MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY POEM

You’ve been on guard two centuries, three decades and a year.
You’re under-paid and overworked and get left over gear.
You’re old, but you don’t show it. You’re lean and can be mean.
You’re The Eagle, Globe and Anchor. The United States Marine!

Before our constitution, and our first president
This infant nation called You to the front line, and You went.
You’ve been there since New Providence on every battle scene.
You’ll always be there for us. You’re United States Marine!

You’ve been taken for granted, but You don’t seem to mind
That you’re beloved country left some of You behind.
You’re still there on the battle front, the most feared war machine.
It matters not how old You are. You’ll always be Marine!                     

You’ve triumphed over every foe of life and liberty.
From enemies on foreign soil to the cowards in D.C.
You rise above the slander of the wormy politicians
And pundits of the leftist cult that compromise You’re missions.

You’re valor and ferocity in war is legendary,
While kindness and humanity throughout the world You carry.
Ambassador of Liberty and Peace through strength and might.
But like the stoic Grizzly; Always ready for a fight.

You’re Good to Go, old Devil Dog. You’re lean and You’re still mean.
You’re front and center every time we need You, Old Marine!
God, Bless this Warrior Brotherhood and keep it’s honor clean.
We wish You HAPPY BIRTHDAY! UNITED STATES MARINE!

Dave Watson  2006


ECHO COMPANY ON HILL 881
Echo
Company
Please stop in and wish your fellow Marines
a Happy Birthday all are welcome
        Have you hugged your veteran today?

Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That's not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America's war dead.

Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. November 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in the lives to keep our country free.

THE  MARINE
       We all came together, both young and old
To fight for our freedom, to stand and be bold.

In the midst of all evil, we stand our ground,
       And we protect our country from all terror around.

Peace and not war, is what some people say.
   But I'll give my life, so you can live the American way.

I give you the right to talk of your peace.
   To stand in your groups, and protest in our streets.

But still I fight on, I don't bitch, I don't whine.
I'm just one of the people who is doing your time.

I'm harder than nails, stronger than any machine.
I'm the immortal soldier, I'm a U.S. MARINE!

So stand in my shoes, and leave from your home.
Fight for the people who hate you, with the protests they've shown.
Fight for the stranger, fight for the young.
So they all may have the greatest freedom you've won.

Fight for the sick, fight for the poor
Fight for the cripple, who lives next door.

But when your time comes, do what I've done.
For if you stand up for freedom, you'll stand when the
fight's done.

SEMPER FI – NOVEMBER 10, 1775
By: Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert, US Marine Corps
USS SAIPAN, PERSIAN GULF
"I want to wish all Echo 2/3 Marines, their families and families of our fallen Marines, a Merry Christmas. 

With all that is happening here at home we need to get back to the true meaning of Christmas which is the day Jesus was born in that stable. 

We get so caught up in all the lights & tinsel that we forget what Christmas is. Sandy & I celebrate his birth everyday and are thankful for all the blessings which he has bestowed upon us.

One of those blessings is being with the greatest Marines that have ever served in the Marine Corps. Have a happy & safe holiday."

MERRY CHRISTMAS
&
Semper Fi
Don 


HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY JULY FOURTH
ECHO COMPANY
Please stop in and wish your fellow Marines
a Happy Birthday all are welcome
        Have you hugged your veteran today?

Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That's not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America's war dead.

Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. November 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in the lives to keep our country free.

NOVEMBER 10TH 1775 234 YEARS OF
DEFENDING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
OOORAH
How it all started and why
Leave a Christmas message for your
Marine brothers under the tree !
          Paul Marquis
      Your Web Wizard
USMC67@BELLSOUTH.NET
By the donations it is evident that more and more people are becoming interested in the organization. It is truly a members organization guided by good judgement, conservative ideas, compassion for it's members and adherance to the principles of
Patriotism  and Espirit de Corps.

Semper Fi,
Jim Cannon

DONATIONS
2010
VVEC does not require mandatory dues as we feel that our personnel have already PAID their DUES many years ago. 

Aside from optional dues we also accept donations from the personnel of VVEC, which along with the dues help defray the cost of maintaining our VVEC website, purchasing of paper, stamps, envelopes, help in the cost of our annual reunion so that we can make that reunion affordable to all our personnel and any other operating expenses VVEC may encounter.

Make Donation check payable to:     "Vietnam Veterans Of Echo Company"

Mail to:
Fred Monahan
P. O. Box 18
Claysburg,  PA 
16625-0018




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CHESTY SAY'S
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HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY JULY FOURTH
ECHO COMPANY
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Cpl Fierro, Alejandro F. Weapons Platoon KIA 02 June 1967
Quang Tin
Age: 20
Home town: Los Angeles, CA
2012 Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines Reunion
San Antonio, Texas
September 16 – September 20

Reunion cost per person is $85.00.
Attendance checks are to be made out to: Echo 2/3 Veterans.
Mail to: Fred Monahan
P.O. Box 18
Claysburg, PA. 16625-0018

Host Hotel:El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel
110 Lexington Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Tel. 1-800-828-6547

Hotel Cost$111.00 per day (including tax)
$9.00 per day parking charge
The El Tropicano will honor the daily room cost 2 days before September 16 and 2 days after September 19, 2012.
The El Tropicano is located on the famed Riverwalk of San Antonio and has available easy access for sightseeing and shopping. Travel via water taxi (purchase a day pass to save), which stops at the rear of the hotel and the Trolley stops (every 10 minutes) at the hotel entrance.  Points of interest are relatively close to the hotel, for example, central riverwalk area .7mi., Alamo .7 mi., VFW Post 76, .3 mi.
Make sure to reference the name Echo 2/3 Reunion when booking reservations.
*** Shuttle tickets from the San Antonio airport (8.3 mi.) to the El Tropicano can be purchased at the baggage claim area.
The average temperature for September in San Antonio is in the low 80’s.

Tentative schedule (subject to change) for the reunion:
Sunday, 16 Sept.…arrival, registration, Officers meeting
Monday, 17 Sept…. business mtg. 10am, visitation, on your own
Tuesday, 18 Sept…. visitation, sighting seeing on your own
Wednesday, 19 Sept…. on your own, banquet at 1800 hours
Thursday, 20 Sept…. have a safe trip home

If you have any questions concerning the reunion or have any special needs please call me well before the reunion date and I will do everything possible to see that your needs are covered before your arrival.
Your officers Board will be meeting prior to the reunion to assure this event runs smoothly. At this present time, I along with Rod Skelton and Jim Renfro are the main contact persons.

Thank you and we hope to see you in San Antonio.

Bill Smith


ECHO COMPANY
LT. JIM CANNON
ECHO COMPANY OKINAWA
BELOW ARE MEMORIAL CARDS FOR ALLEGANY, HILL FIGHTS AND BATTLE FOR FOXTROT RIDGE. PLEASE SIGN OR/AND ADD YOUR RECOLLECTIONS OF THESE BATTLES.
ECHO COMPANY
2ND BN 3RD MARINES
VIETNAM
1965-1969
USMC
WELCOME HOME
Kneeling:                       1st from left – “Pee Wee” Irwin
1st Row:  3rd from left:   Sgt. Henry Morgan (KIA)
5th from left:                  Sgt. James Marden
7th from left:                  Sgt. Robert Powell (KIA)
3rd Row:  1st from left:   James Renfro
4th Row:  1st from left:   Carl Abare
4th from left:                  Stanley Ferbos (KIA)
6th Row:  2nd from left:  Cpl. John Almoney (KIA)
7th Row:  4th from left:   Robert Ryan
7th from left:                  L/Cpl David Abley (Deceased)
8th Row:  6th from left:   Corpsman Clarence “Dub”Young

1st Row:  2nd from left:         Gunny David Johnson (Deceased)
3rd from left:                        1stLT. James R. Cannon (Deceased)
4th from left:                        2ndLT. Canter (Deceased)
5th from left:                         Capt. Al Lyon (Deceased)
7th from left:                         2nd LT. John Eller
8th from left:  1stSgt.            Charles Patrinos (Deceased)
2nd Row: 8th from left:          Mease
4th Row: 3rd from left:           Daniel Corrigan
5th Row: 2nd from left:          Joseph Tinch (Deceased)
6th Row: 3rd from left:           Donald E. Hinman
7th Row: 1st from left:           David Abley (Deceased)
4th from left:                        Eric Kuzela

