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more info

by Ron Poness on 01/11/18

The VA has all the info he  ask you for.
DON'T give any info you did good. 
                          Ken Arnold
                          G/2/3 1967-68
 p/s we get them to          3rd herd


by Ron Poness on 01/05/18

From Jim Robinson

Got a phone call from 336-721-2139 said it was from the VA and asked If I was James Robinson, I never say yes, said "it is". Asked me for last 4 of SS# gave those asked me to verify my address.

I responded you don't know my address, yes I do but you need to verify it. I have not received a call like this before and alarm bells are going off. I said how about you verify who you are. Response was I can read you a statement that only VA employees are allowed to read. Yep OK, I will go for that, I got shot in the arm not the head!

Do you have a number I can call back I asked? Sure 336-251-0351. Different # than # displayed on phone. 

Does not show up as a spam or scam number, appears to belong to a private company in VA.

Any input on this greatly appreciated. 




be careful

by Ron Poness on 01/02/18

Not a joke. To all my Northern brothers please be careful with the cold. That cold is not funny, please be careful

Happy New Year

by Ron Poness on 12/31/17

Happy New year to all my brothers and theirs. Be Careful


by Ron Poness on 12/30/17

I understand it's cold up North.  Sorry but we in the South (Florida) have it hard also.  It's so cold down here we had to turn off the AC

 Poness  :-)

It's Here Merry Christmas

by Ron Poness on 12/24/17

Merry Christmas to All:
Let us all be thankful to be here with loved ones and brothers. Remember our brothers not present and enjoy for them also.  
SF Poness

Will be here soon

by Ron Poness on 12/21/17

Getting close to Christmas.


Want something posted?

by Ron Poness on 11/27/17

 If you would like something posted on this site send it to:    Please tell me you want it posted!
  Sorry don't know why it can't be posted directly.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

by Ron Poness on 11/24/17

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.


Another Brother passed.

by Ron Poness on 10/02/17

  Another Brother gone.  May he RIP  SF Poness

The following comment from scott lamarche was submitted to your blog:

"Semper Fi Pete..,you are missed and honor to you and yours. Wishing nothing but well for Hila and family. R.I.P. my brother. "

Goodby from Ken

by Ron Poness on 09/12/17

The following comment from Ken Honeycutt was submitted to your blog:

"Pete was to me the first friend that befriended me at my first 2/3 Reunion in Charleston. So my time with Pete was limited to two Reunions, however, I will never forget this wonderful man. After spending several funny hours with him I will remember him for his humor and love for his fellow man. Rest in Peace Brother Pete. Semper Fi and My Love Ken "

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thank you.

by Ron Poness on 09/08/17

Hello, I'm Pete Lindley's daughter an I want to say thank you all for you support and kind words to mom Hila durning this time. I will be bringing some items to Art she wanted the association to have. Possible more later. Here is a link to his obituary which has a guest book. Should anyone like to leave a comment. Hola doesn't have a internet, but my brother and I will making a memory book for her. Tracy Montgomery

Be Gone

by Ron Poness on 09/05/17

  I will be out of touch for a few days.  Fergy or Art  or Eric can help you.


Below message not from me. Poness

by Ron Poness on 09/03/17

Below message not from me. Poness

More info on Passing Brother. Pete Lindley

by Ron Poness on 09/03/17


Pete Lindley Died


Ili Lindley called me a couple days ago to share that Pete had a massive heart attack at the Oregon State Fair. He couldn't be revived at the hospital. His graveside service is at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR on 9/11 at 11 a.m. My brother Patrick (Army Chaplain, Major, Retired) is officiating on my request. I cant' get out there at this time. I live in Buffalo, NY and have two part-time jobs. If you write me I can send it on to my brother to be read with family and shared with Ili, Pete's wife. Pete was a good Marine. His first tour we served together in 81's along with Dave Smith, Alvin Simpson,, Fred Hellman, Mike Donahue, and myself. Pete served another tour afterwards as he was enlisted for four years. Donahue, Lindley and myself grew up in Portland, Oregon! 

another Brother gone.

by Ron Poness on 09/03/17

Marines, It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Pete Lindley. He was a member of our Association. Rest in Peace my friend. Semper Fi

Sorry that's all the info I have.  Note is from Fergy.

