Post by reformeddaytrader on Nov 9, 2011 2:03:05 GMT -5
January, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Marines from First Composite Radio Company being deployed to the Republic of Vietnam. They were designated Sub-Unit 1, and were “The First Boots on the Ground”. The Sub-Unit rotated personnel every 4 months during 1962 and in January of 1963 relocated from Pleiku to Phu-Bai. In 1964 the company became the 1st Radio Battalion. We are proud to be a part of todays modern Radio Battalions history.
To commemorate this special occasion we have minted a unique Challenge Coin. Only 130 of these coins were minted. Each person that contributed to this project received two coins along with a coin holder. We also sent a set of courtesy coins to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Commanding Officers of the three Radio Battalions, Marine Corps Museum, General Al Gray, Captain Sasha Kuhlow and several others. The coins are 2" in diameter and ordered through a company in Florida. They were distributed to members attending the reunion in May and mailed to those who were unable to attend
NATIONAL CRYPTOLOGIC MUSEUM Jack, We received the 50th anniveresary plaque and coins commemorating the establishment of the 1st Composite RC being deployed to Pleiku, RV in January, 1962. Thank you so much for donating those to the National Cryptologic Museum on behalf of the 1st Comp Rad Co. We truly appreciate your sharing those with the Museum and the community which supports it. They will fit nicely into the Museum's displays relating to cryptology in the Vietnam era. Regards, Bob Hunt, National Cryptologic Museum Foundation Staff
COMMANDING OFFICER 3RD RADIO BATTALION
Many thanks for the "First Boots" plaque and Challenge Coin set. They will be displayed with pride in the Battalion Command Post here at Kaneohe Bay, and will be a reminder of our proud heritage as SIGINT/EW warriors throughout the years. If you or any other 1st Radio Company Marines are ever in the area, please stop by for a visit. Our hatch is always open to those who have gone before us! Semper Fidelis!