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Dear Ray, 


A couple of months ago I was in the Middle East for an area study exercise. While in the arena I could not pass up the opportunity to spend a few days studying and visiting the WW I Gallipoli (Peninsula) Campaign battle fields. I'd read, among several others, then-Lieutenant Colonel George S. Patton's staff study on the Allies' now-infamous campaign there. The carnage wrought there defies description. The lives lost - the thousands - can never be accurately counted but only roughly estimated at best. The Allied invading forces were "led" (well, at least officered) by the British. The troops represented every corner of the then-British empire - the Australians and the New Zealanders (ANZACs) comprised the larger contingent but the Indians, South Africans, Newfoundlanders, Canadians and other "colonials" were among the ill-led to their too early and fruitless deaths. Thousands died of their wounds but a few yards in front of their trenches - unreachable because the enemy was entrenched just hand grenade distance beyond. Hundreds more died - on both sides - due to thirst, hunger, disease, and exposure.


The Turkish Government has maintained the dozens of cemeteries that dot the peninsula in pristine condition. Flowers are grown, lawn manicured, hedges trimmed, plaques posted and the many visitors are held silent in respect for the fallen. Many of the headstones have the name and unit of the soldier. Disturbingly, as many have only the unit - a "mass" grave - containing unknown numbers of men possibly entire unit!


I thought, as I spent hours walking among these graves, thinking of the stories these men could tell - could have told. But alas, that can never be - gone forever, never to be heard or read. My thoughts turned to our Vietnam Ontos and Marine Tankers. The stories we could tell! And still can!


The Foundation is putting together a book of personal stories and recollections in the context of the Vietnam War focusing on Tank and Ontos action. Across the several cemeteries, I talked with a number of relatives of those who served in the Gallipoli Campaign. Virtually every person wished that they had known more about the man to whose grave they carried flowers. Please, give us the opportunity to make your story known. Jot down a bit about a day or an event in Vietnam that comes to mind and send it to us. We will take it from there. Thank you.


Semper Fidelis,


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Peter Brush*
Dick Carey* 

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Kyle Decicco-Carey*
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Wes 'Tiny' Kilgore
Glen Hutchins
Jim Raasch**
Pappy Reynolds*
LtCol Ray Stewart, USMC (Ret)**
LtCol Ev Tunget, USMC (Ret)
Michael ("Belmo") Belmessieri
Dan Farrell
David 'Doc' Forsyth
Rick Oswood  
LtCol Frank & Ruth Slovik, USMC (Ret)
Maj Ed Stith, USMC (Ret)
Chris Vargo
Gene 'Doc' Hackemack
Jerry Wahl
Walter Wells
Bill Bohlen  
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:



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Platinum ~ $250 - $999
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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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*McKEE, THOMAS E. (KIA) ~ 1st Tank Bn, 1st Anti-Tank Bn
Silver StarThe President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Thomas E. McKee (2066048), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 6, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal McKee upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Home Town: Palm Springs, Californias and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: February 24, 1968

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Company: Company A

Battalion: 1st Anti-Tank Battalion

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF

Vietnam Flashbacks


Note below the major named operations conducted in Vietnam during the months of September by both the 1 & 3 MarDivs. Dig out your DD214 (every Vet has one and if you don't have yours or can't find it, apply for one) and see if you were on any of these. Let the Foundation know if you were and we will verify if your unit was awarded a unit commendation such as a Presidential Citation (PUC) or Navy Unit Commendation (NUC).