Very interesting (in my opinion)

by Ron Poness on 08/29/17

I am not sure all the facts are completely accurate but you will get the idea.

When Thomas Jefferson saw there was no negotiating with Muslims, he formed what is now the Marines (sea going soldiers). These Marines were attached to U. S. Merchant vessels. When the Muslims attacked U.S. merchant vessels they were repulsed by armed soldiers, but there is more. The Marines followed the Muslims back to their villages and killed every man, woman, and child in the village. It didn't take long for the Muslims to leave U.S. Merchant vessels alone.

English and French merchant vessels started running up our flag when entering the Mediterranean to secure safe travel.
This is why the Marine Hymn contains the verse, "To the Shores of Tripoli". This is very interesting and a must read piece of our history. It points out where we may be heading. Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over two hundred years ago the United States had declared war on Islam, and Thomas Jefferson led the charge!

At the height of the 18th century, Muslim pirates (the "Barbary Pirates") were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic. They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant ransoms. Those taken hostage were subjected to barbaric treatment and wrote heart-breaking letters home, begging their governments and families to pay whatever their Mohammedan captors demanded.

These extortionists of the high seas represented the North African Islamic nations of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers - collectively referred to as the Barbary Coast – and presented a dangerous and unprovoked threat to the new American Republic.

Before the Revolutionary War, U.S. merchant ships had been under the protection of Great Britain. When the U.S. declared its independence and entered into war, the ships of the United States were protected by France. However, once the war was won, America had to protect its own fleets. Thus, the birth of the U.S. Navy. Beginning in 1784, 17 years before he would become president, Thomas Jefferson became America 's Minister to France. That same year, the U.S. Congress sought to appease its Muslim adversaries by following in the footsteps of European nations who paid bribes to the Barbary States rather than engaging them in war.

In July of 1785, Algerian pirates captured American ships, and the Dye of Algiers demanded an unheard-of ransom of $60,000. It was a plain and simple case of extortion, and Thomas Jefferson was vehemently opposed to any further payments. Instead, he proposed to Congress the formation of a coalition of allied nations who together could force the Islamic states into peace. A disinterested Congress decided to pay the ransom.

In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli 's ambassador to Great Britain to ask by what right his nation attacked American ships and enslaved American citizens, and why Muslims held so much hostility towards America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts. The two future presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja had answered that Islam "was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Quran that all nations who would not acknowledge their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise."

Despite this stunning admission of premeditated violence on non-Muslim nations, as well as the objections of many notable American leaders, including George Washington, who warned that caving in was both wrong and would only further embolden the enemy, for the following fifteen years the American government paid the Muslims millions of dollars for the safe passage of American ships or the return of American hostages.
The payments in ransom and tribute amounted to over 20 percent of the United States government annual revenues in 1800. Jefferson was disgusted.

Shortly after his being sworn in as the third President of the United States in 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli sent him a note demanding the immediate payment of $225,000 plus $25,000 a year for every year forthcoming. That changed everything. Jefferson let the Pasha know, in no uncertain terms, what he could do with his demand. The Pasha responded by cutting down the flagpole at the American consulate and declared war on the United States. Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers immediately followed suit.

Jefferson, until now, had been against America raising a naval force for anything beyond coastal defense, but, having watched his nation be cowed by Islamic thuggery for long enough, decided that it was finally time to meet force with force. He dispatched a squadron of frigates to the Mediterranean and taught the Muslim nations of the Barbary Coast a lesson he hoped they would never forget. Congress authorized Jefferson to empower U.S. ships to independent United States had both the will and the right to strike back, they quickly abandoned their allegiance to Tripoli.

