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

Dear Marine 

    For most of us scattered around the United States this winter has been particular hard; it's time to think spring. 

    There is a lot of information in this issue of the Breech Block.  We hope you find it useful. Speaking of information,  we have added the Marine Corps Daily News to our "Quick Links."  The MCDN is published by Leatherneck Magazine.

    There has been much favorable comment concerning the "Olive Branch" we extended to the board of the USMC VTA; unfortunately, we have not heard from the president of that great organization.  I have heard from Rick Lewis, V.P. of the VTA but nothing from most of the other board members. Rick, Ray and I have our  sights on repairing the riff.  Your input to the president and the  board of the VTA, hopefully, should go a long way to encourage an end to this apparent stalemate.


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!                             

Proud to belong


Dear Sir..I am most proud to be a small part of this fine Organization
Semper Fi..Jerry (White



Looking for buddies


Name: Thomas "Ski" Quetschke
From: Toledo, Ohio

    I served with A Co. 1st AT's from 1/68 to the disbanding of AT's in May of 1969 when I transfered to MABS-16, MAG-16. I remember most everything like it was yesterday.
    I have only seen two of the Marines that I served with in Vietnam 1st At's since I rotated mid 1970. 
    Fred C. and Dave S. from Ontos "No Brains Just Balls" I believe it was A-22.
    Does anyone know what ever happened to Lt. Johnson, S/Sgt Brooks, Jerry Colberson, Tom Nailor, Ronnie W. Stowell? So many names I remember but so hard to locate for various reasons.  


Semper Fi,   Ski



LtCol Corson Article


Ahoy Ray, 

    Just read Ev Tunget's column about LtCol Bill Corson, and watched the video too.  Both were great and brought back old memories.  Both Ev and Bill are/were great Marine friends of mine.  I thought you would like to read a story about Bill's DaNang "Mafia" that I wrote.  I was the Marine that Bill assigned for the job.  Besides the events in my story, we also "liberated" tons of food and materials for our CAP units to give out in their Hamlets too. 
    When Bill died, I was there at Arlington National Cemetery for his service.  A year or so later, I attended Bill's wife Judy's service.  She was laid to rest next to him.

Semper Fi,
Bill Lochridge


Tattoo, da Judge 


    Thought you might like to see this.  I have attached a pic that can go with my story. It is "da Judge" A24 and was mine until July 29, 1968.  I carry it on my back because that is the way it is.


Tree (Frank Remkiewzic)


About that Tobey Keith song


Sent: Saturday, February 01, 2014 7:18 AM
Subject: Song

Thanks for the song


From: Robert Campbell
Sent: Saturday, February 01, 2014 9:09 AM


Thanks for the 'song'-- it was very enjoyable and true.

Semper Fi
Robert J Campbell  [HMCS USN-Ret]


Sent: Sun Feb 02 09:41:00 PST 2014
Subject: Re: Call a Marine by Tobey Keith  



Thank you! Thank you!  I have posted it to my facebook page.



Semper Fi



Reunion Interview                             
6. Vietnam Tankers - Operating with Korean Marines - Wally Young, Lynn Young

Vietnam Tankers - Operating with Korean Marines

Wally Young, Lynn Young

Used by permission of YouTube

"The Book" SitRep


    A quote from the last two paragraphs of the Preface of Oscar (Ed) Gilbert's book "Marine Corps Tank Battles in Vietnam" -

    The Vietnam Tankers Historical Foundation is currently engaged in an enormous project to document the involvement of the tank (and Ontos) units and the individual experiences of the men in them. Their first goal is to identify and place various units in their map positions on the sprawling battlefield throughout the course of the war. Their second, and in my opinion far more important, goal is to record the experiences of the men in the tank (and Ontos) units before they are forever lost in time.

     It is an uphill struggle against tremendous odds. But then, that's what Marines are best at.

     Ed wrote this in 2007. And, while the odds are still against us, after more than a decade - and thanks to the generosity of our more than 200 financial, in-kind, and story submission supporters - the odds are getting better and the production of "The Book" is getting closer day-by-day.

     On the behalf of the Foundation's Book Committee - Dick Carey, Pappy Reynolds, and Jackie Hunter - Thank you and Semper Fidelis.


