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.”
Hoovers Hunters: Fall 1966 Dong Ha, Teams Surf - Breaker- High Tide - Wave
Breaker: 9-10 May 1967
Striker: 30 June 1967 & Excavation of the crash location 2002
American Beauty: 8-9 June 1969
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!