MASS-3 Vietnam

MASS-3 Vietnam

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,  ...