The war with Tripoli lasted for four more years, and raged up again in 1815. The bravery of the U.S. Marine Corps in these wars led to the line "to the shores of Tripoli" in the Marine Hymn, and they would forever be known as "leathernecks" for the leather collars of their uniforms, designed to prevent their heads from being cut off by the Muslim scimitars when boarding enemy ships.
Islam, and what its Barbary followers justified doing in the name of their prophet and their god, disturbed Jefferson quite deeply.
America had a tradition of religious tolerance. In fact Jefferson, himself, had co-authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, but fundamentalist Islam was like no other religion the world had ever seen. A religion based on supremacy, whose holy book not only condoned but mandated violence against unbelievers, was unacceptable to him. His greatest fear was that someday this brand of Islam would return and pose an even greater threat to the United States.

This should concern every American. That Muslims have brought about women-only classes and swimming times at taxpayer-funded universities and public pools; that Christians, Jews, and Hindus have been banned from serving on juries where Muslim defendants are being judged; Piggy banks and Porky Pig tissue dispensers have been banned from workplaces because they offend Islamist sensibilities; ice cream has been discontinued at certain Burger King locations because the picture on the wrapper looks similar to the Arabic script for Allah; public schools are pulling pork from their menus; on and on and on and on.
It's death by a thousand cuts, or inch-by-inch as some refer to it, and most Americans have no idea that this battle is being waged every day across America. By not fighting back, by allowing groups to obfuscate what is really happening, and not insisting that the Islamists adapt to our culture, the United States is cutting its own throat with a politically correct knife, and helping to further the Islamists' agenda.

Can anyone help?

by Ron Poness on 08/24/17

Name:Ashley Benitez Smith
Message:Hello, My name is Ashley Benitez Smith and I am the niece of Cpl. Richard Lee Carlson (Echo Company, 3rd Platoon,). Currently, I am working on a project to digitize my uncle's letters from Vietnam and create a personal history. I was wondering if anyone who served with my uncle had letters to or from him. Also, if they had any letters to or from my grandparents, Charlie and Dorthy Carlson. I was not sure if I could post this on message boards as I am not a member of the association. If some sort of announcement could be made, that would be great. Thank you for your service. Have a good day. Sincerely, Ashley Benitez Smith

New from Fergy BY-laws

by Ron Poness on 08/10/17


While we were in San Antonio, I advised you all of potential problems with the IRS, they sent me a letter telling me
that our non-profit status was being revoked, hell, I never knew that they were going to treat us as a non-profit
corporation in the first place.  There was no paperwork from them after I processed and answered the questions
that they asked me.  That was three years ago and now they are telling me that we are no longer a non-profit
Corporation.  No one that I know of has ever processed the request for non-profit status under IRS Code
Section 501 (c) 3 as they would have to:

1.  File Articles of Incorporation and be Incorporated, to the nearest of my knowledge was never done.  
2.  Our Association By-Laws would have to be filed, I cleaned up our Corporate By-Laws per the minutes
     of our San Antonio reunion.  Changes suggested to our By-Laws by Attorney Russ Mazzola, a member 
     in good standing of our association were approved by our association.
3.  File IRS Form 1023 Application for non-profit status.  An approximately 20 page application form.  To the
     nearest of my knowledge, none was ever filed.    

I completed three years of Corporate Income Tax's for them as they requested in their letter that they
had sent me.  For Fiscal Year Ended (Fye) 9/30/2014, the tax was $552; For Fye 9/30/2015 it was $83 and
for Fiscal Year Ended 9/30/2016 we had a slight Net Operating Loss ($270) that I elected to carry forward to
9/30/2017.  The IRS has since cashed both checks. 

The next step is to Incorporate our association.  Lt. Russ Mazzola has generously stated that he would
draft the Articles for free.  The only problem that we have with that is that I believe we need to Incorporate
in Arizona as that is where the books of record are located.  I have an Attorney friend here that I believe
could assist us in getting the Incorporation completed in Arizona.  Once that is completed, I can file form
1023 requesting non-profit status.  

