Oceanside Military Reunion: Recon 50

50 years ago, a group of brave young Marines were sent into Vietnam for covert missions as the eyes and ears for both land and air operations. These acts of service and valor forged a bond like no other: but returning to civilian life in their various hometowns had made it difficult to keep in touch over the years.

Flash forward to April 2015 as nearly 200 retired Marines and Corpsmen with family members, from across the country, gathered in Oceanside for the Recon 50 Reunion. The four-day event included social receptions, shopping and activities for the spouses, guided tours on base and an emotional memorial service to honor their fallen brothers.

Exploring the new restaurants and updated Harbor while visiting old stomping grounds around town was highlight. “This was a special time to reunite our band of brothers and reminisce, and the community really embraced us”, says John Baker, USMC – Recon Reunion Coordinator. “We felt right at home with the strong military presence and appreciation. Oceanside was the perfect place for our reunion but I needed help with the planning and Visit Oceanside had the connections and expertise we needed to make it happen.”

“Visit Oceanside worked tirelessly to match my hotel, transportation, and event requirements with Oceanside’s resources. Their dedication, expertise, initiative and recommendations far exceeded my expectations and met my reunion goals.” C. Kershaw, USMC – Recon 50 Planner


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Let our local destination experts at Visit Oceanside help you save time and money with your military reunion by providing complimentary assistance with your group accommodations, activities for all ages, discount attraction tickets, and event planning. groups@visitoceanside.org

Published: November 20, 2017

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