Our website and this forum are dedicated to preserving the record of service of Battalion Landing Team 2/26 in Vietnam and to strengthening the bonds that connect us.
Most of our members are Marines and Corpsmen who fought with BLT 2/26. Others are family members or friends of BLT veterans, or of our fallen brothers.
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Veterans of LZ Margo gather in Detroit 50 years after the battle. Courtesy of Charlene Matera.
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Most people would find it an amazing coincidence that all three of our Moderators received Purple Hearts for wounds received within 24 hours of each other on LZ Margo. No coincidence to us, of course, and we render a salute to them for their service then and now:
Steve Haisley was a rifleman with Hotel Company and gravely wounded on LZ Margo, all but losing his left arm and eventually medically retired. Amazingly, despite his disability he became one of the first police officers in the nation hired despite a devastating combat injury, serving 37 years. Steve often gives motivational talks to students, sharing his brushes with death in combat and with Agent Orange-caused cancer. Steve also spoke at our Reunion.
Larry McCartney was a rifleman with Echo Company and was severely wounded on Margo. After active service he remained in the Reserves, retiring as a master gunnery sergeant in the Intel field. Larry has been a visible, vocal and sensible member of the veterans’ community, and was a key member of our 50-year Reunion planning group.
Dale Wittler commanded the first platoon of Echo Company after prior service with the 4th Marines. He sustained light wounds on LZ Margo but was not evacuated and went on to lead his platoon throughout our subsequent DMZ-area operations, including a memorable moment under the trajectory of the USS New Jersey’s 16-inch guns. After service he became an educator and eventually a school system administrator. Dale was also a key member of our Reunion planning group.
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