India  Battery 3/12 Association 50th Anniversary Landing in Vietnam 1965-2015
India   Battery 3/12  Association     50th Anniversary   Landing in Vietnam          1965-2015
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India Battery 3/12 Association

16789 Berryessa Ct

Chino Hills, CA 91709



Phone: 909 664-4852


Please keep us updated with address, email, phone number changes.  You can do this by typing your change information on the "Contact Us" page. We will receive it, post it on the web page and correct it on the Directory of Members.

Our Association

We are a group of 140 Marines who at one time served with India Battery 3rd Batalion 12th Marines both past and current. This Web Site is dedicated to the Marines of India Battery 3/12.  These are their stories, remembrances, and continuted camaraderie through the Web Site, "Fire Mission" newsletter and the reunions. Our reunions are held every two years. We rotate the reunion sites from East Coast, Mid America, West Coast.  Our next 2015 Super Reunion will be held in San Diego, CA to celebrate a milestone in the tradition of I Battery 3/12. The 50th Anniversay of the Battery's landing in Vietnam on April 14, 1965.

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Last Updated 8-18-16



Joe Fetherston gave us the sad news that his wife Jeanenne passed away this morning.


This is likely the saddest message that I can conceive of writing. My world, our world, lost a shining light this morning. My wife of nearly 33 years died today in Aiken Regional Medical Center of apparently unknown and undiagnosed causes. Despite most severe pain on the high end of the pain scale over 8 days, no diagnosis or remedy was found. Possibly a cardiac event at the beginning and we may never know. This is truly the worst possible thing to happen with little warning.

I say this without any hesitation. Jeannie was absolutely the best thing that ever happened to me and the void is immeasurable. I will be everlastingly grateful for her place in my life. Nothing will make up the loss.


As you might imagine, I am trying to process this and nothing has been decided concerning a Memorial Service or funeral arrangements. Likely in the next four days or so.  Sorry for passing the word this way but I needed to advise our friends quickly. 


Coincidentally, the afternoon has turned very dark and a heavy storm is beginning.  Somehow appropriate. 

Memorial Service
George Funeral Home
religious service at 6:15 P.M.
Funeral Mass
St. Mary Help of Christians Church (the old church)
Park Avenue & York Street
Aiken, SC


Best to all, 


Dan Morley's Son Passes

Dearest Family and Friends: It is with heartfelt sorrow that we advise of the death of Dan Morley's son, Chris Morley. Chris died in a motorcycle/ auto accident Saturday, June 11. Though Chris is surely with his Lord, words cannot express how much he will be missed. Please say a prayer for Chris and his Family. Love and Peace, The Morley Family


Bill Shaeffer Remembers....

Terrible news -- nothing worse than for a son to pre decease  his father.
One of the highlights of the 3/4 Reunion at Dulles Airport was Dan's surprise appearance at our Friday Battery dinner a few years ago. He left right after the dinner to drive back to Charlotte because he had to be at work the next day.


Dan will always have a special place in my heart for his heroic professionalism as an FO during the short time  I was the Btry C O. He was with his infantry unit one evening going out on patrol and just a few clicks out of Phu Bai  they got ambushed.. Dan successfully called in a fire for effect fire mission just across the road from where they were taking fire.  This act was a major contributor to saving the day.

I always admired Dan for his humility and dependability. You could always count on Dan.  Sue and I are so sorry for his loss.



John Booth Remembers....


Dan Morley lost his son on June 11 in a motorcycle accident.  I remember Dan from Okinawa.  He was an FO with Mike Company in about October 1965 because I relieved him on Hill 41 south of Da Nang in November of 1965.  

He later became the Fire Support Coordinator for the Battery with 3/4 sometime in the April 66 time frame.  he participated in Operation Hastings in July of 1966 in Quang Tri Province where the shit hit the fan.  USMC recon units proved beyond a shadow of a doubt own June of 1966 that NVA units were in Quang Tri Province and 3/4 went after them.  After Hastings it was pile on and by December of 1966 the entire 3rd Mar Div was deployed along the DMZ.  I left to come back to the states in July of 1966 so I knew none of this at the time.  
I ran into Dan at Camp Lejune later and we caught up on Battery affairs.  Dan was with the Battalion CP group and  told me he did not expect to return home alive. 