Marine Corps Ops During the Months of September 1966-71


Operation Dates Unit and Place Casualties



4 Jul-

27 Oct 66
116 days
3 Bns

1 MarDiv operation for the An Hoa industrial complex in Quang Nam Province


Prairie 1 /Deckhouse IV


3 Aug 66-

31 Jan 67
182 days
13 Bns

1 MarDiv operation in the Con Thien/Gio Linh areas of the DMZ

VC/NVA KIA 1,397
US KIA 215



16 Jul-

31 Oct 67
108 days
9 Bns

3 MarDiv operation in the DMZ

VC/NVA KIA 1,117
US KIA 340



4-15 Sep 67
12 days
3 Bns

1 MarDiv operation in Quang Nam/Quang

Tin Provinces

US KIA 127

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



26 Feb-

12 Sep 68
200 days
9 Bns

1 MarDiv operation in border region of Thua Thien and Quang Nam Provinces

US KIA 117



29 Feb-

12 Sep 68
285 days
16 Bns

1 MarDiv operation along CuaVietRiver in Quang Tri Province

VC/NVA KIA 3,495
US KIA 353

Mameluke Thrust


18 May-

23 Oct 68
159 days
7 Bns

1 MarDiv operation in central Quang Nam Province

VC/NVA KIA 2,728
US KIA 270

Idaho Canyon


21 Jul-

25 Sep 69
77 days
5 Bns

1 MarDiv/101st Airborne operation west of Tam Ky in Quang Tin Province


Pipestone Canyon


26 May-

7 Nov 69
166 days
6 Bns

1 MarDiv operation in Quang Nam Province centered approx.. 13 kms west of Hoi An




31 Aug 70- 12 May 71
255 days
4 Bns

1st MarDiv operation in Quang Nam Province






Book Review

"Fire in the Lake"


Ms. Jackie Hunter, the Foundation's dedicated Administrative Assistant, has organized and cataloged the more than 120 books in our Foundation's library. She will publish the list in the near future. While going through the stacks I ran across Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam by Frances FitzGerald. The book has been around for awhile - first published in 1972. And aside for the catchy title, could be prioritized well below some of the other many more recent books about the Vietnam War. Keeping in mind that FitzGerald wrote her book before the last rounds were fired and the war wound down to its catastrophic finish, and is therefore called a "contemporary history," I bit the bullet and waded into this 500 page Pulitzer and Bancroft Prize winner.


One reviewer states the book is "...partly a history of South Vietnam, partly a study of American policy there, and partly an account of what this policy has done to a people we have destroyed in order to save it from Communism." One must not confuse the word "partly" to mean a cursory treatment of these three entities. She delves deeply into the culture and ancient history of the three Vietnams. She makes the case that the cultures were so deeply ingrained that they were not to be appreciably affected let alone changed by 10 years of American military presence. And if we could not change the South Vietnamese military and government to fit the American template, we were doomed to ultimately lose the war with the methods we employed to fight it. According to Ms. FitzGerald, the American strategy created not a Vietnamese democratic society of entrepreneurs but one of destroyed villages replaced by ghetto bidonvilles populated by broken families of "refugees, shoeshine boys, pimps, and prostitutes."


The outcome was, of course, not what the American policies were designed to create. Quite the contrary. But every new wrinkle introduced by the 1,000's of Americans representing dozens of U.S. Government agencies over 20 years, though intended well, were set to fail. And, Ms. FitzGerald pulls up the deep, ingrained cultural heritage and ancient history of the Vietnamese to show how and why our "American way" was unworkable no matter that billions of dollars were thrown at the programs. In fact, the case can made that in light of the systemic, all pervasive, and at every level of the government corruption, it was that the largely untracked "easy money" that flowed into the country contributed more to the corruption than to the success of any of the dozens of programs.


Ms. FitzGerald is quite liberal and her many glowing reviews are also from the left. The Vietnam War was not "wrong" nor were the men and women who fought it and those who supported their effort. And the programs introduced into the country were not inherently flawed. Yes, some ideas were not as sound as others. Hindsight showed a number of ways things could have been done better, been more efficient, more successful. But that's not to say the lessons the Vietnam War presented should not be taught and learned. I fear that the unpopularity of the venture will keep the "Lessons Learned" in the archives. But by reading Fire in the Lake it's difficult for me to understand how the loss of more than 58,000 of our finest can be satisfactorily explained.


Ray Stewart

Obama Signs Bill Helping Lejeune Water Victims
President Obama said the United States has a sacred duty to protect its men and women in uniform, even when the dangers lurk on the bases where they lived.


The president signed the Camp Lejeune Families Act Into law that provides health benefits to Marines and family members exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune from 1957 to 1987.

"I think all Americans feel we have a moral, sacred duty toward our men and women in uniform," Obama said in an Oval Office ceremony before signing the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act. They protect our freedom, and it's our obligation to do right by them. This bill takes another important step in fulfilling that commitment."


The law also bans protesting within 300 feet of military funerals.


The bill passed Congress last week with bipartisan support. Health officials believe as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to tainted groundwater at the base along the North Carolina coast.