Ray Stewart,

President, MCVTHF


Heroes Corner 
Silver Star*TATUM, HAROLD D. (KIA)
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Harold D. Tatum (1102779), Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 3d Tank Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 10, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Tatum upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Sandy Springs, Georgia 
Command Chronologies


Marine Tanks & Ontos Action in the Vietnam War

Marches' 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 12 Breech Blocks. The deeper we dig into the records the more we've found unforgiveable gaps in chronicling Tanks and Ontos action and recognition for the significant role we played in the success of the fight. And, the more personal stories we get, interviews we conduct, supported infantry units command chronologies 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 this issue we'll reprint the CC Abstracts provided the first time around and add some personal stories and comments intended to expand on the original. 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 I put this little ditty together I have 60+ previously recorded interviews; many from our members provided over the past few years 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 a 13 Marine former Tanker/Ontos Crewman queue for scheduled interviews. You have until 10 March to line up with your story to have it appear in the first printing of The Book. Let us hear from you. Contact Us



  Click on links below to read the Command chronologies

 Part 1~ Part 2 ~ Part 3 ~ Part 4


Official Marine Corps Playbook
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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:

Certificate Donations

Platinum Plus ~ $1,000 Plus

Platinum ~ $250 - $999
Gold ~ $100 - $249
Silver ~ $50 - $99
Bronze $1 - $49
Platinum Plus Plat. Plus Award
Dick Carey*
Jackie Hunter*
Jim Raasch 
Lloyd 'Pappy' Reynolds*
LtCol Frank Slovik, USMC (Ret.)
Kyle Decicco-Carey* 
Sid Ferguson, DVM
GySgt Wes 'Tiny' Kilgore, USMC (Ret)
James Manson
Charles & Kersti Riehl
LtCol Ev Tunget, USMC (Ret)
Jerry Wahl
Wally Young   
Danny & Jan Farrell
Michael Giovinazzo
John Lange
Jon Morrison
David Ralston
Frank "Tree" Remkiewzic
Jerry & Lucinda White 
Ed Emanuel
"Doc" Hackemack
Brian Jefferies
Steve Christensen
Chris DeSpain 
Ed Emanuel
Meyrat Francis-Michael
Chris DeSpain 
Ed Emanuel  
+Additonal Donations
*In-Kind Services
**In-Kind & Monetary 



    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.

Can you identify the unit?
Click here for larger view.  
We have this photo in are archives and the only information we have that it is the "4th Platoon."  Do you  know what unit and who is in the photo?  If so, contact us.
Thank you.
Agent Orange Cancer Study:
Skin Cancer In Old Age                             

    Vietnam War veterans who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange may be at higher risk for certain types of skin cancer in old age, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Dr. Mark W. Clemens of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and colleagues said the study adds to previous evidence risk of non-melanotic invasive skin cancer could increase even four decades after Agent Orange exposure, with at least some exposed veterans having unusually aggressive non-melanoma skin cancers. During the Vietnam War, Agent Orange was widely used as a herbicide to remove jungle vegetation. It has been linked to a wide range of cancers and other diseases, caused by the toxic dioxin contaminant TCDD. "TCDD is among the most carcinogenic compounds ever to undergo widespread use in the environment," Clemens and co-authors said in a statement. Veterans Affairs recognizes and provides benefits for certain cancers and health problems associated with prior dioxin exposure during military service, but skin cancer is currently not one of them, Clemens said.

    The researchers analyzed medical records of 100 consecutive men who enrolled in the Agent Orange registry at the Veterans Affairs Hospital of Washington, from August 2009 to January 2010. Exposure to TCDD consisted of living or working in contaminated areas for 56 percent of veterans, actively spraying Agent Orange in 30 percent and traveling in contaminated areas for 14 percent. The study was limited to men with lighter skin types. The study, scheduled to be published in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, found the rate of non-melanotic invasive skin cancer in TCDD-exposed veterans was 51 percent -- about twice as high as the rate expected in men of similar age group. The risk of skin cancer increased to 73 percent for veterans who actively sprayed Agent Orange. Exposed men with the lightest skin types and those with lighter eyes were also at higher risk, the study said. In addition, 43 percent of the veterans had chloracne, a skin condition specifically caused by exposure to dioxins and for this group the rate of non-melanotic invasive skin cancer was more than 80 percent. 

Camp Lejeune Mortality Study                             


    On February 19, 2014 the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR) "Evaluation of mortality among Marines and Navy personnel exposed to contaminated drinking water at USMC Base Camp Lejeune: A retrospective cohort study" was published ( 

    The purpose of this study was to determine whether exposures of Marine and Naval personnel to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune increased risk of mortality from cancers and other chronic diseases. The study focused on 154,932 Marine and Naval personnel who began active duty service during April 1975 to December 1985 and were stationed at USMC Base Camp Lejeune anytime during this period. A comparison cohort consisted of 154,969 Marine and Naval personnel who began active duty service during April 1975 - December 1985, were stationed anytime during this period at USMC Base Camp Pendleton, but were not stationed at Camp Lejeune during this period. The study relies on ATSDR's previous water modeling estimates ( of past exposures to a class of chemicals known as "volatile organic compounds" (VOCs) in water.

     This study is one of several health initiatives that ATSDR is expected to complete in the next several years. For more information about these studies, visit or call (800) 232-4636.

    Since 1991, the Marine Corps has supported the health initiatives conducted by various scientific agencies. We are also working diligently to identify and notify individuals who, in the past, may have been exposed to the chemicals in drinking water. For more information about these efforts or to update your contact information, please see:, call (877) 261-9782 or e-mail

    To contact Veterans Affairs to learn more about health care benefits, please visit or call (877) 222-8387 (Healthcare) or (800) 827-1000 (Benefits).



The Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water Program
New Veteran Health Identification Cards                             

  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced 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, 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, Calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387)

VA employees destroyed
veterans' medical records                             

    Employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) destroyed veterans' medical files in a systematic attempt to eliminate backlogged veteran medical exam requests, a former VA employee told The Daily Caller.

Read story


What is a VA Fiduciary?                            
What is a VA Fiduciary?
What is a VA Fiduciary?
    VA's Fiduciary program was established to protect Veterans and other beneficiaries who, due to injury, disease, or due to age, are unable to manage their financial affairs. Generally, family members or friends serve as fiduciaries for beneficiaries; however, when friends and family are not able to serve, VA looks for qualified individuals or organizations to serve as a fiduciary. For more information on the VA Fiduciary program and how to apply, visit:
Against the Odds: "Marine at Hue"                             

American Heroes Channel's Launch Series Premieres

Monday, March 3 at 10/9c



-- Narrated by Rob Lowe, AGAINST THE ODDS Introduces American Heroes Channel on March 3 --

(Pasadena, CA) -


    During game-changing moments of battle, one wrong move could ultimately cost the war, but lack of teamwork could mean dozens of lives lost in an instant. When faced with insurmountable opposition, the brave U.S. troops featured in American Heroes Channel's (AHC) launch series AGAINST THE ODDS, didn't retreat in weakness but banded together in strength and trust to meet their moment with destiny. Narrated by actor Rob Lowe, AGAINST THE ODDS introduces real-life bands of brothers who exhibited unparalleled bravery, solidarity and endurance on the battlefield to come out on top in a fight against impossible odds. Reliving battles from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq, these are true stories of the harsh realities of war, as told by the veterans who survived to tell. With brotherhoods so strong they turned perceived defeat into tremendous victory, American Heroes Channel is proud to announce the six-part series AGAINST THE ODDS as its launch series, premiering Monday, March 3 at 10/9c.

    "As we broaden the scope of Military Channel and propel it to its next chapter, there is no stronger series that embodies the intersection between American history and military, as there are no greater heroes than those who have served our country," said Kevin Bennett, General Manager, American Heroes Channel. "These are the men and women who personify American Heroes Channel, and we are honored to have AGAINST THE ODDS introduce our new name to our viewers."


Commandant Stops Distribution of the 
Marine Corps  Times           

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech....


This also applies to those who represent the government of the United States and those who may have their First Amendment rights denied.  By denying the Marine Corps Times to sell and distribute in the Marine Corps PX's around the world is, in my opinion, a violation of this First Amendment


Richard D. Carey,


Commandant's Press Release 


Friends of the Corps,

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     Gen. John M. Paxton, Jr., Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, addresses the placement of Marine Corps Times newspapers in Marine Corps Exchanges:


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Semper Fidelis,

MC Flag Big Wave 

Dick Carey, V.P.


Director Public Relationst 

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In This Issue
Mail Call!
Reunion Interview
"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
Can you identify the unit?
Agent Orange Cancer Study: Skin Cancer in Old Age
Camp Lejeune Mortality Study
Article Headline
VA Employees Destroyed Records
What is a VA Fiduciary?
Article Headline
Commandant Fires Marine Corps Times
Is your personal information up-to-date?


Marine Corps
Vietnam Tankers
Historical Foundation



Vice Pres., Editor,

Marketing & Production 

Richard "Dick" Carey

Contact: Email 


LtCol Raymond A. Stewart USMC (Ret)



Jackie Hunter



Archivist in Residence

Kyle Decicco-Carey

Harvard University

BA in History, MLIS


Author in Residence

Dr. Oscar "Ed" Gilbert


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, Treasurer 

Charter Director, 

USMC Vietnam Tankers Association

Richard Tilden


LtGen Martin R. 

Steele, USMC (Ret)


Charter Director,

USMC Vietnam Tankers Association  

Col William  'Bill' Davis, USMC(Ret)


Robert 'Mike' Flick


David 'Doc' Forsyth


Dr. Ken Estes,

LtCol, USMC (Ret)


Rick WSalters


Guy Wolfenberger


MGySgt Donald Gagnon, USMC (Ret)

Director Emeritus

Quick Links


By Jim Coan


Praying for Slack

By Bob Peavey 



By Clyde Hoch



Official USMC Flag

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



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