Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Dear 3/11 Marines ~

It is the final countdown to Reunion 2007 in Las Vegas! Our numbers appear to be larger than they were last year and we are thrilled with the response!

For a tentative schedule for the reunion, please go to

We are finalizing details with the hotel and folks are getting their money in to us and making their room reservations with Nancy Riker at Meeting Solutions.

Please note that the deadline for locking in your group rate at Circus-Circus is August 6, 2007. After that date it is at the discretion of the hotel. So please, Call …

Nancy Riker, Meeting Solutions,
at 1-800-503-3330 Ext. 102
(Group Code: D09VETS – 3rd, BN 11th Marines)

Reunion 2007 weekend is all-inclusive (no registration fee, no charge for each event). The cost is now $175/person. The deadline for fees is August 15, 2007. Please provide the following information with your payment
Name(s):Address:Phone:E-mail:3/11 Unit and Years:
Please make your checks out to: 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines Reunion.

Please send to:
3rd Bn, 11th Marines
c/o Mary Ann Reitano

4245 Gemini Path
Liverpool, NY 13090

DONATIONS – Active Duty Fund
Keep in mind that we are still accepting donations to offset the cost for a few active duty Marines presently serving with the 3/11 at 29 Palms to join us for Reunion Weekend. Please send those checks to either

3/11 Active Duty Fund
c/o Alex Powell
3313 Timber Ridge
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Or include it with your fees to Mary Ann and she will make sure it gets to Alex.

Yes! Did you forget? The 3/11 Association now has its very own home on the World Wide Web! PLEASE join us at
http://www.311marines.com/ and take part in our message boards, add pictures to our Photo Gallery and much more.

A special thanks for Jig Martin, a top rate web designer from the UK as well as the folks at
http://www.spikey.com/ for providing us with FREE webhosting for as long as we like. Jig really put a lot of time and effort into this site and did a lot of brain storming as well to make it unique as well as reflective of the best damn artillery unit the world has ever seen!

If you have any questions about anything included in this message, do not hesitate to contact either myself or Col. Tom Pace and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.

Mary Ann – 315-715-0404

Col. Tom Pace – 432-332-6059

Sunday, May 27, 2007

A Memorial Day Message
to the Men of the 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines – Vietnam Era

Dear Marines,

First, let me extend to you all a Blessed Memorial Day. I am sure that many of you have participated in or attended events throughout the weekend that gave you time to reflect and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. I am a firm believer in the old adage that states a person isn’t truly gone until they are forgotten.

The Website has officially been launched

After much hard work on the part of webmaster, Jig, in the UK, we are proud to officially announce the debut of the 3/11 website. You can consider this our little Memorial Day gift to you all. Before you head over to take a look, please be advised that many of the areas of the site aren’t accessible or even visible without being a registered member. Therefore, we would suggest that you register as soon as possible. For security purposes, all potential members will be screened and an agreement must be read and accepted before consideration. Be sure to read the agreements carefully, as much creativity was put into them! J

The site contains a forum/message board, roster, photo gallery and memorial page for the fallen. There is also a collection of recommended links and an announcement blog. Please be patient as there will inevitably be glitches that can only be addressed by going live with the site. Jig did a fabulous job and donated his time and skill in the name of democracy and I want to publicly thank him for that.

So, head on over to your new home on the web http://www.311Marines.com !! Just make sure you read the rest of the newsletter too!

2007 Reunion – Las Vegas, NV

Here is a direct link to the earlier post with the reunion details – please reread and make plans to get your fees in to us as soon as possible.


Donation for Active Duty Fund

Just a reminder that we are establishing a fund to hopefully cover the cost of the 2007 Reunion Weekend for three present day active duty 3/11 Marines and their spouses. Alex Powell is collecting the funds for this project.

Please send the checks, made out to Alex Powell to:
Alex Powell
3313 Timber Ridge
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Alex has requested that the checks be made out to him to avoid problems with the bank and not having a tax ID number at this time. Simply put Active Duty Fund in the memo section of your check. Thanks!

Establishing the 3/11 Association

We are well on our way to becoming a recognized association. This will all be finalized at the business meeting that will take place during the reunion weekend. Please take some time to think about activities and events in which you would like to see us involved. Additionally, we will be electing officers as well as the law states we must. So, if you would like to be considered for a specific office or as a board member of the association, let us know and we will get the details to you.

Monday, April 16, 2007

South Vietnamese Col. Nugyen Huu Ly
Hello Gentleman!
Before I begin with details about our 2007 Reunion in Las Vegas and the progress of our organization over the past month, I hope you all will indulge me for a moment to share the story of another colonel with you.
The South Vietnamese Colonel shown above, who today prefers to be called "Lee", served with the 1st of the 4th APC Troop along with his American counterpart, then US Army Captain Sherrill Stevens. The reason I wanted to tell you all about Lee was to share his story with you. Captain Stevens speaks very highly of his South Vietnamese Counterpart as does Lee about him. Recently the two were reunited some 40 years after serving together and it truly is a beautiful story. After the US pulled out of Vietnam in 1975 Lee, like many South Vietnamese officers, was sent to a "re-education camp" and spent the next ten years being "rehabilitated" by the former enemy. After he was released, he portrayed himself as a model Vietnamese citizen and finally in 1990 found a way to the US and now lives in the Southwestern United States with his children and grandchildren. What he considers the most memorable event in his life.
Here is what he had to say in a recent letter to Sherrill, " I often remember the pleasant and close cooperation between several former American Advisors and myself, while they had kept us together in any crisis and had been ready for any risk, during the long bloody Vietnam War. For that reason I venerated forever those who had valiantly fought or wholeheartedly supported my people's freedom".
Col. Lee, even after all he has been through, continues to appreciate those who fought for his people.......... That means all of you as well.
Reunion checks are coming in gradually. Col. Pace and I would like to encourage you to, at the very least, choose and mark a date on your personal calendar to send in your payments. Remember, you have the mailing address and details in the post from March 19, 2007 below. The number to call and make your room reservations is there as well.
Anyone hoping to find another Marine to share room expenses with, just let me know and I will put a list together and try to match you up with someone from your same time of service or battery.
As we mentioned in a previous message, we are coordinating with the 3/11 at 29 Palms and are inviting the Battalion Staff and any of the enlisted men and their wives to join us for the Reunion Weekend. Alex Powell has offered to oversee this project in which we hope to raise enough funds to cover the cost for at least one couple from each battery to attend the reunion at no additional cost to them. If you would like to make a donation to this fund, please send your checks to:
3/11 Active Duty Fund
c/o Alex Powell
3313 Timber Ridge
Williamsburg, VA 23185
3/11 Website - COMING SOON!!
Col. Pace and I are thrilled to announce that we have finalized the esablishment of our very own domain on the World Wide Web. Things fell into place just a few days ago and our costs are going to be very minimal. A friend, who is also a professional web designer, has offered to design the site for us for next to nothing and will begin the actual design this week! Additionally, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Smiles4Troops Military Support Group (www.smiles4Troops.com) for donating addition space on their server to host our website at no charge whatsoever. Please feel free to check out the Smiles4Troops website as the same web designer will be designing our site as well. The entire site is going to be pretty cool. I am most excited about the message boards which are going to be a huge improvement over what we presently have at MSN. I will be very happy to say ADIOS to that message board!
If you feel so inclined, please send a THANK YOU e-mail to Liza, the owner of Smiles4Troops, for donating the space on her server for our site. She can be e-mailed at Liza@smiles4Troops.com.
Hopefully, by our next newsletter we will have the site ready for a preview at least!
Becoming Official
I have been dragging my feet on this and Col. Pace finally gave up on me and took over! (No he didn't make me do push-ups or anything ..... yet) I know, odd but I think the weather has kept him off the golf course and left him with lots of free time on his hands! LOL
We have yet to get all the paperwork together and make ourselves an official Association. Col. Pace is going to get together with an attorney in his area who is also a Cannoncocker. There is a bunch of paperwork to fill out and we need to have by laws and a Board of Directors and etc. So, that will be starting to take shape as well. If you see the Colonel's name on your caller ID, don't say I didn't warn you.
Our hope is to, over time, reach out to all 3/11 eras and cover the gambit from WW II to those who today proudly serve with the 3/11 at 29 Palms and will one day be able to refer to themselves as Veterans.
.... and finally, some USMC Humor
I am sure that many of you have read this one before, but I got this from a preacher who is also a Marine and I thought it was awesome! Enjoy!
"One day, while a boy was away at school, his father, a preacher, decided to try an experiment. He went into the boy's room and placed on his study table four objects:
- a Bible, - a silver dollar, - a bottle of whiskey and - a Playboy magazine.
"I'll just hide behind the door," the old preacher said to himself, "and when he comes home from school this afternoon, I'll see which object he picks up.
If it's the Bible, he's going to be a preacher like me, and what a blessing that would be!
If he picks up the dollar, he's going to be a businessman, and that would be OK.
But if picks up the bottle, he's going to be a no-good drunkard, and, Lord, what a shame that would be.
And worst of all, if he picks up that magazine he's gonna be a skirt-chasin'bum."
The old man waited anxiously, and soon heard his son's footsteps as he entered the house whistling and headed for his room. The boy tossed his books on the bed, and as he turned to leave the room he spotted the objects on the table. With curiosity in his eye, he walked over to inspect them. Finally, he picked up the Bible and placed it under his arm. He picked up the silver dollar and dropped it into his pocket. He uncorked the bottle and took a big drink while he admired this month's Centerfold.
"Lord have mercy," the old preacher whispered, "He's gonna be a MARINE!"
Semper Hugs,
Mary Ann

