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FRA Memorabilia

FRA memorabilia is now available at
I Need It Now Trophies

We are pleased to announce that FRA memorabilia is now available from our new supplier “I Need It Now Trophies” owned by retired MGySgt Hodge Jordan, and operating out of Jacksonville, North Carolina. You can order directly from the company by clicking on the “Memorabilia” link above or go to https://ineeditnowtrophies.co/ We look forward to having a new and ongoing supplier for our hats, shirts, and other memorabilia that will be available! Welcome Aboard, Hodge!

General P. X. Kelley USMC (ret), 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps,
FRA# 23, died December 29, 2019 at the age of 91.

"He was always deeply committed to Force Recon and did many great things for our Nation’s Corps of Marines and for the Country. " - General Al Gray

James D. "Rocky" Graziano , FRA# 2086, after a long battle with health issues, combined with the smoke from fires in Lake County, died October 18, 2019 at the age of 78.

He was born in Casper, Wyoming in 1941 and lived in many places being the son of a career US Marine. He lived in Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and ended up in Vallejo, California where he graduated from Vallejo High. He played football for Vallejo High and was a Sea Scout where he achieved the highest rank achievable. After high school and some college he joined the US Marine Corps.

In the Marine Corps he was approached to join the Marine Corps shooting team to try for the Olympic team. He had other goals though and tried out for a new unit “First Force Recon” a Special Forces unit. First Force Reconnaissance was a new concept and he was on the ground floor as this specialized new unit was developed. These men were tough and cream of the crop men that were trained in amphibious reconnaissance, deep ground reconnaissance, surveillance, battle space shaping and limited scale raids in support of other air ground task forces. This special training defined him throughout his life. He was proud to be a Marine and attacked any challenge with determination and Heart.

He was proud to be an American and proud of his country. He had a strong voice and a soft heart and a beautiful smile.
Rocky was always involved in various community activities. One of these being a football official for 35 years. He refereed pop warner, freshman football, Jr. Varsity and Varsity high school football, college and semi pro ball. He was Commissioner of Pop Warner Referees Association scheduling all games with officials in the Napa and Solano area. During football season it was common for him to referee 10+ games a week.

He was a proud member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Clearlake. He served as an officer of Lodge 2284 for many years. He loved the lodge and was involved with the crab feeds and was proud of the help that they were able to give to the fire victims that were displaced and evacuated throughout all the fires that devastated our Lake County community. He worked hard with the all the members to give a safe haven along with warm food for all who were affected. Evacuees might have had to stay in tents, but they had a friendly and safe community to wait out their fate.

He worked for UPS as a delivery driver and then UPS transportation big rig driver. He retired from UPS and the Teamsters Union. He worked as a bartender for years at Thompson’s Corner in Cordelia.

Rocky was the son of Jim and Ethel Mae Graziano, and survived by sister, Lonnieta Estes (Ron); He was a loving husband of 36 years and loving father. He is survived by his wife, Diane; two sons,  Mathew and Frank Graziano (Sarah); along with Debra Little (Wes), Chad Little (Chantal) and Steve Little (Stacey); nine grandchildren, Joseph, Mathew, Allyssa, Zackery, Brandon, Shelby, Seth, Tyler and Evan; he also was able to get to know his two great-granddaughters, Annabella and Amaya.

A Memorial and Celebration of Life will be held for Rocky at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at the Clearlake Oaks Moose Lodge, 15900 State Hwy. 20, Clearlake Oaks, along with a potluck. Everyone is invited to join us as we share the many eventful moments and memories of his life. Anyone wanting to participate in the potluck please call Cheryl or Jane at the Lodge. (707) 998-3740.

Rosemary Sharon Mobley, spouse of Ado Mobley Jr. , FRA# 2177, 82, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, went to be with her Lord and Saviour on February 11, 2019 in Fort Worth.

Funeral Services were held: 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 15, 2019 at First United Methodist Church of Benbrook, 1122 Bryant Street, Benbrook, Texas 76126.  Visitation was: 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. prior to the funeral service.  Burial:  Laurel Land Memorial Park, 7100 Crowley Road, Fort Worth 76134.

Rosemary was born Aug. 2, 1936 in Bridgeport, Connecticut to August Bartel and Frances Lewis Bartel.  She moved with her family to Chicago at the age of two where she spent her younger years.  She has lived in Benbrook for the past 40 years and excelled as the "Avon Lady".  Rosemary was talented in decorating cakes.  She loved life and her "work" provided her the opportunity to make many friends over the years.  Rosemary was a member of Benbrook UMC, and participant in many YMCA activities.  She had boundless energy and loved to play "Chicken Foot" and "Bunco".

