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Letter from Lt. Col. Hearnsberger
This is a copy of the letter when Lt. Col. Hearnsberger presented our Association with a flag while we were in Okinawa presenting the history to the current Battalion. This flag was used as Colors for the current Battalion. That flag is intended to be used for colors at all our Association functions. It was presented to US, me Pres., V. Pres. Harry Parmer, and former Bn. Commander H. E. Perea. 9/11/02 is the date on the presentation letter.UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
9th ENGINEER SUPPORT BATTALION
3RD FORCE SERVICE SUPPORT GROUP
FROM: Commanding Officer
TO: 9th Engineer Battalion Viet Nam Veterans Association
Subj: PRESENTATION OF NATIONAL ENSIGN
1. This National Ensign served with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, Okinawa, Japan, until it was retired in January 2001. It is presented in grateful recognition of the service and sacrifice of the Marines and Sailors of 9th Engineers who honorably served our nation during the war in Viet Nam.
2. The visit of your members from 9-13 September 2001, was served to re-establish a Personal link between generations of Marines and open a window of understanding of our Battalion's rich history. While our uniforms and experiences have changed with the passing of time, the esprit and commitment of those who served, and those who serve today, remain unchanged. I wish to express my sincere appreciation in telling the story of 9th Engineers. Your legacy is our heritage. Semper Fidelis.
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps