~ Representing All Vietnam-Era Marine Corps Tankers, Ontos Crewmen & Support ~



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March 2012   




Dear Marine,  


    We have just joined on our team a quite dedicated and extremely talented young lady who has volunteered to be the Foundation's Administrative Assistant. Jackie is learning the mechanics of the organization's several moving parts and will soon be taking on a number of tasks to help move us along, freeing up time to take on our latest project. As we announced in last month's Breech Block, we are going to write a book! And to reiterate, it will be quite a bit different than the one enshrined in the Foundation's mission statement. Also, the book will not be an alternative to "Marine Tanks and Ontos in the Vietnam War: A Documentary" - but rather "Book One".

     "Book One" has as yet no title so we are asking you to help us with one. The contributor of the title that's selected for the book will be recognized with a yet-to-be-determined award.


     This is how we see the book coming together: we need your personal stories. No matter how long or short, funny or sad, heroic or "Forrest Gump", first person or overheard in the slop chute, day-to-day routine stuff or one-time terrifying, pictures or not, e-mail or snail mail, over the phone or UPS. Whatever you send us, it is understood that we have your permission to include an (edited) copy in the book. We will give credit to each author; however, if you prefer to remain anonymous, just let us know.

     As we receive your story - and the stories are not limited to just Tankers and Ontos Crewmen but family stories as well - we'll lay it into the chronology of the Vietnam War. Where there are gaps of personal stories, we'll provide fillers. When the determination is made that we're ready to "go to press" we'll do that. We're looking for a publisher now but, if we don't find one, we'll self-publish.

     As well as the stories, we plan an appendix and are considering that it comprise four parts 1) Marine Jargon 2) Acronyms 3) Sayings about Marines 4) Sayings by Marines. Here, once again, you are invited to weigh in with the stuff you know. There will, of course, be editing to remain professional. For example of Marine Jargon: C-ration Ham and Lima Beans, better known as "Ham and M----- ----ers".

     We are advised that this heady project should have a monetary seed money cushion of $10,000. The Foundation is "a few dollars" short of that but, with the continued generosity of our constituents - both funds and "sweat equity" - we will acquire what we need on the fly

     Thank you for your support and we trust there's not one among us who does not have a story he wants to share - and/or a family member who does not have something to add - to make our first foray into the book production world a success..

     And finally, though historical foundations do not traditionally get into the business of helping their constituents in obtaining "past due" personal awards for valor, with Jackie on our team, we are offering to work with any Ontos Marine or Tanker in his quest for an award he feels he deserves as a result of his service in the Vietnam War and - for whatever reason - he has not received.


Ray Stewart



Silver Star: Doug Wean,  HM2/USN (FMF) Corpsman

 Silver Star

 For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Corpsman with Battery K, Fourth Battalion, Twelfth Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 19 September 1968, while occupying a fire support position at the Rockpile in Quang Tri Province, Petty Officer Wean's platoon came under a heavy volume of North Vietnamese artillery and small arms fire. During the ensuing attack, several rounds impacted int he powder storage area wounding numerous Marines and igniting an intense fire that spread through out the platoon area. Responding instantly to a call for medical assistance, Petty Officer Wean unhesitatingly left his position of cover and rushed across the fire-swept terrain to the side of a wounded comrade. Ignoring the fragmentation of exploding ordinance and the enemy small arms fire aimed at and impacting near him, he shielded the wounded Marine with his own body while calmly administering medical care to the casualty. When the wounded Marine was evacuated from the field of fire, Petty Officer Wean fearlessly moved to another wounded casualty and skillfully treated his wounds, until he was extracted from the combat area. His heroic actions and sincere concern for the welfare of his comrades, inspired all who observed him and was instrumental in saving the lives of two Marines. By his courage, resolute determination and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Petty Officer Wean upheld the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. on Okinawa and then deployed to South Vietnam from January to June 1968. His next assignment was as a Corpsman with K Battery, 4th Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment of the 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade in South Vietnam from June 1968 until he returned to the United States in January 1969. While in Vietnam, he served during the Tet Offensive and Tet Counter-Offensive in early 1968, Operation Buffalo, Operation Thor, Operation Lancaster II, Operation Scotland II, and Operation Dual Blade V in the Northern I Corps area along the DMZ. He was wounded in action on July 6, 1968, during the battle of at Con-Thien, and again on September 19, 1968, at the Marine outpost called the Rockpile. HM2 Wean served on the staff at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, Illinois, from January to July 1969, and then served with NATO Forces, U.S. Navy Security Group Activity in Edzell, Scotland, as part of the Embassy Staff for Great Britain from August 1969 to February 1971. He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy on February 2, 1971.


