John Porvaznik 4/18/1922 - 7/20/2015
3rd Mar Div vet. Participated in invasion of Bougainville in Solomon Islands, Guam in the Marianas Islands and Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands.
He was a well respected and liked member of the AZ Semper Fi Vets. He also enjoyed the camaraderie of associating with Marines of all ages and different eras in the Marine Corps.
awarded the following decorations and awards-Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal w/3 stars, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/palm and frame, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/1960, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (9th award), M-14 Expert Badge (7th award), Pistol Expert Badge (9th award), 3 Meritorious Masts, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Commendation Civil Action (1st Class), 2 Certificates of Commendation, Letter of Appreciation, Meritorious Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. He attended numerous schools thru his enlistment. He retired after an exemplary 26 years of service to our Country.
Master Gunnery Sergeant Bobby Biers continued his service to others. He was an original founder of the West Coast Drill Instructors Association and active member of AZ Semper Fi Vets. He was a true Patriot and proud United States Marine. Rest in Peace Brother. Semper Fi.
This poem was written in remembrance of
Randall Jack Sandoval
By his mother, Loretta Hall Sandoval, 3/1969
What is death?
We all loved him in life beyond explanation ---
How can he be dead like the Marine officer told us
When he's so alive in our hearts.
A dear brother to Todd, Brian, Gina and Cari
A dear son to his father and me
A first child but no dearer than the rest
We miss him with the greatest pain in our hearts.
A boy with great love for his God
A boy with great love for his family
A boy with great love for his fellow man
A boy with great love for his life.
The guitar he played now is still
The songs he sang with it no longer sound
The amplifier is turned off
But as his family we can still hear it.
A boy with great love for his country
A boy with great respect for its flag
A man that couldn't let someone else
do a job that was his to defend it.
But God couldn't see it for this man
So he took him with himself one day
Even tho' his friends tried in vain to keep him
This life was not meant for him.
His many friends still mourn his leaving
And our hearts will always be heavy laden
We know he's better off with God
But how do you lock the door at night
When you know one child is still out?
Mel Naseman 3rd Marine Division
Wrote a book ( Eagle Eye ) about his experiences in the Pacific.
First Marine Raider
Purple Heart, Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars
Master Gunnery Sergeant Robert Biers joined the United States Marine Corps in 1955. MGySgt Biers served his first tour in Vietnam in 1965. He was then assigned to Drill Instructors School and was a DI at MCRD in San Diego. He served a second tour in Vietnam and was exposed to Agent Orange. In 1976, he achieved the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant, E-9, and was also the first Marine to attend the U.S. Army Sergeant Majors Academy. MGySgt Biers was
May 1943 - August 1946 Parris Island boot camp. Went to Bakers School in Camp Lejeune and made corporal on graduation.. From there to Camp Pendleton and headed for Guam in July but the Island was secured before we arrived so went to Hawaii and became attached to the 5th Division and went to Iwo Jima, went ashore on Feb 21 and after experience of loading wounded for transfer to hospital ships, became sick and was sent to hospital in Guam. Back to Hawaii and at end of war went to Japan. Back to states and discharged in 1946.
Bobby Taylor, AKA "Top"
He was a career Marine, a Drill Instructor and well regarded in our group
Iwo Jima Marine
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