See you all at the Reunion 

God Willing

2021 Reunion Information

2021

See you all at the Reunion 

God Willing

I hope you and yours safe and well. 

The reconnaissance community at Camp Pendleton has indicated that they will support our reunion events.

The Holiday Inn Oceanside will be the reunion Harbor Site.   Parking is free.


Travel from and to area airports will be the member's responsibility.  We will work to find favorable rates for airport shuttles and UBER.


For Registration forms and Holiday Inn contact information Click Here

Call me if you have questions.

Thank you for your patience and support for the reunion.


Semper fi,

Charlie Kershaw
760 402-8638

 

Email from: Rick Alvira (Alpha Company) <stcrispin2006@yahoo.com> 6:50 PM July 6th, 2021

Thanks for the heads up I mailed my form this morning.
SF
Rick

New update July 29th, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Members Coming to the REUNION this year.


ALVIRA, RICK & Debbie
BACKER, DAVID & Shan

BAEL, RAY J  MGYSGT & Edith/Marssa
BARRETT, PAUL
BURY, ROBERT

CASTANEDA, ROBERT LEE & Olga
COLLINS, MICHAEL & (Son) Patrick
ENFINGER, ALAN
FALLON, MIKE & Sandy

FARRIS, STEVEN & Linda 

FOWLER, BUD

FREEMAN, PAUL & Jan
HARP, GEOFFREY & Patty

HARRIS, RON

HERMAN, JONSE
HOWLAND, CREG
HUEGEL, ROLAND (RON)

HUFFMAN, LARRY
JOHNSON, ZACH 

JORDAN, JAY & Teresa 
KICKLIGHTER, ROD

LIGUZINSKI, STEVE & Rita 
LOTT, DAVE

MAJORS, TOM

MARISCAL, CARLOS & ELISA

MAXAM, (GUNNER) GARY 
MOZER, STAN & Gloria
OVERTON, RON

PEREZ, GILBERT & Lucille

RABENOLD, RICK (RABBI)

Reid, Ott & Mary

ROWLAND, ED 

RUGGLES, FLOYD & Linda

SNIDER, DOC

WILKER, JAMES

WITKIN, RALPH & Diana

On July 7, 2021 at 10:08 AM Email from loren <loren.funk@comcast.net>  he wrote:


Man would have really enjoyed the reunion. Unfortunately I spent all of my leave on the ‘Run For The Wall’ ride this year. Even though the Ride was official cancelled a bunch of us rode from LA to DC to show congress we are still here and Do Not let the Active Duty/Reserves/Guard and Veterans down.

 

Thanks for the update. I'll see you next year at the reunion . God Willing

Floyd

REGISTRATIONS

I hope you all have a great time! I think Camp Pendleton Marines will go out of there way to make it great.

Doc Hanson, 68-69

Harry,

Thanks for the email. Sorry to hear that you won't be able to attend this year's reunion.
Maybe next year my friend, take care of yourself and stay safe.

I'll say hi to any of your team members from Dodge City - Delta Company 1967 & 1968.
That might show up at the reunion this year.

Please keep your Info up-to-date.
This will allow the Association to send out messages from time to time.

Semper Fi
Floyd Ruggles

1st Recon Battalion Association
Membership Director & Webmaster

On July 3, 2021 9:51 AM Thom Hanson <thanson46@icloud.com> wrote:

July 3, 2021 12:49 PM Harry Mundorff <crazyharry47@gmail.com> wrote:


Sadly, I won’t be able to attend this year’s reunion.

Email from Harry 7/12/2021 11:05 PM

Thanks so much. Spoke to Lt. Mann on July 4th. He lead the Dodge City patrol with Vesper Bells and made Captain. Good guy.

Thanks Harry,

I don't have Lt Mann in our directory. So he's not a member of the association why don't you send him a link and ask him to apply it's free. Membership 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association


SECTION 1. CRITERIA. All Marine and Navy personnel who were assigned to or were attached to the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division are eligible for membership in the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association.

SECTION 2. ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP. The 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association may grant Associate Membership to any parent, spouse, child or sibling of anyone, living or deceased, who was assigned or attached to the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division and friends and supporters of the association. Associate Members shall not exceed 20% of the general members of the association. Associate Members may participate in Association events, except the general membership meeting and have no voting rights at Association meetings.

SECTION 3. DECEASED MEMBERS. All who met the aforementioned qualifications for membership and are deceased will be carried on the Association’s deceased member rolls as they become known.

SECTION 4. DUES. Association members have no mandatory dues. However, Members and Associate Members are encouraged to make donations, annually, to help defray the Association’s operating expenses. An annual donation of $10.00 is suggested.

I received an email a few days ago from Paul B Goodwin, USMC Colonel retired, Delta company 1966. So that's what I'm doing tonight I'm working on a special page for Paul it's called meet one of our members. It should be on the association's website. Sometime tomorrow afternoon, this is the link for lieutenant Mann appreciate if you send it to him. https://1streconbn.org/application.html Thank You

1st Recon Battalion Association
Over 1500 members and growing as a organization.

Semper Fi
Floyd Ruggles

1st Recon Battalion Association
Membership Director & Webmaster

Email from Harry July 13th, 2021 at 12:50 AM

Gotcha, great idea. I talked to him about the reunion. Conflicts with another reunion.

'Thanks"

1st RECONAAISSANCE BATTALION ASSOCIATION
2021 REUNION, CAMP PENDLETON, CALIFORNIA 8/4-7/2021

My last update to the website before the reunion, will be this Saturday July 31st, 2021 I'll be driving to the reunion this year. See you all at the reunion. God willing

1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association

August 4th - August 6th, 2021, Oceanside, California

Wed 8/4: Travel, Registration, Burn Your Own Steak Night (Iron Mike’s, Pacific Views Event Center) 202850, San Jacinto Rd, Oceanside, CA 92058 (5:30pm-10:00pm)

Thurs 8/5: Unit Visits, The Recon Battalion has been very supportive. We will enjoy lunch with the Bn on Thursday and an active-duty Recon Marine will join us at every table.

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OORAH! Arrangements are in process to take our attendees to the rifle ranges for a little trigger time. Stations for specific types of weapons will be manned by a firing instructor. For many of us this will be the first time to fire a military weapon since back in the day.

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Fri 8/6: General Membership Meeting, 1st Reconnaissance Bn Visit, 1st Recon Battalion briefing and static display, dinner and auction;

RECONNERS – BRING YOUR FILTHY LUCRES TO THE 2021 REUNION AND STOCK UP ON YOUR RECON NEEDS!

BELT BUCKLES - $25
 SHIRTS - $25
CHALLENGE COINS - LG $6 ; SM $5


Items unsold will be available by mail following the reunion.


I will also have a very limited number of Certificates of Commendation signed by Commandant Joseph F. Dunsford acknowledging the service of the 1st and 3rd Force Reconnaissance Companies and the 1st and 3rd Reconnaissance Battalions in Vietnam


As always we will be holding our annual auction following the dinner Friday night. The monies from this auction are used to fund the Association as membership dues are not required. Bring your checkbooks to the auction and bid like a drunken sailor. Let us know if you have items to donate for the auction.

Email from Doc, July 27, 2021 5:21 PM

Dave ‘Doc’ Snider

Click Here

My last update to the website before the reunion, will be this Saturday July 31st, 2021 at 4:30pm  I'll be driving to the reunion this year. See you all at the reunion. God willing

This year is the 50th anniversary of 1st Recon and the 1st Marine Division's return from Vietnam and the 30th anniversary of Desert Storm.

2021 Reunion Registration Form

Email from Doc, July 29, 2021 7:07 PM

2021 Reunion update:

  Final preparations are ongoing for the 2021 1st Recon Battalion Assoc. reunion.

 

  The Recon Battalion has been very supportive.  We will enjoy lunch with the Bn on Thursday and an active-duty Recon Marine will join us at every table.

.
 OORAH!  Arrangements are in process to take our attendees to the rifle ranges for a little trigger time. Stations for specific types of weapons will be manned by a firing instructor.  For many of us this will be the first time to fire a military weapon since back in the day.

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Transportation continues to be challenging.   If attendees are not renting automobiles, it is strongly suggested that UBER be considered.

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 Due to COVID all hotels are no longer providing breakfasts.  Plans are to provide ‘Dunkin Doughnuts’ products and coffee in the lobby are

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  A registration desk manned by the First Marine Division Association employees will be set up in the lobby.  All attendees will receive a registration packet including name tag.

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There will be a Harbor Site and conference room available for gatherings.


 

  We will continue to send out more details as they are finalized.

 

Dave ‘Doc’ Snider

New Updates

There will be a Harbor Site and conference room available for gatherings.

RECON BELT BUCKLES - $25

RECON SHIRTS - $25

RECON CHALLENGE COINS - LG $6 ; SM $5

1st Reconnaissance Battalion Reunion

Schedule of Events

 

 Wednesday, 4 August

 11:00-1900 Registration.  Reunion Harborsite - Holiday Inn Oceanside Camp Pendleton 1401 Carmelo Drive, Oceanside, CA .  760 231-7000.

 

1730 – 2000.  Social & dinner, Pacific View Events Center, 202850 San Jacinto Rd, Camp Pendleton, CA 92055.  Shuttle service available.

 

Thursday, 5 August

 0730-0830 Coffee & Donuts

0830 Bus departs Holiday Inn for Las Flores, 41 area.

0900 – 1200 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 41 Area, Camp Pendleton, CA,  Command briefing and weapons and equipment display. 

1200-1300.  Lunch 41 Area Dining Facility.

1300 – 1530  Range 110.  Weapons demonstration & live fire exercise.

1545 Return to harborsite. Free time

 

Friday, 6 August

0730-0830 Coffee & Donuts

0830 Depart Harborsite. 

0930 – 1130 Basic Reconnaissance Course (BRC) Orientation.  52 Area. 

1130-1230 Lunch. School of the Infantry.

1230 Return to Harborsite.

1400-1530 General Membership Meeting. Harborsite.

1730 – 2100 Reunion Dinner. Casual attire.  Shuttle service available.

 

 Saturday, 7 August

 Departure and Travel 

Steve,

Thanks for replying to my email. We will miss you at this years reunion. I'll post your message in our guest book.
Stay safe and maybe I'll see you at the next year's reunion. Take care brother.

Semper fi,
Floyd Ruggles,
Membership Director & Webmaster

On July 30, 2021 2:19 PM 

Name: steven R swift
Address: 3916 W 4th St Tulsa OK 74127
Email: swift1956@yahoo.com
Phone number: (918) 991-1597
Guest Book Message: old broke marine ,, miss the recon bn. if i had the cash , i would be there.
semper fi marines.

On July 30, 2021 1:32 PM modelhawk@aol.com wrote:

Hello Floyd.  Sadly, I will not be able to attend the reunion this year as I have a previously planned work engagement that I am unable to change.  I hope all my Recon brothers have a great reunion.  I’ll be thinking about all of you……..

 

Semper fi; Bill

 

“Let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds,

to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan”

    Abraham Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address

Bill,

Thanks for replying to my email. We will miss you at this years reunion. I'll post your message & Photos on our message board.
Stay safe and maybe I'll see you at the next year's reunion. Take care brother.

Semper fi,
Floyd Ruggles,
Membership Director & Webmaster

Thanks Floyd.  I look forward to next year.  Say hello to Charlie Kershaw and Jim Fossos for me for me. 

Remembering my friends buddies; Mike Smith, Ron Kitzke, Joe Hill and JJ Jones……

 

Cheers; Bill

Bill,

Look forward to seeing you next year. I will say hi to Charlie & Jim for you.

Floyd

Hey!

 

Mike Adams will be arriving at SAN at 10:00 am . on the 4th. He has a rental car lined up and room for someone if needed.

 

His phone # is 630-772-9292.

Last minute emails from members

July 31, 2021 9:27 AM Michael McManus <mmcmanus2128@gmail.com> wrote:


Sir – I appreciate all your work in support of the 1st Recon Bn.  Assoc.  I served in the Bn. In ’65, ’66, ’68 and ’69.  During this time I served in Delta, Alpha and H&S (Housewife) Co.’s.  One email will suffice.  Again, thanks for your service and I hope you have a good time at the reunion.


Semper Fi,

Michael P. McManus

Sgt                 USMC

____

BT

Thanks for the kind words my brother, take care.

Floyd

Greetings Floyd,

I won’t be attending the 1st Recon Battalion Reunion, but wanted to take this opportunity to check-in, say hello and wish my fellow recon marines the very best. Once a Recon Marine, Always a Recon Marine.

Semper Fi,
Dave Ballaine (Capt. USMCR)
Commanding Officer
Alpha Company
1st Recon Bn., Camp Pendleton
1962

July 31st, 2021 12:45pm

Sir,

Thanks for checking in, I appreciate you reply to my email. We will miss you at this year's reunion. Hope to see at next year's reunion. Take care of yourself.

Semper fi,
Floyd Ruggles
1st Recon Battalion Association
Membership Director & Webmaster

Paul,
 
Thanks for the great questions. I could probably answer the questions, (1) I'm sure the Marine Corps has extra ear plugs (2) on the arriving late I've been in that position myself in the past. I would volunteer to pick up your packet, but I'm going to refer these questions on to Charlie Kershaw his email is invictus7@earthlink.net So he can answer them for you. If you don't get and answer to your question soon just give me a jingle at (612) 810-4196 and I'll bring it up in my conference call with Charlie tomorrow. Keep in mind that I'll be on the road tomorrow on my way to Oceanside, so it might be a delay for me to get back to you. I'll see you at the reunion.
 
Floyd

July 31, 2021 1:13 PM Paul Barrett <pgbarret247@att.net> wrote:
 
 
Floyd:

Re schedule of events… a couple of questions…

·         If we arrive after 1900 on Wed evening… How/where do we pick up registration packet?

·         Range time/ live firing … do we need to bring our own ear plugs?

 

S/F

Paul Barrett

1ST RECONNASSAINCE BATTALION

ASSOCIATION

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1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association

4 – 7 August 2021

2021 Reunion

 

Schedule of Events

 

Wednesday, 4 August

1100 – 1900  Registration Reunion

          Harborside Holiday Inn,

          1401 Carmelo Drive, Oceanside CA

          (760)231-7000

                           

1730 – 2000  Social & dinner

          Pacific Views Event Center

          202850 San Jacinto Rd,

          Camp Pendleton CA 92055

          Shuttle service available

 

Thursday, 5 August

0730 – 0830 Coffee & Donuts

0830  Bus departs Holiday Inn for Las Flores, 41 Area

0900 – 1200  1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 41 Area, Camp Pendleton, CA,

          Command briefing and weapons and equipment display

1200 – 1300  Lunch 41 Area Dining Facility

1300 – 1530  Range 110. Weapons demonstration & live fire exercise

1545  Return to Harborside. Free time.

Friday, 6 August

0730 – 0830 Coffee & Donuts

0830  Depart Harborside

0930 – 1130  Basic Reconnaissance Course

          (BRC) Orientation, 52 Area

1130 – 1230  Lunch School of the Infantry

1230  Return to Harborside

1400 – 1530  General Membership Meeting Harborside

1730 – 2100  Reunion Dinner. Casual attire.

          Shuttle service available

 

Saturday, 7 August

Depart and Travel

July 31, 2021 12:10 AM Herman Jonse < herman.jonse@gmail.com> wrote:

Floyd, 

Thanks for the update. I noticed on the schedule of events for Friday, 6 August we depart Harborsite at 0830. No mention of transportation. Is this an over site?   Will transportation be provided to 52 area and SOI or do we hoof it? Be safe driving and see you soon. 

S/F 

Herman

Jul 31, 2021, at 12:47 AM, floyd < floyd@weststpaulantiques.com> wrote:

Herman,

Thanks for the email, Its a work in Progress, I'll check with Charlie Kershaw & David "Doc" Snyder and give you and update on the transportation soon.

Floyd

 July 31, 2021 3:43 PM John Grandusky <grandusky@gmail.com> wrote:


Thanks for the update! Hope to see you at another reunion.

Steve (Sky)

Jul 31, 2021, at 12:48 AM, 

Floyd,

The Association strongly suggests that UBER, LYFT, or rental be used.

S/f
Dave ‘Doc’ Snider

Charlie:

Re schedule of events… a  question…  Floyd suggested I contact you on this one…

If we arrive after 1900 on Wed evening… How/where do we pick up registration packet?

 

S/F

Paul Barrett

Looking forward to it old friend.

Floyd

July 31, 2021 1:12 PM C. Kershaw <invictus7@earthlink.net> wrote:


Floyd and Dave,

The most current reunion schedule is forwarded for posting on our web sites. I will send a reunion update and this schedule to individual registrants.
Thanks for your help getting the word out.
See you in Oceanside.

Semper fi,
Charlie

Charlie,

Thanks for the update. I have a number of questions from members.


Is there a bus to the BRC on Friday or how do they get there.


For members arriving after the registration desk has closed, where and when can they pick up their materials. Will someone be holding them for them so they can get them before the bus leaves Thursday morning.


For people that are driving into Camp Pendleton, what protocols need to be followed, masks? ids? other ??


Do we need to bring our own earplugs.

Can I get a final count/update on a total staying at the hotel and the ones that are coming to the dinner.

What day are we actually have the auction and do we have donations for that?

This is a new question just came in from one of our member. As to covid-19, masks or hand sanitizer is that going be available for members?

Please get back to me ASAP. The last update of the website that I can do before leaving for CA is at 4:30 CDT today.


Semper fi,
Floyd

July 31, 2021 10:57 AM Rick Alvira <stcrispin2006@yahoo.com> wrote:


Outstanding! Thank you. Nice work.

Thanks Rick

"See you all at the reunion. God willing"

Sorry, Floyd, but God ain't willing - can't make the reunion - but will be there in spirit

Fred Vogel
A/1st Recon 7/68 - 2/69

What is the meaning of phrase God willing?
—used to say what one hopes and expects to do or happen if no problems occur We'll be able to move into our new house next week, God willing. God willing, I'll finish my degree this year.

Fred,

Thanks for replying brother hopefully I'll see you at next year's reunion, God Willing

 Floyd

July 31, 2021 9:17 AM Frederick John VOGEL <vogelfj@hotmail.com> wrote:

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1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association members, family and friends:

A Reunion Update and Schedule of Events are provided for your information.

I look forward to seeing you in Oceanside. Stay well and travel safely.

Semper fidelis,

Charlie Kershaw

1 st Reconnaissance Battalion Association Reunion Update

COVID Policy. Mandatory Wearing of Mask aboard Installations. In accordance with SECDEF MEMO dated 28JUL21, MCB CAMPEN, MCAS CAMPEN, MCLB Barstow and MCAS Miramar are considered by the CDC (and DOD) to be in an area of high community transmission of COVID. Until further notice, all Service Members, federal employees, onsite contractor employees, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask in indoor settings onboard the installation (Masks are not required while dining indoors).

Expect further COVID mitigation measures to be put in place by either local commanders or by the SECDEF if COVID numbers continue to rise exponentially as has been experienced in the areas surrounding the installations AND onboard our installations.

If you are unable to accept this mask wearing policy, the Association will refund reunion registration and dinner payments; contact Creg Howland, Association Treasurer.

Weather and Dress. Oceanside/Camp Pendleton weather during the reunion is forecast to be dry, with temperatures in the mid-high 70s. Hydrate. Sun screen and hats are appropriate. Dress comfortably and wear shoes appropriate for walking.

Transportation. Travel from local airports to the Holiday Inn is the individual’s choice. UBER/LYFT and rental cars may be good options. The Association will provide transportation for unit visits on base meals. Member POVs are not recommended for unit visits..

Reunion Events . A reunion schedule of events is attached. Dress casually for the Friday 6 August dinner. Beach attire is not recommended.

Regrets. Wish I could make it to the reunion. Circumstances prevent. (No, I'm not incarcerated 🤡) Have friends and relatives in Carlsbad and Vista and it would really be great, but no can do.

Please give my regards to all of my brothers in arms.

John Reed, HMCM (FMF), USN Retired
Delta 3rd, 09/66 - 09/67

July 31, 2021 1:26 AM jreedsr@charter.net wrote:

See you next year.

Floyd

Charlie,

Thanks for the update. I look forward to seeing you in Oceanside.

Semper fi,

Floyd