I enlisted in the Marines on 01/15/1968 and was honorably discharged on 11/20/1970.I served with Golf Co. 2/5 in AnHoa in vietnam in 04/1969 to 01/1970, 2nd Platoo/ 2nd Squad, I was mediVac from 1st Med in Danag on 01/1970 due to injury to my left leg while in combat.
Vietnam service in Golf Co. 2/5, 1st Plt. Cmdr. from May 14 to Dec. 19, 1967. Then became an Aerial Observer for 1st MarDiv flying out of Marble Mtn. earning 430 combat flight hrs. in support of ground units. Departed Vietnam July 14, 1968.
My hat's off to the brave and steadfast troops who were always faithful to the cause. Welcome home Marines. Semper Fi! and Support the Troops!
146 Honeysuckle Drive
Jim Thorpe, PA. 18229-9704
I joined you at Liberty Bridge end of July, early Aug. 68. I was the oldest Lt. in the free world. The "Mustang". Enjoyed the very pleasing company of many of you at the various reunions during the conception of and birth of the good ship U.S.S Hue City. Hope to meet more of you by and by. Sent out of the field to be C.O. of H&S Co. in May 69. Returned to "The Real World" in Aug. 69. My first tour was with 2/7 further south in 65 & 66.
Additional Info Received: Dear Sir,
I saw my Dad's listing here. Could you update it for him please he passed away in August from Agent Orange exposure. It gave him a cancer, but he never blamed the corp or the USA. The last few months he kept saying that the orange stuff saved his life, it meant there was a lot less jungle to have to fight in. It saved him and he was ableto come home to us and spend another 30 years with us. He was always so proud of his Marine life, and I am for being his son.
Served in NAM from Sept. '67 through Oct. '68. ...2nd Platoon & 3rd Platoon. *********************************
" Don't mean nothin' " we Marine GRUNTS would mutter,perhaps 'bout the death of their best buddy, the death of any Marine, the lack of mail from back home, the sudden loss of their Lieutenant, the lack of clean socks and utilities out in the bush, the lack of good smokes and drinks in the PX when we would return from the bush, or even the always dreaded " DEAR JOHN " from your " NUMBAH ONE " girl back in THE WORLD, when in all actuality, it meant EVERYTHING!!!!!
Started off in Chu Lai in September of '66. I was supposed to have 3 days of getting a refresher with weapons. This never occurred. Golf Company came in from their outpost in the middle of the night and the next day we all flew to Dong Ha to stem an invasion from the North. It was a scary way to meet everyone for the first time. Dong Ha to Con Thien was literally a forced march, having to dig in every night and to be mortared without fail. Con Thien is where I met Lt. Buchanan and where I became 2nd Sqd. Ldr. after half the squad was killed due to friendly 81 mortar fire. We are all truly brothers. God bless all of you. Semper Fi, Joe Barry
Served November '68 - December '69. Mortar Section (Taylor Common). Served as Radio Man for CP section for several months and then finished tour as field supply man in CP section. Retired from Marines as 1stSgt in August 1989. Retired (100% DAV), Last job was as a Veterans Assistance Officer for Palm Beach County, Florida. Married (Patti), 5 children, 13 grandchildren (so far)...
I arrived Nam in Jan 70,landed in DaNang and was sent to AnHoa and was assigned to G Co 2/5. went to the bush as green as can be,humped a lot of gun ammo at first. Just your typical 0311. Did time on GoNoi island, Liberty Bridge, Arizona territory etc. Was on patrol in June and a "bobby trap" was set off in front of me. Wounded I think four of us. Got hit in both arms both legs and head/with a back injury. Medivaced to Guam then US. Later worked at 2nd ITR,and Embassy Duty.
Transferred to golf co. in mid 1970 when 7th marines pulled out. We were a cupp unit(combined unit pacification program).I was an 0311/2531.Served in 1st plt 3rd squad and also plt cp as plt radioman. I was wia on 9 DEC. 70. Looking forward to contacting some old p's.
My name is Doc Bice. I was with 2/5 G co. E. Co. and H&S Co. in Vietnam l966-l967; Hill 69, Con Tien, just about all of I Corp.. Have been searching for my Marines for a while now. I was wounded for the 3rd time and was sent back to the States without knowing who made it home. Ya'll took good care of me and I will never forget!!!!!!
