Historical Accounts





Updated 7 August 2021


This gallery’s purpose is to record the actions of the men who served in Alpha Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, during the Viet-Nam War. It will be used to document patrols by records from the war and current memories of those events by those who were involved. If you would like to place a patrol/operation on this page please contact  George Neville  

Quoted below is this notation found in both of the July and August 1966 Operations Of U.S. Marine Forces Vietnam, Fleet Marine Force Pacific. It was a report for the Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific and passed on through the chain of command to the Commandant, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary, and on to the White House. It was an ongoing monthly report.

This was written and became policy, as a result of the tremendous success the recon teams had during Operation Hastings that took place in July 1966.

“Of increasing significance in the field of small unit tactics are the “Sting Ray” operations. This technique encompasses insertion of small reconnaissance detachments at remote locations, carefully selected to permit observation of areas of probable enemy activity. Artillery and air are pre-positioned and employed in direct support of these small outposts with the objective of causing heavy losses to the enemy at little cost to ourselves.”   



Wall of Honor and MIA’s  updated 7 August 2021

Valor Awards  

Unit Citations     

Team Names/Call Signs  

Company Commanders

3rd Reconnaissance Order of Battle

History of The 3rd Recon Association, RVN

Reasoner Patrol : 12 July 1965

Ronald Lee Longanecker: 08 July 1966

Hoovers Hunters: Fall 1966 Dong Ha, Teams Surf - Breaker- High Tide - Wave

High Tide: 23 -24 September 1966

 Breaker 2 November 1966

* Response From A Razorback

Hawk Platoon: Khe Sanh March 1967

Hawk: 18 - 25 April 1967

Breaker: 9-10 May 1967

*  Britt Friery meets Ron Zaczek (Farewell Darkness) November 2002

*  Breakers MIA’s return home

Sgt. Di Reyes Ibanez, POW 05 June 1967

Team Striker

Striker: 30 June 1967 & Excavation of the crash location 2002

HM Gary R. Wilson - 14 September 1967 -MIA Remains Returned

“At Little Cost To Ourselves” 3rd Recon Patrol Statistics for 1967

NVA Tanks - Dong Ha Backyard and Laos Border Area

American Beauty: 8-9 June 1969

*  Bob Lake Purple Heart Award


 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.  Any comments, corrections, additions should be directed to the webmaster. We hope you enjoy your visit - check back often!