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May 2017

Memorial Day Greetings from President Andy Blenkle

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Marines and Friends,

Well, we're four and half months away from our reunion in San Antonio.

Registration is progressing nicely. If you haven't made your hotel reservations for the reunion yet, don't wait too long. We have a finite number of rooms blocked at the special rate of $115 plus tax/night. Once the blocked rooms are sold out, we are at the mercy of the hotel and the special pricing may not be available. Also, the cut off date for hotel reservations is September 11. You should have received a call or an email by now from one of our phone captains regarding our reunion. If you haven't and wish to find out more about our reunion and receive a registration form contact Terry Cox ( tcox95@cox.net ).

Here are the names of 37 classmates who have already booked their reservations at the El Tropicano Hotel and sent in their Class registration forms:

  • John Admire
  • Larry Aker
  • Rick Anderson
  • Andy Blenkle
  • Pete Clay
  • Dick Costello
  • Kelly Couch
  • Terry Cox
  • Gary Cummins
  • Walt Flynn
  • Gene Gibbons
  • Ralph Golden
  • Jay Lillie
  • Dwayne Littlejohn
  • Sam McClinchie
  • Steve McComb
  • Joe McDavid
  • Dave Mellon
  • Ron Mikat
  • Mike Miller
  • Phil Perzan
  • Jim Ray
  • Bob Richardson
  • Bob Rix
  • Dave Rogers
  • Paul Ross
  • Bob Roughgarden
  • Jack Sheehan
  • Clay Sneer
  • Charles Sooter
  • Mike St. Clair
  • Al Stefl
  • Skip Storey
  • Ron Sutton
  • Jim Thornton
  • Jim Uecker
  • Dave Wall

Terry Cox and I will be making a final recon trip to San Antonio the 26th through the 29th of June.

We will touch base with our points of contact and tie up any loose ends.

General Mike Hagee, 33d Commandant, has been invited to be our Guest of Honor and speaker. The General was the last Commandant to have served in Vietnam.

Sometime in July his office will inform us whether he is indeed able to attend.

If the General is unable to join us, our Classmate John Admire, who retired with two stars, has agreed to be our speaker.

John has written an excellent book about Vietnam called "Darker than Dark". The focus of the story is on a Marine fire Team - yes, four Marines and their exploits. The book is a great read. It made me proud of the caliber of young Marines we served with in Vietnam.

Three of our classmates have made return trips to Vietnam and written a commentaries on their visit. The articles can be found by clicking here.

Darell Wells contacted his Basic School Platoon Commander (D5), Lt. Col. Dennis Gallagher, USMC (Retired). Dennis and his wife, Maureen (Mo), will be coming. Turns out Dennis and his family were my neighbors in Montclair, Virginia. He lived two houses up from me and our kids played together.

Four members of our Board of Directors will have their terms expire in 2017. So, anyone interested in serving the Class, as a director, please drop me a reply and let me know.

At our Saturday evening banquet, we ask that you wear a jacket and tie. We also suggest that, if you have them, you wear miniature medals on your jacket.

A Lt. Col. Clyde Johnston, USMC (Retired) emailed me. He was the Officer Selection Officer in Des Moines, IA back in 1965 and knows that he put some candidates into the 38th OCC. Does his name sound familiar? Unfortunately, he said he doesn't recollect any names. He was rather busy in those days.

This Memorial Day let us all remember our 33 classmates who gave all in Vietnam and those who have gone on to their heavenly reward in subsequent years.

Have an enjoyable and safe summer and make your reservations to join your Classmates at our October 11-15 Reunion in San Antonio, TX.

Semper Fidelis.
Andy

December 2016

President's Christmas Message

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Marines and Friends,

The Christmas season is upon us and we're ten months out from our San Antonio reunion scheduled for October 11-15, 2017.

Our 2017 fiscal year began on the Marine Corps Birthday in November and we recently made a donation of $4000 to the Semper Fi Fund which "Go Daddy" a web domain and website supplier founded by Marine Bob Parsons will match.

With the new fiscal year, it's also the time for our Annual Voluntary Contribution Drive to get underway. Contributions, as you know, are tax deductible.

We encourage a minimum $25 donation from all members, but support of our organization is strictly voluntary. Like the Corps itself, you have already earned membership. If, however, you would like to donate at the leadership level, those are defined as follows:

  • Anchor $1 to $74
  • Globe $75 to $149
  • Eagle $150 or more

Contributions will be acknowledged and posted on our website.

Please make your check payable to: "38th OCC/Basic Class 3-66 Alumni"
On the Memo line of the check, please insert Tax ID No. 54-2099257 and mail to our Treasurer:

Note: This is a new address

Steve McComb
2960 Pharr Court South, Apt. N-3
Atlanta, GA 30305-2188

Regarding the reunion, we have invited General Michael W. Hagee, USMC (Retired), 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps and last to have served in Vietnam, to be our guest speaker. It will be early summer before we know whether he will be able to attend. General Hagee is the President and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, which manages and financially supports the National Museum of the Pacific War, located in Fredericksburg, TX, which we will visit during our 2017 reunion.

The reunion plans are coming together. More information will be forthcoming in the next several months.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

Semper Fidelis.
Andy

October 2016

Mark Your 2017 Calendar

38th OCC/BC 3-66 REUNION: October 11-15, 2017 in San Antonio, TX

  1. Our site in 2017 is in San Antonio, TX. A great city with lots to do and wonderful restaurants. We decided to try something different by holding the reunion in mid-USA, so everyone is traveling about the same distance, except for those that live in Texas, of course. This way no one needs to fly from Coast to Coast, which is becoming tougher on us more mature adults. The host hotel will be the El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel.

  2. This reunion only plans on one bus ride on Thursday (approximately 1 hour) to the National Museum of the Pacific War. A must see from what everyone says.

  3. Instead of taking a long bus ride to a base to watch the young Marines demonstrate all the new weaponry we have decided to bring the Marines to us. Most of the comments we have received from our classmates is they wish they would have had more time to talk with these young Marine but we never had much time for doing this. So this reunion we are planning a Southwestern Bar-B-Q at our Hospitality Room on opening day and inviting Marines to join us in a relaxed setting where we can throw down a few brews and find out what the Corps is like today. It will make you proud I'm sure.

  4. We're finally doing something special for the Ladies at this reunion. No, we're not giving them a Mameluke Favor. We have planned a luncheon,especially for them, at the famous Hotel Menger in downtown San Antonio (across the street from the Alamo). The luncheon would follow our Memorial Service at the Vietnam Monument on Friday morning. The luncheon will also include a special tour of this famous hotel and they will hear about the ghosts from the past that still haunts this place (it's only a rumor). This Luncheon is optional, if the wives don't want to leave their husband's side they don't have too.

  5. I know in the past our Hospitality Suites have been crowded but for this Reunion, the El Tropicano has given us a very spacious room (banquet size, 2100 sqft w/overflow). There is plenty of room for tables and chairs to allow us to sit around, drink and chat. It has a good view of the Riverwalk and you can even sit out on the balcony and enjoy the river. We plan on leaving the hospitality room open much more than we have in the past. It will be left open for your convenience from around 1100 to 2300 most every day, even during meal time. Thursday it won't open up till 1600 because of our trip to the National Museum.

  6. And yet, another first. We are planning a "Story Telling Time" on Thursday and Friday evening at one end of the Hospitality Suite. We have all enjoyed telling our stories to one another about our time at OCS/Basic School and Vietnam but never in an open forum. This time we want to open some of these great stories to everyone that wants to listen or participate in telling us about their great experiences...Jack Sheehan & Steve Bowen excluded of course, I've heard some of their stories and I don't think our Marines ears should be subject to that.

    Some suggestions: Where were you during TET? What were some of your most interesting missions? How come the DI picked on you more than the other guys...maybe our ex-DI Mike St. Clair can shed some light on that subject. Were you involved with the Hill Fights or the 77 day Siege of Khe Sanh...I know I was! How come it was so much tougher on us Aviators, when you ground guys got three squares a day while walking through the beautiful country of Vietnam.

  7. And finally, besides the program planned: BBQ, National Museum, Memorial Service & Ladies luncheon, we plan on having a lot of free time for everyone to enjoy the sites and restaurants of San Antonio. There is so much to do there --- why not expand your time and have a little vacation.
    • Alamo
    • Riverwalk
    • Riverboat Cruises
    • Mexican Market Square (largest Mexican shopping center outside of Mexico)
    • Tower of the Americas
    • Rivercenter Mall


Program:

Wed - Oct 11th - Check-in & welcoming Southwest Bar-B-Q withHonored Guests -- Marines from I & I

Thu - Oct 12th - Visit National Museum of the Pacific War (Admiral Nimitz - Commanding). This will be the only bus ride of the week.

Fri - Oct 13th - Memorial Service at the Vietnam Monument site honoring those Marines that fought and died at the "Hill Fight" on Hill 881S. (Dave Rogers, one of Our Classmates involved in the Hill Fights and whose poem is inscribed on the base of the monument will joining us along with John Baines, Founder of the organization that funded the Memorial)

Special Luncheon for the Ladies at the elegant Hotel Menger (First hotel built in San Antonio, which hosted several Presidents and military leaders, including Sam Houston and Robert E. Lee)

Sat - Oct 14th - Banquet - Andy is attempting to secure General Hagee as our Guest Speaker


More to come later with the costs of this shindig, but please MARK YOUR CALENDAR so you don't accidentally plan your Caribbean Cruise on these dates.

Semper Fidelis.
Terry Cox
Registration Coordinator

September 2016

Labor Day Greetings from President Andy Blenkle

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Marines and Friends,

Well, Labor Day is almost here. I hope you are enjoying the extended vacation weekend! That leaves us just 401 days out from our reunion in San Antonio.

The Reunion Committee has made a lot of progress in getting everything set, but there are still a few details to be sorted out.

We'll be staying at the El Tropicano River Walk Hotel.

Terry Cox has put together the tentative schedule which can be found in the next section of this Newsletter. He has also gathered lots of additional items in the "2017 Reunion Information" in the third section. Hopefully, this information will motivate you to commit to attending the reunion and you will note and protect the reunion dates (October 11 - 15, 2017) on your 2017 calendar.

There will be lots more information coming your way regarding registration, once we finalize all the details!

We will have a Memorial Service at the San Antonio Vietnam Memorial, a monumental sculpture by Austen Deuel depicting a radioman preparing to call in a medevac during the Assault on Hill 881 South on April 30, 1967. It is truly impressive - and on the base of the statue is inscribed the poem our Classmate Dave Rogers wrote the previous evening. The Vietnam Memorial is very close to the hotel.

A good friend of mine, Ed "Tex" Stitler, (M/3/7 1967) who loves to BBQ, is going to provide a Texas BBQ on Wednesday evening for our reception dinner.

The hotel has guaranteed us a very large hospitality room along the River Walk.

I was looking through some old Vietnam photos and realized most of us had arrived in Vietnam by the end of August 1966. Where has the time gone?

This year, our class has donated $3000 to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

Last year Go Daddy doubled any donation to the Semper Fi Fund during the Christmas season, so we plan making our annual gift to them during this Christmas Season.

Please take the time to scroll down to the following sections for the information that Terry Cox has put together on the 2017 Reunion.

There are addition sections to this newsletter encouraging your financial support of the Class and the most recent information we have received on the passing of our Classmates!

Looking forward to seeing you in San Antonio in October of 2017!

Semper Fidelis.
Andy

2017 Reunion Tentative Schedule

38th OCC/BC 3-66 USMC Alumni Association
2017 Reunion Tentative Schedule
October 11 - 15, 2017
San Antonio, TX

Wednesday, October 11th
1200 - 2300 Reunion Registration Desk Open - Hospitality Suite
1200 - 2300 Hospitlity Suite Open
1530 - 1630 Board of Directors meeting
1730 -2130 Southwest BBQ Dinner in Hospitality Suite

Thursday, October 12th
0600 - 0830 Breakfast - included with hotel stay
0830 - 0845 Board buses for National Museum
0900 - 1600 Tour National Museum of the Pacific War
1600 - 2300 Hospitality Suite Open
1900 - 2100 Dinner on your own
2100 - 2300 Group story time (OCS/TBS/VN) in Hospitality Suite

Friday, October 13th
0600 - 0830 Breakfast - included with hotel stay
0930 - 1100 Memorial Service at Vietnam Memorial
1100 - 1115 Official Reunion Photo
1200 - 1400 Spouse's Luncheon at the Manger Hotel
1130 - 2300 Hospitality Suite open
1130 - 1800 Free Time
1900 - 2100 Dinner on your own
2100 - 2300 Group story time (OCS/TBS/VN) in Hospitality Suite

Saturday, October 14th
0600 - 0830 Breakfast - included with hotel stay
0900 - 1000 "All Hands" Biannual Business Meeting
1000 - 1800 Hospitality Suite Open
1000 - 1800 Free time or Optional Self Directed Tours
1900 - 2130 Banquet & programs
2130 - 2330 Hospitality Suite Open

Sunday, October 15th
0600 - 1200 Breakfast - included with hotel stay
0900 - 1030 Board Meeting
0600 - 1200 Check out -- SEE YOU IN 2019

Reunion Information

Reunion Dates:
October 11-14, 2017

Hotel Registration Information:
El Tropicano Riverwalk
110 Lexington Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78205

Cost:$115 + 16.75% tax for single or double occupancy
with buffet breakfast included
Group Rate:Available 3 days before/after based on availability
Reservation Cutoff Date:Monday, September 11, 2017
Parking:$14 plus tax per night

Registration
Registration Cost: Still being developed

Other Information:

Hotel:
The hotel was built in 1960. It has touches of San Antonio with flair of Mexico and the tropics in its lobby. It has an atrium with a couple of South American Toucan Birds and Tortoises. Its lobby is very spacious and open and overlooks the Riverwalk. It has a "Tiki Bar", "Expresso Snack Bar" and "Restaurant" in the main lobby area along with a beautiful winding staircase leading to the second floor. Outside they have a beautiful pool and bar with plenty of room for lounging. Free Fitness Center (18 & up) & Business Center.

Hospitality Suite:
A very large (banquet size) hospitality suite - largest we've ever had, 2100 sqft w/overflow. There is plenty of room for tables and chairs to sit around in. You have a good view of the Riverwalk through their large bay windows. You can even sit out on the balcony and enjoy the river as it flows by. We plan on having the hospitality suite open much more at this reunion than in past.

Wed: 1200 - 2300
Thur: 1600 - 2300
Fri: 1100 - 2300
Sat: 1000 - 1800 & Following banquet - 2330.

The first night we plan on holding a good old fashion Southwest BBQ in the hospitality suite. We plan on inviting the Marines from "I & I" to join us. This will give us a chance to socialize with the Marines of today in a more relax setting.

Story Telling Time:
For the first time we plan on holding a group discussion regarding our time at OCS/TBS and Vietnam. We usually get together in small group and talk about our past, so we thought it might be fun to open it up to everyone. Terry Cox will moderate the discussion.

Rooms:
All rooms are non-smoking, wireless Internet access, 37" flat screen TV's with HD channels, iron/board, hair dryer, and Keurig Coffee maker. King Bed, One Queen Bed or Two Full Size Beds (will not guarantee room type but will honor upon availability on arrival). Check in 1600. Check out 1200. Cancellations - 24 hours with no penalties.

Transportation:
Airport - 8 miles. Use shuttle - not taxi. $19/person or $34 round trip.

Trolley - The trolley is a great way to get around SA. It cost less than $5 for a full days pass. Unfortunately they no longer have stop close to the hotel so you will have to pick it up by the Alamo now, which is about a 15 minute walk. It is well worth it if you want to see San Antonio easily.

Double Decker Tour bus: For $24 you can get an On/Off one day pass which will take you to even more places than the trolley. Along the way you will also get a historic narrative tour.

Riverwalk Taxi or Tour Cruise: For $12 you can get a one day taxi pass which allows you to ride the boat taxi up and down the Riverwalk. It stops by our hotel and will take you to the main Riverwalk area where the Alamo & restaurants are located. Unfortunately it doesn't always keep to a schedule. If the boat has a checkered flag you can wave them down just like any taxi. If you want to take a narrative tour it will cost you around $10/person.

Walking: This is the best. Walk along the Riverwalk and enjoy a nice easy pace and beautiful scenery. You will walk by all the riverfront restaurants in the downtown area and walk by many of the hotels. It's shaded throughout most of the walk. The walk from the El Tropicano to the Downtown area is about 25 - 30 minutes. If you want to get to the downtown area faster it is best to take the street and you will get there in 15 minutes.

Senior Discounts: Always ask for senior discounts - you can save a couple of bucks here and there.

Vietnam Memorial:
Only 5 minute walk from our Hotel. We will be holding our Memorial Service there on Friday morning which Dave Mellon will be preparing. Guest speakers will include John Baines (Founder of San Antonio Vietnam Memorial Project) and Dave Rogers (A classmate who was involved in the Hill Fights and the assault on Hill 881S and who authored the poem inscribed on base of the monument).

We, of course, will be remembering the 33 we lost in VN and those that have subsequently died. Following the Memorial Service, we will having our "Group Photo" taken.

Luncheon for the Ladies:
We are planning a special luncheon at the famous Hotel Menger for the ladies following the Memorial Service. It looks like the pricing will be $25 - $27/person. The Hotel is next to the Alamo and was the first hotel built in San Antonio (1859). The hotel is extremely elegant and has housed such famous guest as Presidents: Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, William Howard Taft, William McKinley, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Lyndon B. Johnson, George Bush, and Bill Clinton. There have also been a few military figures that have visited the hotel, including: Sam Houston and Robert E. Lee. During the Civil War the hotel was converted into a hospital.

National Museum of the Pacific:
Per the tentative schedule, we will have a lot more free time at this reunion. The only event we planned that will require a bus ride will be our trip to the "National Museum of the Pacific War" on Thursday. This will be from 0900 - 1600.

The Museum is in Fredericksburg about a one hour scenic bus ride from San Antonio.

The Museum is dedicated to everyone who served in the Pacific under Admiral Nimitz. It includes more than 34,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space including:

  • George Bush Gallery
  • Admiral Nimitz Museum
  • Plaza of the Presidents
  • Veterans' Walk of Honor
  • Japanese Garden of Peace

Banquet Dinner:
We are hoping to have General Hagee, Vietnam Veteran and 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps as our guest speaker. The entrees and cost are still being developed.

Restaurants in San Antonio
There are an abundance of restaurants around San Antonio, mainly in the Downtown area and the Riverwalk. If you want to venture out, there are plenty of restaurants in the outlying areas as well. A list of recommended restaurants will be included in the registration packet available upon check-in.

Places to See
There is much to do and see in San Antonio and there is plenty of shopping for the ladies. A listing of Thing to Do and See will be also included in the registration packet. A partial listing includes:

  • Alamo
  • Pearl Brewery
  • San Antonio Museum of Art
  • Tobin Center (next to Vietnam Monument)
  • San Antonio Mexican Market Square (Largest Mexican shopping center outside of Mexico)
  • King William Historic District
  • Tower of the Americas
  • Rivercenter Mall
Annual Voluntary Contributions

New Fiscal Year 2015-2016

As you probably know, our new fiscal year begins on the Marine Corps Birthday and we encourage annual voluntary contributions begin on November 10th.

Given the tax-exempt status of our Association, ALL Contributions are fully tax-deductible.

The suggested donation is $25 for every member, but membership has already been earned and is not contingent on making a contribution!

If you would like to make a leadership contribution, the levels are as follows:
Anchor: $1 to $74
Globe: $75 to $149
Eagle: $150 or more

All Contributions are strictly voluntary, tax-deductible and will be recognized on our website. To view the Contributions Honor Roll, which has captured your historical contributions, go to Contributions.

Please consider making your fiscal 2015-2016 donation today!

The new contributions to the 2015-2016 Contributions Honor Roll will be posted during the fiscal year, as received.

Checks should be made payable to "38th OCC/Basic Class 3-66 Alumni". On the memo line, please insert "Tax ID No. 54-2099257". Mail your check to our Treasurer at:

Steve McComb
12904 Glenfield Road
Leawood, KS 66209

Thank you for your continued generous support of the Class and its activities!

Bereavement

We have recently learned additional information regarding the passing of two of our Classmates who died quite some time ago. Unfortunately, we have not received detailed obituaries, so the information is somewhat limited. We pass along to you what information we have available:

Patrick R. Mills - died on February 1, 1999 at the age of 55. Pat's cremains rest in Building 8 Outside, Tier 4, Crypt 6 in Holy Cross Cemetery, Santa Cruz, CA. The cremains were place there on June 11, 1999. Pat completed OCS with 2nd Platoon Charlie Company. Pat finished TBS with 4th Platoon of Delta Company.

Edward "Ned" R. Miller, Jr. - died at his home in Jacksonville, NC on April 12, 2006 at the age of 66. Ned was buried at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery on Monday, April 17, 2006 with full military honors. Chaplain Raymond Campbell officiated. Ned completed TBS as a member of 3rd Platoon, Delta Company.

May 2016

Memorial Day Greetings from President Andy Blenkle

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Marines and Friends,

The summer season is almost here - it begins with the coming Memorial Day weekend - a poignant day for all of us.

Let us all take time to remember our classmates who died in Vietnam and those who have subsequently passed on.

Time catches up with our physical bodies and our memories. Now, with the kids gone and on their own and most of us retired, we have more time to reflect on our past lives, especially time or times spent in harm's way for our nation.

Fifty years ago we had just graduated from The Basic School and were on leave. For the "grunts" their training was complete.

Most would be in West Pac by July.

Others went on to their particular MOS schools for training and then to Vietnam.

I just shake my head and wonder where has the time gone?

So let's say a prayer for those who served and have gone on to their heavenly reward and in a moment of silence remember them and all Americans who gave all serving this great country of ours.

Semper Fidelis.
Andy

Reunion 2017 Announcement

San Antonio has been selected as the site for our 2017 Reunion. Our hotel will be the El Tropicano on 110 Lexington Avenue, San Antonio.

The dates are October 11 to 15, 2017. Please mark your 2017 calendar for this event.

In subsequent issues of this Newsletter, comprehensive information on Reunion 2017 will be included.

Annual Voluntary Contributions

New Fiscal Year 2015-2016

As you probably know, our new fiscal year begins on the Marine Corps Birthday and we encourage annual voluntary contributions begin on November 10th.

Given the tax-exempt status of our Association, ALL Contributions are fully tax-deductible.

The suggested donation is $25 for every member, but membership has already been earned and is not contingent on making a contribution!

If you would like to make a leadership contribution, the levels are as follows:
Anchor: $1 to $74
Globe: $75 to $149
Eagle: $150 or more

All Contributions are strictly voluntary, tax-deductible and will be recognized on our website. To view the Contributions Honor Roll, which has captured your historical contributions, go to Contributions.

Please consider making your fiscal 2015-2016 donation today!

The new contributions to the 2015-2016 Contributions Honor Roll will be posted during the fiscal year, as received.

Checks should be made payable to "38th OCC/Basic Class 3-66 Alumni". On the memo line, please insert "Tax ID No. 54-2099257". Mail your check to our Treasurer at:

Steve McComb
12904 Glenfield Road
Leawood, KS 66209

Thank you for your continued generous support of the Class and its activities!

In Search of Classmates

Your help is needed in locating several of our Classmates for whom we no longer have contact information for our website directory, especially a current email address which will allow usp to remain in touch with them.

Do any of you know where the following classmates reside or have definitive addresses or emails for them?

NameOCS PltTBS Plt
Anderson, Charles JRA4D1
Arthur, John IIIC1D1
Bailey, James JRC3E1
Baxter, Richard JRC3E1
Carlson, Wayne R.B3D1
Casey, TimothyD3E1
Doherty, James JRC3E3
Foust, WilliamD3E2
Hoffman, Howard M.C2Pensacola

If you can help in any way with the current address or email or recall any details regarding these Classmates (College, Home of Record, etc.), please contact Ron Mikat at 518-463-3612 or by E-mail romeow@nycap.rr.com.

Bereavement

We have recently learned of the passing of several of our Classmates, some died quite some time ago. In some cases we have received obituaries and in some case merely notices of deaths. We will pass along to you what information we have available:

Gerald L. Barlow
Gerald died on August 4, 2014. He was in Bravo 2 at OCS and Echo 1 at Basic School. Gerald is buried at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA.

Dennis P. Burns
Dennis passed away on March 20, 2016 at Lock Raven Veteran's Community Living Center in Baltimore, MD. He was in Charlie 4 at OCS and Echo 1 at Basic School. Dennis served 3 years in the Corps and had a full career with the Defense Information Systems Agency. He was buried March 30, 2016 in St. Joesph's Cemetery in Fort Edward, NY.

Thomas M. Edwards
Thomas passed on February 1, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN. He was a candidate with Charlie 2 at OCS and completed Basic School with Delta 2.

Preston D. Haynes
Preston died suddenly on April 30, 2007 at the age of 64. He was raised in Roxbury, MA and graduated from Boston University before joining the Marine Corps. At OCS, he was in Bravo 3 and at Basic School, he was in Echo 2. He served as an Air Traffic Control Officer in Vietnam and during his 24 year career in the Corps. After retirement from the Corps, he worked for the FAA for an additional 15 years. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V, the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon. Preston's ashes were scattered at sea with military honors.

Ben H. Van Norman (aka Ben H. Bell)
Ben died on June 4, 2011 after an 18 month battle with cancer. Ben was the Honor Graduate of the 38th OCC. He went directly to Pensacola for flight training. He flew the F-4 Phantom in Vietnam and was awarded the DFC. He remained in the Reserves and retired as a Colonel. His civilian career included EDS, Booz Allen Hamilton and K-Force. He was buried on June 13, 2011 with full military honors at the Quantico National Cemetery. His daughter, Jessica, graduated from the Naval Academy and is a Marine Officer.

Henry L. "Hank" Reed
Hank died on December 15, 2015 in Fort Washington, MD. He graduated from Hampton Institute and was in Alpha 1, at OCS. At Basic School, he was in Echo 4. He served two tours in Vietnam as an infantry officer. He was with 3rd Anti-Tank supporting 3/7 on his first tour and an adviser to the Vietnamese 5th Special Forces Group on his second. He also had a combat tour during Desert Storm. Hank had two major commands, Bravo Company 1/8 and 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines. He retired as a Colonel in 1996. His awards included the Defense Superior Medal, Bronze Star with Combat V, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V and Gold Star in lieu of 2nd Award. Hank was buried in the Quantico National Cemetery with full military honors.

Special to 5th Marines

For those who served in the Fifth Marines, a 5th Marines Vietnam War Memorial Monument is being planned for construction aboard Camp Pendleton, California at San Mateo. Check out the web site, www.5thmarinesvietnammemorial.org for information on background, goal, and vision for the project.

A point of contact is Steve Colwell, stephenbcolwell@gmail.com

December 2015

Christmas Greetings from President Andy Blenkle

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Marines and Friends,

Fifty years ago on December 17, 1965, we were commissioned as Second Lieutenants at Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Virginia.

We made it!

What a momentous Christmas Holiday that was for us.

Let us take time to reflect on those days and the subsequent years that we served our Nation and our Corps. And, of course, let us remember those Classmates who are now with our Savior!

A copy of the graduation program for that day can be viewed in the OCS / Basic Photo Gallery.

God Bless you all!

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Semper Fidelis.
Andy

Needed - Your Pictures for the Website

We would like to ask for your cooperation in adding pictures to several of the albums on the website. The following are the albums to which we would like to add your personal pictures:

  1. OCS/Basic - If you have any pictures taken during OCS or Basic School or in the case of Aviator, Flight School, please send them along properly identified.
  2. Vietnam - If you have pictures taken during your tour in Vietnam, again, please send them with your identity, unit, geographical area of the country and the approximate date.
  3. Active Duty - If you have significant pictures taken during your active duty, but not in Vietnam, please send those again, properly documented.
  4. Reserve Duty - If you have significant picture taken during your reserved duty, please send those with proper details of where, when and why the photos are significant.

Please send your pictures to Dave Mellon at: dave.mellon@att.net

Thank you for your cooperation adding to the Photo Albums on the Class Website.

Annual Voluntary Contributions

New Fiscal Year 2015-2016

As you probably know, our new fiscal year begins on the Marine Corps Birthday and we encourage annual voluntary contributions begin on November 10th.

Given the tax-exempt status of our Association, ALL Contributions are fully tax-deductible.

The suggested donation is $25 for every member, but membership has already been earned and is not contingent on making a contribution!

If you would like to make a leadership contribution, the levels are as follows:
Anchor: $1 to $74
Globe: $75 to $149
Eagle: $150 or more

All Contributions are strictly voluntary, tax-deductible and will be recognized on our website. To view the Contributions Honor Roll, which has captured your historical contributions, go to Contributions.

Please consider making your fiscal 2015-2016 donation today!

The new contributions to the 2015-2016 Contributions Honor Roll will be posted during the fiscal year, as received.

Checks should be made payable to "38th OCC/Basic Class 3-66 Alumni". On the memo line, please insert "Tax ID No. 54-2099257". Mail your check to our Treasurer at:

Steve McComb
12904 Glenfield Road
Leawood, KS 66209

Thank you for your continued generous support of the Class and its activities!

November 2015

The First Newsletter From Your New President

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Marines:

This couldn't be a better time to send you my first letter as the new President of our Association.

Fifty years ago I remember being allowed to go the OCS "Slop Shoot" for a beer to briefly celebrate the 190th Birthday of our illustrious Marine Corps.

Where has the time gone?

Let us take a moment to remember our classmates who have preceded us and are guarding the heavenly streets and the perpetual bond amongst all of us who earned the title "Marine"!

I wish you all a very Happy 240th Marine Corps Birthday!

Semper Fidelis,
Andy

Sick Bay

We have an update on Joe Robben of San Clemente, CA who underwent Brain surgery on April 1st.

Joe Robben - Joe returned home from his most recent hospitalization on Tuesday, November 3rd. He is receiving physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy two days a week as well as two home nursing visits. He had his first Avastin infusion on October 28th and fortunately had no side effects. He is scheduled for his next one on November 11th.

If you would like to send Joe a card, address it to him at:

Joe Robben
7 Corte Tallista
San Clemente, CA 92673

To reach Joe by email, please use: lindarobben@cox.net

Please keep Joe in your thoughts and prayers!

Bereavement

The Class has recently been made aware of the passing of a member of our Marine Family:

Janis Sue Pierson - wife of Mike Pierson, died at age 59 in Palm Springs, CA. Jan was born on September 13, 1955 in Denver, CO and lived there most of her life. Mike and Jan retired to Palm Springs, where she died on July 24, 2015.

Condolence cards may be sent to:

Mike Pierson
1219 Palmas Ridge
Palm Springs, CA 92262

The Class will make a memorial contribution to a charity dear to Mike and Jan.

Gone, but not forgotten!

Needed - Your Pictures for the Website

We would like to ask for your cooperation in adding pictures to several of the albums on the website. The following are the albums to which we would like to add your personal pictures:

  1. OCS/Basic - If you have any pictures taken during OCS or Basic School or in the case of Aviator, Flight School, please send them along properly identified.
  2. Vietnam - If you have pictures taken during your tour in Vietnam, again, please send them with your identity, unit, geographical area of the country and the approximate date.
  3. Active Duty - If you have significant pictures taken during your active duty, but not in Vietnam, please send those again, properly documented.
  4. Reserve Duty - If you have significant picture taken during your reserved duty, please send those with proper details of where, when and why the photos are significant.

Please send your pictures to Dave Mellon at: dave.mellon@att.net

Thank you for your cooperation adding to the Photo Albums on the Class Website

Annual Voluntary Contributions

New Fiscal Year 2015-2016

As you probably know, our new fiscal year begins on the Marine Corps Birthday and we encourage annual voluntary contributions begin on November 10th.

Given the tax-exempt status of our Association, ALL Contributions are fully tax-deductible.

The suggested donation is $25 for every member, but membership has already been earned and is not contingent on making a contribution!

If you would like to make a leadership contribution, the levels are as follows:
Anchor: $1 to $74
Globe: $75 to $149
Eagle: $150 or more

All Contributions are strictly voluntary, tax-deductible and will be recognized on our website. To view the Contributions Honor Roll, which has captured your historical contributions, go to Contributions.

Please consider making your fiscal 2015-2016 donation today!

The new contributions to the 2015-2016 Contributions Honor Roll will be posted during the fiscal year, as received.

Checks should be made payable to "38th OCC/Basic Class 3-66 Alumni". On the memo line, please insert "Tax ID No. 54-2099257". Mail your check to our Treasurer at:

Steve McComb
12904 Glenfield Road
Leawood, KS 66209

Thank you for your continued generous support of the Class and its activities!

September 2015

Reunion Issue
Last Newsletter From Your Current President

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

My fellow Marines,

This is my last update to you all before our 50th Anniversary Reunion. The reunion committee has just finished meeting in Norfolk and finalizing all the arrangements for October. The Hospitality Suite will be on the 6th floor of the Marriott, adjacent to the pool/ hot tubs and open air terrace. Our Welcoming Cocktail Reception will be held there on Wednesday evening as well as all subsequent Hospitality gatherings. This area has spectacular views of the city and waterfront. Our visits with MARFORCOM for the team briefing and lunch are set, as is the meet and greet with the Marines of the FAST - Company A. The bi-annual Association business meeting and Memorial Service will take place aboard the U.S.S. Wisconsin on Saturday morning and the banquet menu and program for that evening are set. Norfolk awaits our arrival and the shops and restaurants await your patronage.

So gentlemen, it is time to execute! As of this writing sixty-four of your classmates have signed on board. If you would like to have a list of those attending, just drop an email to dave.mellon@att.net and he will send you one. If you plan on joining us get your registration form to Terry Cox, (instructions on the website - www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com) and make your hotel reservation. REGISTRATIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER SEPTEMBER 15TH. I would like you all to consider wearing a coat and tie for the Saturday banquet, as well as miniature medals, if you have them.

NOTE: All of our members, spouses and guests must have a photo ID to access Camp Allen and the Naval Base.

I have been informed by the staff at the Marriott that they may have made some mistakes in booking some reservations. Please check your reservations for correct room rates ($110.00/night no breakfast - $120.00/night with breakfast). Please also make sure that the number of occupants in your room is correct.

Parking instructions and transportation to/from the Norfolk Airport are attached.

If you don't have a Marriott Rewards Card, please consider obtaining one at www.marriott.com. The Reunion Committee will transfer all the reward points earned during the reunion to two lucky Classmates to be drawn at random, one half of the total points earned will go to Classmates who are Marriott Rewards cardholders.

For our Board members, the Board Meeting will be on the 7th at 16:30.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE:

The nominating committee has put forth the following slate of Officers and Directors for the period 2015 to 2017:

President: Andy Blenkle
Vice President: Walt Flynn
Treasurer: Steve McComb
Clerk/Secretary: Jack Sheehan

Directors whose terms expire in 2015 but who have offered to serve an additional 4 year term include:

Jim Herak
Dave Mellon
Chuck Sooter
Mike StClair

Open Director Positions (3)

Nominations may be suggested to Mike StClair (estclai1@san.rr.com ) in advance or made from the floor at the business meeting.

I look forward to seeing many of you starting on October 7th or the 6th, if you're in early.

Semper Fi,
Pete

Directions To Marriott

Directions to Norfolk Waterside Marriott
235 East Main Street Norfolk, VA 23510

Eastern Shore:
Take Highway 13 South to Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. At the end of the bridge, follow the signs for Norfolk. This will put you onto Northampton Blvd. Look for I-64 East/Norfolk. Take Exit 9 (left turn), which is Waterside Dr. Turn right at the 2nd light onto Atlantic St. Go one block then turn left onto East Main St. The Norfolk Waterside Marriott will be on the left.

North:
Take I-95 South to I-64 East. To bypass Richmond, you can also take I-295 towards Norfolk, and then take I-64 East. From I-64 East, take exit 284A onto I-264 West (Norfolk). Take Exit 9 (on the left), which is Waterside Drive. Turn right at the 2nd light onto Atlantic St. Continue for one block then turn left onto East Main St. The Norfolk Waterside Marriott will be on the left.

South:
From North Carolina
Take I-95 North to the Emporia exit. Then continue East on Highway 58 to I-264 East. Take Exit 9 which is Waterside Drive. Turn right at the 2nd light onto Atlantic St. Continue for one block then turn left onto East Main Street. The Norfolk Waterside Marriott will be on the left.

East:
From Virginia Beach
Take I-264 West (Norfolk). Take Exit 9 which is Waterside Drive. Turn right at the 2nd light onto Atlantic St. Continue for one block then turn left onto East Main Street. The Norfolk Waterside Marriott will be on the left.

West:
Take I-64 East. Follow to Exit 284A onto I-264 West (Norfolk). Take Exit 9 which is Waterside Drive. Turn right at the 2nd light onto Atlantic St. Continue for one block then turn left onto East Main St. The Norfolk Waterside Marriott will be on the left.

Airport:
As you Exit the Airport, follow Norview Ave. Look for signs for Route 64. You will see an overpass ahead of you. Merge into the right lane to take I-64 East. Follow I-64 East to I-264 West. Take Exit 9 which is Waterside Drive. Turn right at the 2nd light onto Atlantic St. Continue for one block then turn left onto East Main St. The Norfolk Waterside Marriott will be on the left.

If you have any questions, please contact the Front Desk at 757-627-4200.

Marriott Parking Procedures

Parking Procedures for the Norfolk Waterside Marriott:

There is no longer an attendant at the Main Street Parking Garage for the Marriott:

The parking deck for the Marriott is located on the corner of Atlantic and Main Street across from the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. You will receive a parking ticket upon entry. This ticket must be taken to the front desk of the Marriot to be stamped for you to charge to your Guest room. When you exit the garage, you will put this ticket into the parking meter. If you plan on exiting multiple times out of the garage during your stay, insert the stamped ticket in the machine, and take it back. The garage will give you a new ticket upon your return; however still use the stamped ticket during your stay. Your charge for parking will be automatically billed to your Guest room at a parking rate of $10.00 per car/per night.

Valet Parking thru the Hotel is $26.00 per day.

Directions For Self Parking

Directions to Main Street Garage for Self Parking

Once you've gone through the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel:

  1. Take the I-264 WEST exit towards Downtown Norfolk/Portsmouth (3-4 miles) You will want to be in the far right hand lane.
  2. Merge onto I-264 West.
  3. Take the Waterside Drive Exit (Left exit, .5 miles).
  4. Make a right on Atlantic Avenue. (Hotel is on corner of Atlantic Ave. and Main St.).
  5. At the traffic light, stay on Atlantic and cross over Main Street. The Main Street Parking Garage is immediately on your left once you cross Main Street. The Parking garage is located on the corner of Atlantic and Main Street across from the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.

It is recommended that you park your car here and then walk over thru the 3rd floor covered bridge to the Marriott. The Front Desk area is located on the 1st floor.

Website Directory

We would like to ask for your cooperation in updating the information on the Class Website (www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com ). Please go on the website and click on "Members" and then click on the "Search for a Marine." Finally, enter your last name in the box. The site will then bring up your directory entry, so you can click on it and open it in its entirety.

Please check to ensure that each piece of information in your directory entry is correct:

  • OCS Platoon
  • TBS Platoon
  • Wife (If Applicable)
  • Address
  • Phones
  • Email Address

If you notice any incorrect information, please send an email to dave.mellon@att.net with your corrections.

Thank you for your cooperation in updating the website directory.

Sick Bay

Unfortunately, several of our Classmates are experiencing serious health problems. Should you wish to contact them with encouragement during these difficult times, their contact information is provided.

Steve Bowen - Steve is recovering from sextuple bypass surgery. He is back in the gym and approximately 75% recovered. He can be reached at rhh0802@gmail.com or by cell at (646)285-3053.

Joe Robben - Joe had surgery to remove a brain tumor on April 1st. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy. He can be reached at jwrobben@cox.net or by phone at (949)240-6687.

Dave Rogers - Dave was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease approximately 11 years ago. The insidioius disease has take it's toll and Dave will not be able to attend the Norfolk Reunion. Dave can be reached at drogersksv@att.net or on his cell at (817)805-2344.

Jeff Wilson - Jeff has had surgery on both of his carotid arteries to remove blockages. The 2nd surgery was on August 11th. He can be reached at jeffwilson39@mac.com or by phone at (702)656-7462.

Please keep these Classmates in your thoughts and prayers!

Bereavement

The Class recently learned the details of the tragic passing of two members of our Marine family:

Walter Melvin "Mel" Gibbs: - Mel died on May 31, 2015 of cancer while under hospice care in Jacksonville, FL. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Mel was in platoon A-3 at OCS and D-2 at TBS. He was a gunship pilot with VMO-2 in Vietnam. He was awarded both the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star with combat "V". Mel served 21 years on active duty retiring as a LtCol.

Darvin Donald "Dar" Pierce - Dar succumbed to the cancerous gilblastoma tumor of the brain that was reported in the May Newsletter. He died in Naperville, IL on June 22 at his home. A graduate of Iowa State University, Dar was in platoon C-4 at OCS and D-4 at TBS. He was an infantry platoon commander and served two tours in Vietnam. Dar was on active duty for 5 years and spent 25 years in the reserves advancing to Bird Colonel. He was active in the Chicago area Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, serving as the Chicago Ball Chairman from 1993 to 2005. Dar was interred at the Quantico National Cemetery.

The Class has made contributions to charities dear to these departed members of our Marine Family.

Gone, but not forgotten!

Annual Voluntary Contributions

For those that have not already donated, please consider making a donation for fiscal 2015 to support the Class! Remember, all contributions are fully tax-deductible!

The suggested donation is $25 for every member, but membership has already been earned and is not contingent on making a contribution!

If you would like to make a leadership contribution, the levels are as follows:
Anchor: $1 to $74
Globe: $75 to $149
Eagle: $150 or more

All Contributions are strictly voluntary, tax-deductible and will be recognized on our website. To view the Contributions Honor Roll, which has captured your historical contributions, as well as those for fiscal 2015, go to Contributions

Please consider making your fiscal 2015 donation today!

Checks should be made payable to "38th OCC/Basic Class 3-66 Alumni". On the memo line, please insert "Tax ID No. 54-2099257". Mail your check to our Treasurer at:

Steve McComb
12904 Glenfield Road
Leawood, KS 66209

Thank you for your continued generous support of the Class and its activities!

February 2015

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

My fellow Marines,

I wanted to give you all a "heads up" that you will shortly be contacted by one of our classmates regarding the forthcoming reunion. Please take the time to respond to the phone calls and/or e-mails as we want as many of you to be informed about the reunion and, most importantly, find out if we will have the pleasure of your company at the gathering. This reunion is a singular occasion; it will be the 50th anniversary of our reporting to Quantico for OCS and our subsequent commissioning as 2nd Lieutenants. The reunion committee has done an exceptional job in putting together a program that you will surely enjoy. Talk to your phone Captain, go to the web page - www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com and get the registration form, fill it out and send it on to Terry Cox who, once again, is spearheading the registration effort.

I am looking for one of our members to become Assistant Treasurer to work with Steve McComb and eventually take his place. The duties of Treasurer consist of receiving and managing all funds of the Organization, disbursing funds as directed by the Board of Directors, maintain accounts of the assets and liabilities of the corporation, develop an annual operating budget as well as a budget for bi-annual reunions, tax reporting information and support other committees as necessary. If you are interested in the position, please contact Steve McComb at 913-339-9146 or call me at 804-435-9087.

Please hold the date of October 7-11, 2015 on your calendar and make every effort to join the other members of your Class for our 50th Reunion in Norfolk, VA!

I look forward to talking with some of you in the coming weeks and seeing you ALL in Norfolk!

Semper Fi,
Pete

Reunion Favor

Below you will find a photo of the replica Mameluke knife that is this year's memento. They are available for $10.00 each.

Favor (Mameluke Knife)......$ 10 per person x #_______ = $_________

Annual Voluntary Contributions

Our Annual Voluntary Contribution drive begins, as you know, on the Marine Corps Birthday, so it is currently in full swing. Please consider making a donation for fiscal 2015! Remember, all contributions are fully tax-deductible!

