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

Dear Marine 

    During January we did a survey to find out who was a member of our brother organization; the USMC Vietnam Tankers Association.  We created an un-planned stir both positive and negative.

    We have 591 members with email addresses and we wanted to find out what percentage of those Foundation members were also  members of the USMC VTA who have paid their dues, who are not current with their dues or have never joined.

    The reason we were seeking this information was really very simple and the stats from the results indicated what we already knew or I should say, what we thought we knew.  Those paid members of the VTA are more activity participating with the Historical Foundation then those who are not members.

    Keep in mind not everyone took part in the survey.  We were able to get a representative number of responses to complete the survey. There is  a +3% or -3% for the totals. Here are the results:


   Paid Members


 Dues not current


   Never joined



    We encourage those that are not current with their dues and those who have never joined the VTA please do so.  That simple act might motivate you to give us your personnel story that we can archive with the United States Marine Corps Historical Division, the Marine Corps University and the National Archives. 


Semper Fidelis,


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

Marine Corps Vietnam Tankers Historical Foundation 

USMC Vietnam Tankers Association 

Founder/President Emeritus (1999-2005)

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Marine Corps Vietnam Tankers

Historical Foundation's

Volunteer(s) of the Year 2013

Dick Carey

Dick Carey 

Pappy Reynolds 

Jackie Hunter

Jackie Hunter 


    Selecting a "Foundation Volunteer of the Year for 2013" has proven impossible. Our three-person Book Committee has worked on "The Book" in one degree or another - dare I say - virtually every day this year. They - individually and as a team - developed the several pieces of "The Book" too numerous to detail but covering the entire spectrum from basic research, interviewing, communicat-ing, documenting, editing, and writing for publication. This, on top of running of the Foundation's day-to-day business, such as publishing the monthly Breech Block; maintaining, expanding, and improving our web and blog sites; building and maintaining our library; fund raising; corresponding with our Brothers; and maintaining our several data bases. The duties seem boundless. And throughout the year, and all of these many moving parts, not one time has there been a set goal not met or a deadline missed. There cannot be enough superlatives to adequately describe the level of professionalism displayed or the quality of the effort accomplished by Dick Carey, Pappy Reynolds, and Jackie Hunter our Foundation's "Volunteers of the Year for 2013." 

 Mail Call!                             

Survey Response


    This plaque was given to me in DaNang as they were folding up and was beginning to move back to the United States. The plaque was signed on the back by: J. E. Byrd,  James Fobbs, Vaughn Edwards, Bruce GO Good,  Leon R. Wilson, Marlin L. Robenberg,  Harris, Richard H. Warham,  Rayford  DO. Burnett, L.B. Bragg, R.L. Walters, Fred Cowley (Little Green Kid). Some of the names were hard to make out, so I am not 100% sure of the spelling.
I had to stay behind and was transferred to 1st. Mar Div. H&S Company. I hope you might find a use of the photo of my plaque.
     I received an e-mail from the Marine Corps Vietnam Tankers Historical Foundation stating if I had served between 1965 to 1970 my membership is free.  I am a Life Member of the Vietnam Tankers Association No. 101.
Semper Fi,
Doc (William) Cox   

      Dick,  I haven't paid my 2014 dues yet but plan too.  I'm wintering in Florida and forgot to send it before I left Ohio.
Thanks for reminding me.  Hope you are doing well.  I would love to get together with you sometime and talk about boot camp.

Take care.
Dave (Shollenberger)

 Bylaws Request 


    Unfortunately, I do not have a copy of the By-Laws you have requested. 
    I am so disappointed that both organizations are still feuding like little children. The energy and resources that these two organizations are wasting on each other while our Country is being destroyed from within is in itself shameful. We should be united in our efforts to preserve the integrity and legacy of each USMC Vietnam Veteran Tanker, But if we no longer have a Country that resembles the Nation we fought and lost Comrades or even a Marine Corps that many of todays young Marines today believe that the Corps will be disbanded in the near future, I ask what is the real purpose or reason for either of these organizations to exist? 
    It's once again time to engage and neutralize the enemy and remain faithful to our Oath to defend and protect the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic and stop fighting each other.
    I know I'm preaching to the choir, but thank you for allowing me to vent.