1st Row:  2nd from left:               SSgt. Robert L. Morningstar (KIA)
3rd from left:                              Sgt. John Easterling
5th from left:                              Sgt. Billie Joe Like (Deceased)                           6th from left:                              Sgt. Willis Heavin (KIA)
8th from left:                              Sgt. Thomas Kitchens
2nd Row: 4th from left:                Sgt. Blackston
4th Row: 3rd from left:                Corpsman Danny Williams
4th from left:                              Pfc. John Meuse (KIA)
5th Row: 4th from left:                Carl Hovietz (Deceased)
6th Row: 6th from left:                Morgan
7th from left:                             Corpsman Kenneth Klienschmidt
7th Row: 1st from left:                Pfc. Normand Martel (KIA)
2nd from left:                              David Patterson
4th from left:                              L/Cpl Clarence Richardson
5th from left:                              L/Cpl Richard Wayne Bronco
8th Row: 4th from left:                Pfc. Woodrow Williams (KIA

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John Ascuaga's Nugget
Reno/Sparks, Nevada

Dates:
Sunday, September 21 (registration) through Wednesday, September 24, 2014 (Banquet).

Room Rates:   "NOTE: price change, reduced rates"
East Tower Premier - (Sun-Thu) $45.00, (Fri-Sat) $59.00. These rates are for single or double occupancy, plus 13.5% room tax and a $7.00 per room, per night fee, which includes wireless internet, two (2) bottled waters per room per day, fitness center, valet and self-parking and airport shuttle. the $79.00 rate is good for the Friday and Saturday before and after the reunion dates.


Reservation Method:
Telephone direct, toll free 1-800-648-1177

Group Code:
GECHO

Cutoff Date:
September 1, 2014

This information is being provided at this time so members can make plans and secure their reservations. Reunion individual cost and itinerary will be posted on the web site at a later date.
SEMPER FI,
SMITTY

Any questions please contact Bill Smith at
1-925-833-0621.
da190@aol.com

John Ascuaga's Nugget
Reno/Sparks, Nevada

Dates:
Sunday, September 21, 2014 – Hospitality Room (Central pacific)

Reunion cost per person:
$100.

Room Rates:   "NOTE: price change, reduced rates"
East Tower Premier - (Sun-Thu) $45.00, (Fri-Sat) $59.00. These rates are for single or double occupancy, plus 13.5% room tax and a $7.00 per room, per night fee, which includes wireless internet, two (2) bottled waters per room per day, fitness center, valet and self-parking and airport shuttle. the $59.00 rate is good for the Friday and Saturday before and after the reunion dates.



Reservation Method:
Telephone direct, toll free 1-800-648-1177

Group Code:
GECHO

Cutoff Date:
September 1, 2014

Billing:
Individual On Own (all charges)

This information is being provided at this time so members can make plans and secure their reservations. Reunion individual cost and itinerary will be posted on the web site at a later date.
SEMPER FI,
SMITTY

Any questions please contact Bill Smith at
1-925-833-0621.
da190@aol.com

* Denotes Dues and a donation paid

Martin Patton*
Mickey Conner
John Eller
Bill Smith
Dick Dierks
Doug Jarman
Fred Monahan
Allen White
Tom Klimko
Dick Backus
Bill Napier
Jack Minter
Malcolm Emory
Stan Lukas, Ten years in advance
Bob Foreit
Joe Toluse
Greg Jenness
Jose Martinez
Joe Corsi
Federico Zerio
George Parker
Bobby Farr
Jose Martinez
Harry Hopwood
Martin Patten
John Brain
Dave Cota
Antonio Gonzales
John Gillespie
Terrell Fearrand
Brooks Matyi
John Gillespie
John Henry Mashunkashey
David Hulsey.
Brian  Miller
Dick Myrdal



2015 THOSE ATTENDING REUNION:
REUNION PAGE

If you have a question please contact me. jeller@marinefederal.org

Semper Fi,
John Eller

 
National Commandant MCL John Kovalcik with National Commander Legion
of Valor Frederick Monahan, NC  at White House Breakfast Veterans' Day 2014
Also:
Echo Marine member John Henry Mashunkasy in Oklahoma
will be National Commandant of MCL 2015 - 2016.
Echo Company Marine
Fred Monahan

Echo Marines of 2nd Bn 3rd Marine Div.
leads attack on Hill 881N Khe Sanh
during Hill Fights
31 Echo Company Marines died in one day
fighting on Hill 881
03 May 1967