Jerry Ensminger of Elizabethtown was one of those affected and attended Monday's ceremony. He led the fight for information about the water problems at Camp Lejeune since his daughter, Janey, died in 1985 at the age of 9 of a rare form of childhood leukemia. Other soldiers, who suffered from a rare form of male breast cancer, also said the government spent years trying to hide the problem and the poor response by officials.


"Some of the veterans and their families who were based in Camp Lejeune in the years when the water was contaminated will now have access to extended medical care," Obama said. "And, sadly, this act alone will not bring back those we've lost, including Jane Ensminger, but it will honor their memory by making a real difference for those who are still suffering."


Documents show Marines leaders were slow to respond when tests in the early 1980s show higher than normal levels of contaminates in ground water and the base, likely caused by leaking fuel tanks and an off-base dry cleaner.


"The Marines affected by this tragedy have sacrificed to keep our country safe," Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., said in a statement. "I am pleased that today, we are ensuring that our veterans and their family members are taken care of in their time of need."
Camp Lejeune Families Act
A veteran who served on active duty in the Armed Forces at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, for not fewer than 30 days during the period beginning on January 1, 1957, and ending on December 31, 1987, is eligible for hospital care and medical services under subsection (a)(2)(F) for any of the following illnesses or conditions, notwithstanding that there is insufficient medical evidence to conclude that such illnesses or conditions are attributable to such service:
      `(i) Esophageal cancer.
      `(ii) Lung cancer.
      `(iii) Breast cancer.
      `(iv) Bladder cancer.
      `(v) Kidney cancer.
      `(vi) Leukemia.
      `(vii) Multiple myeloma.
      `(viii) Myleodysplasic syndromes.
      `(ix) Renal toxicity.
      `(x) Hepatic steatosis.
      `(xi) Female infertility.
      `(xii) Miscarriage.
      `(xiii) Scleroderma.
      `(xiv) Neurobehavioral effects.
      `(xv) Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.'.
VA News

Possible Medical Problems Due to Your Service




Many Servicemembers use industrial solvents in regular military tasks such as cleaning, degreasing, paint stripping, and thinning oil-based paints. Too much exposure to some industrial solvents can cause short-term and long-term health effects.

Health effects of exposure to solvents


Exposure to solvents may impact your health depending on the specific chemicals, level of concentration, length of exposure, and how it enters the body.

  • Inhaled vapors: These may irritate the eyes, cause drowsiness, difficulty with breathing and if severe, neurological damage
  • Direct eye contact: This may cause burning and tearing and if severe, visual problems.
  • Skin contact: This may cause skin dryness, irritation, rashes or chemical burns.
  • Ingested: Although rare, this can cause serious illness.

Fuels (Petroleum, Oils, Lubricants)


Some Servicemembers may have been exposed to fuels, such as diesel and JP-8, used to operate vehicles in deployment settings.

Possible health effects depend on how they were exposed (skin, oral, or breathing), length of time exposed, and personal factors such as age, gender, genetic traits, and diet.




Veterans who worked with machinery on a regular basis during military service may been exposed to:

  • Hand-arm vibration from using power hand tools.
  • Whole-body vibration from operating heavy equipment such as tanks, trucks, helicopters, and ships.

Health problems associated with vibration exposure

Vibration can affect the body in various ways:

  • Continuous exposure may cause serious damage to the body.
  • Regular exposure to hand-arm vibration may cause Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome. Symptoms include tingling, numbness, and pain in the fingers and hands.
  • Regular exposure to whole body vibration may cause low back pain.

Noise Exposure


Veterans may have been exposed to harmful noise during military service in combat, training, and general job duties. Noise can come from gunfire, explosives, rockets, heavy weapons, jets and aircraft, and machinery.


Health problems related to noise

  • High-intensity noise and vibration can cause or contribute to hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

Source Department of Veterans Affairs


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USMC Vietnam Tankers Association


October 31 to November 5, 2013

San Antonio, Texas


We have contracted with the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the River Walk for a $99 per night room rate.


This room rate will include breakfast for 2 and free daily self-parking.


We will also get a 20% discount on food and drinks (not alcoholic drinks) in the hotel restaurants and bars.


We will be allowed this same room rate for three days prior and three days after the reunion if you want to spend more time in the city.


Call the hotel at 1-888-623-2800 after 10/1/12 but before 10/1/13 to make room reservations.


