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First Battalion Ninth Marines
Network, Inc.
Like most units in our beloved Marine Corps, the First Battalion Ninth Marines have a long and proud history of serving these United States.

Since its activation in 1942 the Battalion has seen combat in some of the most recognized operations in American and Marine Corps history. From Bougainville, Iwo Jima and Northern Solomons during World War II to Con Thien, Khe Shan and “The Street Without Joy” in Vietnam. The Marines and Corpsmen assigned to this Battalion have upheld the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps. In more recent times our Battalion has been sent to fight during Operation Desert Storm and sent to help keep the peace in Somalia. The Marine Corps saw fit to retire our colors again in September of 1994.

The First Battalion Ninth Marines Network, Inc. is a veteran’s organization that consists of Marines and Navy Corpsmen who had the honor of serving their county proudly and gallantly with the 1st Battalion 9th Marines.

The organization was founded in 1988 by Roger W. Liggon, Sr. after a Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home rally in Cleveland, Ohio with thirteen Vietnam veterans. The Network was formed for Marines and Corpsmen who served in the Republic of South Vietnam where the Battalion earned the name, “THE WALKING DEAD,” to reunite the men who served and to help heal the wounds of battles past. As we enter the year 2003, we have grown to a mailing list of over 1,000 members which also includes the family members of Marines and Corpsmen that were killed in action.

During the 1996 National Reunion the membership voted to open the organization to all Marines and Corpsmen who had the honor to serve under the colors of the First Battalion Ninth Marines.

Our goals and purpose remain the same. That is to reunite the men who served proudly and gallantly with the Battalion and to make sure that the deeds of the Battalion and men who gave their all are not forgotten.

We have had five successful reunions with the next one (2004) planned for Washington DC.

If you chose to apply for membership return the bottom part of this application. When your membership has been approved, your name will be added to our database and you will be sent some copies of our latest membership directory and newsletter. Adding your name to our mailing list will ensure that you receive future editions of our newsletter, “The Proud Warrior” and are notified of future events and new members.

We have seen the Network grow to almost one thousand members since 1988 and expect membership to surpass this level by the upcoming National Reunion. we need your membership and your support. Donations are requested annually to help offset the cost of postage, the printing of our newsletters and membership directory and other administrative expenses. We deeply appreciate any and all donations.

  First Battalion Ninth Marines
                Network, Inc.

If  you  would like to  join this organization and
be   placed   on  our  mailing   list   return   this
portion of the application to:


Service #



Zip Code:________________

Company:___________  Platoon:__________

Dates assigned to 1/9:____________________

* Please   supply   documentation   of   service   with
the  1st   Battalion   9th   Marines   unless   vertified
by  an  active  member  of  the  Network.

Phone #: (_____)_______________________
Permission to list in directory:  Yes (  )   No (  )

E-mail address:_________________________
Permission to list in directory:  Yes (  )   No (  )

_______________________       _________
Signature                          Date
* You may also list names of men in your fireteam or
platoon as proof of service
You Can Print the Form Below
John J. Freeman
711 Alto
Houston, TX  77060