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April  2014       
 
  Vietnam Ontos crewman, Tankers and support  have made history and we are making it known.

Dear Marine 

    Wow! You  guys are terrific.  The response from the email I sent out requesting email addresses for those who were not on our members' list for the Foundation was fantastic.  We now have 612 members of the Historical Foundation. 

     I need to clarify one thing about the list that was attached to the email requesting names and email addresses.  It was NOT the BIO list for the Book.  Those  on that list were email addresses that were not being used by individual listed. What I wanted was the new email addresses if you had them. 

    Spring is coming! As of this writing I am dodging the snow flakes with blizzard warnings here on Cape Cod.  This is extremely unusual for this area as was the record warm winter for California.

    By courtesy of YouTube I have included a Vietnam War Era music melody that I hope you might enjoy.

    If you have a thought, comment or suggestion I would like to hear from you.

      

Semper Fidelis,

 

Richard 'Dick' Carey, V.P./Editor

Marine Corps Vietnam Tankers Historical Foundation 

USMC Vietnam Tankers Association 

Founder/President Emeritus (1999-2005)

Contact: Click here 

 Mail Call!                             

Thankful  for inclusion

 

I feel I let you guys down.  I did send pictures and a story about Ontos. However I had many more pictures and numerous stories. But family issues and a 90 year old mother has taken much of my time. I truly thank the Tankers for embracing the Ontos group. I look forward to meeting you guys sometime. 

Semper Fi,  J P Price, PhD 
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Small group indeed

 

I know a lot of Vietnam Veterans, but none were ever in a Tank organization.  We must have been a small group compared to other MOS's.

 

Jerry (Sezar)

 

Note:   We were indeed a small group. Actually as  an MOS including all the various support personnel. i.e. office clerks, supply, corpsmen, mechanics, tankers, Ontos crewman. etc. we represented just .005% of all the forces that served in Vietnam.
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What is going on?

 

    As a proud member of each and every reunion since 1999, I also am concerned over some of the scuttlebutt floating around!!!! What's up? Personally, I have received an enormous amount of support and help from many, in many ways since we formed our brotherhood. I am truly grateful to all, who have helped me in any way!!! I also have met many good Marines that I will cherish as friends to the end! Don't have a lot of skills in many fields, but will do anything I can to help in any way!!!! One thing I do not have is a harsh feeling for any reason for any person on either side of the wire!!! Am willing to help in any way I can! We have chosen our Leader's; we expect you to do your job, or let someone else step up to the Plate if for whatever reason you can no longer perform Do the right thing and let it go!!!! But, please don't hold us back!!! Even if you have made great contributions and many of you have!!! As a Unit, we need to continue to march into the Sunset Of History, as our nation, expect's no less of us now than they did, then!!! >From my heart ...again I admire each and every one involved!!!! I know, we can get over this and keep it Rollin'.

        

Semper Fidelis,

Cpl. Wally Young   

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Dick,

 

    I'm just learning that there is a need for an olive-branch or any other type of healing process between the Foundation and the Association.
    The fact that there is any friction at all really pisses me off.   I mean what the fuck?!   We're all grown men, and more importantly, we're all Marines!   For there to be "bad blood is ludicrous!    I've heard a little of the history, and quite frankly I don't want to learn anymore about it because I'll probably find myself getting caught up in it all.
    I think both "sides" are acting like little children instead of grown Marines!   I feel like taking you both out behind the woodshed and applying a good old fashioned whipping to you and then telling you to shake hands and make up and if you don't then I want you to start marching in different directions and stay away from each other!
As you can tell, I am as I said, pissed off at it all and I don't mind sounding off on it!

Semper Fi
Greg Kelley

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Hello Dick,

 

...However, not knowing the details, etc. I will focus on the obvious "good will" approach.  Assuming everyone wants good will and to be remembered kindly.  I know most Vets want that.

