3rd Reconnaissance Battalion Order of Battle –Vietnam War

 

By: George G. Neville, Jr.

 

Source: Command Chronology - 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division

 

07 May 1965

Battalion Lands at Red Beach One – Chu Lai Vietnam

23 May 1965

Battalion displaced from Chu Lai and moved to Danang by ship LST Westchester County. Company  B remains at Chu Lai

27 May 1965

Company  C  displaced to Phu Bai TOAR

Company A, D, H&S at Danang TAOR

Company B at Chu Lai (Recon Group Alpha)

13 Sep 1965

Company C (-) 1st & 2nd Plt’s moved from Phu Bai to Camp Reasoner Danang. Joins Company A , D, H&S . 3rd Plt remains at Phu Bai.

19 Sep 1965

Company C 1st Recon Battalion OP Con to 3rd Recon Bn and is at Chu Lai TOAR ( Recon Group Alpha )

1 Nov 1965

1st Force Reconnaissance Company placed under OP CON to 3rd Recon Bn.

30 Nov 1965

Danang - Companies A,D,C(-), H&S,

1st Force - Camp Merrill Danang.

Chu Lai - Company B 3rd Recon Bn & Company C 1st Recon at Chu Lai, (Recon Group Alpha )

28 Feb 1966

Danang - Company A, C(-), D, H&S Camp Reasoner

Chu Lai - Company B 3rd Recon Bn., Company C, A, 1st Recon Bn Recon Group Alpha

19 Mar 1966

Phu Bai - Company B detached Chu Lai and moved to Phu Bai OP CON 4th Marines

24 Mar 1966

Phu Bai - Company D moved to - 4th Marines (Recon Group Bravo)

1 Apr 1966

Phu Bai - 1st Force Reconnaissance Company OP CON 3rd MAF

27 Apr 1966

Phu Bai - Company A (-)  1st & 2nd Plt , HDQTS Section Op Con 4th Marines

28 Apr 1966

Phu Bai - Company B (Rein) Recon Group Bravo

13 May 1966

OP CON Recon Group Bravo Chopped to 1st Force Reconnaissance Company

14 May 1966

Danang Company A (-) returned to OP CON 3rd Recon Battalion,

Phu Bai - 3rd Plt Company A OP CON 1st Force

1 Jun 1966

Danang Company A (-), C, H&S

Phu Bai - Company B Rein

23 Jun 1966

Dong Ha -1st Force Reconnaissance Company (-) displaced to Dong HA, 1st Plt Company A

30 Jun 1966

Danang - Company A (-), C, D(-) H&S

1st Force & Company B OP CON 4th Marines

12 July 1966

Dong Ha - Company A HDQTS & 2nd Plt OP CON 4th Marine Regiment (Hastings)

15 Jul 1966

Dong Ha - 5th Plt 3rd Force Recon Company OP CON 1st Force

20 Jul 1966

Danang - Company A, HDQTS, 1st, 2nd Plt OP CON 3rd Recon Bn -

31 Aug1966

Danang - Company A, C, D, H&S Danang

Phu Bai - Company B

June 23 to 21 Nov 1966

 

Dong HA - 1st Force Reconnaissance Battalion –Rein

 

8 Sep - 2 Dec 1966

Dong HA

2 Dec 2nd Plt Company A chopped OP CON 4th Marines Dong Ha.                    6 December 66 - 2nd Plt to SLF 1/4

10 Oct 1966

Phu Bai - Command Group 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion moved to Hue Phu Bai

31 Oct 1966

Danang - Company A, C, D, H&S –

Phu Bai - 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, Company B, H&S, and Det. 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company. Det H&S Company

30 Nov 1966

Phu Bai  - 3rd Recon Bn (-), H&S, A, B, Det 3rd Force -2 plt’s

Dong Ha – 3rd Recon Bn (-) , Det H&S Co., C, D

31 Dec 1966

Phu Bai  - 3rd Recon Bn (-), H&S, A, B, Det 3rd Force -2 plt’s

Dong Ha – 3rd Recon Bn (-) , Det H&S Co., C, D

Khe Sanh – 3rd Force 1 plt.

31 Mar 1967

Phu Bai  - 3rd Recon Bn (-), H&S, A, B, Det 3rd Force -2 plt’s

Dong Ha – 3rd Recon Bn (-) , Det H&S Co., C, D

Khe Sanh – A Co. (-), 3rd Force 1 plt.

30 Apr 1967

Phu Bai  - 3rd Recon Bn (-),H&S, B, 3rd Force Recon Co

Dong Ha – 3rd Recon Bn (-) , Det H&S Co., C, D

Khe Sanh – A Co

31 May 1967

Phu Bai – H&S, B, C

Dong Ha – D, 3rd Force Recon

Khe Sanh – A (Rein)

30 Jun 1967

Phu Bai – H&S, A, C

Dong Ha – D, 3rd Force Recon

Khe Sanh - B

31 Oct 1967

Phu Bai – H&S, A, D

Dong Ha – C, 3rd Force Recon

Khe Sanh - B

15 Dec 1967

Company E activated and chopped to 9th MAB

31 Jan 1968

Quang Tri – H&S, A

Dong Ha - C, 3rd Force Recon

Khe Sanh - B

29 Feb 1968

Quang Tri – H&S, A, C, E

Dong Ha – D, 3rd Force Recon

Khe Sanh - B

30 Apr 1968

Quang Tri – H&S, A, B, C, D, E

Dong Ha -  3rd Force Recon

30 Jun 1968

Cam Lo - E

31 July 1968

Quang Tri – H&S, A, B, C, D, E

Dong Ha -  3rd Force Recon

Cam Lo - A

31 Aug 1968

Quang Tri – H&S, A, B, C, D, E, 3rd Force Recon

13 Aug 1969

Company C redeployed to Okinawa

7 Oct 1969

Company A redeployed to Camp Pendleton, CA

 

3rd Force OP Con III MAF – deployed to Phu Bai

19 Nov 1969

Company E deactivated

22 Nov 1969

Company H&S, B, D redeployed Okinawa

 

 

 

 

 

 

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