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April 2013    



Vietnam Ontos crewman, Tankers and support  have made history and we are making it known. 


Dear Marine,   

As your new editor of the Breech Block not much will change.  Last month we dropped some articles that we felt were not germane to the Historical Foundation's mission. We will continue to bring you the uniqueness of the personalized eNewsletter that allows real time access to videos and articles that would be cost prohibitive or difficult to do in a printed format.  This month's Command Chronologies are a prime example of this ability. 


We continue to add names to the Bio roster for the book.  I have had a few inquiries as to why some are not listed in the roster.  As you know we have sent out five separate requests for Bio information. We have also requested this information via the Breech Block in at least three issues.  The simple answer is we don't know why some have chosen not to supply the requested information.  If you know of someone who should be listed please contact them and encourage them to send in their information.



If you have question as to why you are not listed in the book please send me an email

We are in the process of calling Foundation members who are on the USMC Vietnam Tankers Association roster that might not have email access. This Summer we will be sending out forms to those that do not have email access and  have not sent in their Bios. 

A lot of photos and great stories are coming in.  Among those stories and events that occurred during and after your return to 'The World.'  In the last issue we ran a story entitled "A Small World" by Bob Peavey.  This is a good example of what we would like to have you send to us. Your stories prior to entering the Marines are of interest to us as well.  Letters you received from your family and friends telling what was happening during your service in Vietnam is also wanted.  Each of these topics will have a chapter in the book.
Corpsmen Left Behind


I've ran every lead to ground. There is no documented compilation of the work Navy Corpsmen did in Vietnam. Sadly, I think they're the only entity that's not been - or being - covered. Our book will have 5-6 stories (so far) and - except for a few individual articles found on the web - that's it!


Semper Fidelis,

A Tribute to the "Doc" of Bravo Company, 3rd Tank Bn


This is in response to your request for "Doc" stories. As you recall, much of our activities were in a support role to infantry units where we depended on their Corpsmen for any medical care.   However, the following story is one where the Corpsman for Bravo Company really earned his keep!


A Tribute to the "Doc" of Bravo Company, 3rd Tk Bn


When it was requested that stories regarding the Corpsmen with whom we served be submitted, I had to clear a few cobwebs from my aging brain. Memories of my company corpsman when I commanded Bravo Co., 3rd Tanks from April - October 1966 came flooding back. Since I am not blessed with total recall, I have to admit that I can't remember his name; however, if he ever reads this he will know I'm proudly remembering him and his dedicated service to the Marines of Bravo Company.


Our "Doc" was a quiet, unassuming man who went about his duties to see to our medical needs, both in the CP and in the field, in a most efficient manner. In addition to his duties as the Company Corpsman, he took great pains to familiarize himself with tank crewman jobs, including driving, loading and that of the gunner. In fact, I often had to rein him in when he asked to go out as a crewman with a platoon leaving the CP for a few days to support infantry efforts in our area.


I did, however, make sure that he was included for any operation where the bulk of the company was committed, such as the initial phase of Operation Macon in the summer of 1966. We forded the Song Thu Bon to link up with the 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines, which had been heli-lifted into the Arizona Territory the day before. We then started a sweep for several days through the Eastern portion of the Arizona Territory toward the coast. The operation was relatively uneventful until the last night when we concluded the operation.


3/3 was to be heli-lifted back out of the area the following morning. With my tanks and some infantry support units from the 3rd Bn, 9th Marines out of An Hoa, we occupied the Western edge of the battalion perimeter for night time defense. "Doc" was with me in my CP located just to the rear of our assigned area. The 81mm Mortar Section of 3/3 commenced registration firing just before dark, using WP rounds. Whether it was a "short round" or a screw up by the mortar crew, one of their rounds hit just to the rear of one of my tanks on the perimeter. It set the camouflage netting in the bustle on fire and seriously wounded the crewman on turret watch. We heard the crump and saw what had happened. "Doc" and I took off at a dead run, jumped up on the tank and with the help of another crewman got the wounded Marine's flak jacket off, which was still smouldering from the explosion. "Doc" immediately treated some serious burns on the Marine's neck and arms while I ran to the Battalion CP, got the registration fires halted and had a call put in for a MedEvac.