The suggested donation is $25 for every member, but membership has already been earned and is not contingent on making a contribution!

If you would like to donate at a leadership level, those are as follows:

Anchor $1 - $74
Globe $75 - $149
Eagle $150 OR MORE

All contributions are strictly voluntary, tax-deductible and will be recognized on our website. To view the Contributions Honor Roll, which has captured your historical contributions, as well as those for fiscal 2015, go to the Class website, then click on: Info Library/Class Assn Info/Contributions.

Please consider making your 2015 donation today!

Checks should be made payable to "38th OCC/Basic Class 3-66 Alumni". On the memo line, please insert "Tax ID No. 54-2099257" and mailed to our Treasurer, Steve McComb, at:

Steve McComb
12904 Glenfield Road
Leawood, KS 66209

Thank you for your continued generous support of the Class!

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Our Class recently received another accolade for its gifts to one of its Marine Charities:

Margaret B. Davis

President and CEO of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation wrote on December 11, 1014:

"In honor of your generous support of our Marine and Navy Corpsmen Families, the Board of Directors of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation hereby welcomes you - 38th OCC/BC 3-66 Alumni - to the Honor Guard - our esteemed society of benefactors."

Bereavement

The Class recently learned the details of the tragic passing of Colonel Willliam M. "Lucky" Luchsinger on November 19, 2013 in Spring Hill, FL. Lucky was an AOC, who joined us for Basic School with Echo-3. At approximately 18:20, he was walking along a road without sidewalks with his fiance and her dog. As a 2001 Oldsmobile station wagon approached from the rear, the dog bolted and Lucky tried to get control of it. He and the dog were struck by the station wagon and died at the scene.

Lucky, during a Marine career that spanned 26 years, was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses and a Bronze Star.

October 2014

Reunion 2015

WEDNESDAY, October 7, 2015:

Arrive at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, check in and register at the Hospitality Suite. Reservations can be made at www.marriott.com, or 757-627-4200. Make sure you mention that you are with the USMC 38thOCC/BC3-66. Rates are $110.00/night or $120.00/night including breakfast. Parking is $10.00/night. A Board meeting will be held at 1500. There will be a cocktail reception at 1730,(cash bar), appetizers will be provided. Dinner will be on your own. Restaurant information can be found at www.visitnorfolktoday.com.

As an added attraction, a tour of Colonial Williamsburg including a visit to the Williamsburg Winery (a tasting included), will depart the hotel at 0830 and return at 1630. Cost of this trip is $55.00/person and will necessitate a Tuesday arrival. A minimum of 35 people is required.


THURSDAY, October 8, 2015:

Board buses at 0830 for a welcome tour of Norfolk finishing at Camp Allen. We will receive a Command briefing from the Marine Corps Forces Command, (formerly FMFLANT ). MARFORCOM is commanded by Lt. General Robert B. Neller and is tasked with force generation actions across active and reserve components for Joint USMC Forces. The Commander serves as C.G. FMFLANT and commands all embarked Marines. Further information can be found at www.marforcom.marines.mil.

We will enjoy lunch at the Camp Allen chow hall then board buses for a tour of Naval Base Norfolk and one of the new Amphibious Navy ships, returning to the hotel around 1700. Dinner is again on your own.


FRIDAY, October 9, 2015:

Board buses at 0830 and return to Camp Allen for a brief and demonstration by the Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team,(FAST). These Marines are tasked with a rapid response to any terrorist attack on or near American Forces anywhere in the world. FAST is Part of the Marine Corps Security Regiment headquartered in Norfolk and is organized into three companies containing six platoons of fifty Marines each. On deployment these teams are based in Norfolk, Spain, Bahrain and Japan.

Upon completion of our visit with FAST, the golfers will move to Seawells Point Golf Course and those who elect to do so, will board the "Spirit of Norfolk" for a lunch cruise around the port of Norfolk, (www.spiritcruises.com/Norfolk).

Dinner is again on your own.


SATURDAY, October 10, 2015:

Depart the hotel at 0830 for the four block walk to the Nauticus Museum and USS Wisconsin where our bi-annual meeting will be held at 0900. Our members will gather on the Wisconsin's fantail for the meeting while our ladies and other guests can tour the museum. Our entire group will gather on the fantail at 1030 for our Memorial Service honoring those of our class who fell in battle and who have passed on over the last two years. Upon conclusion of the service enjoy Nauticus and return to the hotel. The afternoon is open. We will have a cocktail reception, (cash bar), at 1700, then move to dinner 1830. The dinner menu is listed on the registration form, so please include your choices when you return the form.


SUNDAY, October 11, 2015:

The new Board will meet at 0900.


REGISTER NOW!


To Register Now, print the Registration Form. Open and print the registration form. Just fill it out and send it with your check to Terry Cox at the address on the form.

Once again I would like to express my thanks to the members of the reunion committee who have worked hard to put this together. As always should you have questions e-mail or call me.

Semper Fi,
Pete

Military Historic Tours

Dave Wall has a new tour with Military Historic Tours, "Shades of Ireland & U.S. Marines, Sailors and Soldiers in WW II." Go to the Military Historic Tours link, found in the Links section of the Class website for more informtion.

Bereavement

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of one of our Classmates:

Captain Richard H. Freeman, USMCR of Babylon Village, Long Island died on August 31, 2014. In OCS, Richard was in D-3. At TBS, he was in E-2. In Vietnam, he served as a Platoon Commander with 3rd Recon attached to 1/3. After his service, Richard studied law ultimately becoming a partner in the firm, Cullen and Dykman. He was active in community affairs, serving as the President of the Brooklyn Benevolent Society and the Babylon Board of Education.

Gone, but not forgotten!

August 2014

Reunion 2015

WARNING ORDER....WARNING ORDER

50TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION

(October 7-11, 2015)

To: 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66 Alumni Association


Proceed and report to the Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel no later than 1730 on October 7, 2015.

Mission: Gather with fellow Marine Classmates and their wives or significant other to spend four days of fellowship culminating a grand banquet celebrating the 50th anniversary of the day we reported for the 38th Officer Candidates Course and our subsequent commissioning on December 17, 1965.

The plans have been made, the contracts signed and the menu planning is almost complete! As mentioned in my last letter we have set up headquarters in the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.


Room prices are:

  • $120.00/night plus taxes and including a full breakfast
  • $110.00/night plus taxes without breakfast
  • $10.00/day for parking

Schedule as follows:


WEDNESDAY: Registration will commence at 1200 and a Board Meeting will be held at 1500. A cocktail reception, (cash bar), with appetizers will be held at 1730. Dinner on your own.


THURSDAY: We will board buses at 0830 for a short tour of downtown Norfolk then move to Norfolk Naval Base and Camp Allen for a command briefing by Marine Corps Forces Command Atlantic. Lunch will be in the chow hall. We will then tour the Naval Base and visit one of the new amphibious ships for a tour returning to the hotel around 1700. Dinner on your own.


FRIDAY: On the buses once again at 0830, we will return to Camp Allen for a briefing by the Command of the Fleet Antiterrorist.


Team, (FAST Team), and a demonstration by the Marines. Golfers will then leave for Sewall’s Point Golf Course and, for those who choose to do so, we will board the "Spirit of Norfolk" for a lunch cruise and tour of the Norfolk Harbor. We will return to the hotel around 1530. Dinner on your own.


SATURDAY: At 0900 we will hold the bi-annual meeting of our Association on the fantail of the USS WISCONSIN. Our ladies may enjoy the Nauticus museum while the meeting is underway and then join us at 1030 for a memorial service. The balance of the day will be free until 1730 when cocktails, (cash bar), will be served followed by our anniversary banquet at 1830.


Cost for event: $150.00/person


Optional Events Planned:

  • Colonial Williamsburg tour: will depart the hotel on Wednesday at 0830 returning at 1630. This will necessitate arrival at the hotel on Tuesday and will cost $55.00/person.
  • Golfers: upon completion of the FAST TEAM tour you will be taken to Seawells Point Golf Course to chase the ever challenging little white sphere. Cost of the round and lunch is $60.00.
  • Norfolk Harbor Tour: Also upon completion of the FAST TEAM visit, the luncheon and narrated tour of the Norfolk Harbor will depart at 1130 returning around 1400. The cost for this event will be $45.00/person.

MARRIOTT REWARD CARDS: If you have a Marriott Reward Card we will have a drawing for which two lucky card holders will equally share the points for the entire total of room nights generated by the reunion. This is a great incentive to not only get a Marriott Rewards Card but to come to the reunion.

On behalf of our entire association I would like to thank the members of the reunion committee, Walt Flynn, Sam McClinchie, Greg Stockstill, Tom Howe, Dave Wall, Steve McComb, Jack Sheehan and Terry Cox for their hard work and dedication in putting this event together.

I look forward to seeing ALL of you next year. Registration forms and formal agendas will be sent out in late October. Should you have questions or comments you have my contact information.

Semper Fi,
Pete

Bereavement

Captain Robert E. Grot, USMCR. At OCS, Bob was in B-2 and at TBS, Bob was in E-2. Bob died on December 24, 2013 in Burnt Hills, NY, his home since 1969. He was a metallurgical engineer from Purdue, who later received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural History and Restoration Technology.

Bob was a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Navy Commendation Medal.

After leaving the Marine Corps, he worked for Knolls Atomic Power Labs. After receiving his post graduate degree, he opened Grot Enterprises and did specialty work on home restorations and repairs for 12 years. His final working years were were spent as the owner/operator of the Saratoga Tae Kwon Do Academy.

Bob was very active in his church, Our Lady of Grace in Ballston Lake, NY, serving is several capacities. He was a youth leader in his community, serving as a Little League coach and Webelos Scout leader. He also served as a short-term shelter parent and foster father.

Corporal William G. Massey, USMCR. At OCS, Bill was in A-1. While he did not graduate from OCS, he did fulfill his USMC commitment.

Bill died of cancer on March 7, 2014 at his home in Silver Beach, VA. Bill was a graduate of The Citadel. After his service in the Corps, Bill was employed as a news reporter and talk show host on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. He did stints with WESR, WKRE, WEXM, the Eastern Shore News and the Eastern Shore Post, where he was a stockholder.

Gone, but not forgotten!

July 2014

Reunion 2015

Our reunion planning team spent three days in Norfolk last week and I wanted to keep you all informed on our progress. We have tried to insure that we have the perfect venue for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of our commissioning. As you may know we received proposals from the Norfolk Marriott and Sheraton. The team stayed at both hotels and spent a considerable amount of time with the sales and catering staffs of both hotels. The end result was the decision to stay at the Marriott, (www.marriottnorfolk.com). They have offered us a very competitive package for rooms, cocktail reception and our banquet. I will report the details and costs when I receive their formal contract.

The tentative agenda includes visits to and briefings by the Marine Forces Command Atlantic, Fleet Anti-Terrorist Security Team, a Norfolk City tour, a ship visit and a tour of Naval Base Norfolk, a harbor cruise with lunch, an opportunity for golf and perhaps a special side trip to Colonial Williamsburg. Our annual meeting and memorial will be held on the WW II battleship USS Wisconsin or the MacArthur Museum in the event of inclement weather. I will have a detailed schedule and costs within the next month.

Norfolk can be reached by car and Amtrak as well as air. If you are flying, please plan well ahead as Norfolk requires at least one connection. Apparently the connections occur in the early morning or late afternoon. If you live on the Chesapeake and have a boat Waterside Marina is close-by!

Plan on joining us on October 7 - 11, 2015. This will be a special time.

Annual Voluntary Contributions - 2014

Our Annual Voluntary Contribution drive is in full swing. So, we are asking those who have not yet contributed for the 2014 fiscal year to send in your check. The funds you graciously donate not only provide our operating monies but, more importantly, allow us to continue to support the Semper Fi Fund and The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. During fiscal 2013, we were able to donate $7,000.00 to these two worthy organizations, thanks to your generosity. I would like to see us continue this and maybe increase our contributions. Remember that any contribution you decide to make is tax deductible.

We would like to encourage a nominal $25 donation from every member.

If you would like to donate at a leadership level, those are as follows:

Anchor $1 - $74
Globe $75 - $149
Eagle $150 OR MORE

All contributions are strictly voluntary, tax-deductible and will be recognized on our website. To view the Contributions Honor Roll, please go to the Class website, then click on: Info Library/Class Assn Info/Contributions.

Please consider making your 2014 donation today!

Checks should be made payable to "38th OCC/Basic Class 3-66 Alumni". On the memo line, please insert "Tax ID No. 54-2099257" and mailed to our Treasurer, Steve McComb, at:
Steve McComb
12904 Glenfield Road
Leawood, KS 66209

Thank you for your continued generous support of the Class!

Poetry

The Veteran - by Lewis E. Thomas

He is a little wobbly now on his feet
As he makes sure his uniform is sharp and neat.
He is squinting, and his eyes have grown dim.
He is holding a U.S. flag and singing a gospel hymn.
He has battle scars on his body and on his heart.
When his country needed him he did his part.
He saw friends and enemies die on the battlefield;
He carries unseen wounds that will never heal.
He is a proud old warrior standing tall,
For his country he gave it all.
When he sees the Stars and Stripes - it makes him cry!
Please don't go up and ask him why.
He remembers horrible things that pierce his soul.
He is a warrior who has now grown old.
When you see him, give him the greatest respect.
Shake his hand and hug his neck.
Thank him for fighting in a land far away,
So you could enjoy your freedom today!

Bereavement

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of our Classmate Maj. Gunnar Gudjonsson, USMC (Ret). Gunnar was born in Iceland and migrated to the US with his family. He retired from the Corps with over 20 years service. After retirement, he remained active in the Virginia Beach community and did volunteer work for the Marine Corps League, VFW, Optimist Club, Scottish Rite, Icelandic American Association and the Masons. He died of a heart attack in Virginia Beach, VA on January 31, 2014. He is survived by his daughter, Kirstin and his son, Kennan.

Gone, but not forgotten!

March 2014

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

My fellow Marines,

I hope this finds you all well and surviving what has been a very harsh winter for most of us, save you lucky fellows in warmer climes. I wanted to keep you all up to date on a few issues. First the 2015 Reunion:

We have received two proposals from hotels in Norfolk - the Marriott Waterside Norfolk and the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside. The Reunion Committee will meet on site in early summer to review these very competitive proposals and decide which one will host our gathering. We will also outline the reunion program and I will advise you of the plans in mid-summer. In the meantime, please reserve the dates - October 7 - 11, 2015 for the 50th Anniversary of our commissioning.

I have received a very interesting idea from Steve Bowen regarding the Reunion. He has suggested that, given our age, it would be interesting to include our children and grand-children for a portion of the reunion. This would allow them to see and hear from us what we experienced in Vietnam and other areas where we served. We have room in the schedule to have a "dog and pony" for them and give the all an idea of what we did and where we did it before we "stand post upstairs". Please drop me a note and let me know what you think of this idea.

For those of you who enjoy a good glass of wine, please consider purchasing Jarhead Red or Jarhead Chard on-line at the website: www.jarheadred.com. Not only will you be supporting our Classmate, Joe Franzia, but a portion of the profits go to one of our key charities - "The Semper Fi Fund".

Semper Fi,
Pete

Annual Voluntary Contributions - 2014

Our Annual Voluntary Contribution drive is in full swing. So, we are asking those who have not yet contributed for the 2014 fiscal year to send in your check. The funds you graciously donate not only provide our operating monies but, more importantly, allow us to continue to support the Semper Fi Fund and The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. During fiscal 2013, we were able to donate $7,000.00 to these two worthy organizations, thanks to your generosity. I would like to see us continue this and maybe increase our contributions. Remember that any contribution you decide to make is tax deductible.

We would like to encourage a nominal $25 donation from every member.

If you would like to donate at a leadership level, those are as follows:

Anchor $1 - $74
Globe $75 - $149
Eagle $150 OR MORE

All contributions are strictly voluntary, tax-deductible and will be recognized on our website. To view the Contributions Honor Roll, please go to the Class website, then click on: Info Library/Class Assn Info/Contributions.

Please consider making your 2014 donation today!

Checks should be made payable to "38th OCC/Basic Class 3-66 Alumni". On the memo line, please insert "Tax ID No. 54-2099257" and mailed to our Treasurer, Steve McComb, at:

Steve McComb
12904 Glenfield Road
Leawood, KS 66209

Thank you for your continued generous support of the Class!

Website Directory

Ron Mikat is working on updating the website directory. He needs your help in locating some of our Classmates. He is currently looking for leads on the following:

  • Wayne L. Carlson
  • Timothy Casey
  • Edward D. Klatte
  • Kenneth A. Koelin
  • Jerry Owens
  • Richard Sokolowski
  • Thomas J. Stack
  • Lawrence J. Walsh

If you have an address, telephone number or email address for any of these Classmates, please forward the information to Ron Mikat at his email address: romeow@nycap.rr.com.

Commandant Poetry

The wonderful love of a beautiful maid
The love of a staunch true man
The love of a baby unafraid
Have existed since time began

But the greatest of loves
The quintessence of love
Even greater than that of a Mother
Is the tender, passionate, infinite love
Of one drunken Marine for another

General Louis H. Wilson
26th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps

Bereavement

We recently learned of the passing of one of our TBS Classmates, David M. Costantino. Dave died of cancer on December 31, 2006 at the age of 66. An Indiana native, Dave earned a BS in Economics and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame. He was in D-1 at TBS. He served two tours in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart and Navy Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing V. Dave spent his working career with Vanguard Services, a national truck driver leasing corporation, rising to the position of Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Gone, but not forgotten!

August 2013

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

My fellow Marines,

Another reunion has gone into our history book. For those of you who were not able to join us, we visited the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, a great visit with wonderful interaction with the young Marines there; a memorial service at Mount Soledad honoring our war dead and deceased members, a truly moving experience; a graduation parade at the recruit depot and luncheon briefing on recruiting after the ceremony. Thanks to Mike St. Clair and his team led by Andy Blenkle for an excellent all around program despite setbacks caused by the government shutdown. The reunion was capped by the banquet on Saturday evening featuring a fantastic Young Marine Color Guard, ( the Depot Color Guard was cancelled ), great dinner, (accompanied by exceptional wine donated by Joe Franzia ), and inspiring speakers from The Semper Fi Fund and the Change of Command. Thanks to Mike St. Clair for his exceptional leadership over the last two years. He leaves very large boots to fill.

As my first official act, I want to wish a Happy 238th Marine Corps Birthday to each member of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66!

I look forward to serving as President of your Class and leading the organization's next Reunion, our 50th, which is scheduled for October 7th through 11th in Norfolk, VA.

Should you wish to contact me on any subject, my email is pvclay@aol.com and my cell phone is (804) 221-9800.

I send my best wishes to you all and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Happy Birthday, Marines!

Semper Fi,
Pete

Annual Voluntary Contributions - 2014

Our Annual Voluntary Contribution drive is in full swing. So, we are asking those who have not yet contributed for the 2014 fiscal year to send in your check. The funds you graciously donate not only provide our operating monies but, more importantly, allow us to continue to support the Semper Fi Fund and The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. During fiscal 2013, we were able to donate $7,000.00 to these two worthy organizations, thanks to your generosity. I would like to see us continue this and maybe increase our contributions. Remember that any contribution you decide to make is tax deductible.

We would like to encourage a nominal $25 donation from every member.

If you would like to donate at a leadership level, those are as follows:

Anchor $1 - $74
Globe $75 - $149
Eagle $150 OR MORE

All contributions are strictly voluntary, tax-deductible and will be recognized on our website. To view the Contributions Honor Roll, please go to the Class website, then click on: Info Library/Class Assn Info/Contributions.

Please consider making your 2014 donation today!

Checks should be made payable to "38th OCC/Basic Class 3-66 Alumni". On the memo line, please insert "Tax ID No. 54-2099257" and mailed to our Treasurer, Steve McComb, at:

Steve McComb
12904 Glenfield Road
Leawood, KS 66209

Thank you for your continued generous support of the Class!

Norfolk, Virginia Reunion - 2015

At the Board of Directors meeting it was recommended that the 2015 reunion be held in Norfolk, Virginia. This decision was approved at the General Membership meeting on Saturday. So, our next gathering will indeed be in Norfolk. A 2015 Reunion Committee is being assembled to make the "50th" a great event! The dates for the reunion will be October 7, 2015 to October 11, 2015. So mark your calendar and allow nothing to interfere! As noted, October 10, 2015 will be the 50th Anniversary of the date most of us reported to Quantico (October 10, 1965) to begin the 38th Officer Candidate Course. Start saving your money and make plans to join your fellow Marines in Norfolk. I will have more information on travel, hotels and itinerary in the near future.

Officers and Directors

I would like to recognize the efforts of those gentlemen who serve as your Officers and Directors. They were elected or reelected at the General Membership Meeting on Saturday, October 19th. Without their hard work and dedication, our organization would cease to function.

Officers:
Vice President: Andy Blenkle
Treasurer: Steve McComb
Secretary/Clerk: Walt Flynn
Sgt. At Arms: Tom Howe

Directors:
Jim Herak
Sam McClinchie
Dave Mellon
Stan Pasieka
Mike StClair
Jack Sheehan
Chuck Sooter
Greg Stockstill

Website Opportunities

Dave Mellon, who coordinates our website, at the General Membership Meeting on Saturday, October 19th asked for the cooperation of the Class in installing more content on the website. Dave pointed out that our ability to post meaningful content on the website is almost limitless. He encouraged several initiatives and asked that all materials be submitted to him in digital form, so he can have them posted on the website in the appropriate location (Send your information to him at dave.mellon@att.net )

1. Books - Those Classmates who have written books and would like to have them listed on the website, please send in the details.

2. Pictures for all the Galleries - Remember galleries are set up for the following:

OCS/Basic School Photos
Other Active Duty Photos
Reserve Duty Photos
Reunion Photos

Please specify the album in which your pictures should be displayed and provide sufficient information on who, when and where the photos were taken.

3. Profiles - There is a format for Member Profiles on the website. To access it, please go to the website then click on the following:

Info Library → Class Association Info → Member Profile Questionnaire

If you submitted your profile earlier, it is suggested that you update it as the information is probably rather dated at this point. If you have not previously submitted at Member Profile, please do so and share your story with your Classmates.