Semper Fi,

Mike (Flick)

Note 1:

Mike is a Board of Director Member of this Foundation as well as a member of the VTA.

Note 2:
Even though we only wanted only our members to respond if they had a copy of the Bylaws there were 126 who took the time to tell us that they do not have a copy nor have they never seen one.
Book Story Correction


Dear Sir. 


Thank You for your recent letter about the next phase of the Tanker's Book (Stories). I want to again send a check to help support this ongoing  worthwhile project. I also found a slight one word error in the story I sent in about the death of Cpl. JC Brown. This story is dear to my heart and even though it was only the one word, it is with utmost importance that I have it corrected. I hope you can tell me how the is the best way to make this happen?  I want my story to be as accurate as possible.  Thanks for all that you do Sir.


Jerry White (former PFC. USMC B Co. 3rd. Tanks 1966)
Cautionary Note:


    We have not had a good new year as my brother-in-law had a massive heart attack and we lost him about a week ago. He was just 60. Helping his wife out has been a big under taking...something you could put in the Breech Block to everyone to ensure they have family affairs in order and the wife knows what is going on too. A full family trust to be sure. None of us are getting any younger to get it done soon.


Take Care,
Semper Fi
Rick  (Lewis), V.P.
Olive Leaf Responses
We had a lot of responses to our offering the USMC VTA an olive branch. To see the those responses please Click Here.
The Book SitRep


    As promised in January's Breech Block I have laid out in this issue the basic structure of "Marine Tanks and Ontos in Vietnam" and previewed the content of "The Book".

     First, I'd like to make it perfectly clear that the book is "authored" by the eighty five (85) Tankers and Ontos crewmen - and others - who have sent the Foundation more than one hundred and eighty (180) written personal stories and the many others* who have otherwise supported our efforts in compiling the book. The Foundation's "Executive Book Committee" is the editor. Every author will be cited by name in an appendix and referred to by name adjacent to his story. Ours, for a number of reasons, will be an E-Book with plans to publish a limited number of bound, hard cover at some later, yet to be determined, date.

     That said, the book will be laid out chronologically - from the time Tanks and Ontos crossed Red Beach, Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam going west on 9 March 1965 until the last piece of rolling stock re-embarked going east in mid-1970. Every named operation in which tanks and Ontos participated will be highlighted and personal stories will be woven into those battles. For example, Operation Piranha, which took place a few weeks after the better-known Operation Starlite, will feature the participation of tanks led by then-1stLt Carl Lemon. Nowhere to be found is a record of Carl's action but he has provided us his story. Carl and his men made history, the book is making it known. The method we will employ to utilize every personal story to its best is to describe briefly the context of the story - we're calling it "bookending" - the "before/during/after" as it were and place his tank or Ontos unit right in the middle of it. We'll use this template, replete with maps, diagrams, and captioned pictures submitted by our authors, throughout the book.

     There will be several annexes and appendixes to refer to expand on the information provided in the body of the book. To name some: All the tank and Ontos KIA's with a links to their name on "The Wall", to details of their death, and to the maps pinpointing exactly where they were fatally injured; Personal medal recipients - all Navy Cross, Silver Star, and as many Bronze Star, Navy Commendation, Navy Achievement and Purple Hearts as the authors have provided; All named operations with those involving tanks and Ontos highlighted; Equipment logos ("Crispy Critters" on a flame tank or "Uncle Ho's Nightmare" on a gun tank) with pictures and crews; Glossary covering all the "unconventional" words and terms quoted in the book (there are a few!) and links to at least a dozen military documents of acronyms, terms, and abbreviations; Abstracts of all available First, Third, and Fifth Tank and Ontos Battalion Command Chronologies; Links to dozens of organizations of interest to the reader; A link the Foundation Library from which books can be borrowed; and more.

     And, once again, we are still short of personal stories from our Ontos Crewmen. Anyone who would take the time to read the Ontos Battalion's Command Chronologies would have to agree that these Marines were in the thick of the action from splash-down off the Mike Boats onto the beaches of South Vietnam.    

     We have much to do. And, while stories, pictures, and requests for interviews continue to come in, we are going to have to drive a stake in the ground as a deadline after which material and stories will not be included. Please contact us if you would like to do an over-the-phone interview.

