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 

Samuel O. Verdeja

Tribute to the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines for its role during the Battle of Hue City

The 1/1 Reunion Board of Directors and the invited distinguished guests look forward to joining you during this historic and memorable gathering in San Antonio. Refer to the Reunion registration web link for the registration form and details.

Please call the MENGER Hotels for room reservations prior to September 9th, to avoid late penalty fees. Room rates of $129 (King or two Double Beds) are good through 9/14/21. After 9/14/21, the rate increases to the general-public daily rate from $159.00 to $200.00 per day.

Historic MENGER Hotel

204 Alamo Plaza

San Antonio, TX 78205

(210-223-4361)

Be advised that Sgt. Major John Canley has respectfully indicated that he will not be able to join us during the Reunion due to unforeseen commitment in Hawaii, and will not be able to travel from Hawaii to join the Reunion. However, along with the invited guest speaker, General Juan G. Ayala, Director of Military and Veterans Affairs for San Antonio and General Ray Smith, Keynote Speaker, the 2021 Reunion, will pay special tribute and honor Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta and other 1/1 Units of 1st Battalion, 1st Marines for their engagement in the Battle of Hue City during the 1968 Tet Offensive.

We continue to take every precaution for a safe Reunion during the Program activities. However, we strongly urge you to get your COVID-19 vaccine shots a minimum of two weeks prior to attending the Reunion, and to bring masks. Masks will also be available at the hospitality room throughout the Reunion. If you have received both shots at least two weeks in advance of the Reunion, the CDC has determined it is safe to travel on airlines without having to quarantine.


Semper Fi

  • Sam, Board President

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 General Juan Ayala, Government and Military Affairs for City of San Antonio, and the Battalion Banquet keynote speaker, General Ray Smith.

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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