I served from 9/68 to 10/69, I was in weapons platoon attached to 2nd platoon. As a 60 mm mortar man. As a gunner.
I was wounded in April I think it was with facal and neck wounds and was wondering if any of you remember it and send me a statement saying so. Seems I can't get my purple put on my DD214 until I do. Would really be a big help if the Corpsmen the patched me up would remember, It took him a little extra time to find his unit 1 he was busy doing other things. My a gunner lost his little finger if that would help. Thats pretty much it after that I kind of went lights out for awhile.
I was the last gun team to make it across the perfume river bridge the first day and rode back to the Mac-V compound in the two Tarped vietnamesse trucks we requistioned off the civilians from the store on the norht side of the bridge.
I was Platoon Commander of 2nd Platoon G Company from 17 October 1966 (Con Thien) until around March 1967. I am writing a book with the working title "Cassandra Golf: A Marine Rifle Company in Vietnam" and am soliciting contributions from those Marines who served in the company during that time frame. Marines I'm still looking for are: Cpl. Robert P. Hamm 2080931;SSgt.Donald McElhenny 653699; PFC Edmund J. Madruca 2132167; GSgt William Mayberry 666009; Pvt. Thomas H. Stubbs 2279928; Cpl. Clarence K. Crum 2090383; Sgt. Dale Farnham 1968368; PFC Ruben Garza 2210910
I served with Bravo 1/5 as a machinegunner I went to Camp Pendelton for the Memorial service for the Marines from India 3/5 that died in the Omspray in Feb 2000 I went to Pendelton for the 1st time since 1968 the marines of today are a fine bunch of gentlemen but be assured they will roll over anyone.You had a 2nd Lt Pace in 2/5 in 1968 and 69 after the memorial service i introduced myself and he gave me his challange coin to hold on till he needs it it reads COMANDER US MARINE CORP FORCES ATLANTIC, EUROPE, SOUTH IT HAD 3 STARS that is why I am putting my name on the 2/5 site SEMPER FI Bruce Cader
I arrived in country in May of 1967 and returned to the States in June of '68. I was the 1st Platoon Sergeant and later Weapons Platoon Commander. I had the opportunity to serve with some the Marine Corps finest. It was an honor to serve with the Marines who made it back and especially the ones who did not.
Part of the Hue City bunch, I got there and left in 1968. Served with 3rd Platoon 3rd Squad. I have always been fond of the reunions, and really appreciate the efforts of the Association Leadership. I am with several organizations in Florida, but the one I have been with for over 25 years is the Vietnam and All Veterans of Florida, Inc., State Coalition. I am their POW/MIA Chairman, and have held many positions over the years. I also am the G 2/5 information officer, and I help out with the Web site. I try to do as much as I can to get information out to All Veterans, and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. I guess I still love a fight especially if its for my brothers who served their country. Semper Fi to all
2231 Surf Road
Ochlockonee Bay, FL 32346
Joined 2/5 in Pendleton of 65 and sailed out of Longbeach to Oki than down on to Chu Lai, and all that followed. With G Co. and BAS. Rotataed back to states in Feb. of 67. Few of the corpsmen were Bob Daubney, Tom Drum, Jack Finneral. Plattton Sgt. was StfSgt. Dietz. Faces never fade but the names are a bitch to remember. Married 32 years now and one beautiful grand daughter so far. Would love to hear from anyone. Semper Fi.
( Feb 68 to Mar 69, 1st and 3rd plt ) I remember ssgt Levi jones and lt mcneil in 1st plt, some others jim knight, mitch mitchum,bud maidel, joe rowe, bob smith, and bill tant. moved to 3rd plt and served as lt baggs radio operator, then in yogi polings squad as 79man until i got malaria in early 69 and was medevaced to japan. would like to hear from friends.
Was a corpsman but can't recall what squad I was with. They say the memory is the second thing to go, but I can't remember what the first was !!! I went by Chris when I was in country.. June'69 to june '70
It's been 33 years since I served with 2/5/ First Marine Div. as a Hospital Corpsman in Viet Nam and still am glad I was there to serve my country & take care of my fellow Marines. I hope to find some of the Marines I serve with.
