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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.



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 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.


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.

I found out his name. It was William Dillion. He died in 2016. 

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





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)


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



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    

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                                                                                                                                                          



10/22/19 11:53 AM #26    

Donald G. Dedmon (1969)

Rick Stanford posted looking for members of Alpha CUPP , I served with A CUPP 1ST platoon from begining tillaugust 1970 , know a few members that are still


11/10/21 09:42 AM #27    

Gary S. Rigo (1968)

Happy 246 B-Day to all my U.S. Marine Combat Brothers past & present! Semper Fi & Oorah!

Hope everyone is well!


05/21/22 10:39 AM #28    

Larry Lamb (1969)

Just asking, were we authorized the PUC in 1969-70?

05/22/22 09:34 AM #29    

Tom Hurley (1967)

Larry if you go to tap on the eagle.  Then tap on the 1st Battalon then tap Btl honors.

From what I saw to answer you question NO. none were award to 1-7 during 69-70.Hope this help.

Tom Hurley

05/22/22 11:41 AM #30    

Michael Coe (1968)

Unit awards:

Mickey Coe Jan 68-Feb 69 with a couple of hospital breaks for fun.

05/22/22 04:10 PM #31    

Michael Kuklenski

You were our "Doc" 


You were lean and green

Fresh to our unit

Brash, bold and bragging

Pushing tyourself to the limit.


We were Marines

With our own swagger

You were FMF

New to our banter


You were against eh war

And refused a weapon to carry

Once we understood

We knew you weren't Navy


You carried more med bags

And knew what to do 

We carried more ammo

To help get us all through


You didn't know our names

Didn't know our faces

In war one turns a blind eye

To the many races


You were with us

In the darkness of a firs fight

We were under siege

Hoping our reactions were right


You were injured more than once

With no one to render you aid

We kept trying to kill

While you contined to save


You did the best you could

Words won't erase your pain

Afew marines didn't make it

But you weren't to blame


Thanks "Doc"


Written by HM3 Michael Kuklenski  FMF Corpsman with Alpha Company 1/7 May 1, 1969 - May 29, 1969.   Semper fi. 

05/30/22 11:35 AM #32    

Gary S. Rigo (1968)

RIP all the U.S. Marine Combat Brothers from A 1/7 some during Our War and some later. We will never forget!



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