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
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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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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  1968-1969, 6612, VMO-6

From Month/Year
September / 1968
To Month/Year
October / 1969
VMO-6 Unit Page
Staff Sergeant
6612-Aircraft Comm/Nav Systems Technician
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
 VMO-6 Details

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.
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01  Britt, Raymond (Klondike (S-1)), Sgt 3

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2013
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114 Members Also There at Same Time

Piper, Arthur, LtCol, (1953-1973) 75 7576 Lieutenant Colonel
Henry, Robert, Maj, (1962-1982) 75 7564 Major
Sites, David, LtCol, (1956-1981) 75 7501 Major
Smith, Jr., Lloyd, BGen, (1950-1985) 60 6002 Major
Billipp, Norman Karl, Capt, (1966-1969) 75 7501 Captain
Bright, Gary, Capt, (1961-1971) 75 7563 Captain
Cawley, James Patrick, Capt, (1964-1968) 75 7563 Captain
Galbreath, Bobby Frank, Capt, (1949-1968) 75 7563 Captain
Hagan, John Robert, Maj, (1967-1969) 3 0302 Captain
Jacobsgaard, David Keith, Capt, (1966-1969) 75 7563 Captain
Jones, Walter Chapman, Capt, (1964-1968) 75 7532 Captain
McMillan, Bruce Francis, Capt, (1956-1968) 75 7563 Captain
Mumford, AL, Capt, (1963-1968) 75 7513 Captain
PLESS, STEPHEN, Maj, (1956-1969) 75 7563 Captain
Schober, Jack Ervin, Capt, (1961-1969) 75 7576 Captain
Thomason, Jim, Capt, (1966-1971) 75 Captain
Todt, Robert, Capt, (1962-1969) 75 7563 Captain
Uplinger, Barton John, Capt, (1965-1968) 75 7563 Captain
Hall, William Gardiner, 1stLt, (1965-1968) 75 7563 First Lieutenant
Hamlin, Edwin, Capt, (1957-1978) 99 9960 First Lieutenant
Hunt, Ralph Edward jr., 1stLt, (1966-1968) 75 7563 First Lieutenant
Jacobsgaard, David Keith, Capt, (1966-1969) 75 7563 First Lieutenant
Jensen, Paul Andrew, 1stLt, (1965-1968) 75 7563 First Lieutenant
Keeble, Edwin Augustus, 1stLt, (1966-1969) 75 7563 First Lieutenant
Kimmel, Robert Charles, 1stLt, (1965-1968) 75 7563 First Lieutenant
Krupa, Richard Didacus, 1stLt, (1967-1969) 3 0302 First Lieutenant
Latimer, Richard Eli, 1stLt, (1966-1968) 3 0302 First Lieutenant
O'Connor, Richard, 1stLt, (1965-1970) 75 7576 First Lieutenant
O'Connor, Richard, 1stLt, (1966-1971) 75 7576 First Lieutenant
Reese, James Robert, 1stLt, (1964-1968) 75 7501 First Lieutenant
Riede, Ronald Edgar, 1stLt, (1964-1968) 75 7563 First Lieutenant
Simpson, Robert, Capt, (1964-1970) 8 0805 First Lieutenant
Sturtevant, Joe, Maj, (1967-1988) 75 7563 First Lieutenant
Wilbur, Thomas, Capt, (1967-1971) 75 7575 First Lieutenant
Harris, Robert, Capt, (1968-1976) 75 7563 Second Lieutenant
Regan, Richard, LtCol, (1965-1986) 75 7563 Second Lieutenant
Rosental, G.E., Maj, (1964-1988) 75 7563 Second Lieutenant
Martin, Ralph, MSgt, (1955-1977) 64 6691 Gunnery Sergeant
Daniel, Kermit, MSgt, (1960-1980) 2 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
Parthemore, Terry, SSgt, (1967-1975) 60 6064 Staff Sergeant
Scanlon, Martin, SSgt, (1960-1980) 62 6212 Staff Sergeant
Schoepke, Dave, SSgt, (1966-1972) 21 2100 Staff Sergeant
Tolliver, Jimmy Ellison, SSgt, (1959-1968) 70 7041 Staff Sergeant
Ackers, Thomas, Sgt, (1965-1969) 61 6214 Sergeant
Barron, Larry, Sgt, (1966-1970) 70 7113 Sergeant
Clark, Norman, MSgt, (1961-1984) 60 6028 Sergeant
Clark, Norman, MSgt, (1961-1984) 60 6028 Sergeant
Fain, James, Sgt, (1967-1971) 64 6433 Sergeant
Goodstone, Arthur, Sgt, (1965-1969) 30 3071 Sergeant
Gullo, Thomas A., Sgt, (1958-1968) 62 Sergeant
Hollis, Ricky, Sgt, (1967-1971) 7113 Sergeant
Ippolito, Steven, Sgt, (1965-1971) 61 6319 Sergeant
Kendrick, Hank, Sgt, (1965-1969) 61 6319 Sergeant
Lardner, David, Sgt, (1966-1969) 65 6511 Sergeant
Leonard, Thomas, Sgt, (1967-1971) 65 6511 Sergeant
McCarthy, Stephen, Sgt, (1965-1969) 60 6028 Sergeant

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