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The U.S. Marine Corps introduced the M48A3 Patton Tank and the M51A1 Ontos Anti-Tank vehicles to the Vietnam War in May of 1965, a war that many, including the Commander of Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), Army’s Gen. Westmoreland, said armor had no place in.

Marine armor proved so effective that the U.S. Army later followed suit. Today the USMC VietnamTankers Association keeps alive that brotherhood and history of Marine armor of the Vietnam War.The USMC Vietnam Tankers Association is a non-profit fraternal organization (brotherhood) of United States Marines and Navy Corpsmen veterans who served with any of the three Marine Corps tank battalions (1st, 3rd and 5th Tank Battalions) or anti-tank battalions (1st, 3rd and 5th Anti-Tank Battalions) in Vietnam between 1965 and 1970. Membership is open to any and all military occupational specialties (MOS) that were assigned to a Marine tank battalion including: tank crewmen and officers, Ontos crewmen and officers, tank repairmen, optics repair, ordinance, armorers, supply, office clerks, cooks, motor-t, and our beloved Navy Corpsmen. Our motto is “Ensuring our legacy through Reunion, Renewal and Remembrance.”Every other odd-numbered year we hold a Reunion in a different U.S. city to Renew and reestablish the friendships and experiences we shared during the Vietnam War. And thirdly, we Remember those fallen heroes who perished on the battlefield as well as those that have passed on since. In addition, we actively record and publish our personal and unit histories for future generations to ensure our legacy making certain that the contribution made by tanks and Ontos in the Vietnam War is not lost in the writing of U.S. Marine Corps battle history.”

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 The USMC Vietnam Tankers Association Legacy Donation Program

If you would like to make a Legacy donation to the USMC Vietnam Tankers Association upon checking into the Big Tank Park in the Sky, we have outlined

a guide for your planning in making an informed and impactful decision.  All you need to do is follow a few simple steps to ensure your Legacy Donation is in place.

  1. Chose the USMC Vietnam Tankers Association as one of your Beneficiaries.
  1. Chose where and how you want your Legacy Donation to be used.

Example:  VTA Buddy Fund–VTA Scholarship Fund–VTA General Fund

  1. Chose from the suggested paragraph language for your lawyer or advisor to place into your will or trust.

         a) Specific Bequest:

I give, devise and bequeath to the USMC Vietnam Tankers Association 5537 Lower Mountain Road, New Hope, PA 18938, the sum of $_________ ( or here

otherwise describe the gift) for its ( where the Legacy Donation is to be used or put) general purposes as shall be determined by its Board.

        b) Residuary Bequest:

All (or state a_______%) of the rest, residue, remainder of my property, both real and personal and whosesoever situated, I give, devise and bequeath to the

USMC Vietnam Tankers Association 5537 Lower Mountain Road, New Hope, PA 18938 for its (where the Legacy Donation is to be used or put: general purposes

as shall be determined by the Board).

         c) Gift of Other Personal Property:

I give the USMC Vietnam Tankers Association 5537 Lower Mountain Road, New Hope, PA 18938 (here describe the gift, for example: coins, property, collections

and/or firearms) for its (where the Legacy Donation is to be used or put: general purposes as shall be determined by its Board).

  1. Important information you need when meeting with your lawyer or adviser to integrate in to your will or trust.

USMC Vietnam Tankers Association IRS: number 207115000 Effective date: 7/7/06 Combat Tax Exempt Association 501(c) 19

  1. Notify the USMC Vietnam Tankers Association by letter, as we need to know of your Legacy Donation, or if you wish for your gift to remain Anonymous.

If you have questions please call or email:  Rick Lewis Vice President USMC VTA and he will get answers to your questions.

Rick can be reached via phone at 858-735-1772 or email: ricklent@aol.com

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A wonderful multi-dimensional tribute to those who served in VietNam.               

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