Writer : Vance Hall 밴스 홀 Date : 2010-09-13 Hit : 767
ANGLICO reunion, June 2010

This is the first photo that I will post from the June 2010 ANGLICO reunion, held at the Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia.


In this photo are the officer in charge and the ANGLICO team that supported the Vietnamese Marines at the very end in late 1972.  They were at the DMZ, long after U.S. forces were supposedly withdrawn.  Several of these guys were extracted by helicopter from a hilltop that was surrounded by Soviet tanks.  One had been sent earlier back south to Dong Ha, where he coordinated the Naval gunfire in support of Major Ripley, a USMC advisor to the Vietnamese Marines.  Major Ripley strapped explosives to his body, fully exposed to enemy fire, and hand-over-hand under the bridge over the Dong Ha River, went to the center of the bridge and fixed the charges.  He didn't think he had a chance to survive, but somehow he did and the bridge was blown.  ANGLICO Sgt. Joe Swift was calling in the Naval gunfire to assist.


Here are those ANGLICO Marines from late 1972.  Front row, left to right, Joel Eisenstein (the Lt who led the team in the field), Joe Swift, and Tom "Doc" Williamson was awarded the Silver Star for his actions.  Back row, left to right, George "Zeke" Exekel (retired as a MGySgt), Mike Benjamin (retired as a SgtMaj), and Edward "Mack" McCreavy.


You can take the boy out of the Marines but you can't take the Marine out of the boy, as Doc proved by trying to earn his jump wings once again, and breaking his leg.


The officer in charge of the above Marines was LtCol John Cole, who gave the introductory remarks at our final dinner, shown below.




A larger group, including Marines from the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and later, is shown here, touring the facility where all the President's helicopters and jets are kept - Marine pilots fly the President's helicopters.  Most of the Korean War veterans supported the KMC, as did most of the Vietnam War veterans.


Here, our group stands before the Iwo Jima monument in Washington D.C.


I will post more photos from our reunion at a later date.  Many old friends were reconnected.  We had a great time.

Vance Hall 밴스 홀  2010/09/15 01:28:16 [Reply] modify delete
I think it would have been better if I had posted this in the Photo Album > Veterans at Home area. Sorry about that. If this should go there, feel free to move it.
Jae-sung Chung  2010/09/15 16:49:30 [Reply] modify delete
Thanks Vance for posting wonderful photos. In the meantime,I find that the resolution of the pictures posted is pretty low. Any solution ?
Vance Hall 밴스 홀  2010/09/15 16:49:30 수정 삭제
Jae, I don't think there is a quick solution. These came by mail from a friend who took the photos. I will inquire whether he might rescan them at higher resolution, but it took him a long time to get this done.

I hope you and your wife are in good health and that you enjoy your harvest festival Chuseok this year. This begins now, I believe.

Jae-sung Chung  2010/09/15 16:49:30 수정 삭제
Vance, you seem to have returned from vacation. It's OK.Don't worry about the resolution. Actually, I wanted to have a picture from which I could find anyone wearing the ROKMC patch.
Yes, Koreans are enjoying Chuseok holidays that started from September 18th. It will end on September 26th. I will be very tight from Sept. 26 to 30th because I have to take care of a US Vietnam War veteran working for Soldier's Heart who is to arrive Incheon International airport on 26th, Sunday. Thanks.
Jae-mok Koh  2010/09/16 12:59:09 [Reply] modify delete
All Brothers in Arms looks happy in that special day. These picture shows the warmest atmosphere. Thanks for #1 posting, Vance. I think we don't need them to move...it's nice what it is. Thanks again.
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