If you are asking yourself, what is the benefit.  First we will be operating legally for the first time, the
IRS requires it.  Second, we will have the benefit of deducting contributions that are being given in cash, 
or the items donated at the auction, lower of cost or market value of the item. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at my home phone - 623-780-1819.

Semper Fi


Final By-laws revision

by Ron Poness on 07/29/17


First established on August 5, 2005 Amended April 29, 2017




1.) The official name of this group shall be:
"The 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment Vietnam Veterans Association" (hereinafter "Association")



1.) The Association shall be operated for the following purposes:

a.) To develop, foster and perpetuate the ideals, comradeship, and professional standards of those who served during the Vietnam War in the following Companies of 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines (2/3), Headquarters and Services (H&S), Echo (E) , Fox (F) ,Golf (G), Hotel (H), and attached or support units.

  1. b.)  To promote good fellowship among its members and to remember those members who have gone before us.

  2. c.)  To maintain an official Association website.



1.) Regular Member: person, living or deceased, who was assigned, attached to or in support of 2/3 while serving in the Country of Vietnam. The Officers of the Association shall determine the units who served or were attached to 2/3.

2,) Associate Member: Immediate family member of a regular member.

3.) A Regular Member, including an Officer, may be expelled or suspended for improper conduct by two-thirds vote of the Association officers present at any meeting of the 2/3 Association. This can be done only after reasonable opportunity to be heard shall be given the member to be dealt with.




1.) Regular Members shall pay annual dues, the amount of which will be prescribed during the annual business meeting. Paid member will be active from the last day of the current reunion to the last day of the next reunion.



  1. 1.)  The affairs and business of this Association shall be managed by the Officers consisting of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Representatives from the Companies of 2/3 and the Support/Attached Units. All elected Officers of this Association are entitled to vote with the General Membership with

    one exception--the President may vote only in the event of a tie.

  2. 2.)  Additional positions that may be required would be a Web Director, Editor of Newsletter, Historian, Sergeant at Arms and Chaplain; any positions created, other then those stated in the first paragraph of this article, will not be considered as Officers. Association Members may be appointed or voted into any additional positions, other than Sergeant at Arms and Chaplain, but do not have voting rights.

  3. 3.)  Election of Officers: The following Officers will be elected by the Regular Membership at the annual business meeting: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. These Officers will assume their duties immediately after the Membership Meeting. These Representatives will assume their duties immediately upon being elected.

  4. 4.)  All newly elected officers will meet with any outgoing officer for an easy transition of power before the end of the Reunion.

  5. 5.)  Vacancies
    A.) In case of death or resignation of the President, the Vice-President

    shall succeed to the President's unexpired term of office, subject to the same responsibilities given to or imposed upon the President. The President pro-tem will then appoint a Vice-President to his unexpired term of office. In case of death or resignation of the other officers, the President will appoint a successor until the next meeting of the members. In the case of Company and Support Unit Representatives, the units will vote for a replacement.


1.) PRESIDENT (Non-Voting)


A.) The President shall preside at all Association meetings to ensure that they are properly conducted, shall be an impartial and conscientious arbiter of discussions and debates, insist on fairness in the actions and discussions of the members and assure that members are encouraged to join and maintain membership.

  1. Authorize the Association Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer to issue checks for Association debts if such debts are warranted.

  2. The President appoints Committee Chairpersons on a voluntary basis, keeps in contact with other officers of the Association and votes ONLY to break a tie.

  3. The President shall serve no more than (2) two consecutive (1) one year terms before having to step down for a minimum of (1) one year prior to seeking the office of President again.

