Donnelly, William Richard Jr. (Rick), 2nd Platoon

Donnelly, William Richard Jr. (Rick), 2nd Platoon
DONNELY: 1984 3-7 CAX 29-Palms

DONNELY: 1984 3-7 CAX 29-Palms

15 September 1943 – 10 April 1994
Arlington National Cemetery, VA 22212

[1–USNA, 2-This picture was taken in 1984 as a LtCol and 3/7 Battalion Commander, during a CAX (Combined Arms Exercise) at 29 Palms, CA…at the time we were stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA….by this time he’d been in the Marine Corps for nearly 20 years, with another 10 to go…he passed away in 1994 while the Director of the Marine Corps War College in Quantico]

Col. William R. Donnelly was born in McMinnville, Oregon. He enlisted in the Marines in 1961 and was appointed to the Naval Academy and graduated in 1967.

Rick’s USNA yearbook biography reads: “Rick came to the banks of the Severn from duty with the Marine Corps and a year at NAPS. If he were to have choose from all the good things in life, Rick would undoubtedly choose his rack as the most meaningful. Most afternoons Rick could not be found, but his appearances on the company 150’s helped make them the terrors of the Brigade. Adapting easily to the academic routine, Rick mastered most of his courses and was always ready to lend a hand. Always an avid participator in the nightly bull sessions, Rick added many laughs to the lives of his friends. Rick will take back to the Corps a firm desire for succeed and this, coupled with his ability to make the best out of every situation will ensure his continued success in his career.”

Rick and I married just after graduation from the Naval Academy and had 27 years together…Our 3 children are all happy and successful and Rick would be delighted to know he now has 8 grandchildren. Through pictures and remembrances the grandchildren are now getting to know the grandfather they never met. He will always be greatly missed…. Danny Donnelly

Service History: After NAPS, USNA and The Basic School, Rick began his long and successful 29 year career in the United States Marine Corps.

His early commands included Platoon Cdr, 1/1 in Vietnam and 1/27 in Kaneohe, Hawaii, Company Cdr, Okinawa and 3/7 Battalion Cdr, Camp Pendleton, California. He was Aide-de-Camp to the DepCG of FMFPAC, Hawaii and in between a series of schools, Dep C-5, Combined Forces Command, Republic of South Korea, HDQTRS Marine Corps, MCDEC, Quantico and Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.

He attended Amphibious Warfare School, Quantico, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia, Command and General Staff, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas and the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. His final duty station was Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as the Chief of Staff and Assistant Division Commander of Second Marine Division.

Rick passed away in April, 1994 while serving as the Director, Marine Corps War College, Quantico, Virginia.

USMC Resume:
The Basic School Class 1-68 Alpha Company, 2nd Platoon, Jun-Nov 1967
Vietnam: Company A,1st Bn, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF (A/1/1)
Director of the Marine Corps War College at Quantico, Va.
Silver Star, Purple Heart

Personal Reflections about Rick Donnelly:

From Jules Seldon: Yes, “Rick” Donnelly was a classmate at USNA, and we were in the same battalion. After TBS he fought in the Battle for Hue City. Years later, in one of the many books that were written about the battle, he was mentioned with the anecdote that he was called “the kid”.

Dopher, Robert Conrad Jr. (Robert), 2nd Platoon

Dopher, Robert Conrad Jr. (Robert), 2nd Platoon

16 August 1942 – 30 August 2010
At rest: Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, IN 47803

Robert Dopher passed away on 30 August 2010, at the age of 68 from Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Retired Marine Major Robert C. Dopher, Jr. was born on 16 August 1942 in Terre Haute, IN, and graduated from Otter Creek High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. During his career he was sent to Stanford University through Operation Bootstrap, officer candidate school, helicopter pilot training and missile design and technology school. As an OV 10, Huey and Cobra pilot he saw action around the world. He was involved in the evacuation of Vietnam as the last pilot of a cobra helicopter out of the country. Over the course of his career, Bob earned Air Medal Strike/Flight Award (with numeral 7), Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Air Medal Bronze with V, Navy Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal 3rd award and the Good Conduct Medal 3rd Award. After serving in the military for 20 years, he went on to earn his Master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Missouri-Rolla and later, after 20 years, retired from the Electrical Engineering Department there. One of his greatest joys was traveling the country with his wife in their motor home to see the wonderful sites across the United States. He passed away on 30 August 2010, at the age of 68 from Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Robert Dopher and Karen Warm were married at Camp Pendleton on Sunday 14 Feb 1971. There were TBS Alpha Company Marines who attended and formed the honor guard for the arch of swords ceremony. They had 4 children: Cristopher, Rachel, Rebecca and Marc. While stationed at Camp Pendleton, Karen owned and operated two children’s clothing stores in Vista and San Marcos. The Dopher family is active in the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation rallying for the cure for these two diseases as well as the Donate Life Organization.

USMC Resume:
TBS Class 1-68 Alpha Company, 2nd Platoon June-Nov 1967
Flight School, Pensacola FL: Helicopter Pipeline.
USAADS Ft Bliss TX: Guided Missile Systems Crs, Jan – Aug 1971
Balboa Naval Hospital, SD undergoing treatment for cancer: Mar-Nov 1972
Camp Pendleton (71-74: / Okinawa (74-75): HMA-169 and HML-267
Retired from the USMC: May 1980

Doyle, Kevin (KMD), 2nd Platoon

Doyle, Kevin (KMD), 2nd Platoon

Life has been good. Through many jobs, activities, and family life the underlying constant has been the Marine Corps and the honor, courage, and commitment it takes to carry the title.

