3rd Reconnaissance Battalion
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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.
Our next reunion originally scheduled for Quanitco 2015 has been changed. New info will be posted as soon as it is known
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 http://www.alphareconassociation.org/searchandrecovery.htm
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.
We have been working on opening an online PX through a private vender. You will be able to order items direct from them. Quality Merchandise - Quality people. Jeff Savelkoul has been working on this and found this valuable resource for our members. We hope to have it available shortly.
New Page 12.30.13
New Page 01.01.14
The Return of Team Breaker 2005
Those That Served 11.09.11
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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