MASS-3 Vietnam

MASS-3 Vietnam

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The 240th Marine Corps Birthday

The 240th Marine Corps birthday is November 10, 2015.
Just some insight on what makes up our young Marines, past, present and future.

Happy Birthday Marines and friends!


When God created a United States Marine, it was into the sixth day of overtime. An angel appeared and said, "You're having a lot of trouble with this one. What's wrong with the standard model?" And the Lord replied, "Have you seen the specs on this order?"

"It has to be able to think independently, yet be able to take orders; have the qualities of both a military mind and a compassionate heart; be a leader of junior Marines and learn from seniors; run on black coffee; handle critical ops without a Military Procedure Manual; be able to manage a difficult subordinate, an irate supervisor and a demanding OIC; have the patience of a saint and six pairs of hands, not to mention the strength of three its size."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands - no way!" And the Lord answered, "Don't worry; we'll make other Marines to help. Besides, it's not the hands which are causing the problem. It's the heart. It must swell with pride when other Marines do well, sustain the incredible hardship of combat, beat on soundly when it's too tired to do so, and be strong enough to continue to carry on when he's given all he's had."

"Lord," said the angel touching the Lord's sleeve gently, "Come to bed!" "I can't," said the Lord. "I'm so close to creating something unique. Already I have one who can complete a 26-mile forced march with full pack, handle a 9mm and an M16 with astounding accuracy, conduct land navigation in the dark, and operate field communications."

The angel circled the model of the Marine very slowly. "It's too serious," she sighed. "But tough," said the Lord excitedly, "You cannot imagine what this Marine can do or endure." "Can it feel?" asked the angel. "Can it feel!" replied the Lord. "It loves the Corps and country like no other!"

Finally the angel bent over and ran her finger across the Marine's cheek. "There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told you you're trying to put too much into this model." "That's not a leak," said the Lord. "That's a tear." "What's it for?" asked the angel. "It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, frustration, pain, loneliness and pride." "You're a genius!" exclaimed the angel. The Lord looked at her somberly and replied, "I didn't put it there."

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Happy Birthday, Marines!!  Semper Fi

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Marine Infantry Changing From M-16 to M-4

"In the Marine Corps, every man is a rifleman, but it seems the days of the full-length rifle with the USMC may be coming to a close. The M4 Carbine, pending approval by the commandant, will likely become the general issue weapon of the Corps, replacing the M16A4 for the infantry, Marine Corps Times reports:"

The M-4 is shorter and lighter. It is slightly less accurate at distance because the barrel is shorter.

Click to see a video comparing the two weapons.

I carried a weapon similar to the M-4 in Vietnam. The Marine Corps did not have this weapon.  As I understand it the rifle had been kicked off a helo that carried an Army unit.  Major Hickok had gotten the weapon and he gave it to me when he left Vietnam.  I carried it while in Vietnam and got a lot of attention from Marines who had not seen a weapon like this.

I was in Comm Support Company, 7th Comm after I left MASS-3. Our unit was the last Marine ground unit to leave Vietnam in June 1971.  They told us to turn in all of our weapons 36 hours before we were scheduled to leave.  "Screw that", I thought, and kept the rifle just in case the bad guys decided to attack our now weapon less unit. I gave the weapon to an Army truck driver as I left to get on the freedom bird back to the world, thus returning the weapon to the Army.  Wish I still had the rifle. Wish I had a photo of the rifle - never occurred to me to take a picture.

I think this was the rifle - it looks like it from what I remember - U.S. ASSAULT RIFLE SMG GAU - 5A/A 5.56MM S XM177 (Colt model 649) without the forward assist. Complete with 20-round detachable box magazine. 

Does anyone from MASS-3 remember the details on how Major Hickok got the rifle?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fisher House on the campus of the Long Beach VA Medical Center.

Hi all,

I was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for Fisher House Southern California. For those not familiar with Fisher House, think of a Ronald McDonald house for veterans families. Fisher Houses provide a comfortable home away from home for family members of our armed forces and veterans, to stay in, for no charge, while a loved one is undergoing treatment at a VA or military hospital.

Fisher House Southern California, Inc., (FHSC) is embarked on a $6 million capital campaign to build a Fisher House on the campus of the Long Beach VA Medical Center

Each year the VA Long Beach provides care to more than 50,000 veterans and service members from Southern California and surrounding states. More than a third of these individuals are veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts with 9% being women. VA Long Beach is one of the largest and most diversified VA hospitals in the country. It is home to the nation's largest Spinal Cord Injury Center and the acclaimed Soltes Blind Rehabilitation Center. The Long Beach VA’s Radiation Oncology Unit, Surgery Center and Mental Health Clinic are also nationally renowned. Average stays can be long which necessitates a Fisher House.

Local financial support combined with Fisher House Foundation, Inc. to fund a home built on federal land has to date put 65 Fisher Houses in operation. The partnership between FHSC and Fisher House Foundation to fund the development of the house builds a strong team to support the home after it is in operation. Once built, the Fisher House at the VA Long Beach will be staffed and maintained by the federal government so there will be no ongoing fundraising for operation of the house beyond the capital construction of the facility. 

FHSC was incorporated in January 2013 and to date has raised $2.5 million dollars. We have also received the commitment from Fisher House Foundation, Inc., our partner in this effort, to fund $3 million as matching dollars to our local efforts. 

