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Whats going on?

by Ron Poness on 08/07/20

What's going on?  Very quiet.  Like John Wayne would say "too quiet out there"

Some one please say something.
 SF
 Poness

Sorry about the last post from Mick. It didn't fit or color

by Ron Poness on 07/21/20

 It didn't fit or color correctly.  My fault not his.

  SF
 Poness

From Mick

by Ron Poness on 07/21/20

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Happy Independence Day!!

by Ron Poness on 07/04/20

To all our Brothers & Sisters: May we all have a happy and Independence Day. After this year we all deserve a good day. Remember our Brothers not present. Stay safe!
SF
Poness

For all our Docs

by Ron Poness on 06/16/20

From Mick Hughes

On 17 June 1898 President William McKinley signed into law a bill that created the US Navy Hospital Corps. 
God Bless Our Corpsmen! 
Happy Birthday "Devil Docs"!  mh

SF
Poness

D-Day remembered

by Ron Poness on 06/06/20

From Mick Hughes:

June 6, 2020 marks the 76 anniversary of the Allies storming the beaches of Normandy, France.  
Thanks in great part to the bravery of those Troops, the U.S.A. is still a free country, the Greatest Nation in the History of the World.  mh

SF Poness

From Mick

by Ron Poness on 06/05/20

Good evening Colonel,

From Mick:

Not surprised to see (back in the day "Lieutenant") John Kopka making a big difference for the better in the Jacksonville and Onslow County  Communities.

Also not surprised to see that Assistant Secretary of State Kevin Moley (retired) had also been in the news recently.  Secretary of State Pompeo had recently fired Department of State Inspector General Linick.  It's been reported that the I.G. had weaponized his office to attack State Department Employees who were doing their jobs and upsetting the "this is the way we always did things" mentality.  Definitely, NOT the job of the I.G.  Kevin, who was on the I.G.'s radar, was a leader of change and efficiency and "getting the people's business" done to protect the global interests of the USA 

Lt. Kopka was awarded the Silver Star in October 1966 while serving with 2/3.  Kevin was an F.O. from B-1-12 and assigned to E-2-3 during the "Hill Fights-The First Battle for Khe Sanh".  Kevin was subsequently awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V".  Kevin was also a stone's throw from Lt. Colonel Ohanesian and Sgt. Major Hayes when both Marines were killed in an NVA attack on 2/3's Command Group on 28 February 1967.  2/3, like other USMC maneuver battalions in 1966-67,  frequently found itself in extremely hostile territory, mostly in "I Corps".  Thankfully, the Marines that were part of those  Infantry Battalions in RVN were exceptional in repeatedly overcoming all enemy resistance. 

These two Marines, John and Kevin, valiantly did our Nation's bidding in the Vietnam War.  And returned home to continue serving  the U.S.A., their fellow citizens and their communities.  It's unfortunate that for over 50 years Hollywood and the Main Stream Media have not spotlighted men like John Kopka and Kevin Moley because the media's narrative has always been to paint Vietnam Veterans as "eccentrics".  That's just not true, as shown by the overwhelming number of Veterans who've returned from the War in Vietnam to make communities all across America better places to live.  God Bless the U.S.A.  Semper Fidelis.  Mick

 

SF Poness

Remember

by Ron Poness on 05/23/20



"H" CO Sorry my mistake

by Ron Poness on 05/18/20

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"H" CO never mind voting. It is now my understanding St Louis is set for 2021. My mistake. 

SF

Poness

with great regret Bobby Croft

by Ron Poness on 05/16/20

I post this with great regret!  Poness

From Mick!
RON, YOU ARE CLEARED TO POST THE FOLLOWING TO THE MESSAGE BOARD OF 2/3 V.V.A.