  1. 2.)  VICE-PRESIDENT (Voting)

    1. A.)  Presides at meetings in the absence of the President and performs duties assigned to him by the Association.

    2. B.)  In the event of the President's inability to act to perform the duties of the President.

    3. C.)  Keeps a copy of current members.

    4. D.)  Assists President with encouraging new members.

    5. E.)  Other duties as assigned.


    1. A.)  Keeps accurate records of all Association meetings

    2. B.)  Gives a report at the Annual Business Meeting of all recordings.

    3. C.)  Posts the minutes of all meetings on the web-site as soon after said meeting occurred.

    4. D.)  Maintains all records for past (10) years.

    5. E.)  Maintains By-Laws and changes thereto.

    6. F.)  Receives and files monthly bank statement (copies) from the Treasurer.


  1. G.)  Forwards copies of By-Law changes and meeting minutes to the Website Director for posting on the Website.

  2. H.)  Will not allow membership information distributed for any business purpose.


  1. A.)  Issue checks under his signature as authorized by the President or in the event of the President's inability to act then under the signature of the Vice-President for Association debts.

  2. B.)  Keeps accurate records of all financial dealings that concern the Association.

  3. C.)  Gives an annual report to the membership at the Annual Meeting. This report will be in printed form and will be distributed to the Officers and Company Representatives at the Officers Meeting.

  4. D.)  Receives and holds all monies pertaining to the Office of the Treasurer from the Association.

  5. E.)  Reviews and signs all contracts for the Association.

  6. F.)  Collects and holds all membership annual dues of the Association.

  7. G.)  As dues are paid, Treasurer will notify appropriate Company Representative.

  8. H.)  Works in conjunction with the Host Reunion Coordinator regarding expenses and contracts. All expenses for Reunions shall be submitted for review by the Treasurer before any monies can be expended.

  9. I.)  Keeps accurate account of all monies of the Association, maintains the Financial Records in a neat and efficient manner. Provides a Xerox copy of bank statements to the Secretary of the Association as
    a matter of record.

  10. J.)  Makes available at the Officers Meeting the Association's Financial Records for audit prior to each years Membership Meeting.

  11. K.)  Presents the Financial Report for acceptance at the Annual Membership Meeting of the Association.

  12. L.)  Maintains communication with the Individual Company Representatives regarding any changes to information regarding their Individual Company Members.

  13. M.)  Maintains the Official 2/3 Roster, in Excel Software format, providing copies of the 2/3 Roster to Officers and Company Representatives on an as-needed basis.


  1. N.)  Maintains communication with the Webmaster to process e-mail address changes on the Website.

  2. O.)  This position manages the "Archive Listing" . This list contains names and contact information for persons who are not active paid members. The persons on the Archive Listing do not receive copies of the 2/3 Newsletter. The Archive Listing will only be utilized if someone is looking for contact information on a non-member.

  1. 5.)  Company and Support Unit Representatives (Voting)

    1. A.)  Shall represent their respected units as members of the Association.

    2. B.)  Will bring to the attention of the Board and the general membership all concerns of their individual units.

    3. C.)  Must be on the internet in order to better serve the members of their Company.

    4. D.)  Must keep in touch with the members of their companies, both those on the internet and by mail, those who are not on the internet, as to important issues regarding the Association.

    5. E.)  It is understood that Company Representatives will bear the cost of any mailings, phone calls, etc., as they serve the members of their Companies.

  2. 6.)  Additional Non-Voting Position Duties.

    1. A.)  Sergeant-At-Arms

      1. 1.)  Will maintain order at meetings assuring that no extraneous talking or activity that is disruptive to meeting.

      2. 2.)  May, by initiative or direction, be required to caution and/or remove any disruptive person(s) during the course of said meeting.

    2. B.)  Chaplain

      1. 1.)  Serves as the Association Spiritual Leader.

      2. 2.)  Notifies the Webmaster of items to be placed on the Bereavement Page of the Website.

      3. 3.)  Sends Sympathy cards to the family of any current paid member who passes away.

    3. C.)  Web-Director

1.) Creates, maintains and up-dates the Association's Website and Message Board.


  1. 2.)  Receives and processes updates from individual members, officers and company representatives in a timely manner.

