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

Dear Marine 

  This past month has been filled with many surprises and a few twists with changes of leadership and staffing. The articles which follow will help explain.

 Ray Stewart.


  Two weeks ago I sent the following letter to the Foundation's Board of Directors:


To: Marine Corps Vietnam Tankers Historical Foundation Board of Directors

Subj: Selection of Vice President



    A couple of weeks ago - first by a telephone call and then followed by an e-mail - our Foundation's Vice President, Dick Carey, expressed his intentions, arrived at after advice from his doctors' concern for his health, to terminate continued association of any kind with the organization he founded, developed, and grew a decade and a half ago - the "USMC Vietnam Tankers Association". At the same time, expressing praise for the Foundation, he resigned from it as well. 

    Without going into detail, suffice it to say that Dick's been fighting the good fight with his several serious health issues. At times over the years it has been a Herculean effort for Dick to rise to the occasion in support for his Brothers but he's never missed a beat. He will now be turning his attention to maintaining his health and the hours he's spent in support of his Veteran Tanker Brothers he will be devoting to his family and personal life.

    And, while Dick will no longer have to carry the day-to-day burden of his office, he has magnanimously agreed to be available to the Foundation for advice, guidance, and good counsel. We agreed that besides being our newest "Board Member Emeritus", we'll feature him as a "Technical Adviser to the BoD".

    Dick suggested that Guy Wolfenbarger a long-time friend who, as a Charter Member of the "USMC Vietnam Tankers Association" and an active member and contributor of and to the Foundation, would be a prime candidate to replace him. Long story short - after several days of careful consideration of our offer, Guy called me the day before yesterday to accept the position.

   I'll not innumerate Guy's qualifications or present his biography here but both will be posted in the Breech Block.

    We fully expect that the organization will continue to support our members, follow our path towards our book's completion, and the
Breech Block
 will be posted each month. And, by the way, both The Book and the
Breech Block
 are Dick's creation as is the VTA's

Sponson Box 

and will be the cornerstones of his legacy.    Please join me in wishing Dick a most enjoyable retirement and in welcoming Guy to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.



Ray Stewart



     A decade and a half ago, after Dick Carey founded the "USMC Vietnam Tankers Association", he was the ramrod of the Association building it to its membership peak. He was the originator, editor, and publisher of the Sponson Box News Letter. Later, for health reasons he stepped down from the Association but was not out of the mix for long before he agreed to join the Board of Directors of the "Marine Corps Vietnam Tankers Historical Foundation" and immediately, following the example he set when running the Association and publishing the Sponson Box, launched and became the driving force behind our Breech Block monthly E-Newsletter bringing the publication into the 20th and then the 21st Century.

     When Dick and I set up our respective organizations - the Association and our Foundation - back in 1999, we realized that the Marine Tankers and Ontos Crewmen membership in the Association was finite i.e., in time there would be no more of us to T.C. Marine Tanker Vets. There would be no more members, no more reunions, and no more Association. The Association was looked at as the "heart" of the Vietnam Ontos and Tanker Veterans. And, as with any living organism, it is mortal and its heart stops beating. But the "soul" has no time limit. The Foundation then is considered the "soul" of the Vietnam Marine Tankers and Ontos Crewmen. Our byword to our members is "You made history. Your Foundation is making it known."

     With Dick as our driving force, the Foundation's Board of Directors, has dedicated our lives to documenting, writing, publishing, and archiving the history of the Vietnam Marine Tankers and Ontos Crewman.

     Thank you Dick for agreeing to continue with us in your new capacity as the Foundation's "Technical Adviser". Your continued unflagging devotion to our Brothers will guarantee that our participation in the Vietnam War will never be marginalized nor forgotten.

Meet Guy Wolfenberger                          

     A few years ago Guy sent us his story "Flame Tank F-23" which is queued for The Book. Not only is it a great story, it speaks to his "Leadership by example." The plan is to feature Guy's story in the September Breech Block, the month in 1967 of "Flame Tank F-23 in Ambush Valley".

     Guy was born in Columbus, Ohio November 4, 1946. Upon graduation from high school in 1964, he enrolled at Mt. Olivet Nazarene College outside Chicago, Ill. During his sophomore year he decided that he wanted to follow a different path in life than the one he was on in college.

     He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1965. The events that were to shape the rest of his life began. He was sent to Marine Corps Boot Camp, San Diego followed by Infantry Training Regiment, Camp Pendleton: then to Tracked Vehicle School, Camp Del Mar. As training progressed at Camp Pendleton he was assigned to the tank ramp as permanent personnel. This training set the foundation for him to move from tank crewman to tank commander (TC).

     In 1966 he deployed to Vietnam from Long Beach, CA aboard the USS General LeRoy Eltinge arriving at Da Nang, RVN in December, 1966. Two months later in February, 1967 he received his first flame tank command, Foxtrot 13 and was assigned to 3rd Tank Battalion, Charlie Company at Dong Ha Air Base, the northern most town in South Vietnam and the location of a strategically important U.S. Marine combat base. He was 19 years old, held the rank of PFC, and was a Tank Commander (TC).

     In March, 1967 he and his crew were transferred to Alpha Company at Camp J.J. Carroll and shortly thereafter to Bravo Company. They ran road sweeps and resupply convoys to "The Rock Pile", Con Thien, Khe Sanh, Cam Lo, Gio Linh, and Dong Ha for the next few months. In June Bravo Company's flame section was assigned to Alpha Company to support Operation Buffalo conducted during the first two weeks of July, 1967. Operation Buffalo was a major operation that took place in the southern half of the Demilitarized Zone where 1/9 was badly outnumbered by North Vietnamese troops. After firing into a North Vietnam placement as a flank tank, F23 (his tank), hit a land mine and was destroyed. About that same time Guy was promoted to Lance Corporal.

     In the months following he was assigned a replacement tank and continued to support Bravo Company operations. While sweeping an area southwest of Con Thien, he came under heavy artillery attack. When the 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines (3/26) moved into position near the DMZ in September, 1967 they didn't realize that an entire North Vietnamese regiment lay waiting for them. On September 10, his tank took several RPG rounds which destroyed F23 for which Guy was awarded the Purple Heart as a result of this encounter.

    His second replacement tank was assigned in October, 1967. He continued as TC until the end of his tour when he left Vietnam in December, 1967 for Camp Lejeune, NC and was assigned to the disbursing office where he served until Honorably Discharged in November, 1968. During his Marine Corps career Guy progressed from PFC in 1966, to Lance Corporal in 1967, to Corporal Meritorious in 1967, and to the rank of Sergeant.

     Upon returning to Columbus in 1968 he worked with his father in his construction business. One year later he struck out on his own and has been self-employed for nearly 45 years. Although focused on real estate development and commercial construction over the years, he also owns and manages recycling, trucking, and warehousing businesses. In between he found time to convert a personal passion into a successful business as a commercial fisherman in Florida. He continues to live in Columbus, OH with his wife Carol. And Guy is always looking for the next opportunity to pursue his entrepreneurial interests.

     Guy is a charter member of both the "USMC Vietnam Tankers Association" and the "Marine Corps Vietnam Tankers Historical Foundation" to which he has contributed considerable financial support for the past 15 years since our founding.

     Welcome aboard Guy Wolfenbarger. 


 Mail Call!                             
Low Back Issues

I seem to remember seeing an article several years back concerning chronic lower back pain associated with Vietnam tanker vets.  Do you have any information on this?


Kathie (Beck)

Beck Consulting Group, Inc.




There is service-connection due to vehicle (tanks, ontos, trucks, earth moving equipment, etc..)  motion issues.  I would see your local Veteran Service Officer to file a claim.  Good luck.


To: "Henry Fuller" <>
Sent: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 12:11:36 PM
Subject: Your Completed Forms & Note


Good Morning Hank - We just received your VTA form and a copy of your DD214. By your note it appears that you're meaning to contribute $30 to the MCVTHF to assist with admin costs, however the check is made payable to the "USMC VTA". If you will give me your specific permission i.e., an e-mail, I can deposit the check to the MCVTHF bank account.

    Hope this finds you well, thank you for both your generosity and staying in touch.

Semper Fidelis,




Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 12:35 PM


Subject: Re: Your Completed Forms & Note


Ray      Apologies...I guess I misread whom to make the check out to: I do want to have it deposited to MCVTHF. Thanks.  I'm still curious if (1) my story made the cut for the book and (2) is there going to be a hardbound copy as well as an electronic version?? I'm particularly interested in the prospects of a hardbound edition. Thanks for all you are doing. Semper Fi, Hank 



"The Book" SitRep: July


We have been printing each month for more than a year what we're calling our "Command Chronologies Abstracts". After we cycled through one year of the by-month entries we've begun adding material that fleshes out the rather clinical-sounding CC's. We're adding quotes from other sources that expand on the impersonal CC's. Also, the personal stories, well over 200 hundred at this point, oral history CD's (100+), and dozens of live taped interviews provided by our members are featured. Additionally, the cut/paste from the PDF-formatted CC's have been converted to the Word format in a joint effort by Aryn Willhite initiated by Jackie Hunter our Administrator and new Breech Block Editor.

     These re-formatted CC Abstracts will form the foundation of The Book which is to be an electronic publication for the initial (and an undetermined number of updates) launch. To Hank Fuller's question posed earlier concerning a hard copy edition - Yes, there will eventually be a hard copy published.

     Thank you for your continued support - financial and in-kind i.e., personal stories, pictures, interviews, and comments.


Ray Stewart,

President, MCVTHF 

Julys' Command Chronologies


Marine Tanks & Ontos Action in the Vietnam War

July 1965 to 1970 


This Breech Block - July 2014 - will give you a brief overview of the action that the 1st, 3rd, and 5th  Tanks and Anti-Tanks were involved in during each July that they were in-country as extracted from each organizations' command chronologies. For the complete command chronologies, please visit our Foundation website where Pappy Reynolds has posted the Tank and Anti-Tank CCs. If you served in any of these units during the month of July and recall some experiences that you would like others to read jot them down and send them to us. Pictures with captions are of particular interest

     Also, you are encouraged to access the Foundation's Map Chronology that Pappy has created. 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.

     And please note that the abstracts look a whole lot better than the run we made last July. Jackie Hunter took the "ragged" cuts and pastes of the original PDF-formatted Command Chronologies and converted them to Word.

     Finally, you will find sprinkled throughout the new rendition of the Command Chronology Abstracts stories, facts, figures, quotes from Tankers and Ontos crewmen, and other comments and expansions.


Semper Fidelis,

Ray Stewart

President. MCVTHF


 Click here Command Chronologies 

Killed in Action: July  1965-1970                         


NameRankDateAgeHome TownBn.
EARNEST D. RITCHIESgt.Jul 17, 196721Tiger, GA1st TksKIA
CHARLES F. RUBADOLcpl.Jul 19, 196819Brasher Fall, NY1st TksKIA
EARL R. WELSH JR.Lcpl.Jul 19, 196821Darlington, PA1st TksKIA
CHARLES C. ROBERTSLcpl.Jul 8, 196618Newport, TN1st TksKIA
DAVID N. HARROWLcpl.Jul 10, 196921Columbus, OH1st TksN-H
ROBERT H GAGESSgtJul 3, 196621Columbus, OH1st AtsMIA
James R. FallstichPFCJul 18, 196818Allentown, PA5th TksN-H
LEE G. JOHNSONLcpl.Jul 30, 196619Tulsa, OK3rd TksKIA
JOSEPH C. BROWNCplJul 30, 196620Pasadena, MD3rd TksKIA SS
MICHAEL C. WUNSCHCaptJul 28, 196925Feasterville, PA3rd TksKIA SS
MICHAEL N. COLTONHM_3Jul 28, 196921Alexandria, MN3rd TksKIA BS
STEPHEN DOWDELLPFCJul 28, 196920Alhambra, CA3rd TksKIA
LEONARD MIRAMONTEZLcpl.Jul 7, 196720Wapato, WA3rd TksKIA
DAVID E. FLANINGAMCplJul 27, 196722Rockford, IL3rd TksKIA
MANUEL M. GARCIA JR.Lcpl.Jul 27, 196719Los Angeles, CA3rd TksKIA
MILES E. JANSENLcpl.Jul 27, 196720St. Paul, MN3rd TksKIA
RAYMOND J. LUDWIGPvtJul 27, 196719Wilmington, DE3rd TksKIA
ERIC M. DEWEYPFCJul 29, 196720Bishop, CA3rd TksKIA
RICHARD BRIGHTPvtJul 21, 196620Chula Vista, CA3rd TksN-H
WAYNE M. HAYES1st LtJul 6, 196723Menomonie, WI3rd TksKIA
RONALD E. INGRAMCplJul 6, 196819Redwood City, CA3rd TksKIA
JAMES M LYNCHSgt.Jul 29, 196724Cheltenham, PA3rd ATSKIA
DEWEY L. BEATTYCplJul 29, 196719Seattle, WA3rd ATSKIA
ALAN C. ERICKSONLcpl.Jul 29, 196720Seattle, WA3rd ATSKIA
GARY L. DICKEYLcpl.Jul 23, 196521Wichita, KS3rd ATSN-H
JIMMY D. BACCUSPFCJul 25, 196620Lawndale, CA3rd ATSN-H
None Listed5th ATS


July's Personal Awards Recipients                     



Silver Star Medal Recipients


Schley, Harold B Jr, SSgt, Jul 28, 1969, A/3 Tanks


Wunsch, Michael C., Capt  July 27, 1969  A/3 Tank       (Posthumous) (Feasterville, PA)


Brown, Joseph C. , Cpl, Jul 30, 1966,  B/3 Tank   (Posthumous)   (Pasadena, MD)


Note: The NCM and SSM are a matter of accessible archived documents. That is not the case w/Bronze Star, Navy Commendation, or Navy Achievement Medals. The only way the Foundation has to gain this data is through self-reporting by the respective recipients. 

July's Purple Hearts


Name                    Unit               Date        Place

Allen, ArthurAlpha Co., 5th Tanks8-Jul-68Quang Tri1st
Blum, HowardAlpha Co., 3rd Tanks7-Jul-67Quang Tri1st
Bohlen, BillBravo Co., 1st Tanks29-Jul-67Quang Nam1st
Brightwell, LeRoy "Hank"Bravo Co., 3rd Tanks2-Jul-67Quang Tri1st
Brock, John B.Alpha Co., 3rd Tanks27-Jul-67Quang Tri1st
Clark, L. A.Alpha Co., 3rd Tanks27-Jul-67Quang Tri1st
English, Richard B. "R.B."Alpha Co., 3rd Tanks27-Jul-67Quang Tri1st
French, Johnny R.Alpha Co., 3rd Tanks27-Jul-67Quang Tri1st
George, Carroll M.Alpha Co., 3rd Tanks10-Jul-67Quang Tri1st
Hahn, John S.Alpha Co., 3rd Tanks27-Jul-67Quang Tri1st
Herbold, Edward J.Alpha Co., 3rd Tanks27-Jul-67Quang Tri1st
Knee, James R.Charlie Co., 3rd Tanks19-Jul-67Thu Thien Province1st
Kyser, Warren D.Alpha Co., 3rd Tanks27-Jul-67Quang Tri1st
Martin, GregBravo Co., 3rd Tanks2-Jul-67Quang Tri2nd
Poteete, Charles M.Alpha Co., 3rd Tanks8-Jul-67Quang Tri1st
Ritter, William E.Alpha Co., 3rd Tanks10-Jul-67Quang Tri1st
Staats, LarryAlpha Co., 3rd Tanks25-Jul-67Quang Tri1st
Julys' Marine Corps Operations
Major OperationsDatesUnits
Operation Allen Brook4 May - 24 Aug 68
1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Battalions, 27th Marines and 2nd Battalion, 13th Marines operation in southern Quang Nam Province
Operation Ardmore17 Jul - 31 Oct 671st Battalion, 13th Marines and 1st and 3rd Battalions, 26th Marines search and destroy operation in Quảng Trị Province
Operation Arlington Canyon3 Jul - 21 Sep 692nd Battalion 4th Marines and 3rd Battalion 4th Marines clear and search and security operations around Vandegrift Combat Base
Operation Barren Green24 - 27 Jul 705th Marines operation in Mỹ Hiệp, An Giang Province
Operation Batten Down/Dagger Thrust  7th Fleet SLF series of short (usually 1 or 2 day) amphibious operations aimed at the destruction of VC installations and capturing or destroying VC personnel and material. Operation name changed to Batten Down in February 1966
Operation Beacan Torch17 - 25 Jul 672nd Battalion, 3rd Marines amphibious search and destroy operations in Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces
Operation Beacon Guide21 - 30 Jul 671st Battalion, 3rd Marines search and destroy operation 29 km south of Huế
Operation Bear Bite3 - 18 Jul 67Marines amphibious and heliborne assault near the DMZ
Operation Bear Chain/Fremont20 - 26 Jul 672nd Battalion, 3rd Marines operation to engage the VC 806th Battalion in the "Street without Joy" area to the east of Route 1 between Quảng Trị and Huế
Operation Bear Claw (part of Operation Game Warden)2 - 14 Jul 673rd Marine Division operation in Quảng Trị Province vicinity of Con Thien, SLF part of Operation Buffalo
Operation Beaver Track4 - 16 Jul 672nd Battalion 3rd Marines search and destroy operation near Cam Lo
Operation Buffalo/Beaver Track/Bear Claw2-14 Jul 673rd Marine Division operation with SLF vicinity DMZ Con Thien and Cam Lo
Operation Calhoun25 Jun - 1 Jul 671st Battalion, 1st Marines, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines and 1st Battalion, 7th Marines search and destroy operation in Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces
Operation Choctaw21 May - 9 Jul 671st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines and 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines search and destroy operation in Quảng Trị and Thua Thien Provinces
Operation Cimarron1 Jun-2 Jul 67Continuation of Operation Prairie IV
Operation Crockett13 May - 16 Jul 671st and 2nd Battalions, 26th Marines search and destroy operation in Quảng Trị Province
Operation Durham Peak20 Jul - 13 Aug 691st Battalion, 1st Marines, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines and 21st and 37th ARVN Ranger Battalions clear and search operation in Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces
Operation Forsythe Grove30 Jun - 3 Jul 691st Battalion, 5th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines and 1st Battalion, 7th Marines clear and search operation in Quang Nam Province
Operation Fremont10 Jul - 31 Oct 671st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines and 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines search and destroy operation in Quảng Trị and Thua Thien Provinces
Operation Gem12 - 15 Jul 673rd Battalion, 7th Marines blocking operation in Quang Nam Province
Operation Georgia Tar16 Jul - 25 Sep 691st Battalion, 4th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines and 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines clear and search operation northeast of Khe Sanh in Quang Tri Province
Operation Hickory II14 - 16 Jul 671st Battalion, 4th Marines, SLF A, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines search and destroy sweep of the southern half of the DMZ to clear the area of enemy fortifications, mortar and artillery positions
Operation Idaho Canyon21 Jul - 25 Sep 693rd Battalion 3rd Marines and 101st Airborne Division operation west of Tam Ky in Quang Tin Province
Operation Kingfisher16 Jul - 31 Oct 671st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines and 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines operation in the DMZ - Con Thien
Operation Lien Ket 428-Jul-652nd Battalion, 4th Marines, ARVN 51st Regiment and VNMC 3rd Battalion first combined land operation in the war
Operation Lyon Valley27 Jul - 24 Aug 705th Marines clear and search operation southwest of Danang
Operation Macon4 Jul - 27 Oct 661st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines and 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines search and destroy and security operation for the An Hoa industrial complex in Quang Nam Province
Operation Mameluke Thrust18 May - 23 Oct 681st Battalion, 7th Marines, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Battalion, 13th Marines, 1st and 3rd Battalions, 26th Marines clear and search operations in central Quang Nam Province
Operation Oakland/Operation Lien Ket29 Jun - 1 Jul 662nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines, 2nd Battalion, ARVN 5th Regiment ARVN 37th Ranger Battalion search and destroy operation in Quảng Ng�i Province
Operation Pecos20 - 27 Jul 671st Battalion, 7th Marines and 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines search and destroy operation in "Happy Valley" Quang Nam Province
Operation Picken's Forest15 Jul - 24 Aug 701st Battalion, 7th Marines and 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines clear and search operation near Song Thu Bon valley in Quang Nam Province
Operation Pipestone Canyon26 May - 7 Nov 691st Battalion, 1st Marines, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Battlaion, 26th Marines and ROK 2nd Marine Brigade clear and search operation in Quang Nam Province centered approximately 13 km west of Hoi An
Operation Santa Fe (1966)13 Jun - 4 Jul 661st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment search and destroy operation in Hậu Nghĩa Province
Operation Stockton27 - 29 Jul 671st Battalion, 7th Marines search and destroy operation in "Happy Valley", Quang Nam Province
Operation Swift Play23 - 24 Jul 68BLT 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines clear and search operation in Quang Nam Province
Operation Utah Mesa12 Jun - 9 Jul 691st Battalion, 9th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division and ARVN 1st Division clear and search operation in the vicinity of Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province

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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
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Jackie Hunter*
Bill Lochridge
Jim Raasch 
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James Manson
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LtCol Ev Tunget, USMC (Ret)
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Wally Young   
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+Additonal Donations
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    Please take the time to go to the bottom of this newsletter and click on "Update Profile/Email Address."  By doing this we can automatically update your information.

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Semper Fidelis,

MC Flag Big Wave 

Ray Stewart,


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   With each issue of the Breech Block and other important emails sent to you there is a wording at the top of each email that states: "Having trouble viewing this email? Click here."
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    Bruce Martin "The Colonel" MacLaren, Colonel USMC, 82, died February 26, 2014.  He is survived by two sons Richard MacLaren and his wife Julia and Robert MacLaren and his wife Kathleen; a sister Joyce Wolfe and his grandchildren Paige Phariss, Cole MacLaren, Anni MacLaren and Henry Roberts.

    He was a graduate of North Providence High School in RI and received his bachelor's degree from Norwich University and his master's degree from the University of Maine.  Col MacLaren served 30 years in the Marine Corp, including a tour in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He was the Executive Officer of the 3rd Tank Battalion in Vietnam.   The Colonel resided in Belfast, ME from 1984 until 2006.  While in Belfast, he participated on the Water Aquifer Committee, the Comprehensive Planning Committee, Ward 1 City Councilman, Literacy Volunteers, Belfast City Charter Commission, Waldo County Law Enforcement Agency, American Legion, Marine Corps League, MSAD #34 School Drop Out Committee, as well as a substitute teacher for the Belfast School District.

    A Memorial Service to be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project, ,

WWP 1120 G Street NW, Suite 700 Washington, DC 20005. 

In This Issue
Meet Guy Wolfenberger
Mail Call!
"The Book" SitRep: June
Command Chronologies February 1965 to 1970
Killed in Action
Julys' Personal Awards
Junes' Purple Hearts
Julys' Marine Corps Operations
Official Marine Corps Firearms PolicyPlaybook
Donate Address
Credit Card Donations
Donate Address
FYI: Donations and Donors
2014 Donors
Is your personal information up-to-date?


Marine Corps
Vietnam Tankers
Historical Foundation


LtCol Raymond A. Stewart USMC (Ret)




Breech Block Editor

Jackie Hunter


Web Master and IT Manager

Lloyd 'Pappy' Reynolds


Media Technical Adviser

Richard "Dick" Carey


  Board of Directors


LtCol Raymond A. Stewart, USMC (Ret)


Charter Director, 

USMC Vietnam Tankers Association 

Guy Wolfenbarger,
Vice President


James Raasch



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)



David 'Doc' Forsyth



Dr. Ken Estes,

LtCol, USMC (Ret)



Rick Walters


Ontos Representative


 Richard "Dick" Carey;

Director Emeritus,

Founder/President Emeritus

USMC Vietnam Tankers


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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