Doug WeanDoug Wean was born on March 29, 1948, in Illinois. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on August 1, 1966, completed basic training at NTC Great Lakes, Illinois, in October 1966, and completed US. Navy Hospital Corps School and Field Medical Service School in April 1967. His first assignment was as a Hospital Corpsman at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia, from April to October 1967, followed by Marine Corps Counter-Guerrilla Warfare and Jungle Training on Okinawa from October to November 1967. HM3 Wean remained on Okinawa with A Company, 5th Medical Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment of the 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade from November 1967 to January 1968, and then served as a Corpsman with A Company, 5th Anti-Tank Battalion of the 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade


Auction Results
Eagle Book End
Brass Eagle

Congratulations and thank you to Tiny Kilgore his winning bid  of $150.00.


Other bidders listed in alphabetical order are: Bobby Joe Blythe, Ed Emanuel, Glen Hutchins, Larry Parshall and Jerry Wahl.   


Thanks to all of you for your support and participation.  

VTA Coin
Challenge Coin 

Once again, many thanks goes to Tiny Kilgore for his winning bid of $200.00.


Unsuccessful bidders* listed in alphabetical order are:  Rick Armstrong, Mark Damschen, Dennis Fresch, Charles Garrison, Don Gehl, Troy Gold, Harlan Langlitz, Brian Jefferies, Pat Lui, Armando Moreno, Larry Parshall, Fred Remkiewizc, Ned Schultz, Joe Tiscia, Joe Tyson, Jerry Wahl and Ken Zebal.  


Thanks to all of you for your over whelming participation.


*Note:  Their was one other bidder who did not furnish me with a name as a result  I was unable to add their name to the list of bidders. 


Donors: Thank you for your support.

Platinum PlusPlat. Plus Award

Chuck Garrison ~ 2012

Joe Martinez  ~ 2012



Mike 'Boris' Bolenbaugh ~ (2011)

Peter Brush* ~ (2011/2012)
Dick Carey ~ (2011/2012) 

Darrell and Jeni Cox ~ (2011/12)   

Kyle Decicco-Carey* ~ (2011/2012)
Wes 'Tiny' Kilgore ~ (2012) 
LtCol Will Lochridge, USMC (ret) ~ (2011)
Jim Raasch** ~ (2011/12)
Pappy Reynolds* ~ (2011/2012)
LtCol Ray Stewart, USMC (ret)** ~ (2011/2012)
Guy Wolfenberger ~ (2011+)
Martha Zaragoza~ (2011)


Michael ("Belmo") Belmessieri ~ (2011/12)
Darrell & Jeni Cox~ (2012)
Sid Ferguson ~ (2011)
Dan Farrell~ (2012) 
David 'Doc' Forsyth, ~ (2012)
Garry Hall, ~ (2011)
LtCol Frank & Ruth Slovik USMC (ret) ~ (2011/12)
Chris Vargo~ (2012)



Gene 'Doc' Hackemack ~ (2012)
Louis Najfus ~ (2011) 
Larry Parshall* ~ (2011)
Michael 'Doc' Pipkin* ~ (2011)
Jerry Wahl ~ (2012)


Rick Oswood ~ (2011)
The Foundation is proud to announce that there has been quite a positive response to our e-mail asking for your help; financial  assistance, submission of your personal stories, and recollections of your "Vietnam Days", adding   to the Foundation Library, and volunteering to carry some of the day-to-day work load. The level of financial contributions are recognized with an Award Certificate as follows:
Certificate           Donation


Platinum Plus     $1,000+


Platinum             $250 - $999


Gold                   $100 - $249


Silver                  $50 - $99


Bronze                $1 - $49


There  is a parallel process for rewarding your in kind,  non-monetary (books, documents, articles for the Breech Block, etc.), and volunteer effort (assisting  with Command Chronology research, Oral History  summary report writing, etc) as well. Just contact  me and we'll agree on where your work would be most meaningful for you in the context of our day-to-day goals attainment effort, the type of  non-monetary donation you would like to make,  and/or your planned article.
Each Breech Block will cite donors and the VTHF web site will periodically post the up-to-date cumulatives.                              
If you desire to make your gift specific to our Book Project, please so indicate. Unless you specify otherwise, we will apply your donation where most appropriate. Of course, should you desire to remain anonymous, we'll honor that wish as well.