  2. 3.)  This position manages the "Archive Listing". This list contains names and contact information for persons who are not active paid members. The persons on the Archive Listing do not receive copies of the
    2/3 Newsletter. The Archive Listing will only be utilized if someone

    is looking for contact information on a non-member.

  1. D.)  Newsletter Editor

    1. 1.)  Prepares and gathers information to produce an Association Newsletter.

    2. 2.)  Newsletter is mailed to members on the Association's paid member roster.

    3. 3.)  All expenses relating to production and distribution must be pre-approved by the Treasurer.

    4. 4.)  The Newsletter will be published on the Association's website as copyright laws permit.

  2. E.)  Past President

1.) Past Presidents serve as non-voting members of the Officers and Company Representatives Board.

  1. F.)  Assistant Webmaster

  2. G.)  Assistant Treasurer

Article VII


  1. 1.)  Membership Meeting: The annual Membership meeting of the Officers and Members shall be held during the Associations reunion at a date and time directed by the President after consultation with the reunion coordinator.

  2. 2.)  2/3 Officers Meeting: The President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and all Company/Support Unit Representatives shall meet at least 24 hours prior to the Membership Meeting. Items covered will be Treasurer audit, minutes from previous business meeting, and to set agenda for that year's Membership meeting.

  3. 3.)  Special Meetings: Special meetings of the members may be called at any time by the President with the consent of a majority of the Officers. The President of the Association shall also call for a special meeting of members whenever so requested by ten (10%) percent of the members entitled to vote. Notice of such meeting, stating the purpose for which it is called, shall be served by mail to each member entitled to vote, not less than fourteen (14) days before the date set for such meeting. Business other than specified in the call may be introduced, but only after the specified business has been completed. Any


other business to be presented must be put in writing and given to the President and/or Officer-In-Charge before said meeting is called to order. This requirement may be waived by the President and/or Officer-In-Charge.
Voting: At all meetings of the members, all questions shall be determined by a majority vote of those present only and not by proxy. All votes shall be given by voice; except on order of the President a vote by show of hands or by ballot may be used. Only Regular Members are allowed voice and/or vote at any meetings. The President may allow an Associate or Honorary Member voice if two-thirds (2/3) of the Officers agree.

Article VIII

  1. 1.)  The latest edition of Robert's Rules of Parliamentary Procedure are hereby adopted and made part of these by-laws.

  2. 2.)  The President may, by a vote of the membership, suspend these rules for a duration or all of any meeting.

  3. 3.)  The following order shall be used in conducting a called meeting of this Association

    1. A.)  Call to Order

    2. B.)  Pledge to Flag

    3. C.)  Opening Prayer

    4. D.)  Moment of silence for all POW/MIA's from all conflicts

    5. E.)  Roll Call of Officers

    6. F.)  Officers' Reports (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Company Reps. )

    7. G.)  Minutes from Last Meeting

    8. H.)  Old Business

    9. I.)  New Business

    10. J.)  Nomination of New Officers

    11. K.)  Election

    12. L.)  Presentations for Future Reunion sites

    13. M.)  Vote for Reunion Site

    14. N.)  Close of Meeting


Article IX


1.) The Association authorizes the issuance of two (2) Association credit cards for
use exclusively for the affairs of the Association. One card each shall be held for use by the Association President and the other card by the Association Treasurer. The issuing financial institution of the card shall be as determined by a majority of the officers so-entitled to vote. Credit card indebtedness shall be timely paid

as set forth under the above-assigned duties.

Article X


1.) These By-Laws may be amended by a majority vote of the Regular Members at the Annual Membership Meeting provided that the proposed Amendment had been submitted, in writing to the Members, fifteen (15) days prior to the Annual Membership Meeting. Upon consideration of the proposed amendment to the By-Laws, it shall be offered and voted on during the Annual Membership Meeting. Passage of the proposed Amendment(s) shall require an affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members present at the Annual Membership Meeting.