The following information is tentative as I cannot verify at this time.  Maybe some 2/3 VVA Marines can verify the following.
It is with regret that announcement is made of the death of Marine Bobby "Hilbilly" Croft on 13 May 2020.  Bobby served in F/2/3 and was a member of the 2/3 Vietnam Veterans Association.
A family only funeral service was held on 15 May.  
Friends of Hilbilly are trying to put together a Memorial Service. Date, time and place to be determined.
For the sake of privacy, no personal information such as n.o.k., phone numbers or addresses will be posted here.  
Contact me directly and if you pass scrutiny, I will give you more information.  The info that I have will also be passed along to the President, V.P. and Treasurer of 2/3 VVA.
RON, YOU ARE CLEARED TO POST THE FOLLOWING TO THE MESSAGE BOARD OF 2/3 V.V.A.

The following information is tentative as I cannot verify at this time.  Maybe some 2/3 VVA Marines can verify the following.
It is with regret that announcement is made of the death of Marine Bobby "Hilbilly" Croft on 13 May 2020.  Bobby served in F/2/3 and was a member of the 2/3 Vietnam Veterans Association.
A family only funeral service was held on 15 May.  
Friends of Hilbilly are trying to put together a Memorial Service. Date, time and place to be determined.
For the sake of privacy, no personal information such as n.o.k., phone numbers or addresses will be posted here.  
Contact me directly and if you pass scrutiny, I will give you more information.  The info that I have will also be passed along to the President, V.P. and Treasurer of 2/3 VVA.


 SF
 Poness

next reunion

by Ron Poness on 05/13/20

Ronald Poness is feeling alone.

"H" Co. I have only had 5 responses to the question of next years reunion. I f you don't respond don't complain about meeting site.

 SF

 Poness

Bad Day

by Ron Poness on 04/30/20


Saigon fell to the NVA today.

SF Poness??

next reunion choices your vote counts!

by Ron Poness on 04/28/20

H company members: Please send you choices for the next reunion to me at: rponess@rochester.rr.com
SF
Poness ??

Reunion cancelled /next year READ!!

by Ron Poness on 04/19/20

                                               Second Battalion, Third Marines 

                                                Vietnam Veterans Association                                                                                                                                                                

 

                                                                                                                                         18 April 2020

Marines,

With the Coronavirus pandemic reaching every corner of our country and the uncertainty of how to contain this threat, we as representatives for the association decided it was in the best interest of all members if we were to hold a telephone conference to decide the fate of our 2/3 V. V. A. Annual Reunion St. Louis 2020.

Telephone conference was held on April 17 with all elected officers and company representatives. All were present except for Bravo 1/12. 

On April 8 Treasurer Art Ferguson initiated an email polling of members to determine if the Membership wanted to push ahead at this time with planning for St. Louis 2020 or if the Reunion should be cancelled. Members voted 50-4 to cancel St. Louis for 2020. All participants of the telephone conference unanimously agreed to cancel St. Louis 2020. 

St. Louis 2020 was chosen to be our Reunion venue, as per the By-Laws of the Association. Circumstances dictate that St. Louis 2020 be cancelled. In keeping with the spirit of the By-Laws, our 2021 Reunion should be in St. Louis. The work to have a St. Louis Reunion has been done by your 2/3 V. V. A. Association, your elected officers, and Armed Forces Reunions. 

I have asked Art Ferguson to conduct a poll as to where in the middle of the USA the 2021 Reunion should be held. This way, we can get a fresh look at St. Louis 2021 as the vote took place in 2018. 

I know many members, spouses and friends will be disappointed by our decision to cancel this year’s reunion, but it was done primarily out of concern for the welfare of our members. We can not charge ahead like we did in our youth under different circumstances. We, as responsible representatives, are entrusted to make safe and sound decisions for the membership, and I feel we did that professionally and compassionately.

 

John Fuller                                                                                                                                        President, 2/3 Vietnam Veterans Association

Semper Fi

 

SF  Poness

 

 

Reunion cancelled /next year READ!!

by Ron Poness on 04/19/20

                                               Second Battalion, Third Marines 

                                                Vietnam Veterans Association                                                                                                                                                                

 

                                                                                                                                         18 April 2020

Marines,

With the Coronavirus pandemic reaching every corner of our country and the uncertainty of how to contain this threat, we as representatives for the association decided it was in the best interest of all members if we were to hold a telephone conference to decide the fate of our 2/3 V. V. A. Annual Reunion St. Louis 2020.