Where ever you are "Doc" and you happen to read this, thanks again for your dedicated and professional service to your Marines of Bravo Company.



LtCol Everett Tunget, USMC (Ret)
In Coming!


... THANK YOU for keeping the organization (Foundation) going. I always look forward to every piece of  mail from USMCVTHF...not many of us left, but we still are a band of brothers. I feel I should have done more to support our organization...things have been a little rough last few years ..but I'm back.
Love you all
Robert Mila   




Steve - Please accept my apology for the delay in thanking you for your most generous donation to the "Marine Corps Vietnam Tankers Historical Foundation."  Without the loyalty and dedication of Marines like you, Steve, we would not be able to support our brother Tankers and Ontos crewmen. As you are aware, we're writing a book that will feature stories by and about our brothers. Your continued generosity will help us reach that goal.


Semper Fidelis,



Thank you Sir, I intend to continue to support.  I also believe in what you are doing.
Steve Arnone 



1stLt Richard Peksens' Video
Tanks for the Memories
Tanks for the Memories
Heroes Corner 

                     ASHLEY, MAURICE C., JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Maurice C. Ashley, Jr. (0-45707), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 17, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Ashley upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
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Command Chronologies


April 1965 to 1970 - Marine Tanks & Ontos Action


This is second of what is intended to be a monthly feature of abstracted Tank and Ant-Tank Command Chronologies. This Breech Block - April 2013 - will give you a brief overview of what the 1st, 3rd Tanks and Anti Tanks were involved in during each April they were in-country. For the full meal deal, please visit our Foundation website where Pappy has posted the Tank and Anti-Tank CCs. Most of the CCs are 100-300 pages in length with lots of stuff that is not of great interest to many. I will attempt to feature that which is of most interest. If we've omitted areas that you would like to see included, please let me know. If you served in any of these units during an April and have a story to tell to help flesh-out the history, please send it to us.


Please note that, the Command Chronologies (intend to) list all the battalions' principle staff officers, which may be of little note nor long remembered. I will routinely list just the Bn. C.O.'s, X.O.'s, Operations, and Logistics Officers of the battalions and the Company Commanders. I will depend on readers who knew their Platoon Leaders and Platoon Sergeants to let me know and I'll fill in those names as a part of our history which needs to be made known. So far I've not heard from a single Tanker or Ontos Crewman from the March readership.


Also, you are encouraged to access the Foundation's Map Chronology that Pappy Reynolds has created. There you may find out exactly where your unit - battalion, company, often platoon, and occasionally section-size - was located at any given time.


Read the chronologies
Causalities (All Battalions)


Tuesday, April 5, 1966


Age 20, Bradford, PA


Friday, April 7, 1967


Age 20, Detroit, MI


Wednesday, April 12, 1967


Age 31, Livingston, MT


Thursday, April 13, 1967


Age 20, Indianapolis, IN


Age 20, Atlanta, GA


Monday, April 24, 1967


Age 21, Hastings, NE


Age 24, Coronado, CA


Tuesday, April 9, 1968


Age 18, Waterbury, CT


Thursday, April 11, 1968


Age 25, Dayton, OH


Age 36, Irwin, PA


Thursday, April 25, 1968


Age 19, Chuckey, TN


Monday, April 29, 1968


Age 20, New Britain, CT


Saturday, April 26, 1969


Age 22, East Grand Rapids, MI

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      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.


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.





May 8 - 11, 2013, Quantico


Details: Final agenda 


Contact: Louis Nafjus, 



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Branson, MO

September 4 - 8, 2013

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Marine Corps Mustang web site if you have any questions or concerns please contact Joe Mouton, Roger Speeg, or Dwayne Dupeire. 

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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 Tanks, Ontos, etc. 


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


You guys are terrific; we appreciate your support.


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In This Issue
Corpsmen Left Behind
A Tribute to the "Doc" of Bravo Company, 3rd Tank Bn
In Coming!
1stLt Richard Peksens' Video
Heroes Corner
Command Chronologies: March 1965 to 1970
Causalities (All Battalions)
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Donors 2013
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Marketing & Production 

Richard "Dick" Carey




LtCol Raymond A. Stewart USMC (Ret.)



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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


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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