Our hospitality room (that we call "The Slop Shute") will be the same size as the one that we had in San Diego in 2011.


There will be lots to do while we are visiting this San Antonio. We are formulating activity plans that will be announce as they are completed.


Please mark your calendars and start saving your money to meet and  greet with your brothers in arms.


We encourage you to bring your wives or your girl friends and as many of your family members as you want to attend.




OntosUSMC ONTOS Reunion ~ May 8 - 11, 2013, Quantico


Details: Click here for tentative agenda


Contact: Louis Nafjus,


 2012 Mustang Reunion ~  September 13 - 16, 2012  Fossil Creek, Fort Worth, Texas 


Contact: Phil Ray or Jimmy Perry, 5953 Feather Wind Way, Fort Worth, TX 76135    


Sept Obit Pic

Loren Edward Smart - Pillager, MN


Loren was born on August 24, 1949, Loren was born in Brainerd to Kenneth and Delores (Preimesberger) Smart. Loren graduated from Brainerd High School in 1967. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1968 and served with the First Tank Battalion, First Marine Division near Danang, Vietnam. Loren returned back to the states in 1970 where his main employment was a drywaller and painter, those talents employed him in the states of Minnesota, Colorado, Wyoming and Alaska.


Edward J. Lesniak

Edward J. Lesniak - Hayward, MN


He passed away at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis.


Edward was born June 15, 1948 in Chicago, the son of Edward C. and Virginia Mae (Sweitek) Lesniak. He was raised in Chicago until the age of eight when his family moved to River Grove, Ill. Ed attended Holy Cross High School and Archbishop Quigley Seminary. At 17 Ed was compelled to follow his father's footsteps and joined the U.S. Marine Corps on March 25, 1966. While in the Marines, Ed completed his education and received advanced training in mechanics and combat techniques. He served admirably for two years in Vietnam as a member of the 3rd Anti-Tank Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. Ed was honorably discharged on March 3, 1969 after having been awarded multiple medals and commendations including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and M-14 Rifle Marksman Badge. Upon returning to the Chicago area, Ed shifted his interest to the Air Testing and Balancing trade, becoming a highly respected technician in the city. He apprenticed at Grove Metal and Plastic and was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 73. Ed worked on many of the city's landmark buildings, including the Sears Tower and Water Tower Place. 


For all of his accomplishments, Ed was most proud of his family. His daughters and grandchildren were the light of his life. Ed was happiest at family gatherings, his generosity and giving nature were unmatched. 'Big Ed' was a mentor to many in the Flowage community offering advice and support wherever needed. His name has become part of the Flowage lore, a larger than life personality that will live on for generations. Ed was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Hayward VFW Post 7233. 


Ed is survived by his two daughters, Sharon (Tom) Sweeney of Couderay, Wis., Jennifer (Paul) Burt of Eugene, Ore.; four grandchildren, Elizabeth, Thomas, Caleb and Lily; two brothers, Gregory (Karen) Lesniak of Westchester, Ill., Jeffrey Lesniak of Genoa City, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Christine Lesniak; and granddaughter, Kaija Burt.


James A. Slane -   Batavia, NY  


He died at th 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. 


He was the brother-in-law of the late Jerald R. McCracken


Ronald Guilyard - Saint Marys, Pennsylvania. 


He was born January 16, 1947, in DuBois, Pennsylvania to the late Gene Sr and Eloise (née Enty) Guilyard. On September 19, 1970, he married Bonita (née Jeter) Guilyard of St. Marys. Ronald lived for most of his life in St. Marys. He attended Bennetts Valley schools and worked at Pure Carbon in St. Marys. He was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps during Vietnam, including during the Battle of Khe Sanh, and served with A Company 5th Tanks. He was the President of Vietnam Veterans of America - Bucktail (Saint Marys) Chapter #720 of Dagus Mines; and a member of the American Legion #978 of Weedville, the Mt. Zion Historical Society, Penfield Firemen's Club, and the Horton Twp. Sportsmen's Club. He enjoyed golfing and the casino in Salamanca. Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Ronald G. Guilyard and his wife Jennifer of St. Marys; and a brother, Gene Guilyard and his wife Karen of Byrnedale. He was predeceased by his parents. 