Groundbreaking is October 6, 2015 with completion of the home in early summer 2016. 

Our local goal is to raise the remaining $500,000 by December 31, 2015.

FHSC would value your support in our efforts to build this life-affirming facility. We are proud to report that as a totally volunteer-driven organization our total cost of operation since inception in 2013 is less than 4%. A copy of our 2014 IRS form 990 is available on our website

Please contribute to make a difference in the lives of the thousands of men and women who will benefit from the services of our Long Beach Fisher House. Donations may be made by credit card through our website or by check payable to: 

Fisher House Southern California, Inc.
PO Box 110
Long Beach, CA 90801.

Less than seven percent of this great nation’s population has ever served in the military. For those of us who have served, we have a solemn obligation to care for our comrades. By supporting our Long Beach Fisher House you help us say thank you to our veterans and the active military personnel who so bravely serve our country.

I appreciate whatever help you can give. Let’s show the others how the Marines do it.

Semper Fidelis,

Ray Sanford
MASS-3 (1969-1970)
Dong Ha DASC, An Hoa ASRT

PS: Please help spread the word.

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You can post photos and memories on our facebook page and I will add them to the blog

Semper Fi,  Craig Hullinger MASS-3 1970-71

From LtCol Jeffrey Meeker, Current CO of MASS-3

From LtCol Jeffrey Meeker, Current CO of MASS-3

I would appreciate it if you could put a note on your blog; specifically I would enjoy talking with someone from MASS-3 / DASC of old Vietnam days.  We could tell him about our current efforts and he could tell us about what it was like in Vietnam.

Additional motivation, for me at least, is the fact that my father also served in Vietnam and was at the Khe Sanh w / 26th Marines during the siege - along w/ a MASS-3 ASRT and DASC.

I pulled your name from the MASS-3 Vietnam website - please forgive the intrusion but I would love to hear your ideas and, if nothing else, talk with you about MASS-3 then and now.

Semper Fidelis,
LtCol Jeff Meeker
Comm: 760-725-3314; DSN 365
BB Cell: 760-405-3785

Ulla Tempore Ullo Situ



My wife and I are currently in Cambodia, heading for Bangkok, Zurich, and then back to the world. I will give you a call when I get back. 

I encourage all of our MASS-3 members to call or email you - especially if they were with the Khe Sanh ASRT during the siege. It would be fun for the old guys and young guys finding out how it worked then and now.

Photos of our travels at:

Semper Fi

Craig Hullinger MASS-3 1970-71

Danang DASC Out

Friday, September 18, 2015

Very Nice Video About The TPQ-10 - MASS-2

AN/TPQ-10 Revision 1, MASS MASS-2 MACG-18 - YouTube
Sep 4, 2011 - Uploaded by Douglas Hurst
Retiring the Q-10 was like breaking up with an old girl friend! .... I was never in Vietnam, but I was a MASS-2 ...

  • Take a Ride Through Da Nang, Vietnam: Dogpatch to Freedom Hill - YouTube
    Aug 18, 2009 - Uploaded by Richard Brown
    The old processing center is now the People's Army of Vietnam and the PX area at the bottom of Hill 327, is the site of a gravel and slate mining  ...
    Feb 10, 2012 - Uploaded by Tommie Scott
    PASTOR & SGT Danny Daniels USMC Testimony, of FEB 23rd 1969 in Da Nang S. VietnamHill 327 Assault ...
  • Da Nang - YouTube
    Vietnam War 7 MIAs Repatriated at Da Nang 10 April 2010 - PART 1. by Richard .... Take a ride with us as we find General Wheeler's helicopter pad on Hill 327.
  • Vietnam USMC War Dogs, 1st and 3rd MPBN, 1970-71 - YouTube
    Jul 3, 2008 - Uploaded by actorcop1971
    He bust a few of our friends and Army and Marine personnel stationed on the Base,situated at the base of Hill 327 which was taken and lost a  ...
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam Video - Vietnam DLC: Hill 137 & Vantage Point Gameplay | GameTrailers -
    Jan 11, 2011
    The hills of Vietnam are aflame once again in the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam expansion.
  • Camp Reasoner March 2011 - YouTube
    Jun 26, 2013 - Uploaded by Richard Brown
    A visit to Camp Reasoner, at Hill 327, First MAR DIV, Da Nang,Vietnam in March of 2011 with Cornelis ...
    Feb 10, 2012 - Uploaded by Tommie Scott
    PASTOR & SGT Danny Daniels USMC Testimony, of FEB 23rd 1969 in Da Nang S. VietnamHill 327 Assault ...
  • Take a ride through the 1st Mar Div Area Part 3 mpeg2video - YouTube
    Sep 4, 2009 - Uploaded by Richard Brown
    Part 3 of a 3 part ride through the old 1st Marine Division Area aroundHill 327 Da Nang, Vietnam.

  • 9th Marines in Vietnam - Headquarters Company 9th Marine Regiment 3rd Marine Division
    May 21, 2009
    ... its tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam on 4 July 1965 and departed RVN in 1969. ... I Corps, Da Nang, Red Beach, China Beach, Hill 55, Hill 327, Hill 282,  ...