I served as Sr. Corpsman for G 2/5 Feb.1969 til July or Aug.69 in Arizona Ter.-Phu Loc 6- I was Plt. Corp.for Fox 2/5 Dec 68-Jan69- Life has been good to me. I got married Jan. 1970 it must be working 32 yrs. later, we are still happy. We have six children-ages 29-27-23-16-7& 3 yrs. The last two were adopted they really keep us going. I work as X-Ray Tech.and still enjoy that also.
They called me "Willie" I was with the old Cupp 4 team, in the second village (Xuan Phuoc?), outside the back gate of LZ Baldy. I was with 2/5 fr Aug. 1970 to end of Feb. 1971. I have a South Vienamese flag which alot of you guys signed for me whem I rotated. Flannigan, Colby, Meesy, Gannon, Bro Smitty, Huber, Bro Newsome, Taylor, Poyner, Plummer, "Toad", Pollick, Wales and Lt. McConnell. Would like to hear from you guys. Semper Fi.
299 Summerdean Road
Middlebrook, VA 24459
Member Of Golf Co 1st Platoon 3rd Squad From January 1967 To January 1968. Main Base An Hoa, North Outpost Phuloc 6, South Outpost Coalmines, 1 Company Manning Each Position With 4th Company Out In The Bush Constantly Rotating With Echo Fox & Hotel Companies. Looking For Gary Wells. Remember Guys !!!! Semper Fi
I Left Vietnam In Late 68 I Was Wounded 3 Times So I Guess I Was One Of The Lucky Ones I Was Hoping To Find Others That Was In Hue City During Tet 68 I Lost Alot Of Good Friends. I Hope To Make Some New Ones Now. When I Left Vietnam I Was A Cpl. Got Out After 25 Years They Did Not Want Vietnam Vets Around. So I Left As Gsgt. So I Was Happy. I Have Son Now And He Went In The Army. I Was Pissed But He Said The Marines Are To Hard, Because He Knows How I Am. I Guess That Is Enough About Me.
I would like to update my information on the where abouts of some of the members of Golf 2/5 2nd platoon in 1970 I know the address of Dennis Best, Dave Berry, Earl Clark, Chuck Novicka, John Wayne Parsons, Cal Parsons, Dennis Frost, Larry Burke, Phil Coppersmith, Tom Duncan, Russ Marksand Am sorry to report that Jackie "Snuffy" Thomas is deceased. Would still like to hear from Charles R. "Bubba" Price and any others I Served with If anyone would like to contact these Marines let me hear from you "DOC DICK"
Served in Golf Company 67,68,69. After Hue city went to HHC in Security Platoon. Don't recall most of you. Barnes says I was in his team.Some Day I my let you all jog my memory. Did go back into the service US Army (sorry bros). and retired in 93 as a First Sergeant. Have been working at a colorado state prison as a Sgt. Will retire for good some time this year. Any body who new me back then give me a call and help jog the brain matter. I'm sure I love you guys but this memory shit sucks
I was with Golf 2/5 from Dec. 1968 through September 1969, when I got medivac'ed out of country. I was a Gunner assigned to 1st Plt. and was the gun team squad leader the last couple of months. I spent 26 years in the Michigan State Police, along with Dana Averill who was also with Golf 2/5 in 1969. I retired a 1st Lt. in 1997. In 1996 Averill and I went back to Nam with Col. Robt. Tilley.
I was in the crotch 1966 thru / 1969. Shipped over on the USS Magoffin with 3rd MP Bn 5th Marine Division.(Combat Police??) Just prior to arrival at ReD Beach/May 67 the 3rd MP Bn was disbanded and we all became "true o311's". Was assigned to Golf 2/5, 3rdPlt 3rd Sqd. Can only remember distinctly my immediate family, ie;fire team and squad. Sgts.Ellis, Brent,Eells, Mike Haveard, Jack Parrigan, George Partin, John Winters,Bill French, Pvt. Kandal,Larry Butts, RAWLINGS, George Nash, Paul Roberts. However when looking at old photos immediately remember faces and some places. Would be beneficial if we could access unit personnel information for a specific time frame/ this would assist many in contacting all those faces without names we all can recall vividly or names w/o faces! I have for the last week been looking at photos taken in Nam in 67 & 68, this is the first time I have looked at them in 30 plus years. The eight months I spent in Nam was the most alive I have ever felt and now realize that my/our life/lives have been directly related for "better or worse" to those experiences. I am sure I will never see or speak to most of you my brothers,but then as now, it sure feels good to know we are still here for each other.
