Wall Of Honor

The Following men all served in Alpha Company 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion. Forty eight men were killed in action.  Seven additional men were Killed In Action after leaving the unit and serving in another reconnaissance company or other Marine unit. Those names are highlighted.

31 July 2009

  Date

Rank

Last Name

First

I.

Hometown

St

Panel

Line

12 Jul 1965

1st.Lt

Reasoner

Frank

S.

Kellogg

ID

2E

36

08 Jul 1966 

LCpl.

Longanecker

Ronald

L.

Portland

OR

9E

7

06 Dec 1966

Pfc.

McElroy

Theodore

R.

Cleveland

OH

13E

16

26 Jan 1967

HM

Brown

Robert

L.

East Point

GA

14E

79

26 Jan 1967

Sgt.

Dean

Howard

H.

Harrodsburg

KY

14E

79

16 Apr 1967

1stLt.

Piatt

Richard

W.

Los Angeles

CA

18E

36

26 Apr 1967

Cpl.

Hall

Lindy

R.

Tunkhannock

PA

18E

93

10 May 1967

1stLt.

Ahlmeyer Jr.

Heinz

 

Pearl River

NY

19E

77

10 May 1967

HM.

Miller

Malcom

T.

Tampa

FL

19E

84

10 May 1967

LCpl.

Sharp Jr.

Samuel

A.

San Jose

CA

19E

86

10 May 1967

Sgt.

Tycz

James

N.

Milwaukee

WI

19E

88

05 Jun 1967

GySgt.

Ibanez

Di

R.

San Diego

CA

21E

58

06 Jun 1967

Cpl.

Sherrell

David

F.

Woodland Hill

CA

21E

63

06 Jun 1967

Cpl.

Speir

Dale

L.

N. Baltimore

OH

21E

63

06 Jun 1967

Cpl.

Withey

Howard

H.

Fayetteville

AR

21E

64

11 Jun 1967

Sgt.

Moshier

Jim

E.

Bakersfield

CA

21E

91

30 Jun 1967

Cpl.

Allen

Merlin

R.

Bayfield

WI

22E

86

30 Jun 1967

HM.

Judd

Michael

B.

Cleveland

OH

22E

88

30 Jun 1967

LCpl.

Killen, III

John

D.

Des Moines

IA

22E

88

30 Jun 1967

Cpl.

Runnels Jr.

Glyn

L.

Birmingham

AL

22E

88

02 Jul 1967

LCpl.

Perry

Dennis

M.

Perry

GA

22E

112

03 Aug 1967

HM.

McGrath

James

P.

Chicago

IL

24E

73

03 Aug 1967

LCpl.

Nahan III

John

B.

Allegan

MI

24E

73

03 Aug 1967

LCpl.

Wolpe

Jack

 

Newburgh

NY

24E

75

12 Aug 1967

Sgt.

Castaneda

Eugene

 

Honokaa

HI

24E

102

14 Sep 1967

Pfc.

Dray

Donald

B.

Buffalo

NY

26E

73

14 Sep 1967

HM.

Wilson

Gary

R.

Chicago Hts

IL

26E

73

28 Dec 1967

Sgt.

Phipps

Gene

R.

Greensboro

NC

32E

89

30 Dec 1967

Pfc.

Jones

Terry

A.

Detroit

MI

33E

3

30 Dec 1967

LCpl.

Tingley

Thomas

J.

Fairfield

CT

33E

5

02 Jan 1968

LCpl.

Gauthier

Gerald

P.

St Martinville

LA

33E

18

02 Jan 1968

Pfc.

Harris

Bruce

R.

Columbus

IN

33E

18

02 Jan 1968

Sgt.

Houdashelt

Francis

G.

Pensacola

FL

33E

18

02 Jan 1968

HM.

Jarvis

David

L.

Jamesville

NY

33E

19

02 Jan 1968

Pfc.

Miller

James

W.

Fridley

MN

33E

20

02 Jan 1968

Pfc.

Pitts

Terry

D.

Bakersfield

CA

33E

21

16 Feb 1968

Pfc.

Coon

Keith

D.

Topeka

KS

39E

58

16 Feb 1968

HM.

Giejc

Alexander

 

Milwaukee

WI

39E

59

16 Feb 1968

Pfc.

Little Sun

Thomas

L.

Pawnee

OK

39E

63

16 Feb 1968

Capt.

Ward

Alexander

K.

Annapolis

MD

39E

68

14 Sep 1968

Pfc.

Martinez

George

V.

San Francisco

CA

44W

57

27 Nov 1968

Pfc.

Brown

John

C.

Dallas

TX

38W

71

02 Dec 1968

1stLt.

Latimer, Jr.

Richard

E.

Tinker AFB

OK

37W

23

05 Dec 1968

LCpl.

Hames Jr.

Henry

M.

Portland

OR

37W

46

28 Dec 1968

LCpl.

McGinley

Gerald

G.

Concord

CA

36W

86

28 Dec 1968

LCpl.

Mickelson

Dennis

E.

Eugene

OR

36W

85

16 Jan 1969

HM.

Minks

Raymond

C.

Randolph AFB

TX

34W

16

10 Mar 1969

LCpl.