     Thank you for your continued support - monetary, stories, ideas, suggestions, interviews, pictures, documents, letters, maps, publications - the list goes on.


Semper Fidelis,


Ray Stewart, President USMCVTHF

Contact: Click here

* Includes more than 80 archived interviews conducted with in-country or just-returned Marines by the MarCorHistDiv.  

Heroes Corner 
Silver Star
Synopsis:  The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Clemence T. Matye (2297648), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 12, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Matye upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Granada Hills, California
by LtCol Ev Tunget, USMC (Ret.)                             
LtCol Wm. R Corson
   In the "Personal Stories" section of the MCVTHF web site, there is a story concerning LtCol Wm R. Corson, USMC. Rather than a personal story, it is a compilation of two obituary-type articles written many years ago upon Bill Carson's death on 17 July 2000. In these articles there are a number of erroneous statements regarding his battle to get his book, "The Betrayal", published. (For the uninformed, this book zeroes in on what he perceived to be the basic reasons for the failure of the United States to win, or even achieve significant results in, the counter-insurgency war in the Republic of Vietnam.) Instead of merely being mentioned in passing, Carson's battle to get his book published involves a story of its own, of which I am personally aware.

   I met (then LtCol) Bill Corson in September of 1966 in the RVN when he reported for duty as the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Tank Battalion. At that time I was commanding Bravo Company. In early October 1966, I was transferred to the staff of the battalion to be his Operations Officer. A friendship of mutual respect was developed during this time which was maintained through personal contact and correspondence over the years until his death. It was due to this friendship that I was made aware by him of the ordeal he went through to have "The Betrayal" finally published.

     "Freedom of the Press/Speech", as part of an American's treasured "Bill of Rights" guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, does not obtain to a person to say or write scurrilous, slanderous or libelous things about another person or organization acting within duly constituted constraints. Certain caveats of law and custom serve to protect the innocent from unrestrained and unwarranted attacks. However, these same caveats can be, and often are, used to "muzzle" dissent and constructive criticism when such pronouncements run counter to an "official line", particularly in high government or military echelons.

     Certainly Bill Corson knew of the Department of Defense Directive, applicable to both military and civilian personnel of the Federal Government, which required that all such personnel refrain from making public statements or submitting written matter for publication if they pertained to governmental or military policies. All such matters are required to be forwarded through "channels" to be blessed with the "holy water" of official sanction before any action is taken. Bill knew that his book would not be approved for publication had he followed the norm laid down for him as an active duty military officer.

     The plan to avoid the almost certain shelving of his work was simple and straightforward. In the spring of 1968, the book was in the final stages of editing, proofing, etc., in preparation for going to print. While he was still on active duty, the publishing date was to have been in early July, some days after his planned retirement from active duty on 30 June. Thus, the "plan of attack" was made to protect the book and Bill Corson, who faced certain censure plus the loss of months of dedicated thought and writing, if the book was to enter the labyrinth of official channels.

     There were several copies of the rough manuscript of "The Betrayal" in existence in the spring of 1968, as a number of people involved in the publication of the book needed a copy to complete their final tasks. Although discretion was emphasized by the publishing company. Somehow a copy of the manuscript "leaked" out and came into the hands of the very officials in the "channels" who it was important to avoid. (To my knowledge, the culprit in this piece of "literary espionage" was never discovered.) "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" is a quote apropos to the flurry of activity touched off in the Department of Defense immediately following the "acquisition" of the manuscript. The rapidity with which a special literary investigative task force was formed and set to work hints at some pretty high level interest in this effort.

     The literary investigative task force was composed of a large number of civilian and military personnel who were broken up into teams to read and analyze each chapter of the book. The specific mission of each team was to search for classified information which, if found, would justify the silencing of this work as a threat to national security if it were allowed to be published. In the final report of this investigative body, one team believed it had found a relatively minor breach of security which could fall under the "Confidential" classification. This report was forwarded to a high ranking Navy admiral who headed a Directorate in the Department of the Navy concerned with such matters. After a realistic review of the report, the admiral determined that there was nothing of a classified nature in "The Betrayal" and therefore the work could not be given any type of security classification. With this pronouncement the book was saved from the doom intended for it.

     Meanwhile, back at the Department of Defense, there were those who still sought to discredit the author and who sorely wished to get their "pound of flesh". Formal charges were referred to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Leonard S. Chapman, for action. General Chapman had no alternative but to convene a Pre-Trial Formal Board of Inquiry to determine if the charges warranted trial by General Courts-Martial. If convicted in such a military trial, Bill Corson could have faced confinement in a federal prison, loss of all pay and allowances for the term of the confinement and dismissal from the service with a Dishonorable Discharge. Bill retained a civilian attorney to represent him and the battle was on.

     With the "hot potato" sitting squarely in his lap, General Chapman's decision was a hallmark one in terms of integrity, wisdom and courage. Despite continued pressure from above for Carson's "hide", General Chapman refused to waver. After he reviewed the report of the formal inquiry, he dismissed the charges against Bill Corson. The punishment he handed down for stirring up this hornet's nest was a "letter of reprimand". This type of letter constitutes a censure of the highest order and is the "kiss of death" against further promotions for a military officer. Given Carson's intention to retire in the first place, the reprimand lost a bit of its sting. It did, however, spell the end of a comic opera of events which failed to "muzzle" a man determined to have his contribution to history survive unadulterated.

     In the late summer of 1968, I received a phone call from Bill at my quarters at NAS Lemoore, CA where I was serving as C.O. of the Marine Barracks. He invited my wife and I to meet with him and his wife Judy in San Francisco where he would be promoting the book sale. We spent a great weekend with them there and Bill presented me with an autographed and inscribed copy of the book. He pointed out that in the forward of "The Betrayal" he mentioned my name as one of many persons to whom he was indebted for their help and encouragement when he stated;

     "To major Everett L. Tunget, USMC, who as my operations officer in Vietnam  sharpened and honed the rather blunt instrument of a Marine tank battalion so that it could be effective in the entire spectrum of the Vietnam conflict and who was my most devastating critic in the best meaning of the term." 

Video Interview Col Corson                             
Aug 26, 1982 Interview with William R. Corson
Aug 26, 1982 Interview with LtCol William R. Corson
Command Chronologies


Marine Tanks & Ontos Action in the Vietnam War

Februaries' 1965 to 1970 - Marine Tanks & Ontos Action


    This is the eleventh of what is intended to be a monthly feature of abstracted Tank and Antitank Marine Corps archived-Command Chronologies (CC's). This issue of Breech Block - February 2014 - will give you an overview of the actions in which the 1st, 3rd,, and 5th Tanks and Antitanks were engaged during each February that they operated in-country. For the more complete command chronologies, (often missing the S-1 Personnel Annexes) please visit our Foundation website where Pappy Reynolds has posted the Tank and Antitank CCs. You will find that most of the CCs are 100-300 pages (occasion-ally 500+!) in length with material that is of interest most often only to the research historian. Featured in the abstracts presented here in the monthly Breech Blocks are the operations which are of prime interest. If we've omitted areas that you would like to see included in these monthly abstracts, please let us know. And note that personnel information - names of KIAs, promotions, Purple Hearts and other medals - was purged from the original command chronologies, possibly to protect the Marines' privacy at the time the CC's were prepared. However this information - and more - may be found at the Foundation's website.

     We've encouraged our Brothers to weigh in with their suggestions on what to add - or delete - from these CC abstracts. In upcoming Breech Blocks we will present a rather different picture of what the Marines back at battalion headquarters were doing. In the case of 1st Tanks, its C.O. was double-hatted to command the Southern Sector's activities centered on Chu Lai initially and then moved to Da Nang with the relocation of the First Tanks north as Third Tanks moved to Dong Ha.

     Another suggested feature is to present the size/shape/commitment/results of both the 1st and 3rd Tanks and Antitanks in the context of the Civic Action Program. We will not include details in the monthly reports in this series of abstracts but will create a dedicated composite in a single separate volume of our soon-to-be-published book.

     If you served in, or supported, or were supported by Tanks or Ontos during any month of February and can recall some experiences that you would like to see become part of Marine Corps history, jot them down and send them to the Foundation. Pictures with captions are of particular interest. Nearly all of the material you send us will find its way into one of our publications - our web site, the Breech Block, and/or The Book. And, if writing is not your forte, and/or you would like to sit for an interview, contact me or a member of our Foundation Interview Team, give us about an hour of your time, and talk about your service to your country during the Vietnam War. We will record your experience, condense the recording in a written document, and send you a copy of both your interview on a CD and a copy of the written document. And, both will also be entered into the Marine Corps Archives at Quantico, VA for future generations.