4 Vietnam War Experiences - While not all of the Class has had the drive to write a book, everyone has interesting and humorous stories of their service in Vietnam. You are encouraged to type up your story and submit it for posting on the website. Each Marine in the Class has unique stories that when combined create the massive quilt of the "Vietnam experience". Please write down your stories so they are not lost to history. Once received, they will be posted on the website.

Website Directory

We also continue to seek members of our class who are "among the missing". Visit the web site and if you see someone you know whose information needs updating please let me know in order that we can maintain current contact information on as many classmates as possible. Send me the updated information at: pvclay@aol.com

April (B) 2013

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

My fellow Marines,

Summer weather has arrived here in San Diego. It is outstanding - even for the City reputed to have the "Best Weather in America." Cindy and I look forward to sharing our beautiful city with you at the Reunion - October 16th through October 20th. If you haven't already made your hotel reservations, please do so. Directions for doing so are found below. Additionally, you need to register for the several events of the Reunion by completing the Reunion Registration form. Again, the directions may be found below.

Looking forward to seeing you in October!

Semper Fi,
Mike

San Diego Reunion - 2013

Our Reunion will be held at the Crowne Plaza on Hotel Circle in San Diego from Wednesday, October 16 through Sunday, October 20th. The program is as follows:

Wednesday, October 16

  • Arrival
  • Check In
  • Hospitality Suite

Thursday, October 17

  • School of Infantry - Camp Pendleton
  • Mission Briefing
  • Static Displays
  • Infantry Platoon Weapons
  • Infantry Platoon Communications Equipment
  • Hands On Participation
  • Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer
  • Lunch (Mess Hall)
  • Memorial - Mt Soledad Cross - La Jolla
  • Class Photo
  • Hospitality Suite

Friday, October 18

  • Golf
    (OR)
  • Tour of Amphibious Navy Ship
  • Lunch (Mess Deck)
  • PX Visit at MCRD, San Diego
  • Hospitality Suite

Saturday, October 19

  • Bi-Annual Business Meeting
  • Hospitality Suite
  • Banquet
  • Change of Command
  • Guest Speaker: Wounded Warrior Battalion - West
  • Semper Fi Fund

Sunday, October 20

  • Check Out

To see the complete detailed agenda and learn how to register for the hotel and for the reunion program, please go to the home page of our website: www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com. Here is the direct link to the: Class Registration Form. All you have to do is print the form, fill it out and return it to Terry Cox at the address on the form with your check and you will be done.

Here is the direct link for registration at the: Crowne Plaza Hotel

All you have to do is follow the directions on the site to reserve your room at the $109/per night rate. If you prefer to phone, dial 1-800-939-4249, specify the Crowne Plaza, San Diego and give them the Code: "USMC38thOCC" to get the preferred rate.

2012-2013 Annual Voluntary Contributions

Our annual voluntary contributions drive is continuing. Right now, our receipts are a little behind the normal pace, so please make your gift soon! Our voluntary dues program funds some very worthy causes, including the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and the Semper Fi Fund. Your contributions also provide the working capital for our Reunion.

If you haven't already sent in your contribution for this 2012-2013, here is the information:

Nominal - $25
Incentive: Anchor $1 - $74
Globe $75 - $149
Eagle $150 OR MORE

All contributions are strictly voluntary, tax-deductible and will be recognized on our website. To view the Contributions Honor Roll, please go to the Class website, then click on: Info Library/Class Assn Info/Contributions.

Checks should be made payable to "38th OCC/Basic Class 3-66 Alumni", marked "Contribution" on the memo line and mailed to our new Treasurer, Steve McComb, at:
Steve McComb
12904 Glenfield Road
Leawood, KS 66209

Thank you for your continue generous support of the Class!

Bereavement

The Class has recently learned that David M. Ridgway passed away on May 28, 2011. Dave's OCS Platoon was Delta 1 and his TBS Platoon was Echo 4. A memorial contribution in his name will be made to the Semper Fi Fund.

Gone, but not forgotten!

Coffelt Data Base

A database of all those whose names appear on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) is nearing completion. It contains significantly more information than the government data base regarding casualties. For example, it contains the unit the deceased served with, MOS, Burial Site, Know Awards, Coordinates of the Event, Others involved in the Event and the DD-1300 (Casualty Report). The Casualty Report describes the fatal wounds, Next of Kin and many other important facts not available anywhere else. The data base also references Command Chronology pages describing the circumstances surrounding the death.

If you have a friend that died in Vietnam and would like to find out more information about the circumstance surrounding his death, go to:

http://www.coffeltdatabase.org/

April (A) 2013

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

My fellow Marines,

Time is passing by quickly. It seems like only yesterday, we were running the Hill Trail and learning how to lead Marines in combat. Now we are probably only walking the trails and reading about Marines engaging the enemies of our Country.

Fleeting time makes it even more important to reconnect with our Marine roots and enjoy the camaraderie of those we studied and trained with as well as their life partners.

I hope that each of you will make the extra effort to join the party!

Cindy and I look forward to seeing you at the reunion in October.

Semper Fi,
Mike

San Diego Reunion - 2013

Our Reunion will be held at the Crowne Plaza on Hotel Circle in San Diego from Wednesday, October 16 through Sunday, October 20th. Wednesday will feature sea stories in the hospitality suite. The formal program for the Reunion will include a visit to the School of Infantry at San Onofre, Camp Pendleton on Thursday. We will have the opportunity to fire current infantry weapons at School's Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer. We will also see the full spectrum of an infantry Battalion's weapons and communication gear. We will have a remembrance memorial at the Mt. Soledad Cross in La Jolla for those we lost in Vietnam and those who have subsequently passed. On Friday, you can choose to play golf at the Admiral Baker course or enjoy a visit to an amphibious ship. Saturday we will have the Bi-Annual Business Meeting in the morning and the closing banquet that evening. As usual, Sunday will be check out day.

There are directions on the website regarding how to register for your room at the Crowne Plaza. To register for the Reunion events, you need to print out the Reunion Registration form, complete it and send it with your check to Terry Cox. All the instructions are on the website.

2012-2013 Annual Voluntary Contributions

As you know, we started our Annual Contributions drive on the Marine Corps Birthday 2012. So, we are continuing to accept contributions for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Right now, our receipts are a little behind the normal pace, so I encourage you to make your gift soon. Our voluntary dues program continue to fund some very worthy causes, including the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and the Semper Fi Fund.

We would like to encourage a nominal $25 donation from every member.

If you would like to donate at a leadership level, those are as follows:

Anchor $1 - $74
Globe $75 - $149
Eagle $150 OR MORE

All contributions are strictly voluntary, tax-deductible and will be recognized on our website. To view the Contributions Honor Roll, please go to the Class website, then click on: Info Library/Class Assn Info/Contributions.

Please consider making your 2014 donation today!

Checks should be made payable to "38th OCC/Basic Class 3-66 Alumni". On the memo line, please insert "Tax ID No. 54-2099257" and mailed to our Treasurer, Steve McComb, at:

Steve McComb
12904 Glenfield Road
Leawood, KS 66209

Thank you for your continued generous support of the Class!

Bereavement

I am sad to have to report the passing of several of our Marines. Colonel Woodring, who as a Major was the Company Commander for Delta Company at TBS, a resident of Fallbrook, CA passed away in January. Many from our Class, who live in Southern California, were able to attend the Colonel's memorial service at the Mainside Chapel at Camp Pendleton.

Additionally, we have learned that Classmates Stan Hartman, John Herring and William Pfister have also passed.

Gone, but not forgotten!

Website

We have a great website and I hope you have all visited and are enjoying it. Dave Mellon is currently doing the coordination with our webmaster, Sam Patel. When you have a few minutes, please go to the site and look it over:

www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com

Please dig out your favorite Marine pictures and send them to Dave at:

dave.mellon@att.net

Dave will have them added to the appropriate album on the website (OCS/Basic School, Vietnam, Active Duty Post-Vietnam or Reserve Duty)

Please send in your pictures for posting on the website.

Looking for a "Few Good Men"

Ron Mikat is attempting to locate the following Classmates in order to add their contact information to our directory. He could use your help. If you have any information, which may help Ron in locating these Marines, please send him an email at:

Ron Mikat: romeow@nycap.rr.com

Classmate
Last Known State of Residence:

  • Koelin, Kenneth: TX or OK
  • McCurdy, II, John: CA
  • Owens, Jerry: CA
  • Quinn, William: NY
  • Sokolowski, Richard: IL
  • Stack, Thomas: PA
  • Terry, Larry: OK
  • Yepez, Octavio: CA

Thanks for your help on this project!

An Artist Among Us

Niles McMaster, who was in TBS Platoon D-3 has developed his artistic skills over the years. To see some samples of his artwork, visit his website: www.mcmastergallery.com.

November 2012

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Greetings Marines:

Cindy and I wish all of you a Happy 237th Birthday. It seems like yesterday that we all celebrated the 1965 birthday at Quantico. Life has moved on and we hope it has been good to you.

Looking forward to seeing you at our next reunion in San Diego!

Semper Fi,
Mike

San Diego Reunion - 2013

Andy Blenkle is busy organizing our next San Diego Reunion. The dates are October 16 - 20, 2013. The Crowne Plaza Hotel will begin taking reservations in December (619-297-1101 --- mention "38th OCC"). Andy has some awesome events planned, so mark your calendar and let your close Classmates know you are planning to attend. More details will be forthcoming shortly.

2012-2013 Annual Voluntary Contributions

As you know, we start our Annual Contributions drive on the Marine Corps Birthday. So, we are now accepting contributions for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

We would like to encourage a nominal $25 donation from every member.

If you would like to donate at a leadership level, those are as follows:

Anchor $1 - $74
Globe $75 - $149
Eagle $150 OR MORE

All contributions are strictly voluntary, tax-deductible and will be recognized on our website. To view the Contributions Honor Roll, please go to the Class website, then click on: Info Library/Class Assn Info/Contributions.

In addition to operational expenses, we use these funds for a few charities including the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (Children of Fallen Marines).

Checks should be made payable to "38th OCC/Basic Class 3-66 Alumni". On the memo line, please insert "Tax ID No. 54-2099257" and mailed to our Treasurer, Steve McComb, at:

Steve McComb
12904 Glenfield Road
Leawood, KS 66209

Thank you for your continued generous support of the Class!

Bereavement

I am sad to report Roger Probst passed away recently and was interred at Fort Rosecrans in San Diego on October 18th. Due to great co-ordination by Andy Blenkle, a group of 8 Classmates attended the ceremony. In addition to Andy, those attending were:

Terry Cox, Dave Mellon, Frank Schigg, Earl Wentworth, Gerry Phillips, Tony Lopez and Joe Robben

L/Cpl Michael Probst, Roger and Judy's younger son, who died in Iraq in 2006 was disinterred from Riverside National Cemetery during the morning and reinterred that afternoon with Roger in a very moving ceremony. Military honors were rendered at the Ft. Rosecrans shelter, where the service was presided over by the Senior Chaplain at MCRD, a Navy Commander. Most attended the reception/dinner at the Venetian Restaurant that followed and offered their condolences and those of the entire Class to Judy and her family.

While the group was at Fort Rosecrans, most of the group also visited the grave of our classmate, 1st Lt. Philip H. Sauer, who was killed April 24, 1967 on Hill 861, in the opening action of the Hill Fights at Khe Sanh.

Gone, but not forgotten!

Website

We have a great website and I hope you have all visited and are enjoying it. Dave Mellon is currently doing the coordination with our webmaster, Sam Patel. When you have a few minutes, please go to the site and look it over:

www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com

Please dig out your favorite Marine pictures and send them to Dave at:

dave.mellon@att.net

Dave will have them added to the appropriate album on the website (OCS/Basic School, Vietnam, Active Duty Post-Vietnam or Reserve Duty)

Please send in your pictures for posting on the website.

April 2012

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Greetings Marines:

This is a brief update on the Class Association from your President.

Walt Flynn and Steve McComb have settled in as our new Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

Our Vice President, Pete Clay, was the target of an internet scam a few weeks ago. His email directory was hacked and a message soliciting funds was sent indicating he was in London and needed help as his wallet had been stolen. I am glad to report that none of us who received the scam email fell for it. This is in contrast with our solicitation for voluntary contributions below which is on the level.

I hope that each of you are enjoying these "Golden Years" as much as Cindy and me.

Looking forward to seeing you at our next reunion in San Diego!

Semper Fi,
Mike

2011-2012 Annual Voluntary Contributions

The Marine Corps Birthday celebrated in November served as the kickoff for our annual fund raising activities. These voluntary contributions help fund the organization and provide the funds for our annual Charitable Contributions. The various levels of support remain the same as past years:

Nominal - $25
Incentive: Anchor - $50
Globe - $100
Eagle - $150

All contributions are strictly voluntary, tax-deductible and will be recognized on our website. To view the Contributions Honor Roll, please go to the Class website (www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com), then click on: Info Library/Class Assn Info/Dues Honor Roll.

Checks should be made payable to "38th OCC/Basic Class 3-66 Alumni", marked "Contribution" on the memo line and mailed to our new Treasurer, Steve McComb, at:
Steve McComb
12904 Glenfield Road
Leawood, KS 66209-1745

Thank you for your continued generous support of the Class!

Website

We have a great website and I hope you have all visited and are enjoying it. Dave Mellon is currently doing the coordination with our webmaster, Sam Patel. When you have a few minutes, please go to the site and look it over:

www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com

Please dig out your favorite Marine pictures and send them to Dave at: dave.mellon@att.net

Dave will have them added to the appropriate album on the website (OCS/Basic School or Vietnam, etc.)

There is lots of interesting stuff on the website. Check out the Bereavement policy, National Museum of the Marine Corps Brick Program and the Archive of President's Newsletters.

February 2012

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Greetings Marines:

This is my first Newsletter as President of our organization and I have a tough act to follow. Our immediate past President, Sam McClinchie and his Reunion Commitee have left us in superb shape. His tenure culminated in a grand reunion at MCAS Cherry Point, which will be long remembered. He overcame losing the host hotel just a few weeks before the event and we wound up with BOQ quarters, meeting rooms, meal facilities and the banquet at the MCAS Cherry Point Club.

Pete Clay is our new Vice President and in line to take over as President in 2013.

Andy Blenkle has taken on the responsibility for the 2013 Reunion and is busy making plans. We will next meet in San Diego October 16 - 20, 2013. More information will be coming out shortly, but for now please mark the dates on your planning calendar.

I want to thank all the retiring Board Member, Terry Cox, Terry Lewis and Darrell Wells, for their contributions the past years.

I look forward to leading our organization for the next two years and working with each of you. I hope each of you have a Healthy and Properous 2012 and that you will plan to attend the 2013 Reunion, so I can welcome you individually.

Semper Fi,
Mike

2011-2012 Annual Voluntary Contributions

The Marine Corps Birthday celebrated in November served as the kickoff for our annual fund raising activities. These voluntary contributions help fund the organization and provide the funds for our annual Charitable Contributions. The various levels of support remain the same as past years:

Nominal - $25
Incentive: Anchor - $50
Globe - $100
Eagle - $150

All contributions are strictly voluntary, tax-deductible and will be recognized on our website. To view the Contributions Honor Roll, please go to the Class website (www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com), then click on: Info Library/Class Assn Info/Dues Honor Roll.

Checks should be made payable to "38th OCC/Basic Class 3-66 Alumni". On the memo line, please insert "Tax ID No. 54-2099257" and mailed to our Treasurer, Steve McComb, at:

Steve McComb
12904 Glenfield Road
Leawood, KS 66209

Thank you for your continued generous support of the Class!

National Museum of the Marine Corps Brick Program

We intend to modify some of the bricks that we dedicated at the Marine Corps Museum in 2007. We want to add a brick for Corporal Ray Potter who died in Vietnam while serving with the 2nd Platoon, Lima Company 3/26 north of Cam Lo. Ray attended OCS with the Class. We also intend to correct some information with regard to two of our aircrew losses. Ed Fickler was flying A-6s with VMA(AW)-242 out of DaNang, when he was lost over the A Shau Valley. Bob Kent was flying F-4Bs with VMFA-314 out of Chu Lai, when he was lost over the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos. In both cases, we had the dates Ed and Bob were declared dead by the Defense Department on their original bricks, rather than the dates their planes crashed. We want to correct this omission and the incorrect dates. These three bricks will cost $900.

If you would like to contribute to this effort, please make your check out to "38th OCC/BC 3-66 Alumni" indicate on the memo line "Brick Donation."

Please send your check to Steve McComb.

Steve McComb
12904 Glenfield Road
Leawood, KS 66209

Class Trip to Vietnam

Dave Wall and Sam McClinchie are going to again lead a "Return to Vietnam" Trip for the Class, which will focus on the important Marine Battlefields in I Corps and a visit to historic Hanoi. If you have ever thought about going back and walking the ground you did as a young Marine, now is the time to do it. The Tour will cover all the important Marine enclaves and battlefields between Chu Lai and the DMZ. You can review the entire brochure by clicking on the following link - Brochure

If you have any questions after reviewing the brochure, please contact either Dave or Sam to discuss your questions:

Dave Wall (dfwirish@gmail.com) or phone: (603) 471-0655
Sam McClinchie (ammjm@consolidated.net) or phone: (724) 316-5201

If you have no questions and wish to sign up for the tour, you can access the Tour Registration form by clicking on the following link:

Registration Form

Those Classmate who have actually returned with Military Historical Tours has raved about the experience. We are not getting any younger. This may be your last chance to revisit Vietnam with a tour lead by your Classmates. You are encouraged to consider this opportunity.

Pictures for the Photo Gallery

Our Class Website is developing into a valuable resource. If you are not familiar with it or haven't visited it, plug the following link into your web browser:
www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com

I think you will like what you see.

We are in the process of upgrading the website by adding more pictures in four albums that have been created but we will need your help in populating. If you have pictures you would like to have added to the website, send them in digital form to Dave Mellon (dave.mellon@att.net). The desired specifications for the pictures would be:

  • 72 dpi resolution
  • jpeg format
  • 1 to 1.5 MB

Please include with your digital pictures:

  • Your proposed caption for the photo.
  • Your rank at the time the picture was taken
  • Last name, First Name
  • Month and Year the photo was taken
  • USMC or other location where the photo was taken (for example: MCB Camp Pendleton or North of the Rockpile)

The new albums we want to populate are the following:

  • OCS/TBS Pictures (Other than the formal OCS Platoon Pictures that are already posted)
  • Vietnam Pictures
  • Other Active Duty Picture
  • Reserve Duty Pictures

Initially, we would like you to limit the number of pictures you submit to four (4). We are looking for a great response to this call for pictures. Get into your memorablia trunk and pull out some good ones and convert them to digital format and specifications detailed above.

Thanks for your support of this project

Add Your Recollections of those lost in Vietnam

As you probably know, our Class lost 32 men as a result of their service in Vietnam. Board Member, Terry Cox has agreed to coordinate the collection and posting of recollections of these Classmates on the website. If you have additional information which would add further texture to the tapestry of their lives, please follow the instructions on the website and submit your stories to Terry. He will ensure they get added to information already collected on the website.

To access the Remembrance Project, go to the website: www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com
Click on "Members of the Corporation" (The first item on the left side)
Click on "3. Vietnam Deaths - Site of the Remembrance Project".

There you can view what has been posted already and detailed instructions are available on how to add your recollections of each man to that already posted.

Recently, I noticed that little had been written about our Classmate, Wayne Hayes. Yet, I had read about the circumstances of his death in Keith William Nolan's "Operation Buffalo - USMC Fight for the DMZ". Accordingly, I wrote to Terry Cox for inclusion in the Remembrance Project. Check it out.

Thank you for adding your recollections to the histories of these "Warriors", who "gave all".

Achievements / Items of Interest

Steve Snyder
Secretary of our Class, has been elected Vice Chairman of the Board of the Marines Memorial Association, the parent organization of the Marines' Memorial Hotel and Club, located at 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-1027. The Marines' Memorial is a great location in downtown San Francisco to stay when you are visiting the "City by the Bay". You can make reservations by calling (415)673-6672.


Tricare for Life Beneficiaries
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has floated a proposal, "Budget Options: Volume 1, Health Care", in which over 100 ideas intended to reduce civilian and military medical care or charge more for service were recommended for the consideration by the Congress. The impact of the recommendation on Tricare for Life would require beneficiaries to pay for he first $525 of Medicare-eligible military benefits and then half of the next $4725 out of your pocket. It is recommended that you protect your interest by contacting your Congressional Representative and Senators and let them know that you do NOT the terms of Tricare for Life changed.


Vietnam Archive
A recent email circulated identifying the site of an excellent Vietnam Archive at Georgia Tech:

http://www-static.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thomas.Pilsch/Vietnam.html

Another excellent archive with a USMC Collection is the Virtual Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech. It can be accessed through the link below:

http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/


Enhanced VA Mortgage Options Available
The Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2008, which was signed into law by President Bush on October 10, 2008 will help veterans with sub-prime mortgages to refinance into safer, more affordable, VA guaranteed loans. With the new law, loans may be made up to $729,750, depending where the property is located. For more information, or to obtain help from VA Loan Specialist, veterans may call 1-877-827-3702.

November 2011

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

10 November 2011 marks the 236th Birthday of our beloved Corps. I want to wish all members of our Class and their families - a very happy Marine Corps Birthday. I hope many of you will be attending some form of Birthday Celebration in your communities this year. Interesting side notes: 2011 markes the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation and 2012 is the 100th Anniversary of Marine Air.

This is my last Newsletter as President of your organization. Thanks to a dedicated Board and a hardworking Reunion Committee, we have had two years of success. Thanks to Jack Sheehan we now have two guidons, one for the 38th OCC and one for Basic Class 3-66. The guidons have been passed to your new President, Mike St. Clair and we know he will do an outstanding job leading our organization. Mike was at the top of the Class in both OCS and TBS. With Mike as President and Andy Blenkle as Reunion Chair for 2013, I am sure our next gathering will be as successful as the 2011 edition. A final sincere thank you to all who supported the 2011 Reunion.

