Red Patch Marines

Unfortunately, I had to relinquish my command prior to their “Call to Glory”. Nonetheless, I feel very much a part of this fine group of men and their families and wish to share their past and present with you and your readers.

A Company, 4th LSB, Seattle, WA Desert Storm.
A Company / H&S Company, 4th Landing Support Battalion, 4th FSSG, 4th Marine Division, Seattle, Washington,

Wayne Bell
LtCol USMCR (Retired)

18 thoughts on “Red Patch Marines”

  1. Too bad that the picture can’t be enlarged to see it better. In my days in the Corps these units were designated as Shore Party Battalions and played an integral part of amphibious assault doctrine. Also, their parent organization was known as Force Service Regiment, or lovingly “Fumble, Stumble & Regroup.” At various times, I had the pleasure of serving in the 3d FSR (Okinawa ’66), 1st FSR/FLC (RVN ’69-70) and 2nd FSSG (Camp Lejeune ’76). Semper Fi!!!

    1. I served as a “redpatcher” (1381) with “A” Co. 5th Shore Party Bn at Camp Delmar, CA and at Camp Schwab, Okinawa in summer and fall of 1966. The latter part of 1966 I was transferred to Vietnam where I was assigned to “A” Co. 3rd Shore Party Bn (1966/1967). We worked the LCU ramp at Hue along with providing security details along the coast where we operated out of a small base on Thuan An. Later we worked the resupply LZ’s at Camp Evans and Dong Ha along with providing HST’s. We had a heavy equipment section at Dong Ha that helped clear vegetation for observation towers along the DMZ. I finished up my enlistment with “C” Co. 2nd Shore Party Bn. at Camp Lejeune in 1968. Bob Mauney (1381).

    2. I too served with the 3rd FSR on Okinawa from 1967-May68, after being injured. This tour included a stint with the regimental color guard, before returning to CONUS at Camp Lejeune, NC, where I was assigned to 2nd MarDiv Personnel Classification and Assignment office and worked for the best Marine I ever met during my four years of active USMC duty, Capt Robert Price. Captain Price had earned a battle field commission, a Navy Cross, multiple Silver and Bronze Stars and numerous Purple Hearts in Korea (Chosan) and Viet Nam before retiring in late 1968 or so. One hell of a Marine!
      Dennis Bahnsen
      formerly Sgt, USMC (1965 thru 1969)

  2. At Kbay H&S 1/3. 1970, Shore Party was barracked downstairs from us Engineers. I think they were MOS 1382 and we were MOS 1371. Good Times

    1. Ex-ShorePartyMan 1972-1974, station at camp Pendleton with the area being with 1st Marines and The MOS was 1381 semper Fi.

  3. I agree with Edd that they were called Shore Party Battalion in my day. My time with 3/28 in 1969 included a landing from sea during regimental exercises. The Marines with that little red patch owned the beach! A red patch private outranked a general on the beach!

    This exercise was my only exposure to them and I have to say that they had “it” together and knew what to do, and how to do it. Coming ashore, my jeep got stuck in the sand and I tried to move. A red patch “slit his throat” and I stopped. in less than a minute another red patch ran to me, hooked a cable on my jeep and the next thing I knew I was on solid ground. The red patch removed the cable and pointed for me to go, and I went!

    These men controlled that beach and made the landing go smoothly. My hat is off to any red patch Marine.

  4. My granddaughter is a red patcher. She knows how to get the job done. She’s at 29 palms. She says it gets a little warm there.

  5. I had the honor of commanding an LSB Co of the 1st LSB Bn followed by aCSSD and then Ops O for the 5th CSSG in support of the 5th Brigade at Camp Pendleton in the late 1980s. A great experience. From landing support ops with the Navy, airfield support with the Air Force , support for an air alert bn, combat logistics support to the 5th Brigade. Exercise Gallant Eagle in the dessert to a landing in Suda Bay, Turkey. a really enjoyable experience. I am proud to have been a Red Patcher. With the reorganization of the FSSG I’m not sure they still exist as a separate Bn. Semper Fi.
    Bob Aikman, LtCol USMC (ret)

  6. Semper Fi,
    I served in the 81mm mortar platoon, H&S Co., 1st Bat./23rd/4th from 1959 to 1965. I was very proud of my service & want to give a big shout out to fellow Marines.
    L/Cpl M. R. Patterson

  7. Cpl CL smith
    63-66 Involuntary Extended 4 Months
    3rd Shore Party Battalion
    3rd Marine Division

    Was in the 1st landings in DaNang Veitnam in 65 , was the hardest I have ever worked !
    We unloaded ships day and night!

  8. I served in the 4th Shore Party Bn (as it was designated then) from 63 to 67. We were based at NAS Sand Point on the shores of Lake Washingt0n. Sand Point later closed as a military base and became Sen. Warren G Magnuson Park. We couldn’t do much training at Sand Point because the main (only) runway was located too close to the lake shore. So we went up into the Cascades to help develop a boy scout summer camp with our heavy equipment, and did operations in the forest. I was a radio operator (2531) during m0st of that time.

  9. 3rd LSB / 3rdFSSG, Okinawa, APR1984-APR1986; HM1, SMDR, Battalion Medical Assistance Team.
    Best duty ever. HST’s, Beach and Port Opns, Drop Zone Coverage, and no casualties.

  10. I was a red patch marine. I was stationed at kbay from 67 to 68. we were then sent to da nang for the 68 tet offensive. it was a great company great people.

  11. Robert C. Comer, Sgt.
    August 26, 2019 at 7:45pm
    In 1952 in Korea, 1st Shore Party Bn., C company. We had an 8 man volunteer mine and demo team. Two of us at a time were assigned to a line company or D tanks to lead patrols off the line and op’s. Our job was to clear any mines or booby traps on the trails. One man on point the other in the rear. We also had to bring tanks back safely if they were hit with a mine.
    We lost one of our team, Cpl. Gilmore, to a bouncing betty mine. A few of our team ended up with serious frost bite of the hands from disarming mines on the trails(no gloves on in order to feel for wires, etc.). When in reserve area we trained line marines in mine clearing and we blasted trench line and bunker installations. Have never seen any reports of our team or our activities.

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