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Samuel O. Verdeja, President
Douglas B. Craig, Vice President

2023 Reunion
Savannah, Georgia
The DeSoto Hotel
November 1st – November 3rd 
Reservations for the hotel can be made by clicking the DeSoto Icon for a direct booking link
or by calling The
DeSoto Hotel Central Reservations Number: (855)703-4655.
 Group Code:2310MARINE
Please fill out your 2 registration forms on this site and
send payment ASAP to avoid late fees charges.
Payment for the reunion should then be sent to:

1st Bn 1st Marines
PO Box 131947
2000 County Rd B2 W
St Paul, MN 55113


In cooperation with the 1/1 Reunion Board of Directors, we have been on a

mission to plan a successful 2023 Reunion. We have negotiated with the Savannah

Desoto Hotel for an affordable room rate for Reunion participants and guests.

Please refer to the Registration Form for Reunion fees. Be advised that a detailed

Reunion Program will be announced in the next scheduled 1/1 Reunion Newsletter.

We have also scheduled a day at Parris Island to view a Recruit Graduation

Ceremony, and a Battalion Luncheon and Banquet Program.

The invited guest 
speakers for the Battalion Luncheon will include Brig. Gen. Walker M. Field,

Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Eastern

Recruiting Region. Also invited are Major General Ray Smith, previous 1/1

reunion speaker, and 4 Star General Charles Elliott Wilhelm, also a previous

keynote speaker.   2 Star General Juan G. Ayala, our host and guest speaker during

the 2022 San Antonio Reunion, will also be invited to attend as our guest.

Post COVID, the country has experienced an increase in cost for consumer goods

and services. Prices continue to increase, and in accordance with national and

global economic trends, we can expect to be faced with having to pay more during

the next few years. As a result, in order to hold a cost-effective reunion, and

minimize expenses for the organization, it was necessary to make a few changes to

the traditional process of hosting our 1/1 Reunions.


First, we have down-sized the number of Reunion days. Secondly, the Saturday

Battalion Banquet will not be held as in previous Reunions. It is now scheduled for

Friday, November 3 rd , during the Battalion Luncheon at Parris Island. We have also

scheduled a Farewell Reception, and at which time we will pay Tribute to our

Fallen 1/1 Brothers. Be advised that a detailed Reunion Program will be announced

in the next scheduled 1/1 Reunion Newsletter.

We look forward to receiving your registration form for this historic Reunion.

Meanwhile, please let us know if you have any questions or thoughts, and don’t

forget to submit your registration and send in your payment to avoid late registration fees.

Photo by Robert Koury
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