Thank you for your assistance.




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Vietnam Flashbacks


VIETNAM WAR, 1962 - 1975


March 8, 1965 - The 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) commanded by BGen Frederick J. Karch landed at Da Nang, Vietnam, consisting of two Marine battalions, one arriving by air and over the beach. The following day, the MEB assumed control of the Marine Task Unit 79.3.5 at Da Nang which became Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16.
Significance: This was the first deployment of U.S. battalion-sized U.S. combat units to Vietnam. The landing and deployment of tanks was controversial and accomplished only by Marine overcoming to COMUSMACV's resistance. Although the mission of the 9th MEB was limited solely to the defense of the airbase at Da Nang, it was, nevertheless, indicative that the US. advisory phase in the Vietnam War was to be transformed into more direct U.S. participation.


March 1, 1966 - The 26th Marines was activated at Camp Pendleton, California initiating the formation of the 5th Marine Division.
Significance: For the first time since World War II, the Marine Corps was to have four infantry divisions on active duty. By the end of June, the Marines were authorized over 278,000 personnel, a Marine Corps larger than that of the Korean War. 

March 4-7, 1966 - The 3rd Marine Division Task Force Delta defeated the 21st North Vietnamese Army (NVA). Regiment inflicting heavy casualties upon the enemy in heavy combat in Operation Utah south of Chu Lai.
Significance: This was the first engagement by Marine units against North Vietnamese Army units.

March 10, 1966 - South Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky removed LtGen Nguyen Chanh Thi from his position as ARVN I Corps commander. As a result this led to a series of strikes and political unrest especially in I Corps that saw a succession of I Corps commanders into June 1966. Much of the heaviest unrest was in the Da Nang sector which often placed III MAF in the middle between troops loyal to the central government and those who supported Thi and the Buddhist dominated "Struggle Group". General Walt often served as a mediator between the two.
Significance: This unrest undermined the authority of the Vietnamese government which had grave implications about American participation in the war. 

March 29, 1966 - MajGen Lewis J. Fields established the 1st Marine Division Headquarters at Chu Lai.
Significance: III MAF now officially consisted of two Marine infantry divisions and a reinforced Marine Aircraft Wing.

March 18, 1967- The first woman Marine to serve in Vietnam, M/Sgt Barbara J. Dulinsky, arrived in Saigon, for assignment to the MACV combat operations center.

Significance: Not very. 

March 26, 1967 - ComUSMACV ordered III MAF to prepare a plan for locating, constructing, and occupying a strongpoint obstacle system south of the DMZ to prevent the North Vietnamese from infiltrating through that zone into South Vietnam.
Significance: III MAF eventually began building this strongpoint system later in the year while under fire by North Vietnamese artillery. This anti-infiltration effort, also known as Dye Marker and Project Nine was labeled by the Media as "McNamara's Wall," after the name of the U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara.


March 10, 1968 - U.S. Provisional Corps, Vietnam was created under the command of Lieutenant General William B. Rosson, USA, to replace the MACV (Fwd) Headquarters. The new command has under its operational control the 3rd Marine Division, the 1st Cavalry Division (Air Mobile), and the 101st Airborne Division and is a subordinate headquarters to III MAF. The U.S. Provisional Corps becomes XXIV Corps on August 15, 1968.
Significance: III MAF became one of the largest commands in Marine history. It had assumed in effect the role of a Field Army with a Marine Aircraft Wing attached to it. 

March 25, 1971 - The 5th Marines departed Vietnam.
Significance: The continuing redeployment of Marine units from Vietnam in accordance with the Keystone Robin plans.


14 March 1973-With the signing of the Paris Peace Accords in January 1973 between North Vietnam and the United States, Sub-unit 1, 1st ANGLICO redeploys.
Significance: This was the last Marine tactical unit to leave Vietnam.

29 March 1973 - U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam was deactivated. 
Significance: This ended the U.S. military advisory effort at the unit level with the South Vietnamese military, and included the deactivation two days earlier of the U.S. Marine Advisory Unit to the South Vietnamese Marine Corps. 

Masher/White Wing
Thang Phong II

24 Jan-6 Mar 66
42 days
5-8 Bns

1st Cavalry Division operation in Binh Dinh Province. USMC operation Double Eagle links in cross border segment

VC/NVA 2,389
US KIA 349

Lien Ket 26

4-8 Mar 66
5 days
2 Bns

1 MarDiv/ARVN combined operation in vicinity Quang Ngai city against NVA and Main force VC


Lien Ket 28

20-24 Mar 66
5 days
3 Bns

1 MarDiv/ARVN combined reaction force operation to retake An Hoa outpost in Quang Ngai Province


Prairie II

1 Feb-18 Mar 67
46 days
9 Bns

3 MarDiv operation in the DMZ area Quang Tri Province


Lancaster II

21 Jan-23 Nov 68
308 days
12 Bns

3 MarDiv search-and-clear operation

VC/NVA KIA 1,801
US KIA 352


29 Feb-12 Sep 68
285 days
16 Bns

1 MarDiv operation along Cua Viet River in Quang Tri Province

VC/NVA KIA 3,495
US KIA 353

Taylor Common

6 Dec 68-7 Mar 69
92 days
6 Bns

1 MarDiv operation in Quang Nam Province

VC/NVA KIA 1,299
US KIA 183

Dewey Canyon

22 Jan-18 Mar69
56 days
4 Bns

1 MarDiv operation north of the A Shau Valley in Thua Thien Province

VC/NVA KIA 1,335
US KIA 121

Oklahoma Hills

1 Mar-29 May 69
90 days
4 Bns

1 MarDiv operation southwest of DaNang in Quang Nam Province


Montana Mauler*

23 Mar-3 Apr 69
12 days
4 Bns

5th Infantry Division Mech and 1 MarDiv operation vicinity of Con Thien in Quang Tri Province



4 - 8 Mar 66
5 days
2 Bns

1 MarDiv operation in Quang Ngai Province



26 Jan - 7 Apr 67
72 days
5 Bns

1 MarDiv operation in Quang Ngai Province


Beacon Hill

20 Mar - 3 Apr 67
15 days
1 Bns

3 MarDiv operation in Quang Tri Province



Book Review

By LtCol Raymond A. Stewart, USMC (Ret) 


     For light reading during my recent trip to Hawaii, I packed three books - "The End of the Line: The Siege of Khe Sanh" by Robert Pisor; "The TET Offensive: A Concise History" by James H. Willbanks; and "Close Air Support and the Battles for Khe Sanh" by LtCol Shawn P. Callahan, USMC. Reading these I was pursuing in the usually fruitless search for even the slightest mention of Marine Corps Tanks and Ontos participation in the Vietnam War in general and the Siege of Khe Sanh in particular. In the case of the latter publication - Callahan's, which is called an Occasional Paper published by the History Division, United States Marine Corps - I expected zero to be mentioned. My expectations were met. However, the Siege of Khe Sanh did look a lot different from the cockpit of an air plane than from the turret of a tank. So, in that respect i.e., to attain a different perspective of the siege, it was an interesting, even valuable, read but alas, no mention of Marine Tanks or Ontos.

     (As an aside, I have a retired Marine BGen Aviator friend who, flying his A-4 low and slow through intense NVA anti-aircraft from bordering Laos and for which he is a Silver Star recipient, destroyed 3 enemy tanks!)

    Before leaving CONUS I'd asked our Historian/Archivist/Author Peter Brush his thoughts on Pisor's and Willbanks' books and he offered "Pisor's book was the first book I ever read about Khe Sanh. It stimulated my interest in the topic. Keep in mind it was written a long time ago, with access to limited resources, and the author was a journalist and not a historian. Given those limitations, I'd say it is an excellent book. It's easy to read. I haven't read Willbanks book, but he has a good reputation as a historian. I'd say you made two very good choices." Peter was right- on with Pisor's "End of the Line". The author does not limit the scope of his book to the siege itself but, rather, he puts the "most famous and controversial battle" in the context of the entire span of the Vietnam War. He is very supportive of COMUSMACV, Army General William Westmoreland's decision vis-�-vis Khe Sanh. Peter stated that the book "was written a long time ago" (1982) and many of the resources that are available to writers today were not so 30 years ago. (Re: December's Breech Block). In light of this, one has to wonder how Pisor may feel about "Westy" and the siege today.


     Back to the point of this whole exercise i.e., the Foundation and our mission. While the 40+ years since we left Vietnam has seen hundreds of books and articles penned about the Vietnam War, there's been - as the Oman-serving British mercenaries used to say - "4/5s of F--- all" written about Tankers and Ontos Marines. And, Willbank's book is cut from the same cloth. The title includes the word "Concise" Change that to "Abbreviated" and you may be better alerted to its content And again, no mention of tanks, Ontos or even Marine unit designations, for that matter. 


