1st Radio Battalion Vietnam Reunion

Marine of 1st Radio Bn Vietnam at reunion

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

9 thoughts on “1st Radio Battalion Vietnam Reunion”

  1. 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.

    1. 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 topyule42@gmail.com Semper Fidelis Mike Yule MGYSGT ret

    2. 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.

  2. 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.

    1. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. I was one of the founding members of 1st Radio company, later to be 1st Composite Radio Company and then later, 1st Radio Battalion. Most of my MOS 2533 Radio class was sent to Camp Smith, Hawaii to begin forming up the company in May 1959. Capt Gray was there as operations officer. After a month or so, we transferred over to our barracks at Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station, now Marine Base, Hawaii. I was with 1st Radio for three years–1959 to 1962. I was discharged from the Marines in late May of 1962 and held MOS 2533 and 2571, which was obtained while at 1st composite radio co.

    In 1988, I got to meet and have lunch with then Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Al Gray at Hqs Marine Corps in Virginia when I was working with the Federal Government. We had a lot to talk about.

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