22 May 1968 Ambush, 50th Anniversary


On May 22, 1968, Bravo and Alpha Companies and other elements of the 1st Battalion 4th Marines engaged a North Vietnamese force east of Con Thien, South Vietnam in a battle in which 17 members of the 1st Battalion were killed in action, or later died of wounds sustained in that battle. The David Westphall Veterans Foundation is sponsoring a 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the battle. The ceremony is planned for May 22, 2018.

Among those killed in action was 1st Lt. Victor David Westphall. In response to Lt. Westphall’s death, his parents (Dr. and Mrs. Victor Westphall) created the Vietnam Veterans Memorial near Angel Fire, New Mexico. At that time, they also founded the David Westphall Veterans Foundation as a nonprofit corporation to own and operate the Memorial.

The ceremony will be at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The Memorial was founded in July of 1968 and construction was begun in September of 1968. It is the first memorial designed and dedicated from the outset to remember and honor all Vietnam veterans. The Memorial is located near Angel Fire, New Mexico. It is now owned by the State of New Mexico and is operated by the New Mexico Department of Veteran Services.

Next of kin of those Marines who were killed in action are invited as are all Marines and Corpsmen who participated in the May 22, 1968 battle, as well as their family members. Any member, past of present, of the 1st Battalion 4th Marines as well as the public are welcome and are encouraged to attend.

The time for the ceremony will be announced at a later time. Traditionally, ceremonies such as those for Memorial Day and Veterans Day have started at 11:00 a.m. The details of the ceremony are being developed but there will be a “missing man” roll call to recognize those who were killed in action. All participants in the battle who attend the ceremony will be recognized as well. Attendees who wish to speak in memory of one of the Marines killed in this battle will have an opportunity to do that.

Anyone interested in attending this event may contact Walter Westphall [ wwestphall@cox.net ] to let him know about their plans and to get additional information.

The Foundation has arranged for a group rate at the following hotel:

The Lodge at Angel Fire Resort [Website: https://www.angelfireresort.com/lodging ]
Group rate-$87 plus tax per night for standard room. [Ask for “non-profit” rate]
Telephone: 844-218-4107
Email: cenres@angelfireresort.com
Address: 10 Miller Lane, Angel Fire, New Mexico 87710

Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.angelfirechamber.org

2018 Reunion Update

Reunion Update,  2018, 2019/2020


2018 Battalion Reunion is scheduled for Utah.  Time and dates are not set as of yet.  More information will be shown as details are set.

2019 or 2020 Battalion Reunion is scheduled for Anchorage, Alaska.  This reunion is still in planning stages and not sure if this will be held in Anchorage or being held as an Ocean Cruise.

Information on Ocean Cruise is still being formed.  The ship berths will be all outboard, consisting of Ocean view and private balcony.  The cruise will have a timed payment plan of one year.  This reunion dates have not been set, thus the 2019/2020 year paring.

More information to follow.



Thurman Moore


Since this years reunion my immediate family has gone through some family problems which we are trying to handle. While our attending this years reunion my daughter-in-law fail tragically ill. We didn’t know at the time how serious it was until we returned home. I in turn had to go to Conyers, Ga. to help out with my son and grandson, until the emergency was over. We are still watching very closely our daughter-in-law’s health and monitoring how my son and grandson is taking it.

According to her doctors if she had waited another 2-3 minutes before getting to emergency room, she would not have made it. She is now home and resting.

Needless to say, we are very nervous over this and I’ve neglected my responsibilities and will try and get them caught up, now that I’m back home and we are not jumping every time the phone rings or our cell phones go off. I hope to be back on track as soon as this weekend.


H&S Company Nu Guys – 2017

L/Cpl      McTaw, Johnnie, Jr.,      23941 Whittaker Dr,      Farmington, Mi. 48335-3370      H&S Co., 81’s Plt      68/69
L/Cpl      Williams, David C.,      749 CR 2325      Lovington, Il. 61937      H&S Co., Scouts      65
Chittick, Bill,      15767 Sulphur Spring Rd      Paris, Il. 61944      H&S Co.     54     217-405-5119


2017 Reunion Update – Flying Into Reunion

New Information for 2017 Reunion

Reunion Dates:    9 – 13 October 2017

Hotel:   French Lick Springs Hotel
8670 West State Road 56
French Lick, In 47432
Phone:  812-936-9300
FAX: 812-936-5944
Ask for 1st Battalion 4th Marines Retreat
Reservations must be received by 9 September 2017

Reunion Update as of 18 January 2017

For those that will be flying to the Reunion

The closest Airport to French Lick, Indiana is the Louisville, Ky Airport. The hotel will provide transportation to and from the Louisville Airport. When you make your air flight or hotel reservations ask for the 1st Battalion 4th Marines Reunion Coordinator, or Tessa Jones. Let them know that you will be flying into the reunion and you request transportation from the Louisville Airport.

They will need the following information:

Name of Airlines you’re using.
The Flight Number and
Date and time you will be arriving.

The transportation will be there awaiting your arrival. If there is more that one person or couple arriving on the same date, but at different times (within a half hour of each other) the shuttle or SUV will await the latest arrival before coming back to hotel. They will await as many flights as possible if many are arriving on or about the same time.

The mode of transportation will be according to the number of passengers arriving at that time.

2017 Reunion Reunion Hotel

Battalion Reunion 2017 Update

The First Battalion Fourth Marines Association Reunion

Dates of Reunion 9-13 October 2017

Hotel & Rates
French Lick Springs Hotel
8670 West State Road 56
French Lick, In 47432
Phone: (812) 936-9300 – Fax (812) 936-5944
Make reservations in name of 1st Battalion 4th Marines Association

Cut-Off Date for Registration – 9 September 2017

Take a look

Free Parking at Hotel

Room Rates are $89.00 per night, 9 through 13 October, breakfast not included in room rate.

There are Smoking and Non-Smoking rooms available.