Telephone conference was held on April 17 with all elected officers and company representatives. All were present except for Bravo 1/12. 

On April 8 Treasurer Art Ferguson initiated an email polling of members to determine if the Membership wanted to push ahead at this time with planning for St. Louis 2020 or if the Reunion should be cancelled. Members voted 50-4 to cancel St. Louis for 2020. All participants of the telephone conference unanimously agreed to cancel St. Louis 2020. 

St. Louis 2020 was chosen to be our Reunion venue, as per the By-Laws of the Association. Circumstances dictate that St. Louis 2020 be cancelled. In keeping with the spirit of the By-Laws, our 2021 Reunion should be in St. Louis. The work to have a St. Louis Reunion has been done by your 2/3 V. V. A. Association, your elected officers, and Armed Forces Reunions. 

I have asked Art Ferguson to conduct a poll as to where in the middle of the USA the 2021 Reunion should be held. This way, we can get a fresh look at St. Louis 2021 as the vote took place in 2018. 

I know many members, spouses and friends will be disappointed by our decision to cancel this year’s reunion, but it was done primarily out of concern for the welfare of our members. We can not charge ahead like we did in our youth under different circumstances. We, as responsible representatives, are entrusted to make safe and sound decisions for the membership, and I feel we did that professionally and compassionately.

 

John Fuller                                                                                                                                        President, 2/3 Vietnam Veterans Association

Semper Fi

 

SF  Poness

 

 

Reunion canceled/posponed

by Ron Poness on 04/18/20

If you have not heard the reunion has been cancelled for this year.  More info to follow.


  SF
  Poness

From Mick About reunion

by Ron Poness on 04/18/20

From Mick:
Good morning Marines,  Canceling the 2/3 V.V.A. Annual Reunion in St. Louis, September 2020 is the right thing to do.  I'll be brief with just a few comments on what comes next.  I'm stressing that the following are my OPINIONS; I'm not trying to dictate anything
1.  The official social media site of 2/3 V.V.A. is 233vietnameraassociation.homestead.com.  The web address was created BEFORE our Association agreed that we would be called 2/3 and NOT 2/3/3.  We also agreed that the word "era" would not appear in the official name of our Association.  Experts tell me it's a huge task to change our web address to more accurately describe the official name of our Association.  
2.  We agreed that our middle of the USA  reunion would be St. Louis in 2020.  I'm not totally happy with St. Louis, but I would go there because that's what the Membership wanted.  In my mind, the ethical thing to do in 2021 would be to hold our convention in St. Louis.  A lot of work has been done by the Association, the Executive Board and Armed Forces Reunions to put a package together for St. Louis.  Don't let all that work go for naught.  Don't create a situation that would require an additional workload in choosing a site other than St. Louis for 2021.  The choice made at an Annual Membership Meeting should not be overruled by Members after the fact and for no good reason. 
3.  We choose reunion sites at our Annual Membership Meeting.  These are difficult times and the Executive Board should be trusted to do what's right by our By-Laws and our Marines.  Bend the By-Laws when REQUIRED.  Don't totally disregard them or what they stand for.
4.  Our rotating, long term reunion schedule was created so that our Marines, spread across the country (and the globe) would have an opportunity to attend a reunion that could be occasionally close to their homes.  If not St. Louis, the 2021  reunion should be middle of the country at least.  
5.  We have as a group decided that Hawaii will be considered the western part of the USA.  As such, it can be nominated as a venue for 2022 when it's the west's turn.  If I remember correctly, the 2021 reunion site should have been decided at the 2019 Membership Meeting.  Armed Forces Reunions screwed up.  It's not only the Wuhan that's put us behind the eight ball.

I'll stress again that these are my OPINIONS.  The information above may be posted on the official 2/3 V.V.A web site message board.  I pray that you and our 2/3 Marines stay well and healthy.  Semper Fidelis.