Semper Fi,
Sam

2011 Reunion, New Bern, NC: 5-9 Oct

We had a great Reunion at Cherry Point. As most of you know, we lost our host hotel, the New Bern Hilton Riverfront, on 9 Sep, due to extensive damage from Hurricane Irene. Our Aviator friends at Cherry Point stepped up, big time, and provided 76 BOQ rooms, so that 95% of our Classmates could be billeted on Base.

81 Classmates and 60 spouses and guests attended the event. We visited MarSOC, the Marine Special Operations Command at Camp Lejeune; the MV-22 Osprey facilities at MCAS, New River and toured MAG 14 at MCAS Cherry Point with their AV-8B Harriers, EA-6B Prowlers and C-130 Hercules aircraft.

Friday afternoon, 28 Reunion attendees played golf, while 90 others enjoyed a boat cruise on the Crystal Coast Lady out of Beaufort, NC. We had the Biennial "All Hands" Business Meeting on Saturday morning and a wonderful banquet at the new Cherry Point Miller's Landing Club on Saturday evening. I believe everyone had a great time and enjoyed the camaraderie with their Classmates and significant others, thanks to our outstanding Cherry Point hosts.

We had three Marines retire from the Board of Directors of our Corporation this year: Terry Cox, Terry Lewis and Darrell Wells. Those elected to succeed them were: Jim Herak, Steve McComb and Greg Stockstill.

Your elected Officers the next two years are:

  • President - Mike St. Clair
  • Vice President - Pete Clay
  • Secretary - Steve Snyder
  • Treasurer - Chuck Sooter (transitioning to Steve McComb)
  • Sergeant-at-Arms - Tom Howe

The eight (8) additional Member of the Board are:

  • Andy Blenkle (2013 Reunion Chair)
  • Larry Edwards
  • Jim Herak
  • Sam McClinchie
  • Steve McComb
  • Dave Mellon
  • Jack Sheehan
  • Greg Stockstill

The minutes from the Board of Directors meetings on October 5th and 9th as well as those from the General Membership Meeting on October 8th will be reviewed and approved by the Board shortly and then posted on the Class Website (www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com)

Missing Classmates

As those who attended the Reunion know, Ron Mikat recently became active in our organization and immediately volunteered to assist in locating "Missing Classmates". Ron has requested that the membership help him in locating the following:

  • Bell, Ben H. (Pensacola)
  • Brahe II, Bruce K. (TBS)
  • Greene, Garrett W. (Pensacola)
  • Gresston, Ronald L. (Pensacola)
  • Hoffman, Howard M. (Former Enlisted - Pensacola)
  • Jones, William D. (TBS)
  • Klatte, E.D. (TBS B-3)
  • Munk, Marcus G. (Pensacola)
  • Ortrowski, Edmund J. (Pensacola)

If you have any information on these 9 Marines (hometown, college, other friends, etc.), please contact Ron Mikat at 518-463-3612 or email him at romeow@nycap.rr.com.

Bereavement

I am saddened to report the passing of one of our Classmates, Wayne "Rex" Bryan, on July 4, 2011. Rex completed OCS with us and went on to Pensacola to become a helicopter pilot. Pat Sirmon notified the Association of Rex's passing at the Reunion. The Bereavement Committee sent a letter to Diane, Rex's wife of 42 years, expressing the sympathy of the class and notifying her that a Memorial Contribution was being made to the "Semper Fi Fund." If you wish to send your condolences on to Diane, she can be reached at the following address:

Diane Bryan
1602 Waters Edge Circle
Shreveport, LA 71106

Additionally, if you learn of a Classmates's death, please notify me at (724)625-8100 or email me at Alex McClinchie ammjm@consolidated.net. If I receive the information promptly enough, I will mobilize some of our Classmates to attend the funeral or memorial service.

2013 Reunion

Work is beginning on the 2013 Reunion. Andy Blenkle has agreed to be the Chair of the 2013 Reunion Committee. In the next couple of months, the balance of the Committee will be formed, the site for the 2013 Reunion will be selected and the Committee will begin the work of putting together the entire program.

2011 Voluntary Dues

As I have mentioned before, the Marine Corps Birthday serves as our kickoff for our annual voluntary dues campaign. These voluntary contributions help fund the organization and provide the funds for our annual Charities Contributions. This year I may not have done an effective job of communicating the importance of this campaign because we find ourselves behind our prior years' collections. If you have not contributed this year and would like to help, we would greatly appreciate it. The various levels of support remain the same:

Nominal - $25
Incentive: Anchor - $50
Globe - $100
Eagle - $150

Again, dues are strictly voluntary and contributions will be recognized on our website. The check should be made out to "38th OCC/BC 3-66 Alumni." Dues payments should be sent to our Treasurer, Steve McComb, at:

Steve McComb
12904 Glenfield Road
Leawood, KS 66209-1745

Lost Item

The BOQ at Cherry Point located an iPod type device in one of the BOQ rooms on the second deck on the wing closest to the River. If you lost such a device, please contact the BOQ Front Desk at (252) 466-5169.

August 2011

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

This is going to be a rather short Newsletter, focusing only on a couple topics.

2011 Reunion, New Bern, NC: 5-9 Oct

Our Reunion is now only seven (7) weeks away and your Reunion Committee has been working hard to put the finishing touches on this event. The PDF file highlighted below lists the 77 Classmates who have registered with Terry Cox as of 10 August. Our total attendance, including wives and guests, will be at least 150.

There are still 6 Classmates who have registered at the Hotel, but have not registered with the Class and are not listed above. I have spoken to another 4 Classmates who have told me they plan to attend, but we have yet to see their registration.

The Hilton has been accepting reservations for our Reunion. You may call the hotel direct at 252-638-3585 or the toll free number, 800-326-3745. Be sure to mention our Group Code: 38 OCC.

The room rate single/double is $109 per night plus tax. Again, those dates are 5-9 October 2011 (4 nights: 5, 6, 7, 8).

Many of you have received a Class Reunion Registration Form from Terry Cox via e-mail. If not, the easiest way to register is to go to our Class website (www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com) and on the home page, in the box to the right, click on "Register Now." This will take you to the Reunion Page with all of the information. To register, click on "Registration Form PDF" and print out the form. Follow the instructions on the form and then make out your check and mail the form and check to Terry Cox.

Outlined below is a brief schedule of events for our Reunion:

Wed 5 Oct
    Arrival & Check-In Hospitality Suite
    Board Meeting (1500)

Thur 6 Oct
    Visit MARSOC (Special Operations Command) Lejeune
    Visit MAG 29 MV-22 Osprey New River

Fri 7 Oct
    Visit MCAS Cherry Point: AV-8B, EA-6B, C-130 & CH53E
    Afternoon: Golf or Boat Cruise or 'On Your Own'

Sat 8 Oct
    Bi-Annual Meeting: All hands, 0900
    Free time
    Banquet Dinner / Change of Command

Sun 9 Oct
    Board Meeting (0900)
    Check Out

38th OCC / Basic Class 3-66 Website

I hope everyone has visited the Class Website: www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com. There is a wealth of information on that site about classmates, reunions, platoon photos and all our legal documents and administrative policies.

Dave Mellon has done a great job of improving and expanding our website. Dave and Terry Cox have worked with our webmaster to create drop down menus that really enhance a user's ability to navigate through the site.

I ask that each of you review your individual profile and make sure all the information on the profile is correct.

Go to the Website
Click on Members
Click on Active
Click on the first letter of your last name
Click on your name

Then review the information and send any changes to dave.mellon@cox.net

Please go to the "Photo Gallery" and find your OCS Platoon Picture and see if your name is correctly positioned in the legend for the photo. If not, tell Dave where you are in the picture, Row and Rank, from left to right (ie. 3rd row, 2nd from the left). If you know the names of any Candidates in the picture that are not properly identified, please report that information to Dave at dave.mellon@cox.net. If you are not sure of the exact spelling of a name, then offer the phonetic spelling so it can be checked against the Unit Diary alphabetical lists and be properly identified.

2011 Voluntary Dues

As I have mentioned before, the Marine Corps Birthday serves as our kickoff for our annual voluntary dues campaign. These voluntary contributions help fund the organization and provide the funds for our annual Charities Contributions. This year I may not have done an effective job of communicating the importance of this campaign because we find ourselves behind our prior years' collections. If you have not contributed this year and would like to help, we would greatly appreciate it. The various levels of support remain the same:

Nominal - $25
Incentive: Anchor - $50
Globe - $100
Eagle - $150

Again, dues are strictly voluntary and contributions will be recognized on our website. The check should be made out to "38th OCC/BC 3-66 Alumni". Dues payments should be sent to our Treasurer, Chuck Sooter, at:

Chuck Sooter
11932 Yearling Street
Cerritos, CA 90703

Bi-Annual Meeting

Our Bylaws require written notice of our Bi-Annual Meeting. Therefore, I am giving notice that said meeting will be held on Saturday, 8 October, 2011 at 0900 at the Hilton Riverfront Hotel, New Bern, NC. The agenda will consist of reports from class officers, committee chairmen and the election of Directors and Officers for the 2011-2013 term. There will be a report on the 2013 Reunion and any other New Business brought up by the membership.

Best wishes to you and your families.

Semper Fidelis,
Sam

July 2011

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

This is going to be a rather short Newsletter, focusing only on a couple topics.

2011 Reunion, New Bern, NC: 5-9 Oct

Our Reunion is only three months away and it is now time for those planning to attend, who have not registered, to do so. Listed below are 12 Classmates (as of June 15th.) who have registered since my list of 44 Classmates in the last Newsletter. If your buddy is listed and you are not, it is certainly time to register.

Conklin, Jim       Connor, John       Flynn, Walt
Hinds, Steve      McComb, Steve    Meagher, Walt
Mikat, Ron        Palmer, Stev       Redell, Bob
Rix, Bob           Rogers, Dave        Roughgarden, Robert

There are 8 Classmates who have registered at the Hotel, but have not registered with the Class and are not listed above. Through telephone contacts an additional 50 Clasmates have said they plan to attend, but have not registered. I have spoken to 6 Classmates who have told me they plan to attend, but we have not seen their registration.

The Hilton has been accepting reservations for our Reunion. You may call the hotel direct at 252-638-3585 or the toll free number, 800-326-3745. Be sure to mention our Group Code: 38 OCC.

The room rate single/double is $109 per night plus tax. Again, those dates are 5-9 October 2011 (4 nights: 5, 6, 7, 8).

Many of you have received a Class Reunion Registration Form from Terry Cox via e-mail. If not, the easiest way to register is to go to our Class website (www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com) and on the home page, in the box to the right, click on "Register Now". This will take you to the Reunion Page with all of the information. To register, click on "Registration Form PDF" and print out the form. Follow the instructions on the form and then make out your check and mail the form and check to Terry Cox.

Outlined below is a brief schedule of events for our Reunion:

Wed 5 Oct
    Arrival & Check-In Hospitality Suite
    Board Meeting (1500)

Thur 6 Oct
    Visit MARSOC (Special Operations Command) Lejeune
    Visit MAG 29 MV-22 Osprey New River

Fri 7 Oct
    Visit MCAS Cherry Point: AV-8B, EA-6B, C-130 & CH53E
    Afternoon: Golf or Boat Cruise or 'On Your Own'

Sat 8 Oct
    Bi-Annual Meeting: All hands, 0900
    Free time
    Banquet Dinner / Change of Command

Sun 9 Oct
    Board Meeting (0900)
    Check Out

38th OCC / Basic Class 3-66 Website

I hope everyone has visited the Class Website: www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com. There is a wealth of information on that site about classmates, reunions, platoon photos and all our legal documents and administrative policies.

Dave Mellon has done a great job of improving and expanding our website. Dave and Terry Cox have worked with our webmaster to create drop down menus that really enhance a user's ability to navigate through the site. I ask that each of you review your individual profile and make sure all the information on the profile is correct.

Go to the Website
Click on Members
Click on Active
Click on the first letter of your last name
Click on your name

Then review the information and send any changes to dave.mellon@cox.net.

Please go to the "Photo Gallery" and find your OCS Platoon Picture and see if your name is correctly positioned in the legend for the photo. If not, tell Dave where you are in the picture, Row and Rank, from left to right (ie. 3rd row, 2nd from the left). If you know the names of any Candidates in the picture that are not properly identified, please report that information to Dave at dave.mellon@cox.net. If you are not sure of the exact spelling of a name, then offer the phonetic spelling so it can be checked against the Unit Diary alphabetical lists and be properly identified.

2011 Voluntary Dues

As I have mentioned before, the Marine Corps Birthday serves as our kickoff for our annual voluntary dues campaign. These voluntary contributions help fund the organization and provide the funds for our annual Charities Contributions. This year I may not have done an effective job of communicating the importance of this campaign because we find ourselves behind our prior years' collections. If you have not contributed this year and would like to help, we would greatly appreciate it. The various levels of support remain the same:

Nominal - $25
Incentive: Anchor - $50
Globe - $100
Eagle - $150

Again, dues are strictly voluntary and contributions will be recognized on our website. The check should be made out to "38th OCC/BC 3-66 Alumni." Dues payments should be sent to our Treasurer, Chuck Sooter, at: Chuck Sooter
11932 Yearling Street
Cerritos, CA 90703

Commando Hall of Honor

I am pleased to report that our Classmate, "Digger" O'Dell was inducted into the U.S. Special Operations Command's 'Commando Hall of Honor' at McDill AFB on 16 May, 2011. Digger was in the 2nd Induction Class and the Program noted his contributions as follows:

"LtCol O'Dell, USMC (Ret), distinguished himself during a lifetime of service to the United States and Special Operations in a myriad of assignments culminating as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Plans and Communications at the Naval Special Warfare Command, Coronado, CA from 1988 to 1992. LtCol O'Dell's dedication and support to Special Operations Forces spans more than 27 years of training and leading classified operations in Vietnam as a member of the Central Intelligence Agency. His contributions to the Marine Corps Reconnaissance community and to Special Operations are immeasurable and will have a lasting impact on future combat operations."

Congratulations Digger.

Finally

I am saddened to report the passing of two of our classmates: Fred Brown on May 8, 2011 and Calix (Cal) Reneau on June O, 2011. Your Bereavement Chairman sent a letter of condolence to the next of kin and a contribution to their specified charity or organization. May they each rest in peace.

I also must report that Skip Storey and Mike St Clair each recently had successful prostate surgery and are on the mend and plan to join us at our New Bern Reunion. We wish them both a speedy and complete recovery.

Lastly, I am happy to report a new active member to our organization, Ron Mikat, has volunteered to assist in locating 'missing' classmates. Listed below are 10 classmates that Ron is working to locate:

Birbeck, Walter II
Brahe, Bruce II
Evans, James
Green, Garrett W.
Hyland, Michael
Jones, William
Klatte, Edward
Murphy, Joseph
Norton, Gary A.
Wynn, James (under active)

Information that will help Ron track down these classmates can be such items as:

MOS, College, Marine Schools Attended, Close Friends, Company Worked For, Address, Hometown, State, Wife's Name, Phone Number, Email Address, OCS Platoon, TBS Platoon, and Pensacola (Flight School).

If you have any information on these 10 Marines, please send it to Ron at romeow@nycap.rr.com. Thank you for your help.

Best wishes to you and your families.

Semper Fidelis,
Sam

April (B) 2011

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

This is going to be a rather short Newsletter, focusing only on a couple topics.

2011 Reunion, New Bern, NC: 5-9 Oct

Our Reunion is about four months away and it is now time for those planning to attend, who have not registered, to do so. Listed below are 44 Classmates (as of May 20th.) who have registered. If your buddy is listed and you are not, it is time to register.

Aker, Larry           Howe, Tom           Schroeder, Chuck

Alonzo, Joe          Janay, Mike          Sheehan, Jack

Breen, Terry         Johnson, Woody    Sim, Craig

Clay, Pete           Keryc, Charli        Snead, Tom

Cummins, Gary    Lisante, Joe          Snyder, Steve

Couch, Kelly        McCarey, John      Sooter, Chuck

Cox, Terry           McClinchie, Sam    Stefl, Al

Danehy, Kevin      Mellon, Dave          Stockstill, Greg

Edwards, Larry     Myers, Lonnie        Sutton, Ron

Frey, Fred            Nelson, Bob           Thornton, Jim

Garzik, Joe          Pasieka, Stan         Traynor, Andy

Gibbons, Gene     Pierson, Mike          Wall, Dave

Gibbs, Mel           Ray, Jimmy            Wentworth, Earl
Guldi, Fred          Reed, Hank             West, Brian

Higbee, Larry       Ross, Paul

There are 13 Classmates who have registered at the Hotel, but have not registered with the Class and are not listed above. Through telephone contacts an additional 50 Clasmates have said they plan to attend, but have not registered. I do not want to be 'nagging', but we need to have firm numbers so we can plan transportation, meals, drinks, etc. and provide a worthwhile, enjoyable Reunion.

The Hilton has been accepting reservations for our Reunion. You may call the hotel direct at 252-638-3585 or the toll free number, 800-326-3745. Be sure to mention our Group Code: 38 OCC. You may also reserve online at www.newbernriverfront.hilton.com.

The room rate single/double is $109 per night plus tax. Again, those dates are 5-9 October 2011 (4 nights: 5, 6, 7, 8).

Many of you have received a Class Reunion Registration Form from Terry Cox via e-mail. If not, the easiest way to register is to go to our Class website (www.usmc-thebasisschool-1966.com) and on the home page, in the box to the right, click on "Register Now." This will take you to the Reunion Page with all of the information. To register, click on "Registration Form PDF" and print out the form. Fill out the form and follow the instructions on the form to make out your check and mail the form and check to Terry Cox.

Outlined below is a brief schedule of events for our Reunion:

Wed 5 Oct
    Arrival & Check-In Hospitality Suite
    Board Meeting (1500)

Thur 6 Oct
    Visit MARSOC (Special Operations Command) Lejeune
    Visit MAG 29 MV-22 Osprey New River

Fri 7 Oct
    Visit MCAS Cherry Point: AV-8B, EA-6B, C-130 & CH53E
    Afternoon: Golf or Boat Cruise or 'On Your Own'

Sat 8 Oct
    Bi-Annual Meeting: All hands, 0900
    Free time
    Banquet Dinner / Change of Command

Sun 9 Oct
    Board Meeting (0900)
    Check Out

38th OCC / Basic Class 3-66 Website

I hope everyone has visited the Class Website: www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com. There is a wealth of information on that site about classmates, reunions, platoon photos and all our legal documents and administrative policies.

Dave Mellon has done a great job of improving and expanding our website. Dave and Terry Cox have worked with our webmaster to create drop down menus that really enhance a user's ability to navigate through the site.

I ask that each of you review your individual profile and if you find something to correct, please notify Dave Mellon or Terry Cox. Their phone numbers and e-mail addresses are contained in their profiles. We have pictures with each profile of most classmates who have attended recent reunions. If your profile is missing a current picture you can forward one to Dave or Terry to update your profile.

We now have photos for all 16 OCC Platoons; however, only four platoons have complete listings of everyone in that platoon. If any platoon member, or team of members, would like to take on the project of identifying the Marines in their platoon photo, we would really appreciate it. Please contact Dave or Terry so that they can coordinate this project, and thank you for volunteering.

Right below the Platoon pictures on the Photo Gallery drop down is a tab titled MyFace. When you click on that tab you will see a composite picture of 95 Marines who have attended recent Reunions. Click on any one picture for a better view of that officer.

There is a section on our site dedicated to our KIA Classmates. As you will see, various people have written comments and memories regarding our fallen Classmates. If you have comments you would like to share about any of these Marines, please forward them to Dave or Terry, so they can be added to their respective profile.

One last item, please check out the pictures from our 2009 Reunion in San Diego. Terry Cox did a great job, as our duty 'photog', and you can expand any single picture by clicking on it. We hope to see your picture attending our 2011 Reunion in New Bern and we also hope you will visit your website often and make it one of your 'favorites'.

2011 Voluntary Dues

As I have mentioned before, the Marine Corps Birthday serves as our kickoff for our annual voluntary dues campaign. These voluntary contributions help fund the organization and provide the funds for our annual Charities Contributions. This year I may not have done an effective job of communicating the importance of this campaign because we find ourselves behind our prior years' collections. If you have not contributed this year and would like to help, we would greatly appreciate it. The various levels of support remain the same:

Nominal - $25
Incentive: Anchor - $50
Globe - $100
Eagle - $150

Again, dues are strictly voluntary and contributions will be recognized on our website. The check should be made out to "38th OCC/BC 3-66 Alumni." Dues payments should be sent to our Treasurer, Chuck Sooter, at: Chuck Sooter
11932 Yearling Street
Cerritos, CA 90703

April (A) 2011

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Marines,

Your Board of Directors and Reunion Committee wish all members of our Class and their families the very best as we head into Spring and look forward to an enjoyable Summer. Most of us have experienced some violent weather this Winter and early Spring, so let's hope that is all behind us. We hope we can schedule good weather for our October Reunion in New Bern.

2011 Reunion, New Bern, NC: 5-9 Oct

Our Reunion is now less than 6 months away. Your Reunion Committee continues to fine tune the "Training Schedule" for the four day event. All of you should have received one or more phone calls from your respective "Platoon Captains" encouraging you to register for the upcoming event.

It is important for you to register as early as possible (34 Classmates have already registered) for a number of reasons. Airfares will continue to increase as we get closer to October. We need to have accurate numbers for the events scheduled on Friday afternoon, 7 Oct, so that we can arrange transportation, lunch, etc. Lastly, New Bern has their annual Mum Festival on the weekend of our Reunion and it will be worth visiting, but at the same time our Reunion Hotel, the Hilton Riverfront, will have many reservations for that festival. So please, make your reservations early.

Here is the link for the Mum Festival: www.mumfest.com

The Hilton has been accepting reservations for our Reunion. You may call the hotel direct at 252-638-3585 or the toll free number, 800-326-3745. Be sure to mention our Group Code: 38 OCC. You may also reserve online at www.newbernriverfront.hilton.com.

The room rate single/double is $109 per night plus tax. Again, those dates are 5-9 October 2011 (4 nights: 5, 6, 7, 8).