Survivors:  Rosemary is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Ado; five children, Steve Jimenez and Debbie Burnie of Fort Worth, Texas, Mark Jimenez (Shelly) and David of Sand Springs, Oklahoma and Billy Mobley (Amanda) of Spring Branch, Texas; four stepchildren, Barbara McDougal and Mary Jane Mobley of Winnsboro, Louisiana, Tim and Irvin Mobley of Wisner, Louisiana; and many more extended family members and friends, too many to name.

1st Lt. Duke Hugh Dearing II, FRA# 2366, died 24 July 2019. Duke enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1960, serving in the Cuban Crisis and Vietnam and in 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company. Duke left the Marine Corps as a 1st Lieutenant in 1971. Funeral and graveside service with military honors scheduled for August 9. Details are listed in Duke's obituary.

Mrs. Lorrie Kowalski, Spouse of Joe Kowalski, FRA# 2536, died 20 May 2019. "It is with a heavy heart, that I inform you that I just received a call from our Brother, Joe Kowalski that his beloved wife and partner passed away at their home this afternoon. The FRA will award a scholarship in Lorrie's name in recognition of her service to the Marine Recon community. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers."
Al Sniadecki
President, FRA

CHESHIRE – Lorraine L. Kowalski, 68, passed away Monday May 20, 2019 at her home with her family by her side.  She was the wife of Joseph J. Kowalski Jr.
Lorraine was born August 21, 1950 in Albany, CA, the daughter of the late Stewart and Patricia (Compton) MacLean.  She was a member and Past President of the U.S. Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance Association Ladies Aux. as well as a founding member of the Marine Corps League Silver City Mamas in Meriden CT.  She loved hockey, cooking, bingo, Disney and especially Elvis.
Besides her husband of 25 years, she is survived by her children Ben Hill, Aaron Langlois and Amy Massey; her step-sons Greg Kowalski and Mike Kelsey; her grandchildren Angus Hill, Jacob Massey, Samuel Massey, Natalia Kowalski and Gunner Kelsey.

Arrangements- Funeral services will be held on Friday May 24, 2019 at 11 am at the Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 S. Main St.  Burial will follow in St. Bridget Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Friday morning from 10 am until the start of the service at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to The Fishing Outreach Program for Veterans at www.fishingoutreachprogram.com.

LCpl Jerry L. (Stretch) Turner, FRA# 2699, died 30 Mar 2019 at age 77. Jerry served in the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion from 1962 to 1963 and joined the FRA in 2007. Jerry L. Turner - Obituary

"Fair Winds and Following Seas" and may he Rest in Peace. Semper Fidelis!

1st Lt James Eugene (Jim) Dunning, USMC (ret), FRA# 267, died 16 FEB 2019. Jim was a 'life' member of the Force Recon Association and served in both 1st Force and 2nd Force Recon companies during his active duty years of 1964-1966. A celebration of Jim's life will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 4:40 pm at the Heritage Funeral Home, 427 Graves Mill Road, Lynchburg, Virginia 24502. The Force Recon Association will honor our Brother at the FRA annual reunion by naming a 2019 FRA Scholarship in Lt. Dunning's name.

"Fair Winds and Following Seas" and may he Rest in Peace. Semper Fidelis!

L/CPL Barry D "Doug" "Swamprat" Forrest FRA # 2649, died 20 October 2018. The Memorial Funeral Service was held in the Chapel at the same Funeral Home beginning at 1 pm, Wednesday, 24 Oct 2018.

Patsy Branch, wife of Maj. Billy Branch USMC(ret) FRA # 25, died 27 July 2018. I am saddened to report that Patsy Branch, wife of Major Billy Branch (USMC ret) passed away on July 27th in Comanche, Texas after a long battle with cancer. Patsy will be laid to rest on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10am in Comanche, Texas. Patsy and Billy have been long supporters of the Force Recon Association and Billy currently serves on the FRA Board. Patsy and Billy have long been Christians of deep Faith and I know your prayers for Patsy, Billy, and their family are appreciated.

Lt. Colonel J.H. "Pat" Carothers USMC (ret) , FRA# 70, died 16 APR 2018.

John Michael Lynch , FRA# 2546, died 23 MAR 2018. John passed away in France, his home for the last 40 years. John served in the 1st Amphibious Reconnaissance Company 1953-1954. Services will be held on Saturday 31 MAR 2018. The FRA sends our most heartfelt condolences to his surviving wife Joan, daughter Gillian and sons Matt, Dov and Sean.

