanding general of 1st Marine Division, adds a streamer to the colors during the Division’s 80th Anniversary Ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 5, 2021. Campaign streamers are symbols and reminders of the sacrifice, service and a proud heritage the men and women of 1st Marine Division have demonstrated in battles and conflicts throughout Marine Corps history. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jailine L. AliceaSantiago)

My name is John Kaper and I attended my first 1/1 Marines Vietnam reunion in August 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in Washington, D.C. I was really looking forward to the reunion, as I was hoping to meet some of the marines that I had served with in Charlie Company, as well as other 1/1marines. It was a wonderful and emotional experience visiting with other Vietnam veterans. That particular reunion honored 1/1 marines KIA in Vietnam by dedicating our 1/1 memorial in Arlington, Virginia.

“When I saw all the photos, it was like a flashback”

One of the most popular events of the 1/1 reunions is the company luncheons, where members of the same companies get together. It is a time to reunite with marines you served with, and meet people who shared the same dirt, rain, mud and experiences as you. At the Charlie Company luncheon, one of the marines, a man named Bobbie Butler, who just happens to be our Battalion Chaplain, brought a big photo board with pictures of Hill 881 South. They showed members of 2nd Platoon moving out and off Hill 881 South as well as the surrounding hills and jungle. When I saw all the photos, it was like a flashback. They were so vivid, and brought back so many memories. It was like I was there yesterday.

“One of the 105’s landed only feet away from my squad”

I commented to Bobby Butler, who was in 2nd Platoon (I was in 3rd Platoon), that some of the photos showed the ridgeline that paralleled our hilltop on 881 South. The ridge was approximately 1500 meters west of our position and the NVA constantly fired mortars at us from the backside of the ridge. Periodically we would run patrols out toward the ridgeline, and on May 23,1968 we had a full company size operation to clear out the mortars. We had sporadic contact with the NVA that day and cleared out the mortar pits on the backside of the ridge. We found the pits with the mortars still neatly stacked inside them. About noontime all three platoons assembled on the side of the ridge facing our hilltop and took a break. Naturally we were all spread out to cover all directions as we had NVA around the area. Suddenly there was a series of loud explosions and concussions happening in quick succession from incoming. Our own 105’s had landed directly on top of our positions and seriously wounded at least 9 of our marines. Most were from 2nd Platoon. I was a squad leader with 3rd Platoon and we were right next to 2nd Platoon at the time. One of the 105’s landed only feet away from my squad. Thankfully it was a dud. Didn’t go off.

We rushed over to 2nd Platoon to help with the wounded and get the medevacs going. I told Bobby Butler that I remembered one marine had lost his leg and another looked like he was going to loose a foot. Unbelievably, he said that he was the marine that looked like he was going to loose his foot. Luckily he did not, even though he had other serious injuries.

“I met the marine who I had helped”

Forty-seven years later at the 1/1 reunion in Washington, D.C., I met the marine who I had helped put on a chopper to get airlifted off that hillside. It was an unbelievable experience, one that I will never forget. Bobby Butler and I have stayed good friends and in contact since that reunion. Semper Fi Marines.

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Lieutenant General Mundy received a commission after graduating from Auburn University in August 1983. An infantry officer, he has commanded at the platoon, company, battalion, Marine Expeditionary Unit, Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Naval Task Force levels. Prior to his current assignment he served as the Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

He has deployed multiple times over his career including with 1/9 to Somalia during Operation Restore Hope, and twice to Iraq, first as a battalion commander and later as a Marine Expeditionary Unit commander, during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He has also served in several staff and training assignments beginning with the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, South Carolina; The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia; the I Marine Expeditionary Force headquarters at Camp Pendleton, California; the Marine Corps Office of Legislative Affairs; the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization in Washington D.C.; HQMC in Washington D.C; U.S. Central Command in Tampa; and as the Deputy Commanding General of I Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, California.

Between these assignments he attended the United States Army Armor Officer Advanced Course and Cavalry Leaders Course at Ft Knox, Kentucky; the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and School of Advanced Warfighting at Quantico, Virginia; the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia; and he studied foreign policy at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with a "V" device; Bronze Star; and the Combat Action Ribbon. LtGen Mundy is married and has two daughters.

Marines' Battle of An Nasiriyah 15-Year Reunion 2018

5th Marines:
1st Bn, 1st Marines:
1st Bn, 4th Marines:
1st Bn, 9th Marines:
2nd BN, 9th Marines:
7th Engineer BN:
Were you a helicopter pilot?

Were you a tanker? Organization for Vietnam era Marine Tankers and those in support of tanks. We also welcome ONTOS officers and crewmen.

