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Bit of History

by Ron Poness on 05/07/21

From Mick Hughes:

On 7 May 1945, in Reims, France, Generaloberst Alfred Jodl surrenders both the Eastern and Western Armies of Germany.  The Nazis are defeated.  After being convicted of war crimes, he is executed in 1946.

 SF
 Poness

Interesting bot of history

by Ron Poness on 04/18/21

From:  Mick:

19 April 1775.  About 70 armed "colonists" faced off with the British Military in Lexington, MA.   The un-ordered "shot heard round the world" was followed by more gunfire.  8 "colonists" died and 10 were wounded.  In coming years, the "colonists" would throw off the yoke of an oppressive English government and become "Americans".  "AMERICANS!"


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reunion vote

by Ron Poness on 03/29/21

Hi,   3/28/2021
Ron Poness, H Co rep. Contact me at my e- mail : rponess@rochester.rr.com  
You need to vote very soon!!
SF

reunion vote

by Ron Poness on 03/29/21

Hi,   3/28/2021
Ron Poness, H Co rep. Contact me at my e- mail : rponess@rochester.rr.com  
You need to vote very soon!!
SF

Reunion info READ!!!

by Ron Poness on 03/25/21

From John Fuller  Our President:

Second Battalion, Third Marines

Vietnam Veterans Association

 

                       25 March 2021

 

        

 

My brother Marines,

 

Hello from the Natural Sate. I hope this message finds all of you in fine spirits and good health. 

 

Our reunion is right around the corner and I feel now is the time for the membership to decide individually who wants to go ahead with the reunion scheduled in St. Louis. I ask each of you to contact your company representative with your decision by next Wednesday, 31 March 2021. This way, we can tally up the ayes and the nays and the decision will be yours, not the officers and company representatives. 

 

This reunion is your annual gathering to rekindle the friendship that was formed over 54 years ago, and I know each of you look forward to this occasion with great anticipation and eagerness. Our type of friendship will never be understood by anyone who has not experienced the bonding of men under fire, not even our fellow Marines that supported us in the rear.

 

When making you’re your decision, keep in mind we will not have the same liberties as our previous reunions and the hotel with have protocols in place to deal with the COVID problem. Our activities are still not firm, but I will continue to press the hotel and our reunion organizers for a firm answer. I look forward to your decision.

 

Semper Fi

 

John Fuller

President

2/3 Vietnam Veterans Asso


SF Poness    rponess@rochester.rr.com H co rep.

 

Reunion info!!!

by Ron Poness on 03/24/21

Reunion info coming soon!!!


  SF
  Poness

Remembrance

by Ron Poness on 02/28/21

From Mick:

Near Cam Lo in the Republic of Vietnam, on 28 February 1967, a small relief force from the Second Battalion Third Marines was formed at Camp JJ Carroll to assist nearby Marines who were engaged in a battle against overwhelming numbers of the North Vietnamese Army.  

 

The small 2/3 relief force was led by Lieutenant Colonel Victor Ohanesian and Sergeant Major Wayne N. Hayes.  Both were mortally wounded on that day.  Private First Class James Anderson Jr., "F" Company, would be awarded the Medal of Honor (posthumously) for his sacrifice.  Pfc. Anderson was the first African American U.S. Marine to receive the M.o.H.

We remember and pray for Lt. Col. Ohanesian, Sgt. Major Hayes, Pfc. Anderson and all the Marines who did not walk off the battlefield on 28 February.  They will always be remembered and honored by the Marines they proudly and dutifully served. Let us also remember the families of these men, with the hope that they have found the means to help them cope with the tremendous loss of their beloved Marines. 

Rest in peace brothers.  Semper Fidelis. 


SF

 Poness 

 

Pete Conner From Mick

by Ron Poness on 02/25/21

From Mick:


SSgt. Peter S. Connor, Medal of Honor Awarded for actions on 25 February 1966 while assigned to F/2/3.
May he never be forgotten while he rests in eternal peace.  Semper Fidelis.

SF  
Poness

Another Brother Gone

by Ron Poness on 02/23/21

From Dave Smith

Sad to report the passing of another 2/3 Marine. Mike Donahue of Portland, Oregon passed away last night 21 February, 2021. Mike was a Gunner in 2nd Section 81's Platoon (attached to Foxtrot) in 1967 - 68. He was one of the best gunners that we had, fast and accurate. He will be buried at Willamette National Cemetery, where Pete Lindley is interred. No info at this time on when the services will be held. Mike attended his only 2/3 reunion in San Antonio in 2017. RIP Mike, Semper Fi Marine

SF Poness

Reunion

by Ron Poness on 02/12/21

From John (PREZ) 

Second Battalion, Third Marines Vietnam Veterans Association

This has been an extraordinary year during which many of us have dealt with unexpected deaths, health, social, and financial challenges. This year has also left me with a deeper appreciation and gratitude for the things in life that matter most: family and friends, neighbors and community, and warmth in the company of the people we care most about. We have all been reminded of the importance of our relationships, and that includes our relationship with each of our members in our organization.

