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by Ron Poness on 07/13/18

Reunion getting closer! Hope to see you there. Anything exciting going on for anyone?

Happy 4th

by Ron Poness on 07/04/18

To all my brothers and theirs,

  Happy 4th of July, be thankful for another one.  Remember brothers not present.

P.S.  Be careful when you are blowing things up!  :-)

Time getting short

by Ron Poness on 06/30/18


  Time is getting short for the reunion.  Sign up soon!

PS remember if you want something posted here e-mail it to     I will post it asap.

Another Brother Gone-Don't miss any reunions you never know

by Ron Poness on 06/16/18

From Dave Smith

 I was informed by My Mike Stuart that Jack Pardee  passed away this past December. Jack was 
a gunner in 3rd Section of the 81's Mortar Platoon and also was a FO attached to Golf Company.
Jack served with 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines in 1967 - 68.  RIP Marine, Semper Fi

Thanks, S/F
Dave Smith

Eddie Wyatt info

by Ron Poness on 06/02/18

Marvin Edwin "Eddie" Wyatt, Jr., 72, passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018. He was born in Gaston County, son of the late Marvin Edwin Wyatt, Sr. and Helen Long Wyatt Barker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce Bryson Wyatt; and two brothers, David and Steve Wyatt.

Mr. Wyatt was a dedicated public servant having retired after a 35 year military career serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Army, as well as the U.S. Air Force. In addition to his military career, Mr. Wyatt continued to serve the community through his 31 years of coaching cross country and track at East Gaston High School, where the track is dedicated in his name. He was an inductee in the Mount Holly Hall of Fame. He was a life-long member of Christ's Lutheran Church of Stanley, a member and Past Master of Stanley Masonic Lodge 713, as well as a member of numerous military and veteran organizations.

Mr. Wyatt is survived by his wife, Susan Rhyne Traywick Wyatt; his children, Pam Wyatt Moose and husband, John of Gastonia, Rodney Edwin Wyatt also of Gastonia, Cindy Wyatt Forrester of Lowell, and step-son, Larry Traywick and wife, Michelle of Belmont; four grandchildren, Zachery Forrester, Elsa Traywick, Gavin Traywick, and Ava Traywick; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Wyatt will be held at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Christ's Lutheran Church of Stanley with Rev. Wesley Frye officiating. Burial will follow, with both Masonic Rites and Military Honors, at Gaston Memorial Park, Gastonia. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm on Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice by visiting or to Christ's Lutheran Church, 203 South Main Street, Stanley, NC 28164. Condolence messages may be sent to the family by visiting Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly is serving the Wyatt family. 

Eddie Waytt Passing

by Ron Poness on 06/02/18

The founder of our 2/3 organization Eddie Wyatt (sp) has passed.  At this time I have no other information.  If you have more information please send it to me at:    

 Thank you.

Memorial Day

by Ron Poness on 05/28/18

To all our Brothers:

  Avery Happy Memorial day to our brothers here to enjoy the day.  On this day please take a moment to remember Brothers no longer with us.
  Remember them and remember they are in heaves for they already have spent their time in Hell.
  Semper Fi
  Your Brother

Off line again, for a bit

by Ron Poness on 05/22/18

I will be off line for about a week. If you want something on 

"rent a Battalion Blog: E-mail me at Please say you want it posted on our website.

From Carl Sorenson Steve Kidd Pasted

by Ron Poness on 05/18/18

Steve Kidd, class of 65 passed yesterday. Semper Fi, rest easy my friend.

 Steve was another good friend.  He will be missed.    Another reason not to miss any reunions.
  SF brother, RIP

Remember to thank Spider & Van

by Ron Poness on 05/13/18

Please remember to thank both Spider & Van for the covers.  They paid for our reunion covers.


from the SGTMajor

by Ron Poness on 05/13/18

Florida Woman Stops Alligator Attack Using a Small Beretta Pistol
Another good reason to have a concealed weapons permit.
 This is a story of self-control and marksmanship by a brave, cool-headed woman with a small pistol against a fierce predator.
What's the smallest caliber that you would trust to protect yourself?
Here's her story in her own words:
"While out walking along the edge of a pond just outside my house in 'The Villages' with my soon to be ex-husband, discussing property settlement and other divorce issues, we were surprised by a huge 12-ft. alligator which suddenly emerged from the murky water and began charging us with its large jaws wide open.  She must have been protecting her nest because she was extremely aggressive."

"If I had not had my little Beretta .25 caliber pistol with me, I would not be
 here today!"

"Just one shot to my estranged husband's knee cap was all it took. The gator got him easily, and I was able to escape by just walking away at a brisk pace.  The amount I saved in lawyer's fees was really incredible, and his life insurance was a real big bonus!"

Off line-blog

by Ron Poness on 05/04/18

I will be afk  (off line) for about a week.  Will post blog messages when I am back on line, end of next week.   

  Please remember if you want something posted on the blog  tell me you want it posted!   Send to my e-mail Thanks, be safe

Another Brother Gone

by Ron Poness on 04/27/18

  More sad news.  Our brother Steve Kidd Has passed away.  No information at this point.

  He will be sorely missed. He was truly one of the Good Guys.
  May he Rest in Peace.


From Dave Smith

by Ron Poness on 04/09/18

Dave Smith ( at 13:07PM on 4/8/18 commented on ??
When we have people registered it will be posted on Battalion website.          
Registration packet just went up, no one registered yet, give it a week or two  
for first registrations to be processed.
8 Apr 2018


From Doc Owens

by Ron Poness on 04/09/18

Doc Owens ( at 5:48AM on 4/9/18 commented on another view. From Rick Russo
As of July17, 2017, these were the states ICE listed as sanctuary states.

New Mexico

From Dave Smith

by Ron Poness on 04/09/18

The following comment from Dave Smith was submitted to your blog:

  Dave smith sounds like a phony name to me.   

"Maine is not a sanctuary state. 2nd time attempting to post comment."


another view. From Rick Russo

by Ron Poness on 04/07/18

I will not attend the Maine Reunion. The State of Maine has decided that        
illegal immigrants are above the Law. and have more rights to our country and   
freedoms then American citizens. We  fought to uphold the constitution and the  
laws of this government . I will not be a party to these Sanctuary States and   
their Federal law breaking disobedience. I for one Love this Country and  am    
still able to resist this faction of hate in this way ! God Bless America !...  
S.F.   Rick Russo


by Ron Poness on 04/07/18

where do  I find the page with the people that have 
signed up the Colorado Spring?

Maine carry permit.

by Ron Poness on 04/07/18

"Go to State of Maine on computer get answer to carry permit from your state. 
 S/F Gunny"


Reunion info from Dave Smith

by Ron Poness on 04/06/18

OK Marines, 
   info for Colorado Springs Reunion is up on Battalion website.  As luck would have it the
Air Force Academy is having their Homecoming that weekend (26 - 30 Sept), so don't wait to the last minute
to make hotel reservations as rooms may not be available after the cut-off date (23 Aug).  Thanks to Mitlon Hoch
and Van Perley for donating hats for this year's reunion - thanks guys.  Also, thanks to Eric Shierman for posting
info on website.  See you in Colorado Springs, do not forget items for the auction. 
 Dave Smith