Holy Cross, NROTC – TBS – Vietnamese Language School, Wash, DC – Psychological Operations School, Ft Bragg – M/3/7, RVN – G-3, IIIMEF PsyOps, Danang – Advisor, Regional Forces, Rung Sat Special Zone, RVN – Asst Provost Marshal, Camp Lejeune – Released from Active Duty.

USMCR: CO, A/1/25, Boston. Advisor, 7th Reserve Seabee Regt, Rhode Island. Lecturer, Soviet Threat, Weapons and Tactics. Hawk Missile Liaison Officer, 24th Staff Group (Aviation), South Weymouth, MA. USMCR Student, Naval War College, Newport. Battalion Commander, 6th Comm Bn, Bronx. Inspector, 4th Force Service Support Group. Project Manager, USMC Transition Assistance Program, HQMC.

Civilian: retired twice – VP, National Training Director, Fidelity Investments, Boston; and SVP, National Sales Director, Dreyfus Investments, NYC

National President, Marine Corps Reserve Officers Association (MCROA), 1990-91

Personal: Married high school sweetheart after returning from RVN. First child born at Camp Lejeune and he continues the tradition as an Army LtCol, Professor of Military Science at Tulane; 3 more children, all doing well and living near Boston.

Good stuff: For all the people I have met, it’s fair to say that, overwhelmingly, the best are part of the military family. For years, my kids thought that all my friends came with a rank as a first name. To this day, I remember Dave Eckenrode in my prayers, along with our other classmates who were KIA in the opening barrage. Once a Marine, Always a Marine is true. And there’s a reason for it. I recall many names and faces from 1-68 and picture the Hill Trail, the Obstacle Course, the Night Land Navigation Course with Fred Emmett (I think he is still out there looking for the hard surface road!), and all the camaraderie of hard-charging lieutenants on our way to war.

In Vietnam, I got to serve as XO to Capt PK VanRiper – he of 2 Silver Stars and later 3 general stars. You may remember him and his twin brother JK. I learned a lot about the battlefield from him and was honored that when he was a monitor, he selected me to go to the Delta to advise the Regional Forces – finally my Vietnamese language skill paid off! Jack Larrison and I went to language and PsyOp School together and took turns being #1 and #2 in the class – he will be long remembered!

I returned to Camp Lejeune for the drug-days and black-and-white confrontations – my battlefield skills came in handy! 25 years later Pat and I bought a retirement house in Swansboro and enjoyed reliving our initial tour of duty together. I remain active in an effort to build a Museum to honor the contributions of Carolina Marines since the base was established in 1941. You are welcome to contribute! Check it out at

Lots of great assignments in Reserve and the opportunity to bump into Mike Williams when were students at the War College, and Mike Delong one day in the Norfolk BOQ (he wrote great book, too!). Of course Byrne Lovely, Drew Ley, and Jules Selden run things in Boston. I got to travel the country as the President of MCROA and got a lot of mileage as a Battalion Commander and Seabee Advisor. Even after many trips, returning to Quantico always triggers many happy memories and a cause to reflect on how we got to where we are today. Great to be with you all again! Thanks and Semper Fi!

Easton, Sam (SME Jr), 2nd Platoon

Easton, Sam (SME Jr), 2nd Platoon

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Sam graduated from St Francis College with a degree in economics.  He then served as a Captain in the Marine Corps for thirteen months in Vietnam, where he managed over a billion dollars worth of government assets.

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Eckenrode, David John (Dave), 2nd Platoon

Eckenrode, David John (Dave), 2nd Platoon

9 May 1945 – 21 July 1968
At rest: Centre County Mem Park, State College, PA 16801

Second Lieutenant David John Eckenrode was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Service number 0102675. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and served during the Vietnam Conflict. He achieved rank of Second Lieutenant and served with 7th Engineer Battalion, B Company. Second Lieutenant Eckenrode was killed on July 21, 1968 in or around South Vietnam, Quang Nam province when he tripped a booby-trap made from a 105mm artillery shell. Second Lieutenant Eckenrode earned the following awards: National Defense Service Medal, Purple Heart, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal.

Second Lieutenant Eckenrode is honored on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, VVM Wall, Panel 51w, Line 25.

USMC Resume:
The Basic School Class 1-68 Alpha Company, 2nd Platoon, Jun-Nov 1967
Vietnam: Company B, 7th Engineer Battalion Jan–July 1968

Personal Reflections about Dave Eckenrode:

Eisenbach, Ike (CRE II), 2nd Platoon

Eisenbach, Ike (CRE II), 2nd Platoon

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Second Lieutenant Charles Robert Eisenbach, II (MCSN: 0-101622), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company D, First Reconnaissance Battalion, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 4 July 1968, Second Lieutenant Eisenbach was leading a reconnaissance patrol in Quang Nam Province when the unit suddenly came under intense small arms and automatic weapons fire from a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force and the lead elements were pinned down. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, he immediately directed the remainder of his men to maneuver to aid the beleaguered Marines while he fearlessly moved forward to direct the fire of his men. Ignoring the enemy fire impacting around him, he moved about the fire-swept terrain deploying his men into advantageous firing positions and directing their fire until he was seriously wounded. Although he was partially paralyzed and unable to move, he continued to direct his men while simultaneously adjusting airstrikes and supporting artillery fire upon the hostile positions. Disregarding his painful injury, he resolutely controlled his unit throughout the remainder of the fire fight. His heroic and timely actions were an inspiration to all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit’s mission. By his courage, superb leadership and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Second Lieutenant Eisenbach upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: 4-Jul-68

Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Company: Company D
Battalion: 1st Reconnaissance Battalion
Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF