The 26th Marines Association is open to Marine 26'ers of all eras... Including
Marine Regiment, 26th MEU, etc., and
all units attached or supporting the same.
26th Marines Association - Our Origins...
|Our reunion was a lifelong dream of Ted
Nichols, a member of Echo Company, 3rd Platoon in country in 1969. He was basically the only
one Harvey Lang had stayed in contact with over the years, with the exception
of occasional contact with others in 3rd Platoon. He wanted this to happen years ago, and then in the spring of
2001, Ted died of cancer.|
death of Ted was devastating; this loss brought home once again the brotherhood of being a Marine. The facts are we all made
it home, not because of our individual skills or luck, but because we all had each other, and we took care of each other.
Harvey and Mike Townes (known as Nashville Cat deceased
in early 2014), had also been in contact with others off and on since we had returned back to the world in the mid
to late 60's and 1970. We met in September of 2001 and decided to start work on the first reunion.|
|Sonny Hollub was the first
contact, who had been in contact with several 2/26'ers, Paul Tribus, Doc Charlie Klotz, Rudy Fonseca,
Bruce Killen, Ron Barrett, Lee Martin and others over the years... and it mushroomed from there.|
|The 26th Marines Association’s website www.26thMarines.com was
created by Sonny Hollub. This site has all the up to date information
regarding, our organizations history, origins, current officers, past and next reunion information, contact information for
members on a voluntary basis, and other information related to our ongoing 26th Marines Association.|
|All photos of past reunions are posted on our Face
Book page "26th Marines Association"
now, with plans of transferring them to our website www.26thMarines.com. If any of you have pictures you took and want them made available to everyone, please send those pictures to
Sonny for inclusion until further notice. |
|Quinn Harry found us early on and created his website www.26thMarines.org. His
site has been a repository for Nam photos and a compendium of other historical pictures and information related to our past. This
site is appropriately linked to the 26th Marines Association’s website, as well as the association's website appropriately
linked to Quinn’s.|
While we were not for sure how successful we would be in starting this association, we started preparations
for the association's first reunion. In May of 2002, this lifelong dream became a reality, and we were together
again for the first time in 30 years.
We have completed 17 annual reunions
since and will have our 18th annual reunion 2018 in the Savannah, Georgia.
We all owe ourselves a pat on the back for continuing this legacy.
Over the years, we have expanded our membership availability to all battallions, WWII, Vietnam and anyone
whom has served with the 26th MEU.
In doing this, we hoped to obtain members
from the 26th in WWII, offering to do the work for those old guys. We do have two Iwo Vets whom served with the 26th
Marine Regiment during WWII.
year, one of those Iwo Vets attended and was our key note speaker at the Las Vegas Reunion... and what a treat it was !
Being from Ocala, Florida, he drove with the assistance of his younger brother, all the way to Las Vegas. Hopefully
he will be able to attend our Savannah, Georgia reunion September 20-23, 2018.
|Now you know the background of the start of our 26th
Marines Association and how it has evolved
over the years, which is the intention of this posting including the introduction to the our new officers
and board members along with our goals, and our intentions to keep the association as an ongoing succesfull association.|
|The goal of this association is to preserve our brotherhood, reflect
on our past and present for the benefit of all. Our intent as officers and board members of this association is
to not only make this possible, but to improve the next reunion and strength of our organization.|
|In closing, we would like to tell you, 2018's 26th Marines
Association reunion will be held in the Savannah, Georgia area (and as decided at this
2017’s membership meeting)…the New York City,
New York, Memphis, Tennessee, and the
New Orleans, Louisiana area will be voted
on at this years annual 2018 meeting for 2019.|
|Information related to these 3 cities selected to choose from for 2019, at the 2018 Annual Meeting, will
be been posted under "Scuttlebutt" on our website. It will also be emailed to our email list and
posted on the 26th Marines Association website, www.26thMarines.com, under "Reunions" and as mentioned above, presented at the 2018 reunion annual meeting, as well for a vote.|
|Please check our Association's website www.26thMarine.com often