Semper Fi,
Steve (Arnone)
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Miffed at Fox report

  

Hello Dick,
 
    Funny thing, I emailed John Wear a couple of days ago to complain (bitch) about Bob Beckel's statement on FOX's Five.  He bellowed that new tanks were not needed anymore because the "last significant tank battle was in WW2!"  What an insulting moron! Because I know about Hue City and the Iraq Wars and Afgan and Tanks were very significant!

    So John emailed the following back to me regarding the Battle of Hue (see below regarding the Television showing).

Is this something your members should know about (or maybe they already know)?  Many were no doubt involved.  Is this useful to you? 

Semper Fi,
Steve 

Note:  We had information about this how in the last issue of the Breech Block. - ed.
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Contacting congressperson

Dick,

 

Today I sent the following letter to Congresswoman Kaptur of Ohio. I don't know how much support I will receive but it is worth a try.

 

Dear Congresswoman Kaptur,

 

    Recently you helped me in receiving disability compensation from the VA because of service connected disabilities. I can't tell you how much I appreciated your help. Thank you.
Again, I am writing and asking for your help.

    I believe the severity of my service connected diseases and disabilities largely could have been avoided.

If I would have known of the potential risks to my life from being exposed to an hazardous agent while serving in Vietnam, steps necessary to treat my disease sooner would have limited the severity and damage.

    I am writing to you to ask if you will help champion legislation with me. The bill will help track, notify, and provide health care testing and treatment if needed, for service members and veterans that have been exposed to hazardous materials while serving on active duty.

    In my case, Agent Orange is the catalyst that has spawned multiple diseases and is cutting my life short. That is something that cannot be changed but can only be dealt with on a daily basis.

    I am hoping together we can write and pass meaningful legislation that will help today's and future service members from the ill effects of exposure to hazardous materials while serving in the military.

 

Thank you,

Thomas Quetschke

 

Note:  We need more veterans to write their representatives.  I have been on my Congressman's Veterans Advisory Board for a number of years and I can assure you that all written correspondence  receives serious treatment. -ed.

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Reunion Interview                             
Vietnam Tankers - Bounty on Marine Tanks - Dan M. Wokaty
Vietnam Tankers - Bounty on Marine Tanks - Dan M. Wokaty
                    
Vietnam Era Music Melody                            
               
Vietnam Era Music Medley ( 18 Songs & Pics From The Vietnam Era)

Vietnam Era Music Medley 

 (18 Songs & Pics From The Vietnam Era)

"The Book" SitRep

 

A couple of weeks ago I met up with a Vietnam Combat Correspondent who Fred Kellogg pointed me to. Steve Berntson, a medically retired Marine Sergeant, lives just down the road in Tacoma. He covered a lot of ground in Vietnam, a good part of which was with 2/1. Steve also covered Operation Hue City (North) with 1/5. There will be some of our readers who either knew or served in Hue with 1stLt Ron Morrison the Platoon Leader of the 1st Platoon, Company A, 1st Tank Battalion attached to then-Maj Col R.H. Thompson's, USMC(Ret.) 1/5. Steve said he'd seen Lt Morrison sprinting from rubble pile to rubble pile dodging bullets in Hue's Old City during the height of the fight and hollered to him. Ron yelled back that he had to get to his tank. Shortly after that an NVA B-40 rocket collapsed a Citadel wall on Steve. Lt Morrison was the recipient of the Silver Star for his bravery displayed in the operation. Ron passed away a few years ago.

 

RONALD C. MORRISON,  
Synopsis:
 
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ronald C. Morrison (0-101324), First Lieutenant, 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 February 15, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Morrison upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

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     Steve has endless stories and has already followed up on his offer to contact some of the several Combat Correspondents with whom he still maintains contact to see what they have in their files about tanks and Ontos - pictures, stories, articles. While this new addition of material to our book may slow us down a bit, the delay will be more than worth it.

