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•   Donald J. Wright  9/14
•   Anastacio Y. Herrera (1969)  8/26
•   Karl Dahlberg (1967)  8/25
•   Willis "Ray" Chapman (1965)  8/23
•   Mike Skorich (1966)  8/6
•   Joe Walker (1967)  7/8
•   Dave Macedonia  6/5
•   David Navarro, Sgt (1967)  5/2
•   Ed (Robert Edward) Littlefield (1967)  4/19
•   Joe Markow (1968)  4/8
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       Welcome to the new home of Alpha, 1st Bn, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, while deployed to Viet Nam.

This Site will be of

 A/1/7 from 1965 through 1970, while in Country.

 

    Please be advised that where ever the Site says Classmates,

it means Marines &/or Corpsmen.

      Also, when it says Year of Graduation or Year of Class,    We mean First Year in Country while attached or in support of Alpha 1/7!

  This Site will be constantly under construction as we/you continue to add information/pictures pertaining to your tour of duty with Alpha 1/7, to include supporting arms!

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We are finally getting the acknowledgement for our service in Viet Nam!

     Because of us, our younger Brothers In Arms are being Thanked and not spit on when they get home!

You will appreciate and understand Marine Gen. Zinni’s presentation.  There’s only 1/3 of us Vietnam Era Marines left now.

http://player.vimeo.com/video/38356372?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0

 

Check the New Link to your left "New PTSD Info"!

2015 Reunion Photos - Link is now open on left column

2017 Reunion Info - Link is now open on left column

May 17th-21st, 2017 at El Tropocana Riverwalk,

San Antonio, Texas

 

Link on left above will be location of all new information!

Site Created: 7/13/2011

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

From:  Richard Ellenberger
Email:  ellenrib@live.com
For Year:  1969


I wasn't a member of Alpha 1/7 but I was in H&S 1/7. Is there any way I could get a posting I'd like to have saying anyone who knew or served with LCpl John Rackhaus, joined company 4/15/1969 and was KIA on 11/16/1969, please contact me at my e-mail address.

Just received this in, in response to Maj. Haga's E-Mail!

From:  Michael KUKLENSKI
Email:  michaelkuklenski@yahoo.com
For Year:  1969


FYI: I was the lone corpsman (initially) when the firefight began. You, Walter Hunziger and Shawn Lee recommended me for the Silver Star, only to have it down-graded to a Bronze Star by Major General Ormond Simpson. When Brig. Gen. Robertson presented me with the Bronze Star he told me the award was not right (due to after accident report and citation). I should find a way to get it 'upgraded' at least back to a Silver Star. Long story short, several months after returning from Vietnam, Secretary of Navy (John Chafee) approved awarding me the Silver Star!

Howdy Marines & Docs!

Received this a while back!  Hope to start getting caught up on responses

I am Major Gene H. Haga retired. Rank only for history. I haven't met you, but I was platoon leader of 3rd platoon Charlie Company 1/7 Feb69 to sometime in Jun or Jul 69. Rackhaus was in the 3rd Platoon. SSgt John C. Little was platoon Sgt. He has passed away due to cancer a couple of years ago. I believe Rackhaus' service number was 2471130.
 

John P. Rackhaus received the Silver Star Medal for action on 29 May 1969.  I was platoon Ldr in this action and wounded so didn't know about John's medal until now. Looked his name up on Internet. He was a PFC then but a LCPL when he passed.

John P. Rackhaus

Date of birth: July 21, 1949
Date of death: November 16, 1969
Home of record: Marshall Illinois

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lance Corporal John P. Rackhaus (MCSN: 2471130), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Rifleman with Company A, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. Late on the night of 29 May 1969, Private First Class Rackhaus' platoon was occupying an ambush site along a trail in Quang Nam Province approximately 500 meters from the company command post. Suddenly, an estimated North Vietnamese Army company utilizing rocket--propelled grenades, small arms, and automatic weapons launched a determined attack from three sides against the outnumbered Marines. When his sector of the platoon's defensive position was attacked, Private First Class Rackhaus joined in delivering such a heavy volume of return fire that the enemy advance was halted. Observing a wounded Marine fall in front of the enemy, he completely disregarded his own safety as he boldly left his position to assist the injured man. Although wounded in one hand by hostile fire, which rendered it nearly useless, he ignored his painful injury as he resolutely continued to move toward the wounded Marine. As he reached his comrade, he was confronted with four enemy soldiers and, reacting instantly, accurately fired his M-16 rifle and killed all four North Vietnamese. Undaunted by the hostile rounds impacting around him, Private First Class Rackhaus used his one good hand to pull the wounded Marine to a casualty collection point. Alertly observing one of the injured men stop breathing, he immediately applied mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and successfully revived the Marine. During the remainder of the fierce fire fight, Private First Class Rackhaus assisted in treating the casualties until reinforcements and medical evacuation helicopters arrived. His heroic actions inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the defeat of the enemy force. By his courage, bold initiative and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Private First Class Rackhaus upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: May 29, 1969
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Lance Corporal
Company: Alpha Company, 1st Bn, 7th Marines, 1st MarDiv

Howdy Marines & Docs!

Another one that I missed!  Sorry to all!

From: 

Widow,Sheree Evans

Email: 

evasher6@cebridge.net

For Year: 

1968

My husband, ET- Evens- served in Vietnam 1968-69-his nickname was Gomer- he was assign in this unit-Mortar Man -Ben Hoa-search & destroy-wondering if anyone can remember him- www.salem-news.com/articles/february182011/Edward-evans-tk.php thank you! Peace & Good Will!

https://youtu.be/_rfKscdaNqA  Agent Orange Information & Book by Sheree Evans.

Doc Pardue, you posted a request for scholarship information for children/grandchildren of Roger Jones. Check with the 1st Marine Division Association. I tried to send you an email but it was rejected
Nat Holmes

From:  Dana Zuber
Email:  Bandana60@me.com
For Year:  1969

Anyone who served on hill 10 with David Banks. He and I went in under the 120 day delay program. He was injured on April 18th, 1969.  Would like to get information on my best friend that I joined the Corps with. 

Robert Joseph Smith
Private First Class
A CO, 1ST BN, 7TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV, III MAF
United States Marine Corps
Columbus, Georgia
August 04, 1948 to August 26, 1968
(Incident Date August 05, 1968)
ROBERT J SMITH is on the Wall at Panel W46, Line 34

Howdy Marines & Docs!

Received this a while back!  Sorry for not being more prompt on corrospondance.  Health problems, getting old in one's old age!

From:  R. W. Stearns
Email:  rwret0112@cfl.rr.com

Looking for any Marine who served in the 2nd PLt A/1/7 1st Div during the year 1969. More specifically November 69. Anyone who knew Cyril (Cy) Townley L/cpl. Cy was KIA 12, 13Nov69. Thank You. RWStearns 

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: candiceg1@cox.net.  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.

From:  Robert Holm
Email:  vietnam.marine@gmail.com


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.

If you would like to help, contact Dave.

  dsulli7875@aol.com

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

 

From:  Jim Wright
Email:  Wright.vietnam.study@dartmouth.edu

 

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!

Send money to:

Mickey Coe at: 3900 Fairfax Drive Apt #1007 Arlington, VA 22203  Thanks, Mickey   

Let him know by E-Mail if you want one:  mickey644@gmail.com

To all Marines who served in Operation Meade River and remember Jimmy Biggs:

*BIGGS, JIMMY D. (KIA)
Citation:
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)
Synopsis:
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)
Synopsis:
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

 

From:  Charles Stanford
Email:  stanford-rick@comcast.net

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!

 

From:  Lonnie Wilson
Email:  wilsonlonnie@gmail.com

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.