Thursday, March 29, 2007

~A Tribute to the Vietnam Veteran~
To those who served, we have not forgotten http://www.operationmom.org/ToOurParents.html

Monday, March 19, 2007

What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas!!!
Hello Again, Marines!
We have been busy finalizing the details for Reunion 2007 and we think we have out done last year's reunion! We are very excited about Las Vegas and cannot say enough about the staff at Circus-Circus, they have been fabulous! We are confident that we will be getting much more for our money this year, not to mention having quite an impressive "playground".


Reunion Cost/Fees:
To improve on last year’s reunion, we have decided to make the weekend all-inclusive (no registration fee, no charge for each event). The cost is $150/person. Please provide the following information with your payment.

3/11 Unit and Years:

Please make your checks out to: 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines Reunion.

Please send to:

3rd Bn, 11th Marines
c/o Mary Ann Reitano
4245 Gemini Path
Liverpool, NY 13090


Payments post marked before June 30, 2007 will pay $150/person.

Payments post marked between July 1 and August 1, 2007 will pay $175/person.

Payments post marked after August 1, 2007 will pay $200/person.


Room Reservations:
You can now begin making room reservations through Meeting Solutions.

* Call Nancy Riker, Meeting Solutions, at 1-800-503-3330 Ext. 102 (Group Code: D09VETS – 3rd, BN 11th Marines)

* You must provide a credit card to guarantee reservations and the first night will be pre-paid via your credit card.

* There is a 9% sales tax on the rooms and a mandatory $1 charge per room for local phone use.
* Reservation Deadline in July 30, 2007. After that date it is at the discretion of the hotel whether or not to take additional reservations.
NOTE: Cancellations without penalty must be at least 48 hours prior to arrival.


A Special Announcement:

Fellow Cannoncockers,

As we prepare for our second reunion in beautiful Vegas I’ve got a suggestion for you to consider. Since we’re so close to Twentynine Palms it would be a shame not to share some memories with today’s 3/11 Marines. They’ve been on numerous deployments to Iraq and can share some memories of their own with us. We’d like for the enlisted to be able to bring their spouses but the add-on cost of spouse in the hotel room may be a bit stiff for their budgets. That’s why I’m asking for everyone to muster up $25 or whatever you can afford so we can defray this cost so this can be a memorable weekend for the great young Marines who proudly carry our beloved battalion’s colors today. We’ll get you an address to mail your checks in a future newsletter. Thanks in advance.