Over the past year, I have been awed by how many people everywhere have risen to the occasion through kindness and caring, acting as forces for good within their families and society. And let’s also remember the importance of finding silver linings and moments of joy.

Last year’s reunion in St. Louis was cancelled due to the anticipated and uncontrollable spread of the Corona virus that was ravaging the nation. The infectious rate has risen exponentially, especially in my state and throughout the country. We are still scheduled for St. Louis this year; however, all the company representatives and elected officers must meet and discuss how to proceed in the next few weeks. Additionally, we must elect new officers as per our by-laws, so anyone interested in any of the positions, please give it some serious consideration.

I am hopeful that this year’s reunion will go as planned, but we must be prepared in the event we can’t proceed. My primary concern is the welfare and well-being of all members of the organization and we must decide accordingly. Randy Shierman, Art Ferguson and I will keep you informed.

Semper Fi

John Fuller
President
2/3 Vietnam Veterans Association

SF

Poness

Happ New Year

by Ron Poness on 12/31/20

Happy New Year to a new decade:


Happy 2021  May it be better than 2020.  
To all brothers and friends  May 2021 be the best of all years for us all.  Remember our passed loved ones, friends, and brothers.  Be safe, be happy and healthy.
  SF Poness 

From Mick Hughes

by Ron Poness on 12/31/20

From Mick Hughes:

Good afternoon USMC 2/3 Viet Vets,
Congratulations and many thanks to those of you who donated to the Semper Fi Fund (the Fund) these past couple of months.
As of today, the Double-Down Effort of the Fund (semperfifund.org) has reached a total of over $11.1 million, surpassing the goal of $10 million.
If I am around and lucid next year, I'll make the same offer to match donations up to $1,000.  Next year (2021), we'll start the effort a bit earlier to encourage more donations and to make things easier for all.
Here is the promised Donor List.

F. Hellmann                                        $50
J. Davila                                             $50      
D. Smith                                             $50
K. Henry                                            $100
        Matched by Anonymous 2/3 Viet Vet # 1                            $250
T. Givvin                                            $1,000
        Matched by M. Hughes                                                      $1,000
Anonymous 2/3 Viet Vet # 1               $250

Grand Total of Our Double, Double-Down Effort                           $2,750 
Total, with a match by L/Cpl. Parsons                                            $5,500 

God Bless You All, God Bless the U.S. Marine Corps, and God Bless the U.S.A.!
Happy New Year!  Semper Fidelis.

SF  Poness

Happy Holidays

by Ron Poness on 12/24/20

Merry Christmas to my Brothers and Sisters

Please remember all Brothers and Sisters not Here.

Have a Safe and very Happy Holiday.

Remember to stay safe!

 

 SF

 Poness

Happy Holidays

by Ron Poness on 12/24/20

Merry Christmas to my Brothers and Sisters

Please remember all Brothers and Sisters not Here.

Have a Safe and very Happy Holiday.

Remember to stay safe!

 

 SF

 Poness

Very Sad News Rociola

by Ron Poness on 12/06/20

Very Sad News: Our brother Lou Rociola's Wife Annette passed yesterday of unknown causes. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her. May she always rest in peace.

SF
Poness

Lou Rociola
7918bW Country Club La.
Elmwood Park, IL 60707

From Mick Hughes

by Ron Poness on 11/30/20

From Mick:

Greetings Marines,
I hope you are all aware of the "Double Down" donation offer made by  L/Cpl. Bob Parsons and his wife Renee.  He has pledged to match any donation made to the Semper Fi Fund (the Fund) up to $10 million by 31 December 2020.
In an effort to "sweeten the pot" I offered, in an e mail sent to many of you, to match all donations to the Fund up to a maximum of $1,000 if received by 15 December 2020.
I am happy to write that y'all donated $1200.  So today, $2200 was sent to the Fund.  THANK YOU DONORS!
I am also happy to report that a generous anonymous 2/3 Marine (R.V.N.) has offered up to another $1,000 to match your donations.
A donation list with first initial, last name and amount will be posted to this message board in January 2021.
Thanks for your generosity Marines.  The Fund is just over $3.5 million.  The goal is $10 million by 30 December 2020.  If you'd like to donate, sit down and write a check to the Semper Fi Fund and send your check to me.  Contact me for more details.  
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Semper Fidelis.  
Mick

SF
Poness

Happy Thanksgiving

by Ron Poness on 11/25/20

A day Early but HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my Brothers and Friends. Please stay safe this year. Remember to be thankful for all our blessing including just being here. Remember all our Brothers not here.
SF
Poness??

