USMC running River Patrol Operations
From email between Larry Bissonnette and
Gunnery Sergeant Brian A. Vinciguerra USMC on December 23rd, 2004:
I would like to
inform you that my unit Small Craft Company (-), Headquarters Battalion, 2d
Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Operation Iraqi Freedom II has
adopted the call sign "Game Warden" in deference to the accomplishments and
achievements of TF116. We are immensely proud to conduct many of the same types
of missions that you and your fellow sailors conducted during the Vietnam War.
I am the Platoon sergeant for 4th Platoon. I am in charge of and serve
beside some of the finest Marines that serve today. Attached are some photos of
the boats that we pilot on the Euphrates river here in Iraq.
Gunnery Sergeant Brian A. Vinciguerra USMC
(click for close-up)
What an Honor you have
bestowed upon us!! Thank you! I will post the pictures with your email onto the
Gamewardens of Vietnam website http://www.tf116.org/ for all to see. The
pictures are still attached so that the Cc addressees can see them also.
Where are your headquarters and how do I
maintain contact with you guys? Do you have a website that I can post to our
Links Gallery? I have your email address but it isn't a military email.
Our Tactical Operation Center call sign
in the Rung Sat Special Zone of Vietnam was "Moon River".
I would appreciate you guys keeping in
touch with me or our President, John Woody, so that you can participate with us
in one of our upcoming events. We are going to dedicate the Viatnam Unit
Memorial Monument and Small Boat Display at the Naval Amphibious Base in
Coronado, California on May 21, 2005 and the next National Gamewardens Reunion
will be in Denver, Colorado in August of 2006.
It would be our honor to have some of you
guys in attendance there.
Thank you again!!!! Semper Fi!!!
Larry Bissonnette Former CO River Division 593
My Headquarters is
currently located at Camp Taqqadam, Iraq. 4th Platoon (my Platoon) is currently
located at Haditha Dam, Iraq. Our 3rd Platoon is in both places for now and
will soon regroup for future operations at Camp Taqqadam. Our Web site is
Our Company Commander is Captain Dan Wittnam and our 1st Sergeant is
Master Sergeant Robert Hogan. We will be returning a short while before your
event in May and I will make a sincere attempt to make an appearance at your
event. I look forward to fostering a great friendship between the past and
present of Riverine Operations in the Military. Although our future is in great
jeopardy because we are soon to be disbanded upon our return to the United
States. This for now is the easiest way to maintain contact with me. I do not
have a non-secure military email address as yet. I have many more pictures of
our endeavors here in Iraq. I have been in the company since its founding in
1991 shortly after the first gulf war.
Gunnery Sergeant Brian A. Vinciguerra