Vietnam Veterans Reunion

 San Diego, California

Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley  

October 23rd – 26th 2019  


City Tour

A charter bus to provide a day-long of touring of city sites and visit the MCRD Marine Corp Base.

Company Luncheons

Each company gathers 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 2019 reunion chairman updates, financial report, election of officers, approval of 2021 reunion, and battalion business. 

Message from the Chairman of the Board of Directors:


A Historical Remembrance 


The 1/1 Reunion Committee has been planning a great schedule for the October 23rd – 26th 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Reunion to be held in San Diego. One of the highlights during the Reunion is the “Day at MCRD” where a special section for the Recruit Graduation and Parade Ceremony has been designated for the 1/1 Group.

The Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), Brigadier General Ryan P. Heritage has been invited to help welcome the 1/1 Vietnam Veterans, their families and invited guest, and to speak about the history and significance of MCRD as a military depot. Gunnery Sergeant John L. Canley, the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient will be acknowledged and recognized for his heroic actions in Hue City during the Vietnam War. Immediately after the ceremony we will be transported to the Bayview Café for a luncheon. After the luncheon there will be plenty of FREE TIME to wander and explore MCRD Museum and other sites. The day will end with a spectacular sunset view from Mount Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

We are getting a positive response and are beginning to receive registrations for the Reunion. As Board Chairman, along with the Reunion Committee Board of Directors we invite you to register ASAP, and also ask that you contact other 1/1- Marines and encourage them to register and attend the Reunion. Please visit the website for the registration form and all details regarding the 2019 Reunion. This Reunion promises to be a Historical Remembrance for many reasons. However, I continue to be reminded that this may be the last time that some of us may go back to our beginnings as young Marine recruits. That in itself is worth attending!

Finally, an update will be posted first week of every month on the web site until reunion time. Meanwhile if you have any questions or thoughts, please let us know via the website.



Samuel O. Verdeja, Chairman 

Delta Company ‘69/’70  


Hospitality room will be open 

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


OCT. 23

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am

Arrival and Check-in

Optional Activities:

(Throughout Reunion) 

Old Town: Free Shuttle


Entertainment Venues

Shopping Center 


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


Free time


OCT. 25

Continental Breakfast

*7:00 am – 7:45 am


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 


Free Time


OCT. 26

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am

Battalion Meeting 

At Hotel 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Battalion Auction


Battalion Banquet

Reception 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Dinner 6:30 pm (start time) 

Program 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 


OCT. 27

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am




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


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