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1st Radio Battalion Vietnam Reunion

1st Radio Battalion Vietnam Reunion Admin |

At one time, these ‘young’ Marines were all members of 1st Radio Battalion, most served in either Kaneohe Bay or Vietnam or both.

We just finished our 2016 1st Radio Battalion Reunion in San Diego, and a great time was had by all. Of course, we visited MCRD San Diego.

We will be having our 2017 Reunion on the East Coast and another Radio Battalion Cruise is in ‘the works’.

More Marines of 1st Radio Bn Vietnam

Semper Fi, Don.

R. J. Zike
Former SSgt of Marines


Joined 1st Radio BN. April 1967 in Hawaii. Deployed to Da Nang June 1968 1st Radio BN. Until July 1969. Next to 2nd. Radio BN. Camp Lejeune until April 1970. Sargent Larry Megert. 1341 heavy equipment mechanic.

larry megert,

Its been so long. Went to Vietnam Aug 3rd 1967. Went to Khe Sanh from hill 327. After a few months, sent to Camp Carroll. CO Gray promoted me to Sgt. After a few months, I was sent to Dong Ha. On to C1. Back to Dong Ha. Ammo dump blown up. Rockets hit the bunker I was in. Another day, hootch hit by rocket. Sadly, I can see faces, but not remember Names.

Earl F Cox (Frank),

I was stationed in DaNang nov 69 to dec 18th 1970.I was the supply sgt for H & S company at that time. I delivered various supplies to outposts located in I corps.On TWS together we served on my profile i have many pics of the locations. Prior to I served at Naval Security Station on Nebraska Ave in Wash DC.

Bill K Trimmer,

I joined 1 RAD in August 63, one month before name changed from 1st Composite Radio Company to 1st Radio Company. Deployed to Phu Bai January 64 as Detachment Alfa, and 1st Radio Co became 1st Radio Bn while we were deployed. Det Alfa returned to Kaneohe piecemeal in Apr/May 64. Maj. Gray (I thought he was already a major by then) had our relief detachment deployed with the reinforced platoon mentioned by Marion Wright to Khe Sanh for about 2-3 weeks, with the other part of the detachment in Danang. Gray actually mentions this, although without referencing what they were doing, in a book called Valley of Decision. I went back to K-Bay in late May, then back to Phu Bai in Jan/Feb 65 as part of Co. “L” MarSptBn for the full tour, along with several other members of the former Detachment Alfa. 1 RAD deployed other subunits to various locations with the 9th MEF, and we connected with a few of them around Phu Bai.

Richard Permenter,

I was with 1st radio at KMCAS from 11/70 – 8/72, sub-unit 2 until the full battalion returned from Vietnam. I was a 2577/2571, but the ops unit wasn’t really doing anything other than PMing equipment, so when the equipment started coming back from Vietnam it was in terrible shape and they discovered I had an associate degree in electronics engineering technology, so they reassigned me to EM for the duration of my tour. I was in a small contingent deployed to Danang during the Easter Offensive in ‘72.

Don whiteley,

My first tour in Vietnam was in May 1965 I deployed the two 1st ANGLICO Shore Fire Control Parties and after about five days we also were administratively attached to Naval Advisory Team One at Danang ,and Operational Control to COMUSMACV in Saigon. I also served under General A.M. Gray when he was the G-3 of 2nd MARDIV and bumped into him many times the last on Christmas 1990 in Saudi Arabia when he was CMC


I was also a young man during my tours in Vietnam and my only contact with 1st Radio Battalion was when a Marine would come into the FSCC potion of the COC with nothing more then a grid coordinate and tell me if you fire on this grid you will get something, and I could not just send a grid to a firing unit and expect them to respond without target information. Maybe we all learned a little bit more since then. Hope you had a great reunion and many more.


Kinda late responding, but I was with you there from 76 throug 78. Still remember you, also. Hope you are well acclimated in the civilian world.

Fulton (Rick) Loftis,

I was with 1st RadBn at Kaneohe Bay in 66/67. Sent to Vietnam 67 set up ops at Khe Sanh summer of 67. I moved to Camp Carroll first of 68 to work PRD1.

Gysgt James Ochenrider,

1stSgt Snowman I was there as well as the Company Clerk and Supply Sergeant Col Moss is retired here in Virginia and I see him on and off during the year. Actually the last time we spoke he mentioned you and asked if I had any idea where you were contact me at Semper Fidelis Mike Yule MGYSGT ret

Mike Yule,

was in hosipial bed. i was almost gone. a friend came to see me. he told me to get up and walk around. i had a bag tied to my foot. there was a hole in the heel of my foot. looked like water in the bag. cannot know where i was at. cant remember where i was going.was a lot of memories that were in my head. was lying on a quireey. was a man close to me . he was on a quirnty. was trying to get lose. said he was going to kill me. he was trying his best to get lose. could see small gray buses out at a distance. was laying down on the ground. looking down in a hollow. could see a small hole. looked like people were going down the hole.we got up off the ground, could remember that my clothes seemed to be rotten. seemed like i had gotten on a real large jet airplane. was getting on the tail of the jet. passed out or something. cant remember getting off. ithought i was a pow at one time. was in a lot of hosiptals or though they were. can also remember going in sometime in march 1973. stayed till june 20 1973. whent in jan. 6 or 7, 1972. general said i was phyically damaged under honable connidentions. thank you marines for getting me home.

jerry powers,

I was with K company Third Battalion Third Marines in 1964. The first platoon, reinforced was selected to serve as security for First Radio when we relieved another Third Battalion platoon in July 1964 at Danang compound. We were under the command of Captain Alfred M Gray (later became Commandant of Marine Corps). First Radio and First Platoon were designated ” Advisory Team One” which became the first Marine unit to conduct independent operations in the Republic of Viet Nam.

Marion F Wright,

I was in 1st Radio Bn from 1975 to 24 April 1979, 1st Sgt Company A and H&S Company. CO in Company A was Maj Mike Moss. Any Marines from that time frame would be great to hear from. E.R.Snowman 1stSgt U.S.M.C. Retired.

Randy Snowman,

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