2nd Battalion, 9th Marines Network

Information and Current Affairs Page

This page has been created to provide information and current items of interest.  This has been done to provide our members with the most recent news occurring during the intervals between issuance of new Battalion Runner Newsletters.  Entries here will be listed by date, with the most recent items being listed first.  Older items will be removed upon issuance of the next Battalion Runner.  I hope this new page will serve to improve the service the Network provides to our members.  As always, anyone can email me at ditson35@verizon.net with questions, concerns, information, etc. at any time.

Semper Fi

Danny Schuster - Network Administrator


UPDATE 27 DECEMBER 2019:  The 2/9 Network lost a great member on 23 December when Marine Keith Fay went on his Last Patriol.  Keith was a huge 2/9 Network supporter and one of the four members responsible for the 2/9 Memorial Plaque currently on display in the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA.  He had been battling cancer for more than 2 years before finally losing the battle just before Christmas.  He was also a personal friend and will be greatly missed. Semper Fi Keith!


UPDATE 17 DECEMBER 2019:  I was notified via email on 16 December that Otis Ford, who served with Fox in 1967-68, passed away on 10 December 2019.  Rest in peace Otis, and Semper Fi.  

UPDATE 16 DECEMBER 2019:  i received sad news from Debbie Crist that her mother, Mary Nieto, passed away on Thursday, 12 November.  Mary was a devoted 2/9 Marine wife of Ray Nieto, who predeceased Mary.  She will be laid to rest with Ray in Arlington National Cemetery in 2020.  Rest in peace Mary. 

UPDATE 16 DECEMBER 2019:  I received more sad news from Bob Mumper that retired Everette "Glen:" Orick passed away in Knoxville, TN, on November 24th at the age of 82.  Glen was a retired Master Sergeant and member of H&S company in Vietnam in 1966-67.  Semper Fi, Glen!

UPDATE 24 NOVEMBER 2019:  Received a note from Ken Kohutek, a former Navy Seabee who was involved heavily with 2/9 in 1968.  I'm sure Ken would love the hear from anyone who might have met him or was there during the action described.

NAME: Ken Kohutek
EMAIL: kekohutek@yahoo.com
STREET: 310 Whitechurch Lane
CITY: Victoria
ZIPCODE: 77904
COMMENTS: I was/am a Viet Nam era Seabee. It's taken me a long time to find the right way to do this (not technology savvy) but at last I have found the 2/9. I wanted to pay my deepest thanks and gratitude to you , my Brothers, for probably saving my life and the lives of my fireteam in July of 1968. My fireteam, which was detached from MCB 74 Detail Victor, was assigned security on the Cam Lo river where our unit was quarrying rock to be crushed and used in that area of I Corp. We were just yards down stream from the Khe Gio bridge when a Recon patrol spotted a large NVA force approaching our position. My standing orders were to pull all personnel from the river and move to the bridge and help support the Marines at the bridge. The arty units started pounding the area just across the river and then planes started dropping napalm. Ultimately the 2/9 swept across the mountain side and pushed them towards Con Thien. Years later on one of the Viet Nam veteran sites I connected with one your Marines by the name of Enrique Cordero (?) who was involved in that battle and he gave me some of the details. Sorry for being so long but as I am writing this I'm re-living that day again. My fireteam and I were there from May 68 until December 68. Again, with my deepest gratitude "Thank you" please pass this along to any Marine that was there during that time because there were other incidents during that time. Seimper Fi and may God Bless the Marines. 

UPDATE 24 NOVEMBER 2019:  I have run out of the Post 9/11 2/9 Decals mentioned here in September.