     Additionally, we made our first contact with an outside editor/consultant - also a former Marine and published author. He has lined us up with an E-Book expert editor/publisher with whom we'll make contact in the next couple of weeks.

     An idea that one of our members offered was to create a spot on our web - and then an annex in The Book - for equipment nicknames and logos. Again, an overwhelming response has resulted in Pappy creating this http://mcvthf.org/names_logos.html  

     We have asked for pictures, articles and interviews from our readership and the response has been overwhelming. We are backed up with phone interview requests by more than 2 dozen and we'll not be taking any more interview requests for this run of The Book. However, we will pool the requests, along with the other material and stories that come in, for our first revision. We were reluctant to put a time limit on input but we receive daily new material and have had to drive a stake in the ground and move forward to write and publish from that point.    

Ray Stewart,

President, MCVTHF

usmcvthf@comcast.net

 

 

Heroes Corner 
 

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the

NAVY ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL to

CORPORAL THOMAS B. MOAD

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

 

for outstanding achievement in the superior performance of his duties in the field of professional achievement as set forth in the following for outstanding achievement in the superior performance of his duties in the field of professional achievement as set forth in the following

CITATION:

 

"While serving with Company A, Third Tank Battalion, Third

Marine Division in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam from 5 April 1968 to 22 July 1969, Corporal Moad performed his duties in an exemplary manner. As a Tank Commander, he displayed outstanding professionalism and initiative despite extremely adverse conditions and the difficulties of a combat environment. Distinguishing himself by his consistently high

level of efficiency, he materially enhanced the operational effectiveness of his unit. Demonstrating exceptional professional ability, he ensured the proper maintenance and repair of his assigned vehicle, thereby greatly enhancing the fire support capability of his unit. On several occasions, during combat engagements, he skillfully operated his tank and delivered accurate and effective fire support for maneuvering

infantry units. As a result of his diligence and seemingly unlimited resourcefulness, he gained the respect and admiration of all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission. Corporal Moad's

outstanding professional ability, untiring determination, and steadfast devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself, the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. "

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

 

FOR THE SECRETAR Y OF THE NAVY,

\ H. W. B USE, JR.

LIEUTENANT GENERAL, U. S. MARINE CORPS

COMMANDING GENERAL,

FLEET MARINE FORCE, PACIFIC 

Command Chronologies

 

Marine Tanks & Ontos Action in the Vietnam War

April 1965 to 1970 - Marine Tanks & Ontos Action

   

     We completed the month-by-month study of the Command Chronologies of the Tank and Ontos Battalions, abstracted what is thought to be the most pertinent to our involvement in the Vietnam War, and ran the product of that project in the last 13 Breech Blocks. The deeper we have dug into the records and archives the more we've found the many unforgiveable gaps in recording and chronicling Tank and Ontos actions and recognition for the significant role they played in the success of the fight. And, the more personal stories we get, interviews we conduct, supported infantry units' command chronologies (CCs) we research, and access to sources other than the Marine Corps', the more obvious it becomes to get our book on the wire and set the records straight is a priority.

     Starting with the last issue we will continue to reprint the CC Abstracts provided the first time around and add some personal stories and comments intended to expand on the originals. We encourage you to read the material and comment on its content. You may write or call me with your thoughts. We will capture every word and put it to print whenever appropriate. As this is written we have 80+ previously recorded interviews; many from our members conducted over the past several year - starting with Seattle's Vietnam Tankers reunion in 2003 - both live on audio and video and many more taken right off the battlefield between 44 and nearly 50 years ago.

     "You made history. Your Foundation is making it known." is our mantra. We cannot accomplish our end of the job unless you hold up yours. I have 20 Marines - all former Tankers or Ontos Crewmen - queued for scheduled telephone interviews.

