Alpha Company

3rd Reconnaissance Battalion

United States Marine Corps

Vietnam 1965-1969


Company Flag Used In Vietnam

Updated Jun 9 2015

Alpha Company 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion has a very long and honored legacy. Its roots lie with the formation of Company E Scouts, 3rd Tank Battalion, on 16 September1942 as part of the newly created 3rd Marine Division. During W.W.II early 3rd Reconnaissance Marines distinguished themselves at Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Guam, and Iwo Jima. This gallery will honor those Recon Marines from Alpha Company that carried on the traditions of our Founding Fathers during the Vietnam War.

The entire company was deployed in Vietnam from 7 May 1965 until 7 October 1969 however many smaller deployments from the company were in country and offshore as early as 1961. During 1964 Alpha Company was assigned airstrip perimeter duty at Danang during a time of the rapid buildup of U.S. Military Forces in Southeast Asia. Alpha Company was deployed in the areas of Chu Lai, Danang, Phu Bai, Dong Ha, Khe Sanh, and Quang Tri.

During the Vietnam War Alpha Company Marines were awarded one Medal of Honor, five Navy Cross's, twenty Silver Stars, scores of Bronze Stars, and a unknown number of Purple Hearts that surely total several hundred. Approximately 650 Marines served in Alpha between 1965 and 1969 with 55 Gallant Marines Killed In Action.

Over time this gallery will record our legacy with documents, photographs, personal memories of patrols and operations by those who served, and remembrances in an effort to preserve our history.


Alpha Recon Association


Serving Our Marines since 1989

If you served with Alpha Company 3rd Recon Battalion during the Vietnam War and you have not heard from us, or if you have not received a mailing in years, we probably lost you somewhere along the way with a bad address. In any event please contact us. Our purpose is to locate everyone who served and to reunite those that spent the defining times of their lives together.  

Contact Us

Message Board


"Current News"

Our next reunion originally scheduled for Quanitco 2015 has been changed. New info will be posted as soon as it is known

Fred Murray Reunion Chairman


Resolution for Granting Financial Assistance see Company Office for details (new 01.04.14


Team Striker Members Returned Home 0n 06.04.13

The Alpha Recon Association is very pleased to announce that two members of Team Striker have been returned home and identified. For complete information on this loss go to

The names of two of our missing from this patrol are Cpl Merlin Allen from Bayfield Wisconsin and HM Michael Judd from Cleveland Ohio. Their remains are now in Hawaii at JPAC headquarters.

Merlin Allens Memorial Service was June 29 at Bayfield Wisconsin.

Michael Judds was July 15 at Arlington National Cemetery.


Info / Photos of Allens and Judds Memorial Services will be available soon


Company Office  

New Page 12.30.13

New Orleans 2012 Reunion

New Page 01.01.14

 Reunion 2010 After Action Report

Message Board

 Photo Gallery

Team Striker Excavation 2002 

The Return of Team Breaker 2005

JTFFA Search Report : Ronald Lee Longanecker MIA 08July 1966 

Those That Served    Updated 9 Jun 2015

Historical Pages

Northern I Corps Maps

In Our Memory

Personal Remembrances




 Fidelis Certa Merces

(This Latin Phrase Appears On USMC Honorable Discharge Certificates)

 "To The Faithful There Is Just Reward"

This Web Site is maintained by the Alpha Recon Association, a combat Viet-Nam Veterans group that served in Alpha Company 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, USMC 1965-69.

 We hope you enjoy your visit - check back often.


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