Alex Powell
Golf Battery 68-69


What to do in Las Vegas:
Look around this site to find additional activities, events and shows in Las Vegas.



Our Tentative Schedule:

Friday Sept. 7th

~Hospitality Suite opens early afternoon

~Photo/Slide and DVD sharing time (equipment provided)

~h'or dourves and will be included

~A Donation Cup will be available to off set cost of "beverages"

~The Suite will remain open late for those who would prefer to sit around and tell tales! *wink*

Sat. Sept. 8th

~Continental Breakfast (Coffee, donuts and etc.) will be provided in the Hospitality Suite

~Afternoon free to visit the sites

~Saturday Banquet Dinner at the hotel

~Hospitality Suite will open again after the banquet

Sun. Sept. 9th

~Breakfast Buffet with Mimosa/Bloody Mary Bar

( Memorial Service immediately prior to Breakfast )

Check out is at 11:00 am

Remember to pass this on to fellow Marines that you still have contact with. Also, feel free to invite other Vietnam Vets as well, they don't need to be Marines, just need to be prepared to "try" to act like one!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Hello Gentlemen!

It is now official, the 2nd Annual Reuion of the 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines - Vietnam Era will take place Friday, September 7th to Sunday, September 9th, 2007 at the Circus-Circus Hotel in Las Vegas,NV.

Room Rates are as follows:(double, triple or quadruple occupancy)

Wed. & Thurs. 9/5 and 9/6 $49.95/night

Fri. & Sat. 9/7 and 9/8 $99.95/night

Room Reservations ONLY will be made through an organization called Meeting Solutions out of Washington, DC. Using this service is free of charge for our members. I will provide more detailed contact information in the near future as we cannot start making reservations until March 1, 2007.

We are still working with the hotel on the cost of various catering for our events and Hospitality Suite so have yet to comfirm the cost per event but we did want to give you a tentative look (emphasis on tentative) at what we have on the schedule thus far.

Note: guests are welcome to come to the hotel a day or two early and enjoy a few days on their own before the reunion.

Friday Sept. 7th

~Hospitality Suite opens early afternoon

~Photo/Slide and DVD sharing time (equipment provided)

~Snacks, finger foods and will be included

~A Donation Cup will be available to off set cost of "beverages"

~The Suite will remain open for those who would prefer to sit around and tell tales! *wink*

Sat. Sept. 8th

~Continental Breakfast (Coffee, donuts and etc.) will be provided in the Hospitality Suite

~Afternoon free to visit the sites

~Saturday Banquet Dinner at the hotel

~Hospitality Suite will open again after the banquet

Sun. Sept. 9th

~Breakfast Buffet with Mimosa/Bloody Mary Bar
( Memorial Service immediately prior to Breakfast )


We will also be taking advantage of our close location to 29 Palms and will be inviting the Battalion Commander, officers and enlisted men who would like a weekend away to join us as well. Alex Powell has offered to oversee a special program which will help defray some of the cost for those enlisted men who would like to come with their wives to spent the weekend with us. We will be providing you with more information on how you can donate to this program if you wish in following newsletters. THANK YOU, ALEX!!


We will begin to post information on the major websites and in veteran magazines in the coming weeks. We want to urge you all to please pass this information on to fellow Marines who have yet to join our ranks. We have found that you are the best "public relations officers" we have.


We have begun to organize a preliminary plan/outline for a 3/11 website which will encompass all aspects of the 3/11 Association; Reunion, photos, message boards, Marine news, Veterans Issues and Memorials to those who have permanent duty assignment guarding the Gates of Heaven.


We have, since the 2006 Reunion, obtained an official 11th Marines KIA list, therefore we have information on all KIAs and when we have the website up and running, you will have the opportunity to post to memorialize each of these men.


