Welcome 1/1 Marines!

Vietnam Veterans Reunion

 San Antonio, Texas

Menger Hotel 

October 6th – 10th, 2021

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Alamo Tour

A tour revealing the story of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and taking you to key battlefield locations that are today hidden under San Antonio’s streets.

Company and Women’s Luncheons

Battalion Banquet, Company and Women’s luncheon. Gather separately for lunch and talk about the good ole days in a local restaurant or hotels area restaurant.

Battalion Auction

The auction is a tradition and is used to help raise funds for the 1/1 Organization.

Battalion Meeting

Includes the 2021 reunion chairman updates, financial report, election of officers, approval of future reunions, and battalion business. 


Message from the Board president and Reunion Chairman 

Samuel O. Verdeja and William “Bill” Kendle


Greetings everyone! Finally it is time to begin registrations for the 2021 reunion, October 6th – 10th, at the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. The Menger Hotel, in the heart of downtown San Antonio, is within walking distance of the Alamo, Riverwalk, Tower of the Americas, Mexican Market Place (El Mercado), restaurants, double-decker tour buses, as well as cultural, entertainment and plenty of shopping venues. Refer to the registration form for hotel room costs.


MENGER HOTEL

204 Alamo Plaza

San Antonio, Texas 78205

(210-223-4361)

Due to Board members’ hard work negotiating with providers, we are pleased to announce an overall cost reduction compared to previous years.

Dolia Gonzalez, mother of Hue City battle Medal of Honor recipient, Sergeant Alfredo Gonzalez, will be present throughout the Reunion. Her attendance is sponsored by a partnership between the Newport Beach 1st Marines Foundation and the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Vietnam Reunion organization. According to Mr. Paul Garcia, Executive Director of the Foundation, Mrs. Gonzalez is thrilled to see “her 1/1 boys” again. We will also be honored by Sgt. Major John Canley, – 1/1 Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient; General Juan Ayala, – Government and Military Affairs for City of San Antonio; and the Battalion Banquet keynote speaker, General Ray Smith.

Please refer to the 1/1 Reunion registration web link for the registration form and details. For your convenience in making hotel reservations we have provided a link to the Menger Hotel. The room rate of $129 (king or two double beds) is good through 9/14/21. After 9/14/21, the rate increases to the general-public daily rate ranging from $159.00 to $200.00 per day. 

At the battalion business meeting in San Antonio, the members present will vote on the location of the 2023 reunion. In order to present the membership with realistic proposals, we need to do some homework, and we need some lead time to accomplish that. If you have a suggestion for our next venue, please let us know as soon as possible. Proposals for our next reunion date and location must be received in writing by September 6, 2021. Send them to Bill Kendle, 1st BN, 1st Marines, P.O. Box 131947, 2000 County Road B2 West, Saint Paul, MN 55113-998. Proposals should include the city, primary contact at the hotel, and any other relevant information. No commitments should be made by personally submitting proposals to hotels or vendors. The Board of Director’s Executive Committee and the individual submitting the proposal will follow up together on any necessary commitments.

According to the United States national Covid-19 vaccines projections by Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden, 85% of Americans will receive vaccinations by the end of summer. Ideally, in preparation for the reunion, 100% of 1/1 veterans and guests should be vaccinated. We are taking every precaution to assure a safe reunion and program activities. However, we strongly urge you to get your COVID-19 vaccine shots a minimum of two weeks prior to the reunion, and to bring masks. For your convenience, masks will also be available at the hospitality room throughout the reunion. For those Marines and guest flying, be aware that the CDC has announced that it is safe to travel on airlines without having to quarantine if you have received both shots at least two weeks in advance.

The 1/1 Reunion Board of Directors and the invited distinguished guests look forward to joining you during this historical and memorable gathering in San Antonio.

  • Sam, Board President
  • Bill, Reunion Chairman
  • 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Vietnam Reunion, Inc.

Present at the Battalion Banquet

Mrs. Dolia Gonzalez, Mother of Hue City Battle, Medal of Honor recipient, Sargent Alfredo Gonzalez will be present throughout the Reunion. We will also be honored by SgtMajor John Canley 1/1 Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient, General Juan Ayala, Government and Military Affairs for City of San Antonio, and the Battalion Banquet keynote speaker, General Ray Smith.

Sgt. Maj. John Canley

Special Guest

General Juan Ayala

Guest Speaker

General Ray Smith

Keynote Speaker

Dolia Gonzalez

Special Guest

Itinerary

Hospitality room will be open 

Wednesday – Saturday from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm 

Wednesday

OCT. 23

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am


Arrival and Check-in


Optional Activities:

(Throughout Reunion) 

Old Town: Free Shuttle

Restaurants

Entertainment Venues

Shopping Center 

Thursday

OCT. 24

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am


Women/Guests Luncheon

11:30 am @ Old Town


Company Luncheon

11:30 am @ Old Town


Evening

Free time

Friday

OCT. 25

Continental Breakfast

*7:00 am – 7:45 am


MCRD 

Graduation Ceremony 

Parade Ceremony 

Lunch at MCRD

Free Time 

8:00 am – 3:00 pm


City Tour

Mountain Soledad

National Veterans Memorial 

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm 


Evening

Free Time

Saturday

OCT. 26

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am


Battalion Meeting 

At Hotel 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Battalion Auction

TBD


Battalion Banquet

Reception 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Dinner 6:30 pm (start time) 

Program 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

Sunday 

OCT. 27

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am


Departure

 

Note:  

Charter buses are handicap accessible and have toilets, and refreshments provided by Reunion Committee  

*On Friday Continental Breakfast is scheduled in Hospitality room from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. due to early start for City tour and MCRD

Hotel Reservations

Hotel Rate: $119 Per Night + 12.5% California Tax

 Crowne Plaza Hotel, Mission Valley 

2270 Hotel Circle North

San Diego, California 92108

(619-297-1101)  

A dedicated website is available to book your hotel room!

Please ask for the “1st Battalion 1st Marines Vietnam” rate

Or use Group Code “MVV” when calling 1-888-233-9527

Itinerary

Wednesday

OCT. 6

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am


Arrival and Check-in


Silent Battalion Auction


Optional Activities:

(Throughout Reunion) 

Veterans Memorial

Tower of the Americas

Double-Decker Bus Tour

Riverwalk Boat Rides 

Thursday

OCT. 7

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am


Silent Battalion Auction


BN Chaplin Gathering

Room TBD

8:30 am – 9:30 am


Alamo Tour

10:00 am – 11:30 am


Company/Women’s Lunch

12:00 pm


Evening

Free time

Friday

OCT. 8

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am


Silent Battalion Auction


BN Chaplin Gathering

Room TBD

8:30 am – 9:30 am


Evening

Free Time

Saturday

OCT. 9

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am


Silent Battalion Auction

Ending prior to Banquet


BN Chaplin Services

Room TBD

8:30 am


Battalion Meeting 

Room TBD

10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Free Afternoon

Free time before the Banquet.


Battalion Banquet

Reception 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Program 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm 

Sunday 

OCT. 10

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am


Departure

 

Hotel Reservations

Hotel Rate: $129 before 9/14/21. 

After 9/14/21 room rate increases to $159.00 – $200.00 per day.  

 Menger Hotel 

204 Alamo Plaza

San Antonio, TX 78205

(210-223-4361)  

SOME OF OUR

2019 REUNION HIGHLIGHTS

WEDNESDAY 2019

ARRIVAL!

Arrival and Check-in at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

THURSDAY 2019

Luncheon

A lunch at Old Town with some old pals. 

FRIDAY 2019

MCRD and City Tour

Graduation/parade ceremony, lunch, and a city tour. This included Mountain Soledad and the National Veterans Memorial.

SATURDAY 2019

Battalion Banquet

Battalion meeting, auction, and banquet.

1st Marine Division 80th Anniversary Ceremony

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Roger B. Turner, Jr., the commanding general of 1st Marine Division, adds a streamer to the colors during the Division’s 80th Anniversary Ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 5, 2021. Campaign streamers are symbols and reminders of the sacrifice, service and a proud heritage the men and women of 1st Marine Division have demonstrated in battles and conflicts throughout Marine Corps history. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jailine L. AliceaSantiago)

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