Good to hear from you. Happy Thanksgiving!
I just wanted to touch base and give you a report on how well our "mini-reunion" went in D.C. during Veteran's Day.
John Mcgowan, Steve Mawhirter, Jim Meehan, and Fred Anderson from my old HQ platoon and I met for three days.
We were joined by Bob Such who was with me on Hill 10 supporting 3/7 with First Platoon, Alpha Company, in 1969.
I have not seen these men for 33 years.
The first day, when we went to "The Wall" the five of us met other Marines who we knew while "in country."
That was Nov 10, the Marine Corps birthday.
We had quite a party that night as we all stayed at the same place, the Holiday Inn Hotel on 550 C Street.
On Veteran's Day it poured rained but we all were able to march the distance the "the Wall" and participate in the ceremonies.
We again found others that we had not seen in years.
Over 22,000 veterans attended the weekend "20th Anniversary of the Wall."
All of us remembered you as the best Battalion CO we had during our tours in the Marine Corps.
We talked a lot about Marble Mountain and the various fire fights.
Steve Mawhirter became a DI, and happened to run into several folks over the years.
We were trying to remember the name of your jeep driver from New Bedford. He was Portugese, I believe. Do you recall his name?
Also, Fred Anderson's neice is going to set up a website call Marble Mt Org where we plan to post pictures and recollections, etc. I wanted you to know about the site as well as how fondly you were remembered by your men.
Dan Guenther, former Captain, USMC