Colonel Wesley L. Fox USMC (ret) - FRA #68 died November 24th, 2017
FRA Member 68, Col. Fox died the evening of November 24th in Blacksburg, VA. He was 86. (See more)

Colonel Bruce F. Meyers USMC (ret) - FRA #7 died August 7th, 2017
A memorial celebration will be held on September 9 th at 1:00 pm at St Michaels Episcopal church in Issaquah wa. The address is 325 S E Darst St Issaquah Wa. With a reception following at the University House located at 22975 S E Black Nugget Rd , Issaquah Wa Semper Fi. Boots Meyers. Please come and join family and friends to celebrate dads life. God Bless

The United States Marine Corps and its Reconnaissance Community has lost one of its pioneers and trail blazers. Colonel Meyers served as the first commanding officer of the very first official Force Reconnaissance Company stood up by the Corps in 1957. Additionally, he was a founding member of the Force Recon Association ("FRA") a Marine Veteran Association that continues today in the service of the Marines, Sailors and their families who serve the Marine Recon Community. I will remember Bruce as an affable and articulate professional who was always willing to support his beloved Corps and the Recon Community. "Fair winds and following seas", Sir!
FRA President - Al Sniadecki

See the Reconnaissance Training Company's video of our visit to camp pendleton during recon 2016

Q&A with MARSOC Bn CO - LtCol Andrew Christian
Story extracted from The San Diego Union-Tribune
By Gidget Fuentes, 26 AUG 2015

Sgt Jonathon Blank - LaRue Tactical Elk Hunt 2011
Click on the link.

GySgt Brian M. Blonder - FRA #2313 - Awarded Navy Cross
Click on the link.

Commando Hall of Honor - FRA Member Maj. James Capers Jr. USMC(ret)
and Bigadier General Evans F. Carlson USMC(ret) inducted into inaugural class of SOCOM's Commando Hall of Honor.

Force Recon Memorial
Col. Bruce Meyers USMC (ret) and SgtMaj Neal King USMC (ret) have designed a commemorative memorial monument to be placed in Semper Fi Park at the Marine Corp Museum. Donations are needed to help put the design to stone. Click the link above for more details.

History of Marine Detachment 1 - .pdf format - 138 pages - 6.5mb
Det 1: U.S. Marine Corps U.S. Special Operations Command Detachment, 2003 - 2006.

Bikes For Wounded Warriors
The FRA donates high-quality Specialized road bikes to Marines at the Wounded Warrior Battalion West. Click above for details.

Another Marine Helped By RFSF - The Ride For Semper Fi
helps out another Marine

Ride For Semper Fi - FA Call For Volunteers

Email Questions, Comments and Suggestions to the FRA - Click Here

Read About the origin of the Force Recon Association

Read About the origin of OOOHRAH

NOTAM (notice to all members)
Most recent official FRA email sent to members - 05 DEC 2019

FRA Mailing Address:
Force Recon Association
P.O. Box 111000
Carrollton, TX 75011

See a few pictures from Recon 2019
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See a few more pictures from Recon 2018
See a few pictures from Recon 2016
See a few pictures from Recon 2015
See a few pictures from Recon 2014 - additional photos added Aug 2015
See a few pictures from Recon 2013 - This gallery was posted Aug 2015
See a few pictures from Recon 2012
See a few pictures from Recon 2011
See a few pictures from Recon 2010
See a few pictures from Recon 2009
See a few pictures from Recon 2008
See a few pictures from Recon 2006
See a few pictures from Recon 2004
See a few more pictures from Recon 2003
See a few pictures from Recon 2003
See a few pictures from Recon 2002
Recon History of WWII

FRA Scholarship Application (.pdf)

FRA Memorabilia is now available at I Need It Now Trophies

FRA Dues Form (.pdf)

The FRA will no longer hold past dues in arrears but will charge a small re-activation fee. See form.

FRA Change of Address Form (.pdf)

Article - Strong Men Armed: 1st Force Recon Company


Most Recent Official Message Sent - 06 APRIL 2019- If you didn't receive it then we don't have your correct email address.
The FRA is trying to develop an email list of all members.  This list is for FRA use only and will not be distributed to anyone outside of this organization.  Every member who has an email address is hereby requested to forward your email address along with your name and FRA member number to:
FRA Communications Chief- commchief@forcerecon.com

If you change your email address, let us know so we can update our records.

We currently have 100's of bad email addresses on file. Please help us keep you up-to-date!

We have been receiving emails from non-members so, please, include your name and FRA member number for verification purposes.  Thank You.

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