 

Semper Fidelis,

 

Ray Stewart

Pres. VTHF

usmcvthf@comcast.net

 

    Click on links below to read the Command chronologies

 

1st AT Bn  

1st Tank Bn: Part 1 ~ 1st Tank Bn: Part 2 

 

3rd AT Bn 

 3rd Tank Bn: Part 1 ~ 3rd Tank Bn: Part 2 

 

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Seven of The Best Called to Haven                         
KIA February12, 1967
Ontos Vietnam             

by Jerry Billiter

USMC, 3RD ANTI-TANK BATTALON,

B COMPANY, 2ND PLATOON

 

    We  were running operations out of a Base north of Hue, south of Dong Ha, west of wy 1. This Base was established in December 1966 by the 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines and our Ontos Platoon was attached for support. The mission was to block the supply route from North Vietnam, on the Ho-Chi-Min trail. Further to run Search & Destroy missions, from the South China Sea to the border of Laos. This Base was named Camp Evans in honor of L/Cpl Paul Evans, who was a hero under fire and one of the first Marines killed in action at that location.

    February 12, 1967, my Ontos was coming off the lines where we were standing perimeter watch all night, after securing the Ontos, I entered the platoon tent and found PFC Roger Niemi frantically looking for something. He was nervous and upset, ...

Read more 

Looking for Ontos crewman                        
Name: Ryan Thomas
From: Setauket,NY
E-mail: jarhead66_68@yahoo.com

I was Cpl. in 2/5  106's 67-68. At the request of a friend I am looking for a Jonathon McCormick who was in Ontos(unknown what unit) in 68-69. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Semper Fi.  RT
               
Looking for Tankers
Click here for larger view.  

 

Hi Dick, I came across this pic of some members of "A" Co. 3rd Mar Div at Vandegrift in 1969. The ones I could identify I had written their names on each.  I think the tank was A-12, not sure.  I sure would like to get in contact with any of them.  If you could publish this it would be great.  Sorry for the condition, things happen over the years.
 
Take care,  
George Perkins "Perky".
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The Agent Orange Fast Track Claims Processing System is dedicated to processing claims for Vietnam Veterans who are claiming service connection for any of the following conditions:          
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Hairy Cell and other B-Cell Leukemias
  • Parkinson's Disease
       
Veterans can use the website to apply for disability benefits for these conditions if the veteran served in the Republic of Vietnam or in-land waterways between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975.                  
                 
Fast Track has many features to expedite the claims process. 
  • Veteran can submit an application for benefits and evidence supporting your claim;
  • Veteran can view their claim status;
  • Veteran can view a list of evidence VA has received;
  • Veteran's physician can submit evidence online; and
  • Veteran can also send hardcopy evidence to the Fast Track Claims Processing System.
Veterans must register on the VA website to gain access to the Fast Track system.
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New VA ID cards

                        

  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced 20 FEB the phased roll out of newly designed, more secure Veteran Health Identification Cards. The new cards are distinguished by additional security features and will have a different look and feel. In addition to being more secure, the card has been transformed into a Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC). Similar to a typical health insurance card, the VHIC displays the Veteran's Member ID, a new unique identifier, as well as a Plan ID, reflecting the Veteran's enrollment in VA health care. "VA is committed to providing high quality health care while ensuring the personal security of Veterans," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "These new identification cards are an important step forward in protecting our nation's heroes from identity theft and other personal crimes." The VHIC is personalized to display the emblem of the Veteran's branch of service. It also provides features that make it easier to use, such as the addition of "VA" in Braille to help visually impaired Veterans, and the printing of VA phone numbers and emergency care instructions on the cards. The card replaces the Veteran Identification Card (VIC), which was introduced in 2004. As part of a phased rollout, starting this month, the card will only be offered to newly enrolled and other Veterans who have not been issued a VIC. Then, in early April, VA will begin a three month effort to automatically issue the more secure VHIC to current VIC cardholders. VA recommends Veterans safeguard their VIC as they would a credit card, and cut up or shred the card once it is replaced. While not required to receive VA health care, all enrolled Veterans are encouraged to get a VHIC. Enrolled Veterans can get more information about the VHIC by visiting their VA medical facility enrollment coordinator or the website www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vhic, calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visiting their local VA health care facility. Veterans who are not enrolled in the VA health care system can apply for enrollment at any time by visiting http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/enroll, Calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visiting their local VA health care facility.

