Alpha Company

3rd Reconnaissance Battalion

United States Marine Corps

Vietnam 1965-1969


Company Flag Used In Vietnam

Updated July 25 2015

/Volumes/USB20FD/Alpha Web Main/index_files/image007.jpgAlpha 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 an 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.  

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“Warning Order Reunion 2016”

Update 07.25.15




Plans are progressing on our next reunion June 8,9,10 in Arlington VA, at the Best Western Hotel, Arlington, VA. This is the same hotel we have stayed at when we gathered to honor the return of the Breaker Patrol at Arlington Cemetery. The hotel contract has been finalized with a very good rate of $140 per night plus taxes. Negotiations took place for over two months to get this rate. The DC area is very expensive and we are pleased to land this room rate.


Further we are working on a luncheon buffet and also attending the Sunset Parade at Marine Barracks 8th and I. Time will be available for visits to the Marine Corps Museum and other DC venues, Thursday, on individual choice basis. On a previous stay at this hotel car pools worked very well. Bus transportation is extremely expensive in the DC area and we are working on buses to the Sunset Parade but not to Quantico.


Additional information will follow as it has becomes available so mark your calendars!

Fred Murray Reunion Chairman


A little housekeeping - please keep in touch with any changes of address, email and phone. I am requesting if your address etc. has changed in the last two years please let us know. We do not want to loose track of you with a bad address return.


I can be reached at this email 


Just recently the Commandant of the Marine Corps General Joseph F Dunford Jr. signed off on a Certificate of Commendation to all reconnaissance units for service in Vietnam. The Certificate is here. There is no ribbon for this but looks very nice in a frame. 


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 that have returned home from this patrol are Cpl Merlin Allen from Bayfield Wisconsin and HM Michael Judd from Cleveland Ohio.

Merlin Allen’s Memorial Service was June 29 at Bayfield Wisconsin.

Michael Judd’s was July 15 at Arlington National Cemetery.

Company Office

New Page 12.30.13


New Orleans 2012 Reunion

  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.

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