God Bless You & Semper Fi,
Tomas "Big Red" Dreyer
G2/5 3Plt 3rdSqd.
May 1967 thru Feb 3, 1868
First of all I would like to thank all of the veterans who cam before my buddies and I! It is an honor to know an old Golf Company Leathernect as yourself (he is talking about your webmaster here <grin>). Without you men we would not have a chance to serve this finc country. I appreciate your work on the web site.
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Golf 2/5, '03-'04, 0311
Hi! My name is Dick Ducasse, My friends call me Duke!
I joined the Marine Corps Jan. 3rd 1968. After training I was assigned to Mag-12 in Chu Lai. After serving there to weeks I volunteered for the field and ended up in An Hoa in 1st platoon Golf 2/5 1st Marine Div.I served with them from June '68 till October '68. I was wounded twice and givin a medical discharge in Decemeber of '68.
Transferred to G-2/5 at Chu Lai towards the middle of '66 from D-1/1 up in the Da Nang area. Served as a M-60 squad leader with the Weapons platoon. Everyone there was relatively new in country and there were some drafted Marines in the outfit as I recall (something of an oddity at the time). I was about the saltiest guy in camp, easy to spot with my shinny silver-metaled M-14. I wasn't around there too awful long, rotated out in September of the same year just before Golf went North near the DMZ.
Thanks for having this site. I'm Feb 1969 to mar 1970 / Golf Co. 3rd Plt/ 3rd Sqd.Ldr & Plt. R/Guide "Cpl. snake" / An Hoa Territory and grunt range / 3rd Platoon 3rd Squad. Its been 34 years. Would like hear from any whom made it back, never forgotten the several whom did not. Looking for info Co.& Plt. Rosters. Any one whom remembers "Doc Gauss", Lt. and others. Thanks Guys. Semper Fi
Ashville, N.C. 28801
I was 'in country' 6/67 thru 11/67 An Hoa,Coal Mines,Operation Essex..Looking for brothers that made it. Wounded and shipped out before 68 Tet at Hue city. Left many behind with my prayers and memories. Semper Fi
I was with a 1st Marine Div. replacment co. and went into Hue with A, 1/1 and then was with both hotel and gulf 2/5 marines. It was hard to tell who you were with. We were told from time to time who we would report to if wounded or whatever other than that we were quite busy.
I arrived and was assigned to Golf Company in August of 1968. I enlisted in the USMC in October of 1965. I became Holly Wood Marine and then went to the Air Wing as an aviation ordinance man. I attended OCS in October of 1967 and was commissioned in early 1968. I was given a choice of MOS's in Basic School and chose the "Grunts". It was the best thing that I ever did for myself other than join our beloved Corps.
I was wounded on the 15th of September 1968 and sent back to the States via Japan. I was medically retired on the 1st of December 1969 at the Rank of 1/Lt.
Since that time I have worked in the Construction Industry. My Company (The Jon Espenes Co., Inc.) designs and builds commercial projects. We specialize in the Construction of Car Dealerships and build throughout Indiana and Illinois. Our current projects are in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
I can truly say that I had the distinct honor of serving with a Company of heroes. Those who were there with me, those who came before me, and those who followed. I may have forgotten the names and the faces but I will never forget your friendship and fighting spirit. May God bless each of you brave Warriors and your families also. And may God continue to bless and protect the young men and women who fearlessly stand in harms way to protect our Freedom, our Country, and our Marine Corps!
Served with G-2-5-1, 9-62 to 1-64. CO. Capt.Guppy, top 1st Sgt Tuddle. Ptl. Leader 1st lt. James Livingston, was awarded CMH, in VietNam. Served with 3-3-3, at Camp Schwab 64-65. Last duty station was guard co. Hq.Bn.Hq USMC Hendeson Hall Arlington,Va. Thanks to each of you for serving the Corps so professionaly. Anyone remember any of the above or would like to contact me please feel free. I am a very good listener.