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Vietnam Veterans sues military

 

    The U.S. military has failed to upgrade the discharges of Vietnam veterans who developed post-traumatic stress disorder, resulting in stigma and loss of benefits, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday.

     Five Vietnam veterans and three veterans organizations are suing the Army, the Navy and the Air Force in Connecticut. The veterans say they suffered PTSD before it was recognized and were discharged under other-than-honorable conditions that made them ineligible for benefits.

     The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status to represent tens of thousands of veterans, says the military has systematically denied applications for upgrades involving evidence of PTSD.

"Unfortunately, the Pentagon has refused to correct the decades of injustice experienced by tens of thousands of veterans who suffer from PTSD but were discharged before it was a diagnosable condition," V Prentice, a law student intern in the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School, which represents the plaintiffs, said in a news release. "This action seeks to compel appropriate action by the military and to finally secure justice for these veterans."

     Lt Col Damien Pickart, a Pentagon spokesman, said the department doesn't comment on pending litigation. The Department of Defense has said the agency is committed to addressing concerns related to PTSD and has taken numerous steps, including conducting PTSD assessments of service members at military treatment facilities.

     A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office also declined comment.

     Conley Monk, a New Haven resident who served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, developed PTSD after suffering traumatic events including a barrage of enemy mortar rounds and the gassing of his unit, according to the lawsuit. He later experienced flashbacks and hyper vigilance when he was stationed in Japan and went absent without leave, the suit said.

"When I was in high school, I worked at the VA hospital in the kitchen as a dishwasher. But after I came home from Vietnam, I couldn't even get my job back as a dishwasher because of my bad paper," said Monk, one of the plaintiffs. "My discharge status has been a lifetime scar. If I were discharged today, my PTSD would be recognized and treated and I wouldn't be punished for having a service-connected medical condition."

A proposed class-action lawsuit over the issue was filed in 2012 as part of a claim involving a Vietnam veteran, but that veteran's case was settled. The class-action part of the case was not decided, the law students said.

     Since 1993, only 4.5 percent of about 375 applications for discharge upgrades involving PTSD have been granted for Vietnam veterans, according to the lawsuit, which seeks what it calls consistent and medically appropriate standards for considering the effects of PTSD when determining whether to upgrade a discharge.

     "Tens of thousands of brave and honorable Vietnam veterans with post-traumatic stress have been doubly injured by the black mark of an other than honorable discharge, resulting in unjustly denied support, services and benefits," said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. "These heroic veterans are long overdue present day appreciation of modern mental health in the timely review of their discharge upgrade appeals."

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VA Emergency Care Update: GAO Uncovers Denial Errors

 

    Even as the Obama administration works to provide health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans, government investigators uncovered dozens of cases where the VA failed to cover emergency hospital costs for uninsured disabled veterans. Government Accountability Office investigators say the series of errors committed by the VA could be examples of a broader problem in a specialized area of compensation. The Department of Veterans Affairs must reimburse non-VA hospitals that provide emergency care to disabled veterans - such as for car accident injuries - if the veteran is uninsured, enrolled in VA health care and has received recent treatment at VA. Federal law requires that such emergency expenses be covered by the federal government even if the injury or illness is not related to the veteran's service-connected disability. But when GAO looked at a sample of 128 of these claims brought by non-VA hospitals in 2012 seeking reimbursement and that were later denied by the VA, investigators discovered mistakes in half of them, the report says.