UPDATES 14 OCTOBER 2019;  2/9 Marine in Chicago looking for information on 2/9 Marine KIA in May-July 1967 timeframe nicknamed "Scrapperhand".  I received the following note from Brooke Long:

Hello, My name is Brooke and I am a student therapist in Chicago. I am currently working with a Veteran of the Vietnam War who served as a Marine in Vietnam in 1967. We have been talking about a friend he served with, whom he believes was in the 2-9, and we are looking for some information. This Marine would have been approximately 20 years old, African American, is believed to have been from Kentucky, and went by the nickname "Scrapperhand". He completed bootcamp in California, My client remembers being with his unit in Dong Ha when the 2-9 stopped on their way to conduct an offensive near the DMZ (he believes around May/June 1967 and he thinks they were going to Con Thien) and this was the last time he saw Scrapperhand until his body was recovered by a supply convoy and brought back to Dong Ha for processing. Would you happen to have any information that could help us on our search? Thank you in advance! -Brooke 

You can contact Brooke via email:  brooke.elizabeth.long@gmail.com

16 December:  Logos described below are gone. 

Post 9/11 2/9 Marines:  Free professionally done 2/9 logo decals.  I have them in stock courtiesy of 2/9 Vietnam Veteran Retired MSgt. Ken Rooker and his son-in-law Brian McGuire.  If you send me a self-addressed, stamped envelope, capable of holding a minimum size of 4X4 inches I'll send you one.  Send the envelope to me at 21 Moseley Street, Billerica, MA 01821.  Offer is good as long as they last.  I'll post another update when they are gone.


UPDATE 14 OCTOBER 2019:  Received the following note from Steve Pay, cousin of Marine Corporal Wayne Clark Harmon, KIA 19 May 1967:

EMAIL: spay@occourts.org
PHONE: 714-349-7542
STREET: 10031 Kukui Drive
CITY: Huntington Beach
ZIPCODE: 92646
COMMENTS: My cousin, Corporal Wayne Clark Harmon, was killed on 19 May, 1967, while serving with the 2nd Battalion - 9th Marines. I was just a little kid when Wayne was killed, but not a day goes by that I don't think of him. He was my hero. I named my youngest son after him. I would be most appreciative if any one your members has any information about Wayne. Semper Fi.   Steve Pay


UPDATE 29 September 2019:  Sgt. Raymond Schmeider, Vietnam, Operation Buffalo 

I got the following note from Jason Nauman, Dep. Dir. of Veterans Affairs, Berks County PA, concerning Sgt. Schmeider.  If anyone can help by providing information regarding Schmeider's tour in Vietnam please contact Jason.  Sgt. Schmeider is a candidate for the Berks County Hall of Fame but didn't make it this year.  You'll see why in Jason's note.  Jason can be reached at jnauman@widener.edu.


I am the Deputy Director of Veterans Affairs for Berks County, Pennsylvania. There is a Marine who served with 2/9 during Operations Buffalo and was awarded the NAM with "V" device. His name was Sgt. Raymond Schmieder. He was nominated for the Berks County Hall of Fame and appears to meet the criteria, however the panel wanted more details into his actions and tabled his nomination until next year. Those on the board were comprised of members from other branches of the service who do not understand the weight of the award. As a Marine based on what was presented, I would like to see him get approved for next years HOF inductees. Please feel free to contact me at jnauman@widener.edu or 610-504-7661. Respectfully, Jason G. Nauman

UPDATE  23 September 2019:  Loss of Walter Edward Cuchine

Received an email from Brian Cuchine, or Deer Lodge, Montana informing me of the passing of his father, Walter Edward Cuchine, who served with Echo Company in 1969-70.  See Brian's note and contact information below.  He is looking for anyone who may have known Walter.


NAME: Brian Cuchine
EMAIL: elkhntng101@yahoo.com
PHONE: 4062024308

My father Walter Edward Cuchine served with 2/9 3d Div. He served in Vietnam 1969-1970 I believe. Not for sure on those dates. He was with Echo Co. He passed away on Sept. 8, 2019. I was wondering if he could be added and was wondering if anyone remembered him. I remember one story he told my brother and I about him getting busted because he and some friends were playing catch but because no baseball or football was available they used a hand grenade. Not sure if that will help jog anyone's memories. I hope to hear back from anyone. Thank you, Brian Cuchine