1996-1999 - 2nd Platoon, G Company - It has been 5 years since my separation and have yet to encounter, and convinced I never will, a more professional group of men, who without a doubt, in my mind, are the finest warfighters in the world. Every Marine should be extremely proud of their service to his country and never forget that they are a part of brotherhood only a select few can claim.
I went through boot camp at MCRD San Diego in April 1965; platoon 226, then ITR in Pendelton and reported to G-2-5 in 9/65. I was assigned to the Weapons Platoon (machine gun section). G-2-5 went to Chu Lai RVN in 1966 and I rotated back in 2/67 from An Hoa. I spent a total of 18 months with G-2-5 Weapons - Machine guns as an ammo carrier, team leader and squad leader. I finished my enlistment at a Drill Instructor in San Diego in April 1969. I am now retired.
I joined G 2/5 in Sep 65. We left Pendleton Jan 9 66 for Nam. I was transferred to the 7th Mar in May 66.
I would like to hear from anyone who was in our company then, especially, O'Brien and the guys who went on liberty together in Hawaii. Also Sam "Rod" Rodriguez.
Served GOLF 2/5 1st squad,1st platoon 1967.Remember LYON,POWERS,REARICK,COBB,SCOTT,SHUMBARGER,
TOOKE,JENKINS,never forget MIKE HARE & 0peration ESSEX.Was FIRETEAM leader But carried the m-79 most of my tour,KENTUCKY WINDAGE. SEMPER FI
Joined unit in Hue. Came up with Steve Sly, Guy Farinarino, Rich Fortnor, Neil Motley, and a half dozen others. Assigned to 3rd. platoon weapons on Freddy Camarillo's gun team . Was out with Danny Cholawa , when wounded on the 21 st. of Feb. Spent the next 18 months at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Va. then was disharged. Looking for some guys named Blankingship, Presto, and Batistia. First two were a 3.5 team wounded on the 21 st. Batistia I think was wounded on the 24th. or 27th just after the unit left Hue.
I proudly served with the real Marines of G2/5 from Jan 1967 to early 1968. Was chief clerk for the unit for that period of time. I left the Corps in July of 68. Have been a machinist since. I am married and have two sons, both grown. I have thought about the men I knew often, and am happy to have found my old unit.
01/01/91 camp san mateo 3rd herd
81mm platoon with lt byron
Semper Fi Devildogs im just coming full circle in my life and i wanted to share with you that the corp at the age of 18 when i came in it gave me structure and discipline. i miss the corp and i wish i would of stayed in but thats life
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mcsf co 3rd herd nas alameda ca
2nd bn 5th golf co
I served in Vietnam from Febuary 5,1968 to October 6 1968 in G co 2nd plt gun squad, the only comments i have is god bless us all and for those who didnt make it back you will never beforegotten and to those who did make it back thanks.
I was wounded while on operation maui peak i also served with first lt, peter pace, copeland, albano, rocko, guy and a few more of you out there sure is good to find a web site you can relate to. semper fi and god bless you all
Wounded 10 May 1969 in Arizona Terr. S-2 working with a kit carson scout. I was attached to Golf for approx. 2 months before I was wounded. Have no idea what happened to the company that day aside from the fact there was a shitload of them and few of us. The company C.O. was named Poolaw. Took one in the shoulder that day. I'm in the logging business and still stubborn as hell. Would like any information that I can get to put a few old ghosts to bed. thanks PSG
I am having a difficult time remembering any specific details. I remember bits and On the DMZ I gave him some money to have at the hospital. Radio operator shot through the butt cheek and bled out before we could get him evac'd. 40 days on the DMZ. Christmas spent pinned down in a village with no re-supply because of weather Capt..Gruener(?) If anybody remembers me please contact. I didn't come home too screwed up. Spent 25 years oas a police officer. retired as a sgt. 1965-66 3.5 rockets 0351
Would like to hear from anyone who served in the 2nd batilion 5th marines company golf between 09/66-09/67. I am Tony gunn's girlfirend and would really like to cheer him up with news from fellow marines.
I was in 1st. Marine Division, 2nd Bat.5th Reg. Golf Company. I have been trying to locate some of the veterans I served in Vietnam with, 1968-69. If anyone could help me, please contact me. Thanks. Gerald Hall
Webmaster note: Gerald "Gerry" Hall died in 2003, he will be remembered by his Brother Marines.
