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New Information of the Alpha/1/7/VN Reunion for 2015!
From: Ronald PERRY E-Mail: email@example.comThe initial contract has been signed for the 2015 A17 Reunion.
Date: May 14-17, 2015.
Location: Orlando,FL. Hotel: SpringHill Suites at the
Marriott Village, Lake Buena Vista, FL.
More extensive Itinerary will be coming shortly!
Link on left above will be location of all new information!
At our last reunion 2013 in DC the members voted to come to Florida in 2015 for Alpha Co. reunion. I am in process of setting it up, it is time. As long as members want to come to Fl. I am happy to set it up. John Barber
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How many A/1/7/VN Marines & Docs would like to go to Florida and have maybe our last individual Reunion?
To all my brothers in Alpha Co.
"Never forgotten" this day in 1968 we lost a hero, friend, and fellow Marine, a member of 1st squad guns. Roger was killed in action on Operation Allenbrook May 16th,1968. As a member of my squad he was loyal to the end. When Roger died he had a daughter he never got to see. In recent years we have E-Mailed each other and have met twice. By her permission, she told me I could use her E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Her desire is to meet more of those who knew Roger and fought along side of her father. Candance has a beautiful family and two sons. It would be awesome if you,who knew him, would email her and tell her about the father she never met. God Bless and Semper Fi.
Sgt David Navarro Alpha 1st Squad Guns
Received this a while back. Lost it in the trash.
I was with 3/7 for 13 months and then extended for CAP. My first one was Lima 4, which I guess was L-4 when it was established. It was located on a hill called Doddy Hill south of Chu Lai and on the south the south side of the river. The village located below the hill was Son Tra..I would like to hear from anyone who was there or knows the history of that hill and later CAP. BTW-Great web site! S/F...Rob
Received this from Dave Sullivan who has been researching A/1/7/VN and preparing to publish his findings.
He has received a request from Marine Sgt. Kred Ratliff's Sister for info or talk to anyone who was with him.
The account of Alpha, 1/7, in Op Meade River is nearly finished and I expect publication in the fall 2014 issue of the journal of the Company of Military Historians. A late respondent to the many queries sent via e-mail resulted in one from Sgt Fred Ratliff's sister Laura, who says, "she has been waiting all her life to talk with someone who served with him." Fred was with the 1st Platoon when he was killed in action, 7 December 1968. If any Marines from the first are willing to contact Fred's sister, please let me know and I'll send you her e-mail, telephone number, and mailing address. Please post that portion of Laura's plea to the appropriate portion of the website so those from first platoon will see it. Thanks, Dave Sullivan
I am completing research for a book that seeks to remind people of the human face of the Vietnam War. I am focusing on the period of late May and early June 1969 and the servicemen and women killed during that period. These include the men who were pictured in the Life Magazine issue of June 27, 1969, “The Faces of the American Dead in Vietnam. One Week’s Toll.” Alpha Company 1/7 Marines were in the middle of much of the heavy fighting. I am interested in hearing from anyone who served in Vietnam at that time, with a particular interest in those who may have been in those units that suffered casualties, and from family and friends who knew the deceased. I am a Marine veteran and a historian who served as president of Dartmouth College from 1998 to 2009. In 2012 I published the book "Those Who Have Borne the Battle": A History of America’s Wars and Those Who Fought Them. I was one of the speakers at the Wall on Veterans Day 2009. I serve on the Leadership Committee for The Education Center at the Wall and on the board of the Semper Fi Fund.
Semper fi Jim Wright
Howdy Marines & Docs!
Marine Mickey has some Alpha Company coins left from this last Reunion for $10. This includes mailing!
To all Marines who served in Operation Meade River and remember Jimmy Biggs:
*BIGGS, JIMMY D. (KIA)
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jimmy D. Biggs (2451993), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Fire Team Leader with Company A, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. Shortly after midnight on 7 December 1968, Private First Class Biggs was occupying a listening post in Quang Nam Province when he alertly observed two North Vietnamese Army squads advancing toward his company's position. Realizing the enemy's intent, he quickly led his men in directing a heavy volume of fire on the advancing hostile force, killing several of the attackers and forcing the remaining soldiers to retreat in panic and confusion. Subsequently, the following morning, he was leading his squad back to the scene of the evening's battle when the Marines came under intense enemy machine gun fire and sustained several casualties. Observing his mortally wounded squad leader among the injured, Private First Class Biggs unhesitatingly took command of his unit, and rapidly establishing a defensive perimeter, he coordinated the extraction of casualties while continually appraising the platoon commander of the tactical situation. As Company A resumed its advance, the Marines again came under heavy North Vietnamese machine gun fire, and quickly pinpointing a hostile emplacement, Private First Class Biggs fearlessly assaulted the enemy soldiers. Ignoring the enemy rounds impacting near him, he had boldly advanced to within ten meters of the North Vietnamese machine gun when Private First Class Biggs was mortally wounded by the intense enemy fire. His daring initiative and heroic efforts inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty, Private First Class Biggs upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri
And two more:
*PHIPPS, LANNY W. (KIA)
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Lanny W. Phipps (2255099), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 7, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Phipps upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Rutherford, New Jersey
*RATLIFF, FRED A. (KIA)
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Fred A. Ratliff (2015147), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 7, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Ratliff upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Denver, Colorado
I am looking for information on the activities of "A" CUPP 1/7 January to August 1970. Former CUPP Marines are organizing a reunion and want to locate as many Marines as possible who were in "A" 1/7 or "G" 2/5 who were in the program.
Just back from the reunion in DC. Special thanks to Mickey Coe for a great time. The Marine Museum, 8th and I parade, Iwo Jima Memorial and the WALL. Mickey did a great job of putting this all together. Thanks again Mickey.
Tom Hurley and family
Howdy Marines & Docs!
Received the following E-Mail Request from the Present C.O. of Alpha/1/7 stationed at 29 Stumps!
Here is your chance to talk to or contact these young Marines who are carrying on the traditions that we all added to the Alpha/1/7 story!
I am the current commander of A/1/7 here at MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms. I have been researching the history of the company and would like to see what, if anything, we could arrange for current members of the company to meet veterans and to hear the combat history of the company. It would be great to begin a correspondence with you and any veterans of Alpha here in the Southern California area.
Thanks, Semper Fidelis.
Happy Birthday! Marines. I will never forget serving as a corpsman with Alpha 1/7. Figured it out this morning that out of 20 years in the Navy, 5 years were served with the Marines! SemperFi!
Howdy Marines & Docs! I know four men whe served in A 1/7 from 66' - 67'. Can I forward this reunion info to them, so they can attend? (Yes) Also ... one of these men is a filmmaker, and made a movie about his experience. It was released in 2007, and is titled: Taking the Hill: A Warrior's Journey Home. It would be my pleasure to mail you free copies of the DVD movie. It contains in-depth interviews of several A 1/7 veterans, from the 66-67 era. The policy of the filmmaker, is to provide free copies of this film to veterans. How many would you like? It would be our pleasure to send these to you. With kind regards, Marv Sauer Orange, CA 714-633-2427.