As you are all well aware, there is a cost involved in all that we do. Therefore, if anyone would like to send a small donation to help us get the necessary funds to move forward with the establishment of the 3/11 Association and the construction of our website, please feel free to send your donation to:

3/11 Association
4245 Gemini Path
Liverpool, NY 13090

Also, please note that we now have an e-mail address specifically for the association: cannoncockers311@msn.com .

Telephone Contact: Mary Ann Reitano (315) 715-0404 and Col. Tom Pace (432)332-6059

Additionally, do not forget about the 3/11 Message Boards
3/11 Message Boards


A final thought ~

If you have an suggetions, questions or ideas, PLEASE do not hesitate to contact us and we will look into the plausibility of your comments. Also, if you have any ideas reagarding additional activities or events for Reunion 2007, please send them our way.

Until Next Time ......Remember

"Artillery brings dignity to what would otherwise be just a brawl!"

Please keep our deployed military personnel in your thoughts and prayers.

PS - This just in from one of your fellow Marines

Below is a link you can use to assist retired service members in obtaining
(purchasing, at low cost) hearing aids at the nearest MTF(Military Treatment
Facility). This is an option for those who may not qualify for VA services.

Low Cost Hearing Aids

Jeremy P. Amick

Semper Fi,

Mary Ann and Col. Tom Pace

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Hello Marines! Yes, I know, I know, many of you have been anxiously awaiting these photos and I do apologize for the delay. Thankfully many of you are beginning to get your photos delveloped and they are trickling in to me. Thank you to all!

For those of you who missed the Reunion, here is a sampling of our weekend together. To say that we had a great time would be an understatement!! The only thing missing was you! But, have no fear, plans are well underway for 2007 in Las Vegas!!

Semper Hugs,

Mary Ann

Members of the 3/11 Vietnam Era - Reunion Attendees 2006

(I dare you to show me a finer bunch of Marines!)

Hotel Battery Marines ('68-'69) Jesse Woody and Marc Ciacchi at the famed

Iwo Jima Monument




SINCE 10 November, 1775"

Old Friends Reunited - Hotel Battery '69-'70

Jim and Kathy Lomoglio and Terry and Kathleen Kelly

Steve Battle (India '68-69) and Maria and Bob Pinkerton (Golf '66-'67)

Standing: Fonza Clark (HQ '65-'66) and Joe Butatz (11th Mar. NGF '66-'67)

Seated: James Wing, Yshiko Wing, Jerry Wing (HQ '65-'66) and Ottie Butatz

Terry Bryson (guest of Bob Oldham) , Betty and James Reyes (8" How. '63-'67),

Bob Oldham (Golf '68-'69) and Marcia and Larry Tarbet (Golf '68-'69)

Gary Marshburn (Golf/India '68-'69), John Adams and Sunny Campbell ( both Golf '68-'69)

Sherry Clark (Wife of Fonza Clark HQ '65-'66) Ken Watterson (Golf '67-'68), his lovely wife Lacelia and John G Hamilton III (HQ '65-'66 and Golf '68-69)

Marine Corps Color Guard from 8th and I ~

preparing to present the Colors at Satuday evening's dinner

The Lovely Ladies ~ The heart of the men of the 3/11


Jeff Federmeyer (Hotel '68-'69), his bride Marion, Jim Gill (Golf & Hotel '68-'69)

Seated :

Jesse Woody (Hotel '68-'69) , Marc Ciacchi (Hotel '69-'70) and Jack Wells (Hotel '68-'69)

Sunny Campbell, Gary Smith ( Golf '64-'68) and his bride Margaret, Mary Ann and her husband Alex Powell (Golf '68-'69) and the back of Gary Marshburn (Golf & India '68-'69)

Shaun Sheehan (Golf '68-'69) , Gary Oldham and Alex Powell

(Do you think someone is telling a story here - or what?)

Photo Sharing

Jack Wells, "Gunny" Federmeyer, Jim Gill and Jesse Woody

More to come in the near future .......