Lieutenant/ 2nd Platoon Dec 1967 - Feb - An Hoa (Phu Loc 6) and Hue City for about the first 8 days. Returned to Hue in March and assigned 1st Platoon. Up and down Route 1. Reassigned to 3rd Platoon date unrecalled. Involved in offensive operations and defensive positions up and down Route 1 until about Sept/Oct when assigned Weapons Platoon in An Hoa. Last 3 months of my tour was assigned as a Watch Officer in the 5th Marine Combat Ops Center, An Hoa. Rotated home in Dec. 1968 assigned to Camp Pendleton, 28th Marines and later 3rd Marines. XO of Headquarters Company 3rd Marines when discharged on June 1, 1970.
Sept 1970-Mar 1971. Cupp 4 and Cupp 5. I was with Alpha 1/7 until I went to Hawaii in Sept.'70. Came back to Golf 2/5 in place. I was a Scout Sniper 8541 along with Gentry in Cupp 4.. I drove a Jeep for a few months around Nov-Dec-Jan. Went back to Cupp 5 until we stood down in Mar.'71 back to the World. USMC 1969-1972.
632 S. Broadview St.
Anaheim, Ca 92804
Served as 0331 August 66 to Oct. 12, 66. (gunner). Wounded on Operation Prarie on 12 Oct. 66. Enjoyed being with some great Maines like Kubicki, Armijo, Beebe, Jerry Page, Madden, and LT Williams. Semper Fi.
Joined Golf 2/5 in May of 69 Wounded on 15 Jun 69 while on patrol - Cpl. Short's squad. Medivac out on 15 Jun 69, lost both legs, one at ankle other above knee Suspect it was a claymore mine as I still have BBs imbedded in knee and butt. Graduated University of Utah with Comp Sci degree '80 Worked for IBM 15 years & another 12 yrs with MCI & Verizon.
Eldest son is LCpl stationed in Virginia
Married for 29 years 8 children 3 grandchildren. Currently working for MCI as software test engineer.
I served with Golf 2/5 in Vietnam from March 1969 thru October 1970. (Guns)
Just spoke with Bruce Williamson, what memories that brought back. Looking at alot of pictures of RVN; Some with names; ie Sgt Moore, Top Brenasham, Sach (From Buena Park, CA) Kartes, Gonzales, Warner, Harrison, Donhue, Ski, Chief, Montoro; some with just nicknames like "Recon". Doc Manning and Doc Surgey. Would like to hear from anyone who remembers me during that campout.
30166 Sawgrass Road
Cathedral City, CA 92234
ICQ: hart101450 firstname.lastname@example.org
I had 3rd Platoon Jan.- Oct.'67. - then XO for a couple months. I had the Company for a few weeks in Mar./Apr.'68. In Golf 2/5 I got to know some of the best men who ever walked on this earth. Now, 36 years later, I am convinced of that more than ever.
Served with Golf 2/5 Dec 1966 to Jan 68 - An Hoa. Just been crusing for thirty yesrs haven't heard from anybody since i got back anyone out there remember me or whatever give me a yell i was radio opp m-79 auto rifle you name it an hoa nonsong.
Nov 1965- Jan 1967 platoon and sqaud: 1st and 3rd PltI join Golf Co Nov 1965 and was with then until Jan 1967, Capt O'Rourke was the CO, then Capt Gruner, cann't recall the !st Sgt, the Co gunny was WD Mayberry, SSgt Jack Heitz was Plt Sgt,Sqd leader was Sgt Mike Smith, Sgt Roger Jackman (KIA), Sgt Mag Retire William was machingun sec., then I went to the third Plt with Lt Gassco this all happen over 50 years ago, so cann't remenber all of the names.
I served with Golf company 2/5 3rd platoon between 1993 through 1996. I went on two deployments with Golf company 3rd platoon. The 11th MEU (SOC) WEST PAC / CENTCOM '94 and we also did a 6-month deployment to Okinawa Japan, before I was honorably discharged. I was stationed in San Mateo and anyone who served in my infantry unit, please feel free to send me an e-mail.
Served with 3rd Platoon Dec 67 thur March or April 68, with 60mm for several months before going to BAS.
Limey and the rest of you guys I would love to hear from you. Lt. Rogers and those meatball and beans..ambushes were and adventure. LOL.