MACG-18, MASS-3 Our first ever 50 year reunion for Marines who served with MASS-3 (Marine Air Support Squadron – 3 will be held 17-19 July 2018.  Info at:

Command Chronologies:
The Battle of Dai Do aka the Battle of Dong Ha:
R 221855Z FEB 17
ALMAR 006/17
1.  This ALMAR announces publication of a web page that will assist Marines and veteran Marines in organizing unit reunions.
2.  Sergeant Major Green and I understand that we are stronger together.  In our 2016 Marine Corps Birthday message, we spoke of our warrior culture.  We learn, share, mourn, celebrate, and protect each other by coming together and telling stories.  Reunions, and the connections strengthened by them, offer an environment in which we are reminded of who we are.
3.  I ask all Marines to get connected.  Find your fellow Marines.  Reach out, catch up, and when needed, help others.  One way to enhance our bonds is through hosting or participating in reunions.  While hosting a reunion may be a complicated undertaking, I know Marines are up to that task.
4.  In this spirit and to show just some of the considerations required to conduct a reunion, as well as to highlight past reunions and announce those to come, the Marine Corps has launched a “Year of the Reunion” web page that can be accessed through  Although the page is not all inclusive, it does provide a playbook “template” that can help organize logistics and planning considerations.  Collaborating with others who have conducted reunions may help avoid planning and execution pitfalls, as well as guide you through the process of organizing a successful event.
5.  Following any reunion, we ask that you share your experiences and insights.  Use the reunion web page to post photos, testimonials, and your after-action reports.  As SgtMaj Green said in our Birthday message, this is about individuals coming together to be a part of something greater than one’s self.
6.  Enjoy your reunions and Semper Fidelis.
Robert B. Neller, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//


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Reunion website launched in push to keep Marines connected

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller has emphasized that reunions are an important tool in curbing suicides, and now the Corps has launched a website to help currently serving Marines and veterans keep connected.

The "Year of the Reunion" website is meant to help Marines organize reunions and announce upcoming events, Neller said in a recent message to the Corps.

"We learn, share, mourn, celebrate, and protect each other by coming together and telling stories," Neller said in ALMAR 006/17. "Reunions, and the connections strengthened by them, offer an environment in which we are reminded of who we are."

The website is meant to provide a template to help arrange the logistics and planning for reunions, Neller wrote in the message. He also encouraged Marines and veterans to post photographs, anecdotes and after-action reports from their reunions on the website.

"I ask all Marines to get connected," Neller said in the message. "Find your fellow Marines. Reach out, catch up, and when needed, help others. While hosting a reunion may be a complicated undertaking, I know Marines are up to that task."

Last year, Neller told Marine Corps Times that reunions offer currently serving Marines and veterans an opportunity to share their stories. He praised the April 2016 reunion of 3


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marines — which lost 25 Marines during its 2011 deployment to Afghanistan — as a model that other units could follow.

"Other units have been in tough fights and they’ve come back and they’ve had a significant number of Marines take their lives," Neller said in a May 17 interview. "This battalion has had two [suicides]."

Reunions allow Marines to relive the sense of camaraderie they experienced when they served together, he said. Sharing experiences is an age-old tradition common to warrior cultures.

"The old men tell their stories of war — the young warriors listen and they learn and they get ready mentally for what they’re going to face," Neller said. "History teaches us a lot of things."


Marine Corps Reunion OCTOBER 2016

Marine Corps Reunions

Whether you are reuniting with boot camp buddies or hosting a Division level reunion, MCA&F has the information you need for your event.

Reunion Locations

Planning your reunion on or near base?

Here is the information you need to host your event.

MCB Quantico

Marine Corps Base Quantico

The Clubs at Quantico & Crossroads Events Center

3017 Russell Rd Quantico, VA 22134


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The Globe and Laurel

3987 Jefferson Davis Hwy Stafford, VA 22554


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Fine information about base tours here

Visit Coordinator: 703-784-5568/4757
Vehicle Registration (questions regarding base entry): 703-432-7375
Public Affairs Office: 703-784-2741

Camp Pendleton

Camp Pendleton

La Casa Del Mar

View Website

Pacific Views Event Center

Bldg. 202850


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Fine information about base tours here

Visit Coordinator: 703-784-5568/4757
Vehicle Registration (questions regarding base entry): 703-432-7375
Public Affairs Office: 703-784-2741

Camp Lejeune

Camp Lejeune

Clubs and Catering Lejeune New River

Bldg 2615, Seth Williams Blvd


[email protected]

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Paradise Point Officers’ Club

Bldg 2615 | Seth Williams Blvd


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Marston Pavilion

Seth Williams Blvd

910-451-8224 opt 1 or 2
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Stone Street Community Center

Bldg 2615, Seth Williams Blvd

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The SNCO Club

Bldg 825, Stone Street

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Fine information about base tours here

Visit Coordinator: 703-784-5568/4757
Vehicle Registration (questions regarding base entry): 703-432-7375
Public Affairs Office: 703-784-2741

MCRD Parris Island

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island

Fightertown Beaufort Officers’ Club

Bldg. 554 Quilali Rd.

MCAS Beaufort, SC 29904


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Bldg. 78 Nicaragua St.

MCRD Parris Island, SC 29905

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The Log Cabin

Bldg. 1242 Geiger Blvd.

MCAS Beaufort, SC 29904


[email protected]

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Fine information about base tours here

Visit Coordinator: 703-784-5568/4757
Vehicle Registration (questions regarding base entry): 703-432-7375
Public Affairs Office: 703-784-2741

MCRD San Diego

Marine Corps Recruit Depot
San Diego

The Bay View Restaurant

Neville Rd San Diego, CA 92140

(619) 725-6211
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Bulldog Tavern

3800 Chosin Avenue San Diego, CA 92140

(619) 524-4448

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Fine information about base tours here

Visit Coordinator: 703-784-5568/4757
Vehicle Registration (questions regarding base entry): 703-432-7375
Public Affairs Office: 703-784-2741


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