Alexander, Ed, MSgt

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Current Service Status
USMC Retired
Current/Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary MOS
6391-Avionics Maintenance Chief
Current/Last MOSGroup
Avionics
Previously Held MOS
0331-Machine Gunner
6612-Aircraft Comm/Nav Systems Technician
6212-A/C Comm/Navigation System Technician (VN era)
6691-Avionics Maint. Chief
Primary Unit
1978-1981, 6691, Marine Barracks Alameda, CA
Service Years
1959 - 1981

Master Sergeant

 
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 Military Association Memberships
USMC Combat Helicopter & Tiltrotor Association (PopASmoke)Marine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F)Chapter 7Post 9224, Clemenceau-Mc Adoo-Givings Post
  1995, USMC Combat Helicopter & Tiltrotor Association (PopASmoke) [Verified]
  1998, Marine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F) [Verified]
  2003, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 7 (Executive Secretary) (Fredericksburg, Virginia) [Verified]
  2005, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 9224, Clemenceau-Mc Adoo-Givings Post (Member At Large) (Richmond, Virginia) [Verified]


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  1964-1966, 6612, VMO-6



From Month/Year
- / 1964
To Month/Year
- / 1966
Unit
VMO-6 Unit Page
Rank
Sergeant
MOS
6612-Aircraft Comm/Nav Systems Technician
Location
KyHa
Country/State
Vietnam
 
 
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VMO-6
I entered this unit while it was at the Camp Pendleton Air Strip in California around July 1st, 1965.  I and another Marine, Pvt Cloie Parsons, had been together since Parris Island and Camp Geiger, North Carolina.  Both had gone home after training, and now our duty to the country called.  We were ready to start our jobs in the Marine Corps and was reporting into our first assignment.  That was VMO-6!  Our orders called for each of us to report to El Toro, California.  The first problem in our new job was a major one, even before we checked in.  VMO-6 was not at MCAF ElToro, California.

Not to worry, our squadron, VMO-6, had a slick taxi.  And one was close by, right then.  The driver was none other than LtCol Robert J. Zitnik, the Commanding Officer of VMO-6.  Alone, he swooped down out of the sky like a hawk, slowed and made his way in a hovering taxi to where we were, landed, picked us up, gently turned the UH1-E helicopter and made his way slowly back to the flight pattern and slowly began to move forward, picking up speed, climbing higher and higher.

My first duty station and I had the commanding officer have to pick me up and transport me from one place my orders said to go to, to the right place.  I quickly learned my unit was a helicopter unit.  I also learned it was nice to fly in smaller aircraft too, enjoying my ride with my Commanding Officer at the control helms.  I would learn all about this kind of helicopter, this unit, and some of the Marines within the unit in time.   I was with VMO-6 for about six weeks and then learned we would be moving, the whole squadron, out of America.  We all knew where we would be generally going..........South Vietnam.  And that is where we went.
Type
Air Units
Existing/Disbanded
Disbanded
Parent Unit
Fixed Wing Units
Strength
Air Squadron
Created/Owned By
01  Britt, Raymond (Klondike (S-1)), Sgt 3
   

Last Updated: Jul 13, 2010
   
   
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74 Members Also There at Same Time
VMO-6

