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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.
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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.
From Dave Smith
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.
2/3 Vietnam Veterans Association
Happy New Year to a new decade:
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!
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.
DAVID H. BERGER General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commandant of the Marine Corps