Have three grown daughters and four grandbabies. Getting old is hell, I refuse to grow-up <grin>
Thought I would update info on me. Still live in Nebraska. Haven't been doing a very good job of keeping up with you guys but will do a better job. Don't always recall names but do remember places and actions quite well. Would like to hear from any and all, even from those that I treated. Would like to hear from you other "Doc's" too.
Got to 2/5 in Dec. 67 and was assigned to Golf then. Spent time with each platoon but mostly with the 3rd platoon. Went to the mortars in mid '68 and finally to the BAS in late Oct. Left in Dec. 68. Went to Lab. school at the Great Lakes, I did run into a couple of you guys there but don't remember the names. Finished the Navy in 1970.Acually finished once I got to the Marines, will always consider myself more Marine than Navy. Joined the Guard in '72 as a Medic on Helicopters and finished my Guard career in '95 as a First Sgt.of a Medical Company. Even though my "offical"military retirement may say USA, my heart knows the truth.
Been married to Joy for almost 30yrs. Three grown daughters and four grandkids.
NEVER HAVE I WITNESS MORE BRAVERY, DEDICATION TO EACH OTHER AND COMPASSION THAN THOSE WONDERFUL GUYS WHO EARNED THE TITLE OF UNITED STATES MARINE. Semper Fi
I joined Golf Company early October '68. I was assigned the M-79, later the PRC 25 radio. I rotatated home in late October '69. I currently live in Riverside, CA, work with many veteran groups, particularly VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America) as an officer in my local Chapter (47) and as the California State Council Secretary. It gives me a sense of serving my fellow veterans, and allows me to provide many services to VVA. If there are any Golf 2/5ers out there who would like to chat, please get in touch. I'm looking for Smitty, DJ, and others I can't remember. Help me jog the old grey matter. Semper Fi! Tom
Joined 2/5, after training at Camp Geiger, January 1966. shipped with bat'l. on USS Bexar from Long Beach to Hawaii to Okinawa. Jungle warfare training at camp Schwab and then to Chu Lai. Awarded Bronze Star with Combat "V" in October '66. 3rd Platoon, 1st squad 1966. Returned to states Christmas '66 due to father passing.
Was with golf 2/5 69&70,first platoon,second squad,Paul Kramer was are squad leader.I know,the Iceman,Eight Ball,Gunney,Amos and Andy,Fogman,1stLt D.J Andrea,was our Company Commander.I remenber spending forty days in the Arizona Territory,during Nov and Dec and it must have rained thirty-seven of the forty days we were out there, we returned back to An Hoa on Christmas eve.Would like here,from anybody who knew me.
Joined Golf 2/5 in Oct. of 66 just in time for Operation Praire. Sgt. Dawson, Corp. Crumb, Good friend Dan Daily, Joe Madruga (Mad Dog), Thomas, Pierce (Forgive thyself) Frost, Lamb, and many more that I forget. Only corpman Bice do I see in your lists that I know, or remember. Wounded just before Christmas near Phu-Loc 6, and Sgt. Dawson bought it just minutes later. I made it. I think Sgt. Dawson should be on the list, maybe I'll put him on it. Anyway....It's sure good to see this web page. Later.........
I served with Golf Co. 2/5 in the weapons plt. (60mm mortars)February 1970-71 An Hoa until we replaced 1/7 at LZ Baldy. I became a member of CUPP 6 and stayed with that unit until I rotated in February â€™71. I have a number of photographs of the guys I served with in Cupp 6 and Iâ€™ll be pleased to share with you. Iâ€™d enjoy hearing from anyone serving with Golf Co. during the 1970-71 time frames.It was the best of times and worst of times and it was all an honor serving with you. Semper Fi brothers!
Hi! I am Heidi Munk. I am Roger's daughter. I am looking for those who served with him. I would love to get in contact with those of you who knew him. My brother Roger Jr was born 20 days after Dad died. Mom is still alive and single.
My oldest son, Davin, as of this date, 2 Oct2003, is at boot camp in MCRD San Diego carrying on where Dad left off. Davin always feels that Dad is the angel sitting on his shoulder as he goes through the Marine experience. My son Ryan Roger is the living image of his Grandfather.
Please feel free to email me or write! we have gobs of unlabeