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07/21/11 12:04 AM #1    

 

Verne B. Bell (1965)

Howdy Marines & Corpsmen!

Well, what do you think of the Web Site so far?

Any ideas or comments!

Semper Fi, Gung Ho, & Oorah! Verne Bell


07/22/11 09:02 PM #2    

 

Orlando “Rican 1 "Ramirez (1969)

DID A HELL OF A JOB...SEMPER FI   RICAN 1


07/23/11 10:54 AM #3    

J. Randall “Randy” Cook (1968)

OUTSTANDING SITE!!


07/24/11 05:29 PM #4    

Phil Young (1969)

Verne,  As my senior drill instructor [Gunny Swan] would have said...."absofrickin'outstanding"!  He did not say that very often but when he did i sure perked up. 

  I sent you an email and a suggestion and i'll ask the other guys what they think.  A "Coffee club" where we could click on every morning and share our lives/stories with each other.  I know i'd enjoy it. 

 

  Hi there Rican and Randy...just to let you know, i'm still racked with emotion about meeting so many of the Marines i served with.  Many  holes were filled in for me and i'll continue to work on advancing my knowledge of where i was and what was going on.  

 

  Take care men...i'll be checking in often.....Phil


07/26/11 05:14 AM #5    

Phil Young (1969)

   A nice cool 68 degrees and overcast this morning.  Perfect for going fishing.  Anyone want to come along?


08/04/11 12:14 PM #6    

 

Verne B. Bell (1965)

Howdy Marine!

I'll go fishing with you up there!

Down here, we don't need skillets and cooking sources.

Just pull them out of the water and throw them on a rock!  Yesterday it was 109 here in the shade! 


08/07/11 09:11 AM #7    

 

Chester (Chet) Stanger (1968)

In response to the tragic loss of a number of Seal Team Six members, it is incumbent of us to remember the price paid by all members of our military family for America's freedoms, and that for those of us that fought for them, there's a flavor few will ever know, much less appreciate. . . .

“The circle of life begins at home midst family, then sometimes it ends away from home, but still in midst of family, now called friends. They were as much my brothers as if we shared the same last name. I couldn’t have loved them more.” Jerry McConnell—First Marine Division, First Marine Regiment, 3rd Battalion, K Company

Nor could I. . . .Semper Fi.


08/07/11 03:10 PM #8    

 

John N. Covanes (1968)

For those of you that have not seen this, here's  something to think about and share with others.

God’s Marine

The Marine stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass,
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, you Marine,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"
The Marine squared his shoulders and
said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep,

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here,
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod,
As the Marine waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
 

"Step forward now, you Marine,
You've borne your burdens well,
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

SEMPER FI   John Covanes


08/09/11 12:04 PM #9    

Willis "Ray" Chapman (1965)

Super job Verne, the site looks great. I have a question.

Is there a place for us to put the fallen Marines that lost their life while serving in 1/7 in Vietnam?

I see "In Memory" but that seems to be the Marines that dided after leaving the country.

Thanks

Ray

ray@raychapman.com

A Co 1st Bn 7th Marines

Nov 1965 to May 1966

 


08/19/11 10:32 AM #10    

Tom Mundy (1967)

great job thanks for your time and effort as the word gets around it will grow and grow.tj mundy A 1/7 1967


09/30/11 08:07 AM #11    

Phil Young (1969)

Good morning Marines!!!!    It's been a while since i posted because i've spent the summer in the adirondacks at camp with our two grandsons.  Sheer pleasure as i know you all understand what grandkids do to you.

      I've put in some time searching for the pilot of the huey that medivaced me to no avail but have met with a friend who was in the 196th LIB from where it came.  He told me that the "Sargent" that was piloting it really was a sargent.  He said that very often the maintenance crew would do repairs and then take them out for test runs and even do some missions and record it as a test of their repair work.  He said most of this was done with Loaches and sometimes hueys.  I'll keep searching. 

      My next trip is to California where we will visit Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, and the Sequoia National Parks.  It is our goal to visit as many National Parks as possible in our lifetimes. They are a great gift and i hope you are taking advantage of them as we are. 

     Life is good and i hope it is for you too!  Take care Marines.....Phil Young

P.S.   Hey Doc Joe...give us a report on that fishing trip you went on.....


11/10/11 06:43 AM #12    

 

Joe Windsor (1966)

       Happy Birthday

           Marines  !!

   Semper Fidelis Grunts !

 

 


12/06/11 08:25 PM #13    

Frank Hernandez Del Rio (1968)

Just wanted to remind everyone of our great losses during Operation Meade River.It was today that started the battle and we recieved the most causualties,but it continued until we finished the job.I still remember the fight and my fallen brothers.

SEMPER  FI.


12/26/11 04:30 PM #14    

 

Dan Hernandez (1969)

Does anyone know the name of the guy we called "Daffy"? He was 1st squad, 1st platoon in early 1969.


02/09/12 03:59 PM #15    

 

Lenny D. Fetterman Cpl (1965)

Fellow Marines,

I have an extra copy of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, First Battalion, Regimental Honor Platoon 164, San Diego, CA.  1962

I am seeking a copy (or scans of) the Cruise Book from my tour 65-66 in Vietnam.

1st Battalion 7th Marines USMC Cruise Book 1965 - 1966

If you are interested in this book, please contact me.  Likewise, if you can help me with the cruise book (that I paid for back in the day...and never received) please contact me too!

Lenny Fetterman

lenny@toledovietnamvets.com

 

 

 

 


02/13/12 09:54 AM #16    

Mike Riley (1966)

The Website is Outstanding !  Alpha Company must have moved alot.  Don't see any photos I recognize from 1/67 - 4/67 on the Hill next to Tan Hy village on the Song Tra Bong.  I went back there on a tour in '07.  Lots more hootches at the base of the hill. Each hootch has one light bulb.   A CONCRETE BRIDGE ACROSS the river now and a paved highway.

 

Electricity to the Hootches !


05/13/12 11:17 PM #17    

Tom Mundy (1967)

outstanding marine  nice job


06/18/12 05:29 PM #18    

Richard Anderson (1969)

Saying ya teh hey (Weno, Hello) from Navajo Res. eastern side of Navajo, near Mt. Taylor.  Just wanted to thank you (WPage) I found my bro/friend I spend with in A 1/7 1st mar. FMF. 

Been on H 55, liberyt road, Arz Territory, Mosquito valley.LZ ross, Mtn 965, etc.  Spend most of time in bush, much safer.  In early phase of Vietnamzation.

Total 9 months, out by Nixon early out.  Came back on USS New Orleans.  This was more damming coming home on a ship.  Didn't wink an eye all through travel on ocean.

Was cutting hair on ship for tips.  Made close cut to ears on one sailor and my hair cutting hair career was over.

Came home and let go on leave for weekend.  Got thrown in by MP in San Diego, for pissing on sailors.  Arrested at the zoo for trying to climb lion den with a fifth of Seagram 7.  What a memory1  It hurts and at times and a joy at times!

Thanks a millon for finding my buddy.  Let their be beauty around you and W/site.

Take care: RA


09/05/12 11:20 AM #19    

Frank Hernandez Del Rio (1968)

Hello my brothers wishing all the best of health just returned from visiting our Marine Museum,and noticed while walking around the path that there were monuments honoring units found one for Echo Co. 2/7 and Golf Co. 3/there was a 7 Marine one ,but no 1/7 or Alpha Co..The monuments honored our brothers who never returned by listing their names would like to propose an idea that we as survivors of Alpha Co.raise enough money to have one erected in honor of our brothers have no idea how much it would cost nor who to contact about it at this time.

If anyone has information about how to do this or who to contact please let us know.

 

Semper Fi


11/05/12 08:08 AM #20    

Elmer Sangster (1968)

Verne:

Just met with Chris Albright this past week, he was a good friend with Kirk Skinner who was KIA 12/7/68.

He is listed as a "missing classmate", and is unaware this website, he awaits your invitation a chrisalbright@cox.net.

 

Thanks


08/10/13 07:41 PM #21    

Calixto A Cabrera (1969)

Vern, Nice job marine.  Have a question.  There is a name Pete Straface when I pull up Notify nme and message center.  I cannot click on the name as it is not a link.  I served with him.  He was Alpha 2 radio man.  I would love to contact him but there is no info.  Do you have any sugestions?  Calixto


02/03/17 09:24 AM #22    

Rick Roth (1969)

Rick Roth 1969

I got assigned to Alpha Company 1/7 in early January 1969.  As I recall we were on hill 55 at the time.  Not long after I arrived, we conducted a small exercise off hill 55 by walking down the road, accross the bridge and into the bush.  I think we were only out a day or two.  I am sure it was my first night camping in the bush.  In addition to us, we had two tanks.  Early in the morning a sniper opened fire on us and the tank guys cut loose with thier 50's.

A short time later, possibly a month or two we were on a daylight patrol, again off hill 55 and with us was our patoon sarget.  There was a marine walking point and I was just behind him as we walked along a small path with a high hedgerow on out left.  Only one shot rang out from a sniper, but the one shot hit the pointman.  As we ran for cover, I pushed the point man through an opening in the hedge row and immediately started to return fire.  The platoon sarget attended to the pointmans wounds.  After only a few minutes, the sarget told me he was dead and we called for a routine medivac.

 

I need to fing out that marines name who was killed.  Does anyone recall the action that day in March/April of 1969.  I am just guessing on the time frame.


02/03/17 03:19 PM #23    

Tom Mundy (1967)

go to the 1/7 kia list on this site and zero in on the aprox. date he was killed and see if you can ind him tj mundy a 1/7 67


02/04/17 10:29 AM #24    

J. Randall “Randy” Cook (1968)

PFC Frankie B. McDaniel March 26, 1969
PFC Claude James Owens

March 26, 1969


10/15/17 10:22 AM #25    

Frank Hernandez Del Rio (1968)

Briefly spoke to Orlando (Rican 55) Ramirez yesterday when he called me.He advised that he and his family are all ok,but are still out of water and power.Roads are still closed.He is sending his family to the states but he's staying behind to hold the "HILL". He called via his cell but it was a very bad connection.Could barely understand him,besides his normal speech.So if you call him don't expect to reach him right away.Leave a message and he'll call you back.

Stay Safe My Friends                                                                                                                                                          

SEMPER FI

FRANK


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