President's Message

I wanted to pass along news that we have not reported on since the San Diego Reunion.  George Marlow is recovering from the removal of his leg.He is on his feet and making excellent progress to date.  


John Dovale is sending out the 2016 Dues Letters.  To submit your dues contribution. please use your credit card through our Pay Pal account located on another page of this web site.  Your can also mail John Dovale a check (he will even take cash). John reports that our bank account currently is at $2,500.


The Battery is back from their deployment.  They arrived home in December.  Capt. Jake Owens is the new CO of the Battery.  We hope to continue our excellent  repour with the Battery under his command.  We wish nothing butthe best to Capt. Chris Tinoco as he moves on in his Marine Corps career.


I talked to Roger Kimble, 3/4's Association President and the 2017 Reunion will be held in Chicago in late Augest or early September. No details on the reunion at this time.


Speaking of Roge Kimble, his daughter's family lost their house and most of their belongings to a tornado in Garland. Texas on December 26, 2015.    Roger has set up a GOFUNDME Account to benifit his daughter's efforts to rebuild. The Association donated $100 to the fund. If you can donate do so.  Th GOFUNDME Account link is


The I 3/12 Bahamas Cruse Get-Together is on,  We had 32 members respond to our post card survey who are interested in the cruse.  This 4 day Bahamas cruse will be a social get-together on April 3,2017.  We will also support the 2017 Chicago Reunion in Sept.  Please go to the 2017 BAHAMAS CRUSE page on this web site for details

BBQ with current Battery

So. California members were invited and helda BBQ with the current battery at Camp Pedleton.  SEE THE CURRENT BATTERY PAGE OF THE WEBSITE FOE PICTURES AND INFORMATION

Joe Featherston Converts Carl Satterfield's 8mm to video

I just picked up the finished product of Carl's 8mm film from Vietnam in 1965. The beginning is a bit messed up because of aging and underexposure, and some out-of-focus. Considering everything, it is still worth watching.
I have two DVDs, the original film and access to this website which anyone can access from their location. Film has been dubbed with generic patriotic music so it's not just a silent film.
I will keep one DVD. The second one will go to Carl.
Hope this brings back some memories. (If you weren't there, there's a story behind most scenes, trust me.)
Logging into MemoryShare
- Go to
-Click Sign in
  - Your Username is:
  - Your password is: featherston1234 
(You may find this already activated needing only the tracking number)

Activating your Video(Activate My transfer)
On the back of the DVD case in the top right corner there is a barcode
- There are a series of letters and numbers under the barcode 
- Enter the letter and number as you see them under the barcode do not include dashes, and do not type the letter





No more writting out a check, addressing an envelope, finding a stamp, and finally taking a drive to the Post Office.  You can now pay for your Annual Dues, Registration deposit for the reunion or a I 3/12 label pin with a credit or debit card through the "Credit Card Payment Through PayPal" page of our website.  It is easy as 1-2-3 and the money is deposited to the Association bank account.     Click on the "Credit Card Payment Through PayPal" tab to the left to enter this page.



The pin is a 1 1/2" Custom Cloisonne Lapel Pin

1.2mm thick with gold metal plating

8mm post and rubber clutch attachment


The cost of the I 3/12 pin is $6.00

($3.00 cost of pin and $3.00 for shipping)


To order the pin:

1.  Use our PayPal page


2. Make your check out to I 3/12 Association 

  Send your check to:

John Dovale

917 Canonero Dr.

Naperville, IL 60540

This New I 3/12 Guidon Challenge Coin is now available

This new I 3/12 Guideon Challange Coin is now avalible.  The coin depicks the old FMF Guideon Flag on one side and the new USMC Guideon Flag on the other side.  The coin is rendered in Marine Corps red and gold.  It is a must have for all active or former I 3/12 Marines.  A big thank you to Joe Featherston for designing and making them avalible.  The cost of the coin is $15 which includes shipping. You can order 1 or more coins for yourself from Joe Featherston at:


Joe Featherston
223 Hamstead Place
Aiken, SC 29803-8052

Videos of India Btry 3/12 In Afghanistan and Iraq

Check out the videos's of Marines who served with the Battery in Afganistan & Iraq.

Go to Photos and videos of India Btry 3/12 Marines Through The Years

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