I would like to express my gratitude for the assistance I have received to begin "A Brief History" to all who have encouraged and helped
me to do so. It would be difficult for me to list them all. There were and still are so many who contribute to this
project, which remains "a work in progress".
Briefly, I would like to mention several former Marines who deserve honorable mention. Terry Dixon, a twice wounded
Marine who served with "India" Company, 3d Bn, 7th Marines, who got me to thinking about honoring those who served the "Maginficent
7th". Tony Chambers, another fellow Marine who also served with "India" Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, who provided
me with my first "hard copy" of events that took place in VietNam and which enabled me to begin the history. Thomas Hanneman,
who served with "Bravo" Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines and was wounded twice during his tour in VietNam, gave up some
cherished books that were out of print and very difficult to replace. They became the corner stone of my research. And last, George
Crotts, a Marine who survived the frozen hell of the "Chosin Reservoir" Campaign with the 7th Regiment, who's sharp eye caught
and still catches my many typographical errors. But most of all I would like to thank everyone in the Marine Corps, past or present,
who served and still serve in the finest military organization known to man.
Information for "a Brief History" has been gleaned from the following:
"A Brief History of The 7th Marines", written by James S. Santelli, 1980.
"U.S. Marines in Vietnam", Vietnam Operational Histories Series - 9 Volumes
Command Chronologys - History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps
"United States of America's Medal of Honor Recipients"
"Heros Of Our Time", written by Kenneth N. Jordan, Sr.
"The Navy Cross", edited by Paul Drew Stevens
There are many good books about VietNam and the History of the Marine Corps. For those of you interested, I have compiled
a recommended reading list on the following page, Books for Marines. The history of our Corps
will live on forever.