Many of you have received a Class Reunion Registration Form from Terry Cox via e-mail. If not, the easiest way to register is to go to our Class website (www.usmc-thebasisschool-1966.com) and on the home page, in the box to the right, click on "Register Now." This will take you to the Reunion Page with all of the information. To register, click on "Registration Form PDF" and print out the form. Fill out the form and follow the instructions on the form to make out your check and mail the form and check to Terry Cox.

Outlined below is a brief schedule of events for our Reunion: Wed 5 Oct:
Arrival & Check-In
Hospitality Suite Board Meeting (1500)

Thur 6 Oct:
Visit MARSOC (Special Operations Command) Lejeune
Visit MAG 29 MV-22 Osprey New River

Fri 7 Oct:
Visit MCAS Cherry Point: AV-8B, EA-6B, C-130 & CH53E
Afternoon: Golf or Boat Cruise or 'On Your Own'

Sat 8 Oct:
Bi-Annual Meeting: All hands, 0900
Free time
Banquet Dinner / Change of Command

Sun 9 Oct:
Board Meeting (0900)
Check Out

38th OCC / Basic Class 3-66 Website

I hope everyone has visited the Class Website: www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com . There is a wealth of information on that site about classmates, reunions, platoon photos and all our legal documents and administrative policies.

Dave Mellon has done a great job of improving and expanding our website. Dave and Terry Cox have worked with our webmaster to create drop down menus that really enhance a user's ability to navigate through the site.

I ask that each of you review your individual profile and if you find something to correct, please notify Dave Mellon or Terry Cox. Their phone numbers and e-mail addresses are contained in their profiles. We have pictures with each profile of most classmates who have attended recent reunions. If your profile is missing a current picture you can forward one to Dave or Terry to update your profile.

We now have photos for all 16 OCC Platoons; however, only four platoons have complete listings of everyone in that platoon. If any platoon member, or team of members, would like to take on the project of identifying the Marines in their platoon photo, we would really appreciate it. Please contact Dave or Terry so that they can coordinate this project, and thank you for volunteering.

Right below the Platoon pictures on the Photo Gallery drop down is a tab titled MyFace. When you click on that tab you will see a composite picture of 95 Marines who have attended recent Reunions. Click on any one picture for a better view of that officer.

There is a section on our site dedicated to our KIA Classmates. As you will see, various people have written comments and memories regarding our fallen Classmates. If you have comments you would like to share about any of these Marines, please forward them to Dave or Terry, so they can be added to their respective profile.

One last item, please check out the pictures from our 2009 Reunion in San Diego. Terry Cox did a great job, as our duty 'photog', and you can expand any single picture by clicking on it. We hope to see your picture attending our 2011 Reunion in New Bern and we also hope you will visit your website often and make it one of your 'favorites'.

2011 Voluntary Dues

As I have mentioned before, the Marine Corps Birthday serves as our kickoff for our annual voluntary dues campaign. These voluntary contributions help fund the organization and provide the funds for our annual Charities Contributions. This year I may not have done an effective job of communicating the importance of this campaign because we find ourselves behind our prior years' collections. If you have not contributed this year and would like to help, we would greatly appreciate it. The various levels of support remain the same:

Nominal - $25
Incentive: Anchor - $50
Globe - $100
Eagle - $150

Again, dues are strictly voluntary and contributions will be recognized on our website. The check should be made out to "38th OCC/BC 3-66 Alumni." Dues payments should be sent to our Treasurer, Chuck Sooter, at: Chuck Sooter
11932 Yearling Street
Cerritos, CA 90703

Additional News

Marines' Memorial Club and Hotel: This is a great place to stay if you are visiting San Francisco. The Club and Hotel is just off Union Square. Two of our own Classmates are new Officers and Board Members for 2011. Steve Snyder is back on the Board as Vice Chairman and Len Torres is a new Board Member. Our Class is certainly well represented at this fine institution.

I received a request from Joe Hancharick regarding information about his TBS roommate, Forrest Goodwin, who was one of our KIA Classmates. Forrest had a nephew, David Goodwin, who is trying to learn more about his uncle beyond the fact that he was killed near Con Thien on 2 Mar '67. If anyone has any info on Forrest they would like to share with David, contact him at [davegoodwin1@verizon.net]. Please cc Joe at [joeh@va.metrocast.net] on any info you send David. Also Joe is certain David and his family would like to see any pictures classmates may have of his uncle.

I regret to report, belatedly, the passing of another Classmate, John W. Stone. Mike St.Clair reported that John died from complications following heart transplant surgery on August 10, 2010. Our Class made a Memorial Contribution in John's memory to the Zion Lutheran Church in Spring City, PA. John and his wife, Patricia, were married 45 years and John was a teacher, coach and athletic director in the Upper Marion School District for 35 years. A Memorial Service, with full Military Honors, was held on August 16, 2010.

Rick Cleland reported recently that his TBS Platoon Commander, Larry McLaughlin (LtCol), passed away on January 2, 2011 at the age of 72. Larry served in the Marine Corps for 20 years and later worked 22 years at Kirby High School in Memphis,TN teaching and coaching football, basketball and track. Larry is survived by his wife of 51 years, Datch, three sons and two granddaughters.

I am sorry to be ending this newsletter with thoughts reflecting our mortality, but the reality is: we are not getting any younger and since we cannot predict the future, we should try to get together this October in New Bern.

Best wishes to you and your families.

Semper Fidelis,
Sam

December 2010

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

SEASON'S GREETINGS!,

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Your Board of Directors and Reunion Committee wish all members of our Class and their families the very best this Holiday Season and may the New Year bring happiness and success to everyone.

2011 Reunion - New Bern, NC (October 5-9)

Our Reunion is now less than 10 months away. Your Reunion Committee continues to fine tune the "Training Schedule" for the four day event. All of you should have received a large post card in the mail in late October which shows the Reunion Hotel, the Hilton New Bern/Riverfront, and a number of aircraft of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. In addition to touring Cherry Point, we will also visit Camp Lejeune and the MARSOC Headquarters. Hopefully, everyone received a phone call from a Committee member in November or December encouraging you to try to attend your event.

The Hilton is now prepared to accept reservations for our Reunion. You may call the hotel direct at 252-638-3585 or the toll free number, 800-326-3745. Be sure to mention our Group Code: 38 OCC. You may also reserve online at www.newbernriverfront.hilton.com.

The room rate single/double is $109 per night plus tax. Again, those dates are 5-9 October 2011 (4 nights: 5, 6, 7, 8).

We will have the Class Reunion Registration Form completed in January and will then make it available for everyone to use.

38th OCC / Basic Class 3-66 Website

I hope everyone has visited the Class Website: www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com . There is a wealth of information on that site about classmates, reunions, platoon photos and all our legal documents and administrative policies.

I ask that each of you review your individual profile and if you find something to correct, please notify Dave Mellon or Terry Cox. Their phone numbers and e-mail addresses are contained in their profiles. We have pictures with each profile of most classmates who have attended recent reunions. If your profile is missing a current picture you can forward one to Dave or Terry to update your profile.

Speaking of photos, as you can see on the website, we are still looking for a OCC Platoon Photo for B-3. If anyone has that Platoon Photo, please forward it to Dave or Terry. Also, as you can see, about half the photos have our names with the photo and half do not. If any platoon member or team of members would like to take on the project of identifying the Marines in their platoon photo, we would really appreciate it. Please contact Dave or Terry so that they can coordinate this project and thank you for volunteering.

One more website item: There is a section on our site dedicated to our KIA Classmates. As you will see, various people have written comments and memories regarding our fallen Classmates. If you have comments you would like to share about any of these Marines, please forward them to Dave or Terry, so they can be added to their respective profile.

Speaking of fallen Classmates, Dave Mellon has asked me to include the following in this Newsletter:

The Class of '67

Dave Mellon is recommending that you consider buying a copy of LtCol. Jack Wells recently released book, "The Class of '67". It is a well researched and written tribute to those members of his Basic School Class (6-67), who died in Vietnam. It has received an excellent review from "Leatherneck Magazine" (December 2010 issue). Dave suggests that it sets a new standard in the depth that can be incorporated into the individual tributes Clasmates can submit on our KIA's at the "Remembrance Project" page that is found on our Class website (www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com). Go to the website and click on Members/Classmates (Voting Members)/Vietnam Deaths. We lost 33 Classmates in Vietnam and we are trying to post similar tributes to all of our Classmates, who were taken from us "too young". The book is available from the Marine Corps Association for approximately $42 or at Amazon.com for approximately $36. Please get a copy of Jack Wells' book and get familiar with what is indeed possible. Jack spent about 6 years developing the tributes to his 43 Classmates who died in Vietnam. Once you have seen what is possible, you are encouraged to select one of our Classmates to research and write about. It would be good to let Dave know which of our Classmates you decide to concentrate on, so he can ensure, for the first effort, there is no duplication.

Dave has just completed a tribute on Raymond G. Potter, who was a member of our OCS Class.

Please get Jack's book and then do your own tribute! Thank you.

Again on our website, please check out the pictures from our 2009 Reunion in San Diego. Terry Cox did a great job and you can expand any single picture by clicking on it. We hope you find your website to be one you will add to your favorites.

2011 Voluntary Dues

As I have mentioned before, the Marine Corps Birthday serves as our kickoff for our annual voluntary dues campaign. These voluntary contributions help fund the organization and provide the funds for our annual Charities Contributions. This year I may not have done an effective job of communicating the importance of this campaign because we find ourselves behind our prior years' collections. If you have not contributed this year and would like to help, we would greatly appreciate it. The various levels of support remain the same:

Nominal - $25
Incentive: Anchor - $50
Globe - $100
Eagle - $150

Again, dues are strictly voluntary and contributions will be recognized on our website. The check should be made out to "38th OCC/BC 3-66 Alumni." Dues payments should be sent to our Treasurer, Chuck Sooter, at: Chuck Sooter
11932 Yearling Street
Cerritos, CA 90703

Miscellaneous Items

We are still searching for missing classmates. In fact, there is a partial list of these Marines in the Member section of the website. Jack Sheehan and Jim Conklin have done a fantastic job of tracking down members of our Class, but we still have many more to find. I am looking for anyone who would like to join this "Sleuth" Committee and help us find missing Classmates. Anyone who joins Jack in this effort has to be willing to make 'Cold Calls' in order to locate these Marines. If you are interested in helping, please contact Jack or me.

Lastly, Dave Wall and I will probably be leading another trip to Vietnam for Military Historical Tours in May 2011. The tour will include all of I Corps, from Chu Lai to the DMZ. If you are interested, please contact Dave or me.

Best wishes to you and your families.

Semper Fidelis,
Sam

November 2010

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Happy 235th Birthday!

10 November 2010 marks the 235th Birthday of our beloved Corps. I want to wish all members of our Class and their families a very happy Marine Corps Birthday. Saturday night I attended a Birthday Ball in a small, former mill town down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, attended by 350 people. The camaraderie and fellowship reinforced the old adage "Once a Marine, Always a Marine."

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War. Dave Wall and I just returned from a Revisit Trip to Korea attended by 120 U.S. Veterans and their dependents. It was a memorable trip and the Korean Government officials were wonderful hosts. In line with our trip, I have included the Commandant's, General James F. Amos, Birthday video which highlights the Korean War.

Watch the YouTube Video.

2011 Reunion - New Bern, NC (October 5-9)

Our Reunion is now 11 months away. Your Reunion Committee had a very productive meeting at Cherry Point in mid-August and we are fine tuning the "Training Schedule" for the four day event. All of you should have received a large post card in the mail in late October which shows the Reunion Hotel, the Hilton New Bern/Riverfront, and a number of aircraft of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. In addition to touring Cherry Point, we will also visit Camp Lejeune and the MARSOC Headquarters.

The Hilton is now prepared to accept reservations for our Reunion. You may call the hotel direct at 252-638-3585 or the toll free number, 800-326-3745. Be sure to mention our Group Code: 38 OCC. You may also reserve online at www.newbernriverfront.hilton.com.

The room rate single/double is $109 per night plus tax. Again, those dates are 5-9 October 2011 (4 nights: 5, 6, 7, 8).

38th OCC / Basic Class 3-66 Website

I hope everyone has visited the Class Website: www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com. There is a wealth of information on that site about classmates, reunions, platoon photos and all our legal documents and administrative policies. Over the years Jack Sheehan, Dave Mellon, Terry Cox and our Webmaster, Sam Patel, have done a fantastic job of creating, maintaining and enhancing this site.

I ask that each of you review your individual profile and if you find something to correct, please notify Dave Mellon or Terry Cox. Their phone numbers and e-mail addresses are contained in their profiles. We have pictures with each profile of most classmates who have attended recent reunions. If your profile is missing a current picture you can forward one to Dave or Terry to update your profile. If you have one of your "Hard Charging" photos from Vietnam, you can also forward it for inclusion with your profile.

Speaking of photos, as you can see on the website, we are still looking for a OCC Platoon Photo for B-3. If anyone has that Platoon Photo, please forward it to Dave or Terry. Please check out the pictures from our 2009 Reunion in San Diego. Terry Cox did a great job and you can expand any single picture by clicking on it.

One more website item: There is a section on our site dedicated to our KIA Classmates. As you will see, various people have written comments and memories regarding our fallen Classmates. If you have comments you would like to share about any of these Marines, please forward them to Dave or Terry, so they can be added to their respective profile.

We hope you find your website to be one you will add to your "favorites."

2011 Voluntary Dues

As I have mentioned before, the Marine Corps Birthday serves as our kickoff for our annual voluntary dues campaign. These voluntary contributions help fund the organization and provide the funds for our annual Charities Contributions. This year I may not have done an effective job of communicating the importance of this campaign because we find ourselves behind our prior years' collections. If you have not contributed this year and would like to help, we would greatly appreciate it. The various levels of support remain the same:

Nominal - $25
Incentive: Anchor - $50
Globe - $100
Eagle - $150

Again, dues are strictly voluntary and contributions will be recognized on our website. The check should be made out to "38th OCC/BC 3-66 Alumni." Dues payments should be sent to our Treasurer, Chuck Sooter, at: Chuck Sooter
11932 Yearling Street
Cerritos, CA 90703

Miscellaneous Items

Again, we are still searching for missing classmates. In fact, there is a partial list of these Marines in the Member section of the website. Jack Sheehan and Jim Conklin have done a fantastic job of tracking down members of our Class, but we still have many more to find. I am looking for anyone who would like to join this "Sleuth" Committee and help us find missing Classmates. Anyone who joins Jack in this effort has to be willing to make 'Cold Calls' in order to locate these Marines. If you are interested in helping, please contact Jack or me.

Best wishes to you and your families.

Semper Fidelis,
Sam

July 2010

2011 Reunion

Planning continues for our next Reunion which is less than 15 months from now. We are still negotiating the contract with the Hilton, New Bern and hope to have that resolved in the very near future. Once that is completed, we will notify everyone as to the reservation procedure with the rate and numbers to call.

Your Reunion Committee is hoping to schedule a "Planning Conference" at MCAS Chery Point sometime in August to work out the details for our upcoming event. We will do everything we can to make this Reunion a memorable experience.

38th OCC / Basic Class 3-66 Website

I hope everyone has visited the Class Website: www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com. There is a wealth of information on that site about classmates, reunions, platoon photos and all our legal documents and administrative policies. Over the years Jack Sheehan, Dave Mellon, Terry Cox and our Webmaster, Sam Patel, have done a fantastic job of creating, maintaining and enhancing this site.

I ask that each of you review your individual profile and if you find something to correct, please notify Dave Mellon or Terry Cox. Their phone numbers and e-mail addresses are contained in their profiles. We have pictures with each profile of most classmates who have attended recent reunions. If your profile is missing a current picture you can forward one to Dave or Terry to update your profile. If you have one of your "Hard Charging" photos from Vietnam, you can also forward it for inclusion with your profile.

Speaking of photos, as you can see on the website, we are still looking for a OCC Platoon Photo for B-3. If anyone has that Platoon Photo, please forward it to Dave or Terry. Please check out the pictures from our 2009 Reunion in San Diego. Terry Cox did a great job and you can expand any single picture by clicking on it.

One more website item: There is a section on our site dedicated to our KIA Classmates. As you will see, various people have written comments and memories regarding our fallen Classmates. If you have comments you would like to share about any of these Marines, please forward them to Dave or Terry, so they can be added to their respective profile.

We hope you find your website to be one you will add to your "favorites."

2010 Voluntary Dues

Again, I want to mention our Voluntary Dues Drive for 2010 which many of you have already contributed to. These voluntary contributions help fund the organization and provide the funds for our annual Charities Contributions. The various levels of support remain the same.

Nominal - $25
Incentive: Anchor - $50
Globe - $100
Eagle - $150

Again, dues are strictly voluntary and contributions will be recognized on our website. The check should be made out to "38th OCC/BC 3-66 Alumni." Dues payments should be sent to our Treasurer, Chuck Sooter, at:

Chuck Sooter
11932 Yearling Street
Cerritos, CA 90703

Miscellaneous Items

Again, we are still searching for missing classmates. In fact, there is a partial list of these Marines in the Member section of the website. Jack Sheehan and Jim Conklin have done a fantastic job of tracking down members of our Class, but we still have many more to find. I am looking for anyone who would like to join this "Sleuth" Committee and help us find missing Classmates. Anyone who joins Jack in this effort has to be willing to make 'Cold Calls' in order to locate these Marines. If you are interested in helping, please contact Jack or me.

We have mentioned many times before about the importance of registering with the V.A. relative to Agent Orange. The V.A. has recently added three additional illnesses to their ever growing list of conditions that are connected to Agent Orange exposure. Anyone who served in Vietnam should check with the V.A. and complete their screening process.

Given the ongoing Health Care debate, those of us who are members of Tricare for Life should be alert to possible changes. There are many varied opinions as to what may or may not impact Tricare for Life. Not that we can do much about it, but we do need to pay attention. We do know that this month, July 2010, Doctors are experiencing a 20% cut from Medicare.

Best wishes to you and your families.

Semper Fidelis,
Sam

January 2010

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

2010 Voluntary Dues

Again, I want to mention our Voluntary Dues Drive for 2010 which many of you have already contributed to. These voluntary contributions help fund the organization and provide the funds for our annual Charities Contributions. The various levels of support remain the same.

Nominal - $25
Incentive: Anchor - $50
Globe - $100
Eagle - $150

Again, dues are strictly voluntary and contributions will be recognized on our website. The check should be made out to "38th OCC/BC 3-66 Alumni." Dues payments should be sent to our Treasurer, Chuck Sooter, at:

Chuck Sooter
11932 Yearling Street
Cerritos, CA 90703

Miscellaneous Items

Skip Storey reported that a gold pen, in a black leather case, was found near his table following the banquet at our October Reunion in San Diego. If anyone lost this item please contact Skip at story2@cox.net. (Based on a discussion with Dave Wall, we have located the rightful owner of the pen and Skip Storey will return it accordingly.)


We have mentioned many times before about the importance of registering with the V.A. relative to Agent Orange. The V.A. has recently added three additional illnesses to their ever growing list of conditions that are connected to Agent Orange exposure. Anyone who served in Vietnam should check with the V.A. and complete their screening process.


Given the current Health Care debate, those of us who are members of Tricare for Life should be alert to possible changes. There are many varied opinions as to what may or may not impact Tricare for Life. Not that we can do much about it, but we do need to pay attention.


Lastly, Dave Wall and I will be leading another tour to Vietnam for Military Historical Tours from 7-20 May 2010. We will be covering all of I Corps from Quang Ngai to the DMZ. Dave and I have done a number of tours over the last four years and one of our last tours included some of our classmates: Fred Frey, Steve Hinds, Dave Mellon, Chuck Sooter and Mitch Vickers. I am sure they can give you an evaluation of our tour. If you are interested please contact Dave at 603-744-9661 or me at 724-625-8100.

Semper Fidelis,
Sam

December 2009

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Marines,

SEASON'S GREETINGS:

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR

Your Board of Directors wishes all members of our Class and their families the very best this Holiday Season and may the New Year bring happiness and success to everyone.

Article November 2009 Leatherneck Magazine

One of our classmates, Carl Bergman, an H-34 pilot is featured in this article. Col. Dick Camp, USMC (Ret) wrote the article based on personal interviews and input from another of our classmates, Digger Odell. Digger was the Intel Officer for the 3rd Force Recon Company.

The article is entitled "Last Full Measure of Devotion". It involves an 8 man recon patrol, call sign 'Box Score', and their actions commencing on 16 Feb 68 and the ensuing firefights they encountered. The fighting was ferocious and they suffered heavy casualties resulting in only three survivors when they were finally extracted.

With gunship and other fire support, two H-34's were involved in extracting the recon patrol, one piloted by Dave Underwood and the other by Carl Bergman. For their actions Dave Underwood received the Navy Cross and Carl received the Silver Star. Given his billet in 3rd Force Recon, Digger wrote the recommendations for all awards for this particular action.

To read this article go to the Leatherneck Magazine website and page to the November 2009 edition and search to "Last Full Measure of Devotion." There is also a "podcast" where you can listen to Digger's interviews with the participants.

2011 Reunion

here is not a lot to report on the Reunion at this point. We have notified Camp Lejeune and MCAS Cherry Point of our decision to hold our 2011 Reunion at their facilities. We have also notified the New Bern Hilton that we have selected their hotel for our lodging for the period 5-9 Oct 2011. We are awaiting the first draft of their proposed contract.

Your Reunion Committee will hold our first Conference Call Meeting probably sometime in February 2010.

2010 Voluntary Dues

Again, I want to mention our Voluntary Dues Drive for 2010 which many of you have already contributed to. These voluntary contributions help fund the organization and provide the funds for our annual Charities Contributions. The various levels of support remain the same.

Nominal - $25
Incentive: Anchor - $50
Globe - $100
Eagle - $150

Again, dues are strictly voluntary and contributions will be recognized on our website. The check should be made out to "38th OCC/BC 3-66 Alumni." Dues payments should be sent to our Treasurer, Chuck Sooter, at:

Chuck Sooter
11932 Yearling Street
Cerritos, CA 90703

Miscellaneous Items

Skip Storey reported that a gold pen, in a black leather case, was found near his table following the banquet at our October Reunion in San Diego. If anyone lost this item please contact Skip at story2@cox.net. (Based on a discussion with Dave Wall, we have located the rightful owner of the pen and Skip Storey will return it accordingly.)