McPhee, Donald Cameron, GySgt, (1949-1965) 66 6611 Gunnery Sergeant
Nettles, David, SSgt, (1963-1972) 66 6611 Staff Sergeant
Osburn, B J Tom, Sgt, (1963-1967) 66 6614 Sergeant
Cain, Frederick Charles, Cpl, (1963-1966) 66 6615 Corporal
Goodsell, William J, Maj, (1948-1966) 75 7506 Major
Henry, Robert, Maj, (1962-1982) 75 7564 Major
Bright, Gary, Capt, (1961-1971) 75 7563 Captain
Chadwick, Leon Gordon, Capt, (1962-1966) 75 7335 Captain
Dean, Alan James, Capt, (1958-1967) 75 7560 Captain
Mann, Glenn Dill, Capt, (1963-1965) 75 7513 Captain
Mumford, AL, Capt, (1963-1968) 75 7513 Captain
Shadburne, Brooke McKay, Capt, (1959-1967) 75 7335 Captain
Sipes, Steven, Capt, (1961-1969) 75 7563 Captain
Todt, Robert, Capt, (1962-1969) 75 7563 Captain
Ehlert, Norman E, LtGen, (1961-1994) 75 7504 First Lieutenant
Motley, Lyle, Capt, (1964-1970) 75 7563 First Lieutenant
Grimm, Larry, Capt, (1960-1974) 75 7575 Second Lieutenant
Burchette, Bernard, LtCol, (1952-1979) 60 6002 Chief Warrant Officer 2
Green, Jeffrey, SSgt, (1963-1967) 65 6511 Staff Sergeant
La Femina, James, SSgt, (1963-1969) 61 6199 Staff Sergeant
McGilloway, Thomas, SSgt, (1966-1971) 65 6511 Staff Sergeant
Papp, Dan, SSgt, (1963-1969) 64 6412 Staff Sergeant
Schoepke, Dave, SSgt, (1966-1972) 21 2100 Staff Sergeant
Ackers, Thomas, Sgt, (1965-1969) 61 6214 Sergeant
Bennett, Daniel Morris, Sgt, (1951-1966) 30 3071 Sergeant
Dooley, Floyd, MGySgt, (1958-1982) 62 6212 Sergeant
Dowell, Grover, Sgt, (1962-1966) 64 6412 Sergeant
Goodstone, Arthur, Sgt, (1965-1969) 30 3071 Sergeant
Kelly, Albert, Sgt, (1965-1969) 62 6212 Sergeant
Kendrick, Hank, Sgt, (1965-1969) 61 6319 Sergeant
Lay, Ronald A, SSgt, (1953-1973) 60 6413 Sergeant
Mitchell, Charles, Sgt, (1965-1969) 61 6168 Sergeant
Muncie, Jr., William, MGySgt, (1962-1992) 1 0141 Sergeant
Pearce, Robert, Sgt, (1963-1967) 62 6251 Sergeant
Pearson, Michael, Sgt, (1963-1968) 2 0239 Sergeant
Anderson, Ray, Cpl, (1963-1967) 61 6174 Corporal
Ault, Rick, SSgt, (1966-1974) 61 6319 Corporal
Crutcher, Robert, Cpl, (1965-1969) 61 6174 Corporal
Crutcher, Robert, Cpl, (1965-1969) 64 6412 Corporal
Crutcher, Robert, Cpl, (1965-1969) 64 6412 Corporal
Dallaire, Jerry, Cpl, (1966-1970) 63 6342 Corporal
Gillen, Patrick, Sgt, (1964-1967) 2 0231 Corporal
Loper, Richard, Cpl, (1960-1964) 60 6000 Corporal
Nelson, Howard, Sgt, (1964-1971) 63 6324 Corporal
Phelps, John, Cpl, (1964-1968) 64 6412 Corporal
Rhodes, Larry D., GySgt, (1963-1973) 64 6442 Corporal
Rottkamp, Gerard, Cpl, (1965-1969) 64 Corporal
Thomas, Tyrone, Sgt, (1965-1971) 46 4631 Corporal
Antone, Jr., James, LCpl, (1965-1969) 61 6174 Lance Corporal
Armstrong, Walter Lee, LCpl, (1965-1967) 63 6320 Lance Corporal
Britt, Raymond, Sgt, (1965-1971) 1 0141 Lance Corporal
Giambalvo, Frank, LCpl, (1962-1967) 65 6511 Lance Corporal
Hack, Benny Glen, LCpl, (1964-1965) 63 6320 Lance Corporal
Nowak, Wallace, Cpl, (1965-1969) 35 3531 Lance Corporal
Ortiz, Eppie, Cpl, (1963-1966) 64 6441 Lance Corporal
Rhodes, Larry D., GySgt, (1963-1973) 64 6442 Lance Corporal
Savage, Kenneth, Sgt, (1966-1969) 3 0341 Lance Corporal
Sweet, Philip, Cpl, (1962-1966) 64 6413 Lance Corporal
Hambleton, Barry Newton, PFC, (1963-1965) 13 1391 Private 1st Class

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