Dick Cleal Richard "Dick" Cleal - Cortland, OH  


Dick died Friday morning August 10, 2012 at his home. He was born June 17, 1945 in Warren, the son of the late Howard Frederick and Mildred Irene Difford Cleal.

He was a 1963 graduate of Howland High School and attended Kent State University, following his service in the Marine Corps. He served four years in the United States Marine Corps in the Vietnam War, serving in Vietnam for 13 months as a sergeant Ontos crewman/tank commander. He was wounded and received the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals and the Sharpshooter and M-14 rifle badges.

Dick retired from his consulting business, Cleal and Associates. He had also worked for the TAMPEEL environmental land lab as an instructor and driver, serving all the Trumbull county schools. He was an active member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Cortland.

Dick was past president of Cortland Rotary Club, most recently this past year, where he served as youth exchange chairman and received the Paul Harris Fellowship award. He was a member of the Marine Corps Vietnam Tankers Historical Foundation and  was also active with committees for the City of Cortland. Dick enjoyed military history, especially the Civil War era and vintage automobiles, including his yellow 1975 Cadillac Eldorado convertible.

Dick is survived by his wife, Carol Jean Swinehart Cleal, whom he married July 22, 1967; two sons who followed in their Dad's footsteps in the Marine Corps both serving in Operation Desert Storm, Thomas Allen (Amy) Cleal of Rio Rancho, New Mexico and Dr. Craig Duane (fiancee, Tonya Antill) Cleal of Howland; six grandchildren, Matthew Allen, Jessica Hope, Kate Abigail, Evungelena Lucia, Zane Grey and Tatiana Rose; one sister, Noralee (Frank) Bower of Cortland; two brothers, Timothy Cleal of Cortland and Gordon (RaeAnne) Cleal of North Jackson and one sister-in-law, Sharon Cleal of Cortland, One brother, William Cleal preceded him in death. 


Jas. Bugjai

James A. "Boo" Bugaj - Elyria, OH


Boo died suddenly Thursday, August 23, 2012. Mr. Bugaj was born April 13, 1948 in San Francisco, California and lived in Elyria for the past nine years.


He was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, serving as a tank driver during the Viet Nam War. A member of the American Legion, Post 12, he enjoyed model cars and Norman Rockwell memorabilia.


He is survived by his wife 19 years, Dorothy M. (nee Ford) Bugaj; three brothers; and one granddaughter.


Mr. Bugaj was preceded in death by one sister; one brother; and his parents, John and Doris (nee Spencer) Bugaj.

We Need Your Assistance

One of the toughest job in any organization is keeping membership information up-to-date.  


You might believe we have all your information since you are already receiving the Breech Block newsletter but, the simple facts are we do not. Even though your membership in the Historical Foundation is free when you join the USMC Vietnam Tankers Association that information is not automatically shared with the Foundation.


From time to time we send out pertinent information to those that served in the various Tank Battalions, i.e. 1st Tanks, 3rd Anti-Tanks, etc. 


Please take the time to go to the bottom of this newsletter and click on "Update Profile/Email Address."


You guys are great; we appreciate your support.


Semper Fidelis,

MC Flag Big Wave 

Dick Carey,

Vice President

Director Public Relations

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In This Issue
Marine Corps Museum: The Ontos...The Ontos
Donors 2012
Donate Address
Silver Star Recipient Thomas E. McKee, (KIA)
Vietnam Flashbacks
Book Review
Obama Signs Bill Helping Lejeune Water Victims
Camp Lejeune Families Act.
VA Information
We Need Your Assistance
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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




Board of Directors


LtCol Raymond A. Stewart,

USMC (Ret.)


Charter Director, 

USMC Vietnam Tankers Association 


Richard 'Dick' Carey
Vice President 

Public Relations 

Founder, USMC Vietnam Tankers Association

President Emeritus


James Raasch


Oral Historian  


Charles 'Chuck' Garrison


Charter Director, 

USMC Vietnam Tankers Association


Richard Tilden



LtGen Martin R. Steele,

USMC (Ret.)


Charter Director,

USMC Vietnam Tankers Association  


Col William  'Bill' Davis,




Robert 'Mike' Flick



David 'Doc' Forsyth



Dr. Ken Estes,

LtCol, USMC (Ret)



Rick Walters



Guy Wolfenberger



MGySgt Donald Gagnon,

USMC (Ret)

Director Emeritus 

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