We have mentioned many times before about the importance of registering with the V.A. relative to Agent Orange. The V.A. has recently added three additional illnesses to their ever growing list of conditions that are connected to Agent Orange exposure. Anyone who served in Vietnam should check with the V.A. and complete their screening process.


Given the current Health Care debate, those of us who are members of Tricare for Life should be alert to possible changes. There are many varied opinions as to what may or may not impact Tricare for Life. Not that we can do much about it, but we do need to pay attention.


Lastly, Dave Wall and I will be leading another tour to Vietnam for Military Historical Tours from 7-20 May 2010. We will be covering all of I Corps from Quang Ngai to the DMZ. Dave and I have done a number of tours over the last four years and one of our last tours included some of our classmates: Fred Frey, Steve Hinds, Dave Mellon, Chuck Sooter and Mitch Vickers. I am sure they can give you an evaluation of our tour. If you are interested please contact Dave at 603-744-9661 or me at 724-625-8100.

Semper Fidelis,
Sam

November 2009

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

I am honored to have been elected as your new President for the next two years. Dave Mellon did such an outstanding job over the last two years that it will certainly be a very hard act to follow. I will try to live up to the high standards he established and will attempt to maintain the policies and procedures he has put in place. Once again I want to thank Dave for his exemplary performance as our President.

As was mentioned in the previous Newsletter, we have four new Board Members: Pete Clay, Larry Edwards, Tom Howe and Darrell Wells. I know they will each make significant contributions to our organization. We have four Board Members who have elected to step down from the Board making room for the four Marines mentioned above. They are: Steve Bowen, Mike Janay, Al Stefl and Dave Wall (past President). We want to thank each of them for their noteworthy contributions to our Class.

Missing Classmates

We are still searching for missing Classmates. Jack Sheehan has done a fantastic job of tracking down members of our Class, but there still are Marines out there that we have not been able to locate. Any assistance in this area would be greatly appreciated. Speaking of missing items, we continue to search for OCS pictures for two platoons: Alpha 4 and Bravo 3. If anyone has one of those pictures please contact Jack Sheehan at jack@peddlers.net.

Many of you have visited our Class Website: www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966-com. If you have not, I encourage you to do so. Please go to the Member Section and check the accuracy of your personal listing. If corrections are necessary, there is a form available to correct the data and forward to our Webmaster. You can also check out info from previous Reunions and if you have not attended in the past, hopefully you will elect to join us at our next one in 2011.

2011 Reunion

The Board and the Membership unanimously approved the site location of New Bern, NC for our 2011 Reunion. We have formed a Reunion Committee consisting of 12 members and they will be getting to work early next Spring to plan and execute this event. There will be plenty to do in New Bern and we will have interesting tours at Camp Lejeune and MCAS Cherry Point. The dates are October 5-9, 2011.

Please remember Dave Mellon's challenge in the last Newsletter. Since we had our entire TBS Suite: McClinchie, Mellon, Merrihew and Miller in attendance this year in San Diego, the challenge is, for those who attended TBS, to recruit all surviving members of your suite and attend the 2011 Reunion. We will see you in New Bern.

Another idea has surfaced and that is: the idea of having off-year regional get togethers. These would be held in the even numbered years between our biannual Reunions. One idea mentioned was a regional Mess Night at a local "O" Club. Another suggestion was an informal dinner prior to an athletic event. Any additional suggestions would be welcome.

2010 Voluntary Dues

Again, I want to mention our Voluntary Dues Drive for 2010 which many of you have already contributed to. These voluntary contributions help fund the organization and provide the funds for our annual Charities Contributions. The various levels of support remain the same.

Nominal - $25
Incentive: Anchor - $50
Globe - $100
Eagle - $150

Again, dues are strictly voluntary and contributions will be recognized on our website. The check should be made out to "38th OCC/BC 3-66 Alumni." Dues payments should be sent to our Treasurer, Chuck Sooter, at:

Chuck Sooter
11932 Yearling Street
Cerritos, CA 90703

Happy 234th Birthday

10 November 2009 is the 234th Birthday of our beloved Corps. I want to wish all members of our Class and their families a very happy Marine Corps Birthday. In line with that thought, I have included a video narrated by the Commandant, General James T. Conway.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7Bicfc9dp0

Semper Fidelis,
Sam

October 2009 - Special

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Special Edition

Marines,

Here is my report to you on the 2009 Reunion that concluded on October 11th. The Reunion was attended by 64 Classmates and 43 guests for a total attendance of 107 - and a great time was had by all. If you weren't in San Diego, please ensure you hold the dates for the 2011 Reunion, which will take place in New Bern, NC, October 5-9, 2011, and get there with your significant other!

First let me report on the Biennial Membership Meeting which was held on Saturday morning, October 10th. Early in the program, Steve Bowen, Jack Sheehan and Al Stefl lead a Remembrance Ceremony for our 32 Classmates, who died in Vietnam. Board members, Dave Wall, our Past-President, Steve Bowen, Mike Janay and Al Stefl, who have all given of their time and exceptional talents and decided not to run for re-election, in order to allow other Classmates to serve on the Board. The Officers and the Committee Chairs, reported the progress made in their areas of responsibility. The members of the 2009 Reunion Planning Committee were introduced and their unique contributions were explained. Enough can't be said about the contributions each to the success of the Reunion:

      Bernie Allen       Andy Blenkle      Rick Cleland
      Terry Cox          Dave Mellon        Digger O'Dell
      Mike St. Clair    Chuck Sooter      Skip Storey
      Earl Wentworth

The Reunion Committee put together an outstanding program. We were able to observe the Fox Company, 2/7, 1st MARDIV doing small boat raid training at the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group-Pacific, a tour of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum and the graduation ceremony for India Company at Marine Corps Recruit Depot-San Diego.

Next, the Membership elected the Board Members, who will serve terms from 2009 through 2013:

      Andy Blenkle      Pete Clay      Larry Edwards
      Tom Howe          Terry Lewis    Jack Sheehan
      Darrell Wells

The Membership, then, elected the Officers to serve through the next Reunion in 2011:

      President - Sam McClinchie
      Vice President - Mike St. Clair
      Clerk - Steve Snyder
      Treasurer - Chuck Sooter
      Sgt-At-Arms - Tom Howe

The Membership then voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of Sam McClinchie and Dave Wall as endorsed by the Board to hold the next Reunion in New Bern, NC.

The concluding event of our Reunion was the Banquet. It opened with a Color Guard from Ceremonial Marines, MCRD-San Diego presenting the Colors. After dinner, on behalf of our Class, I presented a $5,000 check to Wendy Lethin, Director of Community Relations for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. In order to put a face on the Marines that IMSFF helps, Wendy introduced Gy/Sgt Nick Popaditch, USMC (Medically Retired). Nick, who has written a book, "Once a Marine" and is running in the June 2010 Primary for the 51st Congressional District in California, gave a truly inspirational speech describing his service, injuries and the assistance he received from IMSFF. It was truly a highlight of the Reunion.

In closing, I want to thank you for allowing me to lead our Class for the past two years. It was a great journey and terrific learning experience. I was particularly fortunate to have a great group of guys (2009 Reunion Committee) step forward when I asked if they would be willing to serve. We had a lot of fun preparing for the Reunion and overseeing its execution. It was definitely a team effort, and all should receive the Navy/Marine Commendation Medal.

It is now time to pass the guidon, to your new President, Sam McClinchie. Sam was a suitemate at Basic School, so I know him well. He will do an outstanding job of leading our organization. It is worth pointing out that our entire TBS Suite (McClinchie, Miller, Mellon and Merrihew) attended this reunion. We collectively issue a challenge to all those who attended TBS to gather your whole surviving suite together and attend the 2011 Reunion in New Bern, NC October 5-9, 2011. See you there!

Semper Fidelis
Dave

October 2009

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Marines,

The bylaws of our Corporation require that all members be provided notice of the Regular Biennial Meeting and those items which will be submitted to the membership for action. This email is intended to comply with that requirement.

Notice of Regular Biennial Meeting:

The Regular Biennial Meeting of the Membership is scheduled to take place at the Corporation's Hospitality Suite (Rooms 1131/1132) of the Crowne Plaza, 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108 on Saturday Morning, October 10, 2009 at 8:30 AM in conjunction with the scheduled 2009 Reunion. All Members of the Corporation are encouraged to attend. The Membership will be asked to take action on the election of Directors and Officers of the Corporation, 2011 Reunion Site and any other items, which may rightfully be introduced at the Meeting.

The Nominating Committee and the Board of Directors have endorsed and will submit the following nominees to the Membership for election:

Directors (To Serve 2009 to 2013)
Andy Blenkle
Pete Clay
Larry Edwards
Tom Howe
Terry Lewis
Jack Sheehan
Darrell Wells

Officers (To Serve 2009 to 2011)

President - Sam McClinchie
Vice President - Mike St. Clair
Clerk - Steve Snyder
Treasurer - Chuck Sooter
Sgt.-At-Arms - Tom Howe

The Membership will also be asked to approve the site of the 2011 Reunion. Additionally, reports will be shared by Officers and the the Chairs of the Board's Committees. Please make every effort to attend this meeting to understand the workings of your Corporation, cast your vote on the action items and identify areas where you may wish to volunteer your time in the future.

I hope to see you at the Regular Biennial Meeting on October 10th.

Sincerely,
Stephen M. Snyder
Clerk
38th OCC/Basic Class 3-66 USMC Alumni, Inc.

September 2009

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

As our Reunion (October 7-11, 2009) is only 3 weeks away, I am devoting this issue of the Newsletter exclusively to updating you on the program and passing along some ideas whick will hopefully facilitate your preparations for the Reunion. Your Reunion Committee has pulled together an awesome Reunion site and program.

I have tried to pull together some brief topics which will let you know what is planned and how to prepare for the event. When you arrive at the reunion hotel, the Crowne Plaza, San Diego, after checking in, please proceed to the Hospitality Suite (Room 1131/1132). In the Hospitality Suite, you will be able to pick up the Registration Packet that Terry Cox has prepared for you. It will have your name tag(s), a complete schedule of events, information on our organization and brochures of sights to see in San Diego and recommended restaurants as well as the favors you previously ordered.

As always, if you need more information on the reunion beyond what you find in this email, please visit our website and clicking on the "Reunion 2009 Update" on the home page: www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com or send me your questions by replying to this email.

Please travel safely on your way to the Reunion and be prepared for an outstanding event!

Semper Fi,
Dave Mellon
President

Reunion Attendees - 2009

Classmates - Attending
As of September 22nd, the following Classmates and guests are registered:

Bernie and Alyce
Allen Joe and Irma Alonzo
Rick Anderton
Carl and Michelle Bergman
Andy Blenkle
Steve Bowen and Joan
Pete and Ginny Clay
Rick and Trudy Cleland
Steve Colwell
Jim and Diane Conklin
Kelly and Susan Couch
Terry and Harriet Cox
Gary and Sue Cummins
Larry and Barbara Edwards
Phil and Hazel Gariboldi
Mel and Luanne Gibbs
John Giddings
Mark Haiman
Steve and Mary Hinds
Tom Howe
Andrew and Cynthia Jones
Mike Joseph
Joe Lisante
Sam and Molly McClinchie
Steve and Ginny McComb
Pete and "Charlie" Meade
Dave and Val Mellon
Bill and Judy Merrihew
Mike and Bobbi Miller
Lonnie and Jacquie Myers
Jim Newman
Digger O'Dell
Steve and Mary Palmer
Mike and Janice Parker
Stan and Ellen Pasieka
Phil and Max Perzan
Mike and Jan Pierson
Carol Quinn-Lassell
Fred and Susan Rivero
Bob and Jan Rix
Chuck Schroeder
Frank and Jamie Schigg
Jack Sheehan
Tom and Ann Snead
Steve and Faye Snyder
Chuck and Carol Sooter
Dick Souza
Mike and Cindy St Clair
Al and Joan Stefl
Bob Stimson
Skip and Vicki Storey
Joe and Joanne Stoskus
Ron and Rhetta Sutton
Len and Anita Torres
Andy and Pam Traynor
Jim and Jane Uecker
Mitch and Betty Vickers
Dave and Geri Wall
Tom and Janet Wellman
Darrell Wells
Earl and Nancy Wentworth

San Diego Weather

San Diego

While historical weather patterns can not be relied upon to predict with accuracy the weather for the period October 7 - 11, 2009, it does give the best assessment of what we can expect. Daytime highs average 74 degrees Farenheit, while overnight lows average 61 degrees Farenheit. Accordingly, mornings and evenings may require a light jacket or sweater, while you should be comfortable in shirtsleeves at midday. While rain is not normal in October, it is possible. Again, please pack a light weather-proof jacket against the possibility of rain.

Uniform of the Day - Reunion Dress

The key to enjoying the Reunion is to dress comfortably. As indicated by the article above on "San Diego Weather", the day time temperature should dictate your dress. Shorts and a collared shirt would be appropriate for the Thursday visit to the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group and the USS Midway, although slacks and a collared shirt would be appropriate as well.

We plan to take some group pictures on Friday, during our visit to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. Accordingly, we would ask that all hands wear a navy blue collared polo shirt and khaki slacks. The exception will be the Parade Reviewing Officer, Andy Blenkle and those who will be seated on the Reviewing Stand (Jack Sheehan, Dave Wall, Dave Mellon, Sam McClinchie, Steve Snyder, Terry Cox and Mike St Clair). This group will wear white dress shirt, red tie and Navy Blue Blazer.

There is no formal dress code for the banquet. Marines and their ladies will wear whatever is most comfortable for them. For those desiring to "dress up" we would suggest a blazer, whereas a collared shirt and slacks would also be acceptable.

Merchandise - Group Picture at MCRD, San Diego

As mentioned above, the group photos memorializing this year's Reunion will be taken on Friday, October 9th, during our visit to the Recruit Depot. Again, the suggested dress is a navy blue polo shirt with khaki slacks. If you don't have an appropriate navy blue polo shirt, you will have an opportunity to purchase one at the Reunion. Chuck Sooter is going to have available 8 Large and 10 Extra Large navy blue polo shirts and will have them for sale in the Hospitality Suite. The shirts will be adorned with the eagle, globe and anchor in the colors depicted in the graphic above (with the print removed). If you want to reserve one, please contact Chuck Sooter at chucksooter@hotmail.com . The cost of shirt will be $15 per shirt.

Summary of the Reunion Activities

  • Wednesday - will be spent registering and getting reacquainted in the Hospitality Suite.
  • Thursday - will feature a visit to the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group - Pacific to observe a rifle company from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines engaged in raid training. The afternoon activity will be a tour of the USS Midway, which features most of the aircraft that have flown off her deck before her decommissioning.
  • Friday - will be spent observing the recruit graduation parade at MCRD, San Diego, followed by lunch and an after luncheon address by the new Commanding General of the Recruit Depot, BGen Ron Bailey. The afternoon will be spent at the Depot's PX or the MGen James L. Day Museum.
  • Saturday - the Business Meeting will be conducted in the morning and the concluding banquet will be that evening

Throughout the Reunion, lots of time will be devoted to gathering in the Hospitality Suite to enjoy the camaraderie of your Classmates and their wives or significant others.

Riverwalk Golf Course

Bernie Allen has put together a great golf tournament for our Classmates and guests. On Thursday, October 8th, those signed up for golf (and paid the separate fee) will play the four star Riverwalk Golf Course, a 27 hole facility. The tournament will be contested on the Mission and Friars nines. The format will be a shotgun scramble beginning at 8:00 AM. Riverwalk is one of the most highly rated courses in the San Diego Area. The $150 golf fee includes greens fee and cart, access to the driving range and balls, a box lunch and a goodie bag of golf related paraphernalia to include a golf club. Additionally, handsome plaques will be awarded for closest to the pin on two 3 pars and for the longest drives on two of the 5 pars. The "low gross" foursome will receive a one-year subscription to "Golf Digest" and commemorative plaques. As the Class had to give a guarantee of 40 players for this event, Classmates will be given priority through August 31, 2009. At that point, Bernie will open the tournament up to friends and associates in the Southern California area. Members of the Class are urged to sign up for the golf outing as part of their Class Registration with Terry Cox in advance of August 31st to ensure a spot in the tournament.

The Golf Foursomes are assigned as follows:
1st:
Bernie Allen
Ed Van Horn
Jeff Bohn
Hank Snyder

2nd:
Ron Sutton
Mel Gibbs
Lonnie Myers
Jacquie Myers

3rd:
Kelly Couch
Joe Roblen
Gino Gibbons

4th:
Jack Sheehan
George Caravalho
Leo Dennis
Dave McCravey

5th:
Darrell Wells
Tom Wellman

June 2009

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Marines,

As our Reunion (October 7-11, 2009) is less than 4 months away and the effort to get as many of our Classmates to the Reunion is in full swing, I am devoting this issue of the Newsletter exclusively to the Reunion. Here, in one spot, you will learn all you need to know about what is planned and how you can be part of it. I hope this information will make it easy for you to get registered and join your Classmates in San Diego, a mere 43 years after we graduated from Basic School and began our service in the Fleet!

I am including summary information here, but you can see all of the exquisite details by going to the website and clicking on the "Reunion 2009 Update" on the home page: www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com

Please make your hotel and Class Reunion registrations as soon as possible. It will allow the Reunion Committee to acquire the necessary transportation. Easy access to both items is available below. Just click on the listed links and then follow the instructions.

I hope to see you in San Diego in October!

Semper Fi,
Dave Mellon
President

Reunion - 2009

CROWNE PLAZA, San Diego-Mission Valley

In order to make a hotel reservation, you can either call the reservation desk between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM EDT at 1-888-233-9527 or link to their website 24 hours a day at:

(https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_gi_new&groupID=212832)

Make sure you use the code "USMC 38th OCC" to get the specially negotiated rate of $119 per room per night.


Registering With The Class - Reunion Registration

In order to register with the Class for the Reunion, all you have to do is click on the link below:

http://www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com/reunion09/2009_Registration_Form.pdf

Just print the form, make your selections and send it by regular mail along with the relevant fees in a check payable to "38th OCC/BC 3-66 Alumni" to:

Terry Cox
6205 Via Subida
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


Reunion 2009 Program - Summary of the Reunion Activities

  • Wednesday - will be spent registering and getting reacquainted in the Hospitality Suite.
  • Thursday - will feature a visit to the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group - Pacific to observe a rifle company from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines engaged in raid training. The afternoon activity will be a tour of the USS Midway, which features most of the aircraft that have flown off her deck before her decommissioning.
  • Friday - will be spent observing the recruit graduation parade at MCRD, San Diego, followed by lunch and an after luncheon address by the new Commanding General of the Recruit Depot, BGen Ron Bailey. The afternoon will be spent at the Depot's PX or the MGen James L. Day Museum.
  • Saturday - the Business Meeting will be conducted in the morning and the concluding banquet will be that evening.

Throughout the Reunion, lots of time will be devoted to gathering in the Hospitality Suite to enjoy the camaraderie of your Classmates and their wives or significant others.


Platoon Phone Program - Your Invitation to Attend

Terry Cox has put together an effort to call every member of the Class. In most cases, you will be called by one of the former members of your Basic School platoon. The Classmates who have volunteered for this duty are as follows:

Delta Company              Echo Company

1st - Steve Bowen          1st - Andy Blenkle
2nd - Larry Edwards        2nd - Rick Cleland
Darrell Wells
3rd - Dave Mellon            3rd - Pete Clay
4th - Terry Lewis             4th - Earl Wentworth
5th - Jack Sheehan         5th - Al Stefl

               Air - Rick Anderton

Please expect a call from the Marine assigned to your platoon and call him back if he leaves a message. Thanks for your cooperation.

May 2009

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Our 2009 Reunion is now only 5 months away. The Reunion Planning Committee has put together a great program for the Reunion, but as you know, the real attraction of our Reunions is renewing old friendships and making new ones with guys with whom we trained, served and made history.

The Reunion is being held at the Crowne Plaza, San Diego, which has been totally refurbished since our last visit in 2005. The dates are Wednesday, October 7th through Sunday, October 11th.

To date, approximately 45 Classmates have indicated they intend to attend the Reunion. Please find the listing below in the next section of this newsletter.

To make your hotel reservations at the Crowne Plaza - San Diego by either calling 1-888-233-9527 between the hours of 9:00AM and 8:00PM EST, or 24/7 at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/usmc38th . Please use the reservation code "USMC-38th OCC" to get the guaranteed rate of $119 per night.

To reserve your spot at the Reunion and select the activities you wish to participate in, please go to the website ( www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com ) and click on the "Reunion 2009 Update" on the home page then scroll down to the "Reunion Registration" section and click on the "Registration Form". Print the form, fill it out and send it along with your check to Terry Cox, 6205 Via Subida, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

I hope that you will decide to join the Class for Reunion 2009 and I look forward to seeing each of you in San Diego in October!

Semper Fi,
Dave Mellon
President

Classmates - Attending

Those that have attended earlier Reunions were contacted by Terry Cox to determine if they were planning to attend this year's Reunion. While we have not heard back from everyone, I am listing below those that have already replied that they are planning to attend. I have listed their Basic School platoon, where appropriate, to give you an idea of who from your platoon are already committed:

D-1
Jose Alonzo     Steve Bowen     Terry Cox

D-2
Larry Edwards     Dave Giddings     Steve Hinds

D-3
Mike Janay     Mike Joseph     Terry Lewis
Sam McClinchie     Dave Mellon

D-4
Lonnie Myers     Digger O'Dell     Stan Pasieka
Mike Pierson

D-5
Rusty Rusthoven     Jack Sheehan     Tom Snead
Steve Snyder     Chuck Sooter     Skip Storey
Mike St. Clair     Len Torres     Jim Uecker
Dave Wall     Tom Wellman

E-1
Bernie Allen     Andy Blenkle     Rick Cleland
Jim Conklin     Kelly Couch     Chapman Cox

E-2 Phil Gariboldi     Gene Gibbons

E-3
Tom Howe     Joe Lisante

E-4
Steve Palmer     Phil Perzan

E-5
Richard Souza     Al Stefl     Don Taylor
Earl Wentworth     Ron Sutton     Jimmy Ray

Air Option
Rick Anderton

Please add your name to the growing list of attendees.