     So, making the Foundation's case for a book - now, possibly two - that details the history of what Marine Tanks and Ontos did in the Vietnam War and how it was accomplished, remains a goal - a mission - for which we will continue to devote our time, talent, and fortunes.

Tricare Troubles

TRICARE Prime fee increases, limited access to military treatment facilities, and fewer civilian care providers are likely to be an issue in 2012 and beyond.

Read more...  

VA News
The Department of Veterans Affairs has extended the presumptive period for Persian Gulf War veterans to file claims for undiagnosed illnesses. The new deadline is Dec. 31, 2016. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 25-35 percent of veterans of Desert Shield/Desert Storm have undiagnosed and chronic multi-symptom illnesses, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and concentration problems.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study that will be published in January has found that since the Iraq and Afghanistan wars began only 51 percent of eligible veterans have sought care through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The study is available on the CDC Website.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is beginning a phased mailing of information packets on the Physical Disability Review Board (PDBR) to every qualified veteran with a current home address on file at VA. The Physical Disability Review Board (PDRB) has the authority to reexamine the files and, if appropriate, raise disability ratings of up to 77,000 veterans -- those medically separated with ratings less than 30 percent between Sept. 11, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2009. Eligible veterans can apply now to the PDBR to have their ratings reviewed. For more information, visit the Physical Disability Review Board webpage at; Click here.
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B Co., 3d Tanks

Bravo Company, 3rd Tanks, 1965/1970 ~ Cape Cod, MA

Tentitive dates September or October 2012.

For more information.


USMC ONTOS REUNION ~ May 2013, Details to Follow.


James A. Slane

BATAVIA, NY - James A. Slane, 76, of Batavia died Friday (Feb 3, 2012) at New York State Veteran's Home in Batavia.


Mr. Slane was born June 9, 1935, in Warsaw, the son of the late James and Mildred (Johnson) Slane.


He served as a tank mechanic during Korea and Vietnam wars with the U.S. Marines and taught his trade to other Marines. He was a member of Byron Presbyterian Church and Glenn S. Loomis Post No. 332 American Legion. He supported his great-nieces in their school and extracurricular activities.


Survivors include his sister, Ruth McCracken of Batavia, nieces and nephews, Daryl McCracken of Florida, Deborah Kreienberg of Pittsford, Darlene (Edward) Koubek of Houston, Texas and Jerald McCracken, Jr. of Chili; five great-nieces, five great-great-nephews and several cousins.


Steven Lynn Kapps 
EDEN, NC - Steven Lynn Kapps.

Steve was born May 14, 1950, in Leaksville, (now Eden), to the late J. L. and Margie Kapps. He was a U.S. Marine veteran who served in Vietnam as a tank mechanic. He was well known in our community for his skill as a auto mechanic for many years.


Surviving are son, Jason Lynn Kapps of Eden.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Lee Kapps.

In This Issue
Heros' Corner
Auctions Results
Donors (2011/2012)
Donate Address
Vietnam Flashbacks
Book Review
TRICARE Troubles
VA News
Disabled Vets can expect Additional Benefits from their VA Loans




Marine Corps
Vietnam Tankers
Historical Foundation



President & Editor

LtCol Raymond A. Stewart USMC (Ret.)



Archivist in Residence

Kyle Decicco-Carey

Harvard University

BA in History, MLIS


Author in Residence

Dr. Oscar "Ed" Gilbert


Historian in Residence

Peter Brush

Vanderbilt University

BA and MA in History


Marketing & Production

Richard 'Dick' Carey



Web Master

Lloyd 'Pappy' Reynolds

Dr. Ken Estes,

LtCol, USMC (Ret.)  


Robert 'Mike' Flick



David 'Doc' Forsyth



Rick Walters



Guy Wolfenberger


MGySgt  Donald Gagnon,

USMC (Ret.)

Director Emeritus   




Board of Directors


LtCol Raymond A Stewart,

USMC (Ret.)



Richard 'Dick' Carey
Vice President 

Public Relations 


James Raasch


Oral Historian  


Charles 'Chuck' Garrison



Richard Tilden



LtGen Martin R. Steele,

USMC (Ret.)



Col William  'Bill' Davis,



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