Chavez

Freddie

P.

Albuqueque

NM

30W

39

10 Mar 1969

Sgt.

Gayer

Kenneth

E.

Fresno

CA

30W

101

11 Apr 1969

Cpl.

Scheidel Jr.

Robert

L.

Canton

CT

27W

59

08 Jun 1969

Cpl.

Landi

George

F.

New York

NY

23W

111

08 Jun 1969

1stLt.

McLean

Ronald

W.

Beverly Hills

CA

23W

113

11 Jun 1969

Pfc.

Hicks

Michael

E.

San Leandro

CA

22W

21

31 Jul 1969

Cpl.

Bates

Ronald

J.

Glouchester City

NJ

20W

79

06 Sep 1969

Capt.

McDermott III

Bernard

A.

Nashville

TN

18W

49

 

Alpha Company Missing In Action
 

The following men are missing in action in connection with Alpha Company Recon patrols during the Vietnam War. They all have been declared killed in action and bodies not recovered by the Dept. of Defense. Over the years the government has classified them in a number of categories. However on this page they are considered Missing In Action. All of these men are either known to have been killed or believed killed by their team survivors. There is one exception and that is Di R. Ibanez who was known to be captured by PAVN Forces.

It is the policy of the Alpha Recon Association to reach out to the families of these men and assist them in any way possible. We also work very closely, professionally, and behind the scenes with numerous Dept. of Defense agencies in an effort to provide them with documents and enable interviews with our surviving members. We are compelled and driven to provide all information possible in an effort to assist  Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) in locating and searching our loss locations.

We pray that one day all will return home.

Date

Rank

Last Name

First

I.

Hometown

St

Panel

Line

08 Jul 1966

LCpl.

Longanecker

Ronald

L.

Portland

OR

9E

7

10 May 1967

1stLt.

Ahlmeyer Jr.

Heinz

 

Pearl River

NY

19E

77

10 May 1967

HM.

Miller

Malcom

T.

Tampa

FL

19E

84

10 May 1967

LCpl.

Sharp Jr.

Samuel

A.

San Jose

CA

19E

86

10 May 1967

Sgt.

Tycz

James

N.

Milwaukee

WI

19E

88

05 Jun 1967

GySgt.

Ibanez

Di

R.

San Diego

CA

21E

58

30 Jun 1967

Cpl.

Allen

Merlin

R.

Bayfield

WI

22E

86

30 Jun 1967

HM.

Judd

Michael

B.

Cleveland

OH

22E

88

30 Jun 1967

LCpl.

Killen, III

John

D.

Des Moines

IA

22E

88

30 Jun 1967

Cpl.

Runnels Jr.

Glyn

L.

Birmingham

AL

22E

88

HM Gary R. Wilson

DOB 25 December 1943
Chicago Heights, IL

Loss Date 14 September 1967
Wall 26E Panel 73
 

On 14 September 1967 Doc Wilson was a member of an Alpha Company Patrol that was operating west of Phu Bai. He was declared missing in action after the team came into contact with enemy forces. Wilson's remains were recovered and returned during 1970.

The following information was found in the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion Command Chronology for the month of September 1967. This was recorded in the summary page:

" A patrol operating in the vicinity of (YC8997) conducted 48 1/2 hours of reconnaissance and surveillance which resulted in 1 contact with 2-6 VC. Contact resulted in 1 USMC KIA, 3 USMC WIA and 1 USN WIA. As the USN WIA was being hoisted into the med-evac helicopter a red smoke grenade inadvertently went off inside the helo. In the ensuing confusion the helo lurched forward and the WIA fell and was lost in the jungle (1 USN MIA )."

An inquiry was made with Department of Defense and the following information was learned. On 13 January 1970 a patrol from the 54th ARVN Regiment came upon some remains at YC891977 (about 30 kilometers southeast of FSB Rifle) and sent them through the 85th Evacuation to the mortuary. These remains were later identified as Gary R. Wilson through a dental comparison.

 


The Return of Recon Team Partyline One

03 Aug 1967

HM.

McGrath

James

P.

Chicago

IL

24E

73

03 Aug 1967

LCpl.

Nahan III

John

B.

Allegan

MI

24E

73

03 Aug 1967

LCpl.

Wolpe

Jack

 

Newburgh

NY

24E

75

Reconnaissance Patrol Partyline One was attacked by NVA forces during the emergency extraction of the patrol from the Southern A Shau Valley on 3 August, 1967. Three patrol members and a crewman from the CH-46 attempting the extract were killed when a rocket propelled grenade exploded inside the helicopter as it was hovering in the zone. The surviving patrol members and air crew were subsequently extracted by the back up helicopter. The enemy situation in and around the landing zone prevented recovery of their bodies.

The Joint Task Force, Full Accounting (JTFFA) conducted several recovery operations in and around the crash site during the 1990 timeframe. Remains were eventually recovered by excavation of the site and sent to the Army Forensic Laboratory in Hawaii. Family members were notified this year that the remains would be returned for burial with full military honors.

There was a Memorial Service at Arlington Cemetery for McGrath, Nahan, Wolpe on 9 November 2001. For further details see:

http://grunt.appliedphysics.swri.edu/partyline1.htm


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