Reunion 2009 Preview
Expeditionary Warfare Training Group - Pacific

On Thursday morning, October 8th, we will visit the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group and observe an infantry company from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines as they are engaged in the "Small Boat Raid Course" which will qualify them to conduct small boat, over the horizon amphibious raids. Captain Frey, the Officer-in-Charge of the Raid Training will also brief us on the syllabus. We will have the opportunity to interface with these Marines who are being trained as a Boat Company to provide that unique capability to the Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) they will ultimately join. We will also have the opportunity to talk with the Course Instructors, who teach the coxswain, navigator and scout swimmer skills to the company's Marines.

Operations and Charitable Mission

As you know, we do not charge annual dues, instead, we ask for Annual Voluntary Contributions. To date, we have had approximately 60 contributions totaling $6300. If you haven't already donated to the 2009/2010 Campaign to fund our operations and charitable giving mission, you may do so by sending your tax-deductible Voluntary Contribution check made out to "38th OCC/BC 3-66 Alumni" to our Treasurer at the following address:

Chuck Sooter
11932 Yearling Street
Cerritos, CA 90703-7615

We do provide recognition on the website (www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com ) of all those Classmates who do contribute. Please check the website to determine if you have already donated. We appreciate your support of the Class.

Bereavement

It is with regret that I pass along the following report of the passing of our Classmate Val Prost.

Val suffered a massive stroke and passed away on May 4th. He will be buried on Saturday, May 9th. Val was a member of E-4 in Basic School and served in Vietnam with the 7th Engineer Battalion. He was assigned to Delta Company and worked on projects related to the construction of Liberty Road, between the Song Thu Bon and An Hoa.

Val is survived by his wife Joy. who has requested that the Class' traditional memorial tribute be made in Val's name to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. The Bereavement Committee is in the process of honoring this family request.

If you would like to express your personal sympathy to Joy, she can be reached at:

Mrs. Val Prost
234 Vaughn Street
Aurora, CO 80011
(303)344-1255

Achievements / Items of Interest

Steve Snyder/Chuck Sooter
Secretary and Treasurer of our Class, respectively have recently submitted the IRS Form 990 EZ and the Massachusetts Form 3M to fulfill our tax obligations to the Federal Government and the Commonweath of Massachusetts. The forms are posted on the website, if you would be interested in viewing them (www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com)


5th Annual Andrew Torres Memorial Golf Classic
This tournament which benefits Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) is sponsored by Classmate Len Torres and his wife Anita, in memory of their son 2nd Lt Andrew Torres, who lost a courageous battle with cancer in April 2004 at the age of 23. The "Classic" is scheduled for Monday, June 22nd at the La Canada Flintridge Country Club. If you would like to participate in the tournament or make a memorial gift to HMRI, please get more information by clicking on the following link: (www.andrewtorres.org)


OCS Platoon
We are looking for the following platoon pictures to complete the set that is displayed on the revised website:

A-4
B-3
B-4
D-3


New Look to the Website
If you have not gone on the website since May 1st, please visit it as it has an entirely new look and is much more user friendly. We have a new webmaster, Sam Patel, and he has done an outstanding job of making the site more appealing and simpler to work with. I hope you enjoy the changes he has made. If you have any suggestions for further improvement of the site, please reply to this email or send me a separate email at (dave.mellon@cox.net).


Miramar Air Show
The Miramar Air Show is going to be conducted the weekend before our Reunion. The 2009 Show will feature the Blue Angels. It will be held on October 2, 3 and 4, 2009. Our Reunion starts on the Wednesday, October 7th. So the aviation enthusiasts in the Class may want to come to San Diego a few days early to enjoy one of the premier air shows in the country.

February 2009

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Marines,

I am pleased to report that your Reunion 2009 Planning Committee met on January 24th and finalized most of the details of the reunion for which we will assemble in San Diego on Wednesday, October 7th through Sunday, October 11th. The reunion promises to be a great opportunity to recapture the camaraderie of our time together in 1965 and 1966. I hope you are all planning to attend. Terry Cox will be communicating with you shortly with all of the details. For now, the Reunion Committee asks that you note the dates on your calendar (October 7 - 11, 2009) and make your hotel reservations at the Crowne Plaza - San Diego by calling 1-888-233-9527 between the hours of 9:00AM and 8:00PM EST, or 24/7 at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/usmc38th . Please use the reservation code "USMC-38th OCC" to get the guaranteed rate of $119 per night.

I look forward to seeing each of you in San Diego in October 2009!

Semper Fi,
Dave Mellon
President

Reunion - 2009

Golf - Thursday, October 8, 2009 Riverwalk Golf Course

The Reunion Planning Committee has continued the tradition of offering the opportunity for a round of golf at the 2009 Reunion. Golf Chairman, Bernie Allen, has worked with "Showtime Golf" to put together a great event for the golfers. The Riverwalk Golf Course, one of the finest courses in Southern California, is a 27 hole venue. The 18 holes of golf planned for the Class Outing will be conducted on the Mission (9 holes) and the Friars (9 holes) lay outs. The course is only a couple of miles from the Crowne Plaza (host hotel), so the commute time by motor coach will be brief. In addition to "green fees and cart" the $150 fee will cover transportation to and from the course, a box lunch, a free golf club and a "goodie bag" of other promotional items. Club rental will be an additional charge. Bernie will have plaques for the performance prizes of "closest to the pin" on two par threes and "longest drive" on two par fives. The members of the low gross foursome, in addition to receiving a plaque, will get a one-year subscription to Golf Digest.

Operations and Charitable Mission

As you know, we do not charge annual dues, instead, we ask for Annual Voluntary Contributions. We kicked off the 2009 Annual Voluntary Contribution (AVC) drive for our fiscal year 2009 on the Marine Corps Birthday - 2008. Through January 31, 2009, we have received 41 "contributions" totaling $4,400 from the following classmates:

Allan AlgosoPaul Clark
Pete ClayKelly Couch
Chapman CoxLew Dale
Walt FlynnLarry Higbee
Jim JohnsonMike Joseph
Mike KlunkTerry Lewis
Joe LisanteLarry Malby
John MartinMike McCarey
Sam McClinchieJim McWilliams
Dave MellonBill Merrihew
Leon MillerLonnie Myers
Stan Pasieka Mike Phillips
Dar PierceRick Quinn
Fred RiveroRobert Rix
Chuck SchroederJohn Singleton
Ed SmithChuck Sooter
Al SteflJohn Stone
Coppley VickersDave Wall
Tom WellmanDarrell Wells
Brian WestWilliam Whiting
Jeff Wilson

In fiscal 2008, we had 91 Classmates demonstrate their support of the Class through a contribution. We hope to improve on that number in 2009. Remember, the "suggested" AVC is $25. I hope you will show your interest and support for the Class by making a contribution. To do so, please send your tax-deductible Voluntary Contribution check made out to "38th OCC/BC 3-66 Alumni" and send it to our Treasurer at the following address:

Chuck Sooter
11932 Yearling Street
Cerritos, CA 90703-7615

We do provide recognition on the website ( www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com ) of all those Classmates who do contribute. The leadership levels approved by the Board are as follows:

  • Eagle - $150 or more
  • Globe - $76 to $149
  • Anchor - $1 to $75

Your annual voluntary contribution will fund our Charitable Mission by allowing donations to Marine charities, including a substantial one we intent to make in conjunction with Reunion 2009. As we are a Non-Profit, contributions are tax-deductible. Please consider making a tax deductible contribution for 2009.

Thank you for your continuing support of the Class.

Looking for a Few Good Men

I want to thank those members of the Class who submitted information regarding updated addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses for those members of the Class that we reported as "Missing" in the last Newsletter. We were able to get in touch with several of our Classmates as a result of the information you provided. We are hoping that they will plan to join us in San Diego. We will update our lists and ask you for your help again in a future Newletter, as we continue to reach out to all of our Classmates in the hopes that they will join us for Reunion 2009.

Bereavement

Joanne (Jodi) Quinn - Wife of Classmate Rick Quinn

It is with regret that I pass along the following report of the passing of the wife of Classmate Rick Quinn, the late Joanne (Jodi) Quinn:

Jodi Quinn died of liver cancer on January 4, 2009 at the age of 67. She had been diagnosed with the disease approximately 9 months earlier.

If you wish to make a personal donation to the American Cancer Society, please send your check to:

American Cancer Society
201 Mission Street
Suite 720
San Francisco, CA 94105

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to:

Rick Quinn
1990 Glen Avenue
San Bruno, CA 94066-4724

Rememberance

Add Your Recollections of those lost in Vietnam

As you probably know, our Class lost 32 men as a result of their service in Vietnam. Board Member, Terry Cox has agreed to coordinate the collection and posting of recollections of these Classmates on the website. If you have additional information which would add further texture to the tapestry of their lives, please follow the instructions on the website and submit your stories to Terry. He will ensure they get added to information already collected on the website.

To access the Remembrance Project, go to the website: www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com
Click on "Members of the Corporation" (The first item on the left side)
Click on 3. Vietnam Deaths - Site of the Remembrance Project.

There you can view what has been posted already and detailed instructions are available on how to add your recollections of each man to that already posted.

Recently, I noticed that little had been written about our Classmate, Wayne Hayes. Yet, I had read about the circumstances of his death in Keith William Nolan's "Operation Buffalo - USMC Fight for the DMZ." Accordingly, I wrote to Terry Cox for inclusion in the Remembrance Project. Check it out.

Thank you for adding your recollections to the histories of these "Warriors", who "gave all."

Achievements / Items of Interest

Steve Snyder
Secretary of our Class, has been elected Vice Chairman of the Board of the Marines Memorial Association, the parent organization of the Marines' Memorial Hotel and Club, located at 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-1027. The Marines' Memorial is a great location in downtown San Francisco to stay when you are visiting the "City by the Bay." You can make reservations by calling (415)673-6672.


Tricare for Life Beneficiaries
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has floated a proposal, "Budget Options: Volume 1, Health Care", in which over 100 ideas intended to reduce civilian and military medical care or charge more for service were recommended for the consideration by the Congress. The impact of the recommendation on Tricare for Life would require beneficiaries to pay for he first $525 of Medicare-eligible military benefits and then half of the next $4725 out of your pocket. It is recommended that you protect your interest by contacting your Congressional Representative and Senators and let them know that you do NOT the terms of Tricare for Life changed.


Vietnam Archive
A recent email circulated identifying the site of an excellent Vietnam Archive at Georgia Tech:

http://www-static.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thomas.Pilsch/Vietnam.html

Another excellent archive with a USMC Collection is the Virtual Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech. It can be accessed through the link below:

http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/


Enhanced VA Mortgage Options Available
the Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2008, which was signed into law by President Bush on October 10, 2008 will help veterans with sub-prime mortgages to refinance into safer, more affordable, VA guaranteed loans. With the new law, loans may be made up to $729,750, depending where the property is located. For more information, or to obtain help from VA Loan Specialist, veterans may call 1-877-827-3702.

November 2008

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Marines,

This is the second newsletter I have prepared using a template offered by our new email provider, Constant Contact. This new system has given us the opportunity to track whether the emails are indeed reaching our Classmates. We learned after the August Newsletter that we had either faulty email addresses or no email addresses for approximately 90 Classmates. Fortunately, Terry Cox put together a team to contact those Classmates and get current addresses for them. Jack Sheehan and Jim Herak have been working on getting the new addresses entered into our directories. So if things go as planned, I hope that we are reaching many of those additional 90 Classmates with this newsletter. I have included several important items for your consideration below, so please read through the entire newsletter. Our objective remains to be to get more Classmates actively participating in the Alumni group and attending our Reunions. There is more information on the Reunion in an article below, but the most important immediate action is to hold October 7-11, 2009 on your 2009 Calendar for our next Reunion in San Diego, CA.

I hope that the economic meltdown has not impacted you too negatively and that you are enjoying a wonderful fall season.

I look forward to seeing you in San Diego in October 2009!

Semper Fi,
Dave Mellon
President

Birthday Greetings

On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to wish a "Happy Birthday" to all the Active Members of the 38th OCC/BC 3-66 USMC Alumni, Inc. and all of thoseother Marines and family members who have chosen to associate themselves with thisfine group of veterans. Thank you for your service to our wonderful Country, to the Corps, your Classmates and the other Marine Warriors with whom you served. Whileactive duty members of our beloved Corps are in harms way in Afghanistan and Iraq,we celebrate this joyous event with a measure of concern for their safety. We ask God's grace on them and our Corps.

Operations and Charitable Mission

We kicked off the 2009 Annual Voluntary Contribution (AVC) drive on the Marine Corps Birthday. To date, we have received 23 "contributions" totaling $2,603.

You will recall that membership in our organization is not predicated on payment of dues. We do, however, solicit "voluntary contributions" to support the annual operations and our charitable mission. The "suggested" AVC is $25. We do provide recognition on the website (www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com) of all those Classmates who do contribute. The leadership levels approved by the Board are as follows:

  • Eagle - $150 or more
  • Globe - $76 to $149
  • Anchor - $1 to $75

In 2008, your annual voluntary contributions funded our operations and allowed charitable contributions of $4000 to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and $2000 to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. We are considering making a significant Charitable Contribution in conjunction with our Reunion in 2009. As we are a Non-Profit, contributions are tax-deductible. Please consider making a tax deductible contributions for 2009. Please show your support for the Class by contributing.

Please send your tax deductible Voluntary Contribution check made out to "38th OCC/BC 3-66 Alumni" to our Treasurer at the following address:

Chuck Sooter
11932 Yearling Street
Cerritos, CA 90703-7615

Thank you for your continuing support of the Class.

Bereavement

It is with regret that I pass along the reports of the passing of two of our Classmate:

Jon M. Zayachek
Jon's wife, Mary, reports that Jon died of acute leukemia in May 2007. He was originally diagnosed with the disease in June of 2006. While treatment delayed the progress of the disease for a time, it was not successful in keeping him in remission. Jon was a member of D-2 at OCS and proceeded directly to Pensacola for flight training. If you wish to correspond with Mary, she can be reached via email at mkz4617@verizon.net or 4617 Old Oak Road, Doylestown, PA 18901-8812.


Lt Col James H. Kean, USMC (Ret.)
The following obituary appeared in a local Cape Cod paper: "James Hamilton Kean, 66, died suddenly on May 5, 2008. Mr. Kean was a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps, who participated in the evacuation of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War. He graduated with a degree in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and from the Defense Language Institute. He joined the Marine Corps in 1961 and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. His awards include two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.

He was the Commanding Officer of Charlie Company, Marine Security Guard Battalionand Ground Support Force Commander, United States Embassy Compound in Saigon. Hewas in command of the last Marines to leave the rooftop during the evacuation ofthe embassy on April 30, 1975. He personally supervised the evacuation of approximate 1000 Americans and several thousand Vietnamese in advance of approaching North Vietnamese forces.

He retired in 1983 and founded Yankee Traders, an export/import company dealing with Asia, and Pacific Grinding Wheel in Marysville, Washington."

Jim attended OCS as a member of the Meritorious NCO program. The record of his attendanceat OCS is a little muddled, but he was either in D-1 or C-3. He was in E-3 at TBS. Jim is survived by his wife, Roseanne. If you wish to correspond with Roseanne, she can be contacted at P.O. Box 478, Cummaquid, MA 02637 or phone (508)362-4859.

San Diego Revisited

Your Reunion 2009 Committee had another meeting on Saturday, October 25th to review the arrangements that have already been put in place for our gathering. The host hotel will be the same facility that we met at in 2005, but it has been refurbished under the Crowne Plaza-San Diego brand. The hotel will begin accepting reservations beginning November 6, 2008. We have a guaranteed rate of $119/night. Hotel reservation may be made by calling the hotel toll free at 1-800-882-0858 and asking for "reservations." Please be sure to mention that you are with the Reunion group "USMC-38th OCC." This will ensure that you receive the guaranteed rate. I suggest that you make your hotel reservations as soon after November 6th as possible. We will be sending out more information on the program and the cost of the Reunion registration after the new year, once the program is finalized and the budget is prepared. In the meantime,please make your hotel reservation after November 6, 2008.

Please visit our website to follow the development of the Reunion schedule and get more information on registering for the Reunion and making reservations at the hotel.

Achievement

The following items have been received relative to our Classmates:

  • Hampden-Sydney College of Hampden-Sydney, VA has dedicated the basketball playing surface of Gammon Gymnasium as Snyder Hall in memory of Stephen F. Snyder, the first of our 32 Classmates to die in Vietnam. In 2007, Steve, who played basketball andwas a co-captain of the team his senior year was elected to the Hampden-Sydney College Athletic Hall of Fame. Steve was a platoon commander with Foxtrot Company, 2/4 andvolunteered to lead a night reinforcement of another heavily engaged platoon. For his heroic actions on the evening of 24 August 1966, he was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.


  • Charlie Keryc - Finished up a three week round of chemotherapy and radiation in mid-September for a cancer of the throat. He didn't have any adverse side effects, and he is waiting for feedback on the efficacy of the treatments. He is planning to attend the Reunion in October 2009. Charlie can be reached lkeryc@msn.com, (516)781-2723 or 3173 Cherrywood Drive, Wantagh, NY 11793.


  • Mike Joseph - Reports that his son, Stephen's wife, Nicole just had her first baby. Ava Grace weighed in at a very health 10 pounds. Everyone is doing fine includingthe proud grandfather.
Financial Condition

Our Treasurer, Chuck Sooter, reports that as of October 20, 2008, we have funds on hand of $10,936 in our treasury, split between our checking, savings and money market accounts. You will recall that the Board has endorsed maintaining approximately $5000 for annual operations and advance funding for reunions, so we are comfortably above our minimum. The major difference in our financial condition from the last Newsletter are the Board approved charitable contributions of $4000 to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and $2000 to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. We should take pride in these significant charitable contributions to Marine charities that are near and dear to all of us. Our support of the Class through the Annual Voluntary Contribution (AVC) program has facilitated these charitable contributions. In 2009, as last year, we will be posting the AVC Honor Roll on the website. A sincere thank you to all who have supported the Annual Voluntary Contribution requests in the past. In a couple of months, you will be able to visit the website to view the 2008-2009 list of contributors. The list can be accessed by clicking on "Class Association Information" and then selecting "F. Annual Voluntary Contributions."

August 2008

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Marines,

We are using a new email system to improve communications with the Class. I hopeyou enjoy the new format. Ultimately, our objective is to get as many Classmatesas possible to attend our Reunions and contribute to the camaraderie. Our next Reunionwill be held in San Diego, CA, October 7-11, 2009. Please hold those dates on your 2009 calendar. For more details see the Reunion article below or visit the website. I hope that you are all prospering and enjoying a wonderful summer. I look forward to seeing you in San Diego in October 2009!

Semper Fi,
Dave Mellon
President

San Diego Revisited

Your Reunion 2009 Committee is already meeting to put on a great Class gathering. The Committee consists of Classmates Bernie Allen, Andy Blenkle, Rick Cleland, Terry Cox, Dave Mellon, Digger Odell, Chuck Sooter, Mike St. Clair, Bob Stimson, Skip Storey and Earl Wentworth. The host hotel will be the same facility that we met at in 2005, but it has been refurbished under the Crowne Plaza-San Diego brand. The hotel will begin accepting reservations in mid-October of 2008, one year in advance of our actual Reunion.

Class trip to I Corps

In May, Classmates Fred Frey, Steve Hinds, Dave Mellon, "Vic" Vickers and Chuck Sooter returned to I Corps on a Military Historic Tours program led by Classmates Sam McClinchie and Dave Wall. It was an incredible trip through all of the major Marine battlefield of I Corps made more poignant by the remembrance gatherings to honor the memories of the 32 Classmates that we lost in Viet Nam. We recognized the 2 lost in Quang Tin Province on Hill 34 at Chu Lai. The 13 that died in QuangNam Province were remembered on Red Beach in DaNang. Captain Denver Colburn, who died in a helicopter crash in Thua Thien was remembered at Quang Tri Cathedral. Finally, the 16 of our Classmates who died in Quang Tri Province were honored at the "French Bunker" at Con Thien.

For Classmates who missed the May 2008 trip, but are still interested in visiting Viet Nam, Dave Wall will be leading another trip back to I Corps and duplicating the May itinerary, September 7-20, 2008. If you are interested in going back to Viet Nam with Dave, please give him a call at (603)744-9661.

Keeper of the Lists

I am looking for a Classmate, who would like to take over the administration of our several lists. This is a function that Past President, Jack Sheehan, has handled since the inception of our organization, but with a business to run, Jack has less time available than in past years. Accordingly, if you have some experience with Excel spreadsheets and an attention to detail, please give me a call at (949) 489-8378 or drop me a reply email. The lists need to be updated to reflect the new membership categories and then maintained. I look forward to hearing from those interested in performing this valuable function for the Class.

Bereavement

Joan Strokes

It is with regret that I pass along the following information. Joan Strokes, wife of Classmate Paul Strokes (OCC Platoon D-2 and Basic School Platoon E-5) passedaway on May 8, 2008. The Class has expressed its sympathy to Paul and his family. If you wish to make a personally expression, Paul can be reached at (202) 659-7524 or Paul_Strokes@ml.com.

Classmate Recognition

The following two items have been received relative to our Classmates:

  • Randy Erickson (Basic Platoon D-2) has been selected as one of Orange County,California's Top 50 Attorneys for 2008
  • John Connor (OCC Platoon D-2 and Basic Platoon E-1) recently retired from the Wall Street Journal returned earlier in 2008 from a 6 months assignment as a PublicAffairs Officer for the Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq.
Financial Condition

Our Treasurer, Chuck Sooter, has reported that as of July 1st, we have $18,029.63 in our treasury, split between our checking, savings and money market accounts. The Board has endorsed maintaining approximately $5000 for annual operations andadvance funding of "Reunion 2009." The Board will be making charitable contributionsto Marine charities during the Third Quarter. A sincere thank you to all who havesupported the Annual Voluntary Contribution requests made earlier.

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