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SHIELD OF BLT 3/26

Posted by Sgt Grit Staff
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Shield of BLt 3/26 Shield of BLt 3/26 Shield of BLt 3/26 Shield of BLt 3/26 Shield of BLt 3/26 MGYSGT Blaile sitting on his branch chair Blaile sittting on his branch chair Hill 55 Memorial Service Hill 55 Memorial Service

I was looking through you magazine that I just received and found a patch for 3/26, since I was with BLT 3/26 when it was formed in Dec 1968 at the Rock Crusher on the backside of Danang  the reverse side of the hill that the 3RD MARDIV Headquarters was located and then we went afloat until July or Aug 1969 I am not sure of the month.  One of the GySgt from the battalion rotated to Okie and had this shield made up for those of us that wanted one.  He told me he took it from the old 5th Marine Div logo.  I have attached some pictures of the shield that he had made I got from him when I went through Okie on my back to the states.  Compare it with yours and let me know if you can tell me if my shield is close to the original.  Thanks for your email and catalog.  

P.S. I am also attaching a picture of myself taken while I was on operation Oklahoma Hills in 1969, just thought I would through it in after seeing the picture in this copy of your magazine.  I am sitting in a chair that I made from tree branches and wire from C rations boxes.  There are two of them 1-15-2011-004 and 1-15-011 006, number 004 I am sitting in the chair drinking C ration coffee and 006 is just the chair, hope you get a kick out of them, I have thinking back on what we use to do just to feel normal.

Semper Fi; Joe Blaile MGYSGT (ALWAYS)

P.S. I am also attaching a picture of myself taken while I was
on operation Oklahoma Hills in 1969, just thought I would
through it in after seeing the picture in this copy of your
magazine.  I am sitting in a chair that I made from tree
branches and wire from C rations boxes.  There are two of them
1-15-2011-004 and 1-15-011 006, number 004 I am sitting in the
chair drinking C ration coffee and 006 is just the chair, hope
you get a kick out of them, I have thinking back on what we use
to do just to feel normal.

.....

Per your emails with MGYSGT Joe Blaile regarding BLT 3/26, our
shield and a memorial service.  I am attaching the complete
pamphlet given us at the memorial service on Hill 55 in April of
1969 for operations conducted 13 Jan 1969 thru 23 March 1969 for
the operations listed.  I am sorry I have underlined three of
the names.  I did so on the day of the ceremony not knowing I
would be forwarding this for public consumption forty-one years
later.  All the names on the listing are my brothers but the
ones underlined were my buddies.

Semper Fi,
 
SGT Chuck Bean,
BLT 3/26
RVN 1968-1969.  
 

Comments

  1. Wallace Turner March 12 2012, 12:56 pm

    was also with BLT3/26 exact Mco 3rd plt. I have the same pamplet     The shield is correct.I too have several Buddies in the memorial.      Semper Fi Sgt.Wallace Turner

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