Dues From Fergy

by Ron Poness on 11/16/20

Marines, 

Please review your Membership status on our website:  Second Battalion Third Marines Vietnam Veterans Association.  

First you will need to click on the About us section of our Website.  

Second, you will need to click on Business

Third, you will need to click on the Finances section, this will bring up the Deferred Income 
section of our Web-site.  This will tell you who has paid there dues and how far they are 
paid up too.  

If you are not on that list, you are not considered a member and will not receive flowers from 2/3 in 
the event of your death.  Both myself and John Fuller paid for the flowers for Hillbilly Croft even though
he was not a paid up member.  

We are a proud bunch of Marines, but at $5.00 per year for dues, I don't think it is asking to much to 
pay for your dues.  

You will need to pay your dues to 2/3 Vietnam Veterans Association
                                                 1437 W. Utopia Rd.
                                                 Phoenix, AZ  85027

Semper Fi



Art Ferguson
Treasurer
2/3 Vietnam Veterans Association

SF  Poness

Happy 245

by Ron Poness on 11/08/20

To all my Brothers:    

  May I wish you all a very happy birthday.  You look pretty good for 245.
  Stay safe, remember fallen brothers.
  Semper Fidelis

  Poness

Message from the Commadent

by Ron Poness on 11/05/20

  From Mick Hughes

10 NOVEMBER 2020

A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS

If there were a watchword for 2020, the shortlist would certainly include ‘change,’ ‘uncertainty,’ and ‘adaptation.’ This new dynamic and uncertain environment has impacted how we recruit and train Marines, deploy aboard ship, and even how we honor our Corps’ hallowed traditions. But adapting to change and uncertainty is nothing new for Marines. It is what we have done for 245 years and what is expected of us as the Nation’s force-in- readiness. Where others see challenges, Marines see opportunities. We don’t take a knee. We will always be ready to answer the nation’s call, no matter the crisis.

In a world of seemingly relentless change and uncertainty, some things remain constant–our core values: Honor, Courage, and Commitment. These values are at the very heart of our ability to be, “most ready when the Nation is least ready.” It’s honor that gives us an uncompromising sense of personal integrity and accountability; courage that allows us to face any circumstance with an ironclad resolve to do what’s right; and commitment that binds us together as a family and drives us toward excellence. And while our core values might never change, the way we give life to them requires constant vigilance. This year’s national conversations about race remind us that we must all do better to embody our service’s values.

Commemorating the 245th birthday of our Corps offers us a chance to reflect on our history. We who serve today stand upon the shoulders of giants. While this year’s many challenges are significant and unique, they are not unprecedented, and it is important to remember that our Nation and Corps have endured difficult times in our past. This year, for example, marks the 75th anniversary of brutal battles in the Pacific; when soldiers of the sea defined the term “uncommon valor” on the black sands of Iwo Jima; the 70th anniversary of bitter fighting at Inchon and Chosin Reservoir; 55 years since Marines landed at Da Nang; and a decade since our struggle with the Taliban in the Helmand River Valley. We remember the service and sacrifice of all Marines, and honor the legacy passed down through generations. Our continuing obligation is to honor their legacy by making meaningful contributions to what they started.

From the past, we draw strength, pride, and a responsibility to carry on the warfighting heritage our predecessors built. We must also recognize our tradition of continuous adaptation–one that should inspire our
current force modernization and innovation efforts. As has been the case in the past, today’s threats require us to 
fight as a cohesive team, and our ability to succeed will depend on the Honor, Courage, and Commitment of each individual Marine. From recruiting individuals of great intelligence, strength, spirit, and diversity, to evolving how we train, educate, and mentor Marines throughout their careers, we remain dedicated to developing the world’s finest warfighters, guided by our core values.

In a year of significant change and uncertainty, I am reminded of the words of American novelist, John Dos Passos, “In times of change and danger when there is a quicksand of fear under men’s reasoning, a sense of continuity with generations gone before can stretch like a lifeline across the scary present...” Never forget, what you do today becomes the foundation for the generations of Marines that will follow. There is no challenge we cannot overcome, together, by holding fast to our core values. Happy 245th Birthday Marines.

Semper Fidelis,

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DAVID H. BERGER General, U.S. Marine Corps

Commandant of the Marine Corps


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