    The claims were brought to four VA hospitals - Washington D.C. VA Medical Center, White River Junction VA Medical Center in Vermont, Black Hills VA Health Care System in South Dakota and the North Texas VA Health Care System. The GAO said its investigation "raises concerns about the extent to which other VA facilities nationwide may be inappropriately denying claims." VA spokeswoman Victoria Dillon said the department is taking steps to better educate employees about handling these claims and better informing veterans about the benefit and how it works The VA has since gone back and paid claims in 25 of the cases uncovered by GAO. In two-thirds of the claims GAO examined, there was evidence the VA never informed disabled veterans that their health care expenses would not be paid by the VA, leaving them unaware of appeal rights. When private hospitals were not reimbursed by the VA, they were left to bill the uninsured veterans directly. "These are not wealthy veterans," says Randall Williamson, the supervising GAO investigator for the report. Some of the mistakes by VA staff included failing to promptly date-stamp claims, sending them to the wrong payment office, routing them to the wrong VA facility and incorrectly concluding that veterans were not eligible.

    "They were sloppy," Williamson said of the VA processors. A 15-year-old law known as the Millennium Act was designed to discourage disabled veterans from racing long distances to the nearest VA hospital when they need emergency treatment, the GAO report says. The VA estimates it will spend $580 million on this benefit in 2015. "This report confirms what we've suspected for some time: VA's weak oversight of veterans' Millennium Act claims is placing an undue burden on veterans," says Rep. Jeff Miller, (R-FL), chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, which requested the investigation. [Source: USA TODAY| Gregg Zoroya | 7 Mar 3014]

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In This Issue
Mail Call!
Reunion Interview
Vietnam Era Music Melody
"The Book" SitRep
Heroes Corner
Command Chronologies February 1965 to 1970
Official Marine Corps Playbook
Credit Card Donations
Donate Address
FYI: Donations and Donors
2014 Donors
Seven of The Best Called to Haven
Looking For Ontos crewman
Looking For Tankers
Foundation Member's Book
VA News
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THE BREECH BLOCK
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Marine Corps
Vietnam Tankers
Historical Foundation

 

Staff

Vice Pres., Editor,

Marketing & Production 

Richard "Dick" Carey

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LtCol Raymond A. Stewart USMC (Ret)

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Jackie Hunter

Administrator

 

Archivist in Residence

Kyle Decicco-Carey

Harvard University

BA in History, MLIS

 

Author in Residence

Dr. Oscar "Ed" Gilbert

  

Web Master

Lloyd 'Pappy' Reynolds

www.mcvthf.org

  

Board of Directors

  

LtCol Raymond A. Stewart, USMC (Ret)

President 

Charter Director, 

USMC Vietnam Tankers Association 

Richard 'Dick' Carey
Vice President 

Public Relations 

Founder, USMC Vietnam Tankers Association

President Emeritus

James Raasch

Secretary

Oral Historian  

Charles 'Chuck' Garrison, Treasurer 

Charter Director, 

USMC Vietnam Tankers Association

Richard Tilden

Recruiter  

LtGen Martin R. 

Steele, USMC (Ret)

Director

Charter Director,

USMC Vietnam Tankers Association  

Col William  'Bill' Davis, USMC(Ret)

Director

Robert 'Mike' Flick

Director

David 'Doc' Forsyth

Director

Dr. Ken Estes,

LtCol, USMC (Ret)

Director

Rick WSalters

Director 

Guy Wolfenberger

Director

MGySgt Donald Gagnon, USMC (Ret)

Director Emeritus

Quick Links

  

By Jim Coan

 

Praying for Slack

By Bob Peavey 

 

Tracks 

By Clyde Hoch

 

  

 
   
Official USMC Flag

POW
In Memory
 
Lance Corporal
Robert Hugh Gage
1st Marine Division
1st Tank Battalion
1st Anti-Tank
Alpha Company
  
MIA/POW
03 July 1966 
PP/ Staff Sergeant
 

 

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