     Also, you are encouraged to access the Foundation's Map Chronology that Pappy has created a There you may find out exactly where your unit - battalion, company, often platoon, and occasionally section - was located at any given time. If you do not find your unit on one of Pappy's several maps, let us know. Also, plotted is the exact location and statistics of every Marine Tanker and Ontos crewman who was killed in action.


Semper Fidelis,


Ray Stewart


  Click on links below to read the Command chronologies

 Part 1~ Part 2 ~ Part 3 ~ Part 4


Medal of Honor                             

     In researching Medal of Honor recipients during the Vietnam War there is only one mention of Marine Corps tanks within the citation.  Here is that citation.



The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor


Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), FMF.

Place and date: Near Thua Thien, Republic of Vietnam,

4 February 1968.

Entered service at: San Antonio, Tex.

Born: 23 May 1946, Edinburg Tex.  


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as platoon commander, 3d Platoon, Company A. On 31 January 1968, during the initial phase of Operation Hue City, Sgt. Gonzalez' unit was formed as a reaction force and deployed to Hue to relieve the pressure on the beleaguered city. While moving by truck convoy along Route No. 1, near the village of Lang Van Lrong, the marines received a heavy volume of enemy fire. Sgt. Gonzalez aggressively maneuvered the marines in his platoon, and directed their fire until the area was cleared of snipers. Immediately after crossing a river south of Hue, the column was again hit by intense enemy fire. One of the marines on top of a tank was wounded and fell to the ground in an exposed position. With complete disregard for his safety, Sgt. Gonzalez ran through the fire-swept area to the assistance of his injured comrade. He lifted him up and though receiving fragmentation wounds during the rescue, he carried the wounded marine to a covered position for treatment. Due to the increased volume and accuracy of enemy fire from a fortified machinegun bunker on the side of the road, the company was temporarily halted. Realizing the gravity of the situation, Sgt. Gonzalez exposed himself to the enemy fire and moved his platoon along the east side of a bordering rice paddy to a dike directly across from the bunker. Though fully aware of the danger involved, he moved to the fire-swept road and destroyed the hostile position with hand grenades. Although seriously wounded again on 3 February, he steadfastly refused medical treatment and continued to supervise his men and lead the attack. On 4 February, the enemy had again pinned the company down, inflicting heavy casualties with automatic weapons and rocket fire. Sgt. Gonzalez, utilizing a number of light antitank assault weapons, fearlessly moved from position to position firing numerous rounds at the heavily fortified enemy emplacements. He successfully knocked out a rocket position and suppressed much of the enemy fire before falling mortally wounded. The heroism, courage, and dynamic leadership displayed by Sgt. Gonzalez reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps, and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

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 FYI: Donations and Donors

    Each year we wipe the slate clean as to who has donated for that calendar year. All donations received after October 1, 2013 will appear in the Breech Block beginning with the January 2014 issue. Donations received before October 1, 2013 will not appear in the eNewletters beginning the first of the year.

    Thank you for your support without you the foundation cannot achieve its goals of researching, recording, archiv-ing and publishing your individual stories.

 Semper Fidelis

2014 Donors: Thank you for your support!
    The Foundation is proud to announce that there has been 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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    Please forward this to as many folks as possible. And contact your Senators and Congressmen/Congresswomen re needed changes to the regulations.
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In This Issue
Volunteer(s) of the Year 2013
Mail Call!
Article Headline
The Book SitRep
Heroes Corner
Video Interview LtCol Corson
Command Chronologies February 1965 to 1970
Medal of Honor
Official Marine Corps Playbook
Credit Card Donations
Donate Address
FYI: Donations and Donors
2014 Donors
Important Medicare Information
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LtGen Martin R. 

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USMC Vietnam Tankers Association  

Col William  'Bill' Davis, USMC(Ret)


Robert 'Mike' Flick


David 'Doc' Forsyth


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LtCol, USMC (Ret)


Rick WSalters


Guy Wolfenberger


MGySgt Donald Gagnon, USMC (Ret)

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