Good morning Marines,  Canceling the 2/3 V.V.A. Annual Reunion in St. Louis, September 2020 is the right thing to do.  I'll be brief with just a few comments on what comes next.  I'm stressing that the following are my OPINIONS; I'm not trying to dictate anything
1.  The official social media site of 2/3 V.V.A. is 233vietnameraassociation.homestead.com.  The web address was created BEFORE our Association agreed that we would be called 2/3 and NOT 2/3/3.  We also agreed that the word "era" would not appear in the official name of our Association.  Experts tell me it's a huge task to change our web address to more accurately describe the official name of our Association.  
2.  We agreed that our middle of the USA  reunion would be St. Louis in 2020.  I'm not totally happy with St. Louis, but I would go there because that's what the Membership wanted.  In my mind, the ethical thing to do in 2021 would be to hold our convention in St. Louis.  A lot of work has been done by the Association, the Executive Board and Armed Forces Reunions to put a package together for St. Louis.  Don't let all that work go for naught.  Don't create a situation that would require an additional workload in choosing a site other than St. Louis for 2021.  The choice made at an Annual Membership Meeting should not be overruled by Members after the fact and for no good reason. 
3.  We choose reunion sites at our Annual Membership Meeting.  These are difficult times and the Executive Board should be trusted to do what's right by our By-Laws and our Marines.  Bend the By-Laws when REQUIRED.  Don't totally disregard them or what they stand for.
4.  Our rotating, long term reunion schedule was created so that our Marines, spread across the country (and the globe) would have an opportunity to attend a reunion that could be occasionally close to their homes.  If not St. Louis, the 2021  reunion should be middle of the country at least.  
5.  We have as a group decided that Hawaii will be considered the western part of the USA.  As such, it can be nominated as a venue for 2022 when it's the west's turn.  If I remember correctly, the 2021 reunion site should have been decided at the 2019 Membership Meeting.  Armed Forces Reunions screwed up.  It's not only the Wuhan that's put us behind the eight ball.

I'll stress again that these are my OPINIONS.  The information above may be posted on the official 2/3 V.V.A web site message board.  I pray that you and our 2/3 Marines stay well and healthy.  Semper Fidelis.

SF
 Poness

H Co your vote counts

by Ron Poness on 04/16/20

If any H company members have an opinion on whether to have a reunion this year in ST Louis please contact me at rponess@Rochester.rr.com
SF
H co Rep
Ponesss

Important!! Read!! Reunion read!!

by Ron Poness on 04/10/20

From Fergy

April 8, 2020

Marines

We need your input on the upcoming reunion in St. Louis, MO.

I have visited with our President, John Fuller and our Vice President Randy Shierman. All three of us are very concerned about the Corona Virus (Covid-19). We all feel that we would have a very hard time dealing with it if anyone of our Association Members contracted the virus and died as a direct result of our reunion.

First, they still haven’t come up with an anti-virus drug that we could take prior to our reunion. It could be over a year before it would be ready due to the tests to make sure it is safe for the public.

Second, I would like for our members to put yourselves in our position before you decide whether or not to continue on with our reunion in St. Louis, Missouri.

I know a lot of us have this Marine attitude that we are still bullet proof. I am one of you, but this is an invisible enemy and many of us have Diabetes, Lung problems and at our age, we are in a high- risk category.

We need to hear from you whether you want to attend our reunion this year. If not we will cancel our plans to go to St. Louis this year and will go there the following year. That way the anti-virus serum will be available to combat this virus.

We need your input, Please send me an e-mail at clydesdadfergy@aol.com with your response no later than Friday, April 17, 2020 so we can make an informed decision.

Thank you for your input on this situation. Sincerely,

Art (Fergy) Ferguson
Treasurer
2/3 Vietnam Veterans Association.


SF  Poness

From Jenkins

by Ron Poness on 04/05/20

From Chuck:      He has been missing for a while, welcome's back

Chuck Jenkins  I'm doing great Ron. I hope you are also. I Have a Service Dog name Dickens. I wish all my Brothers good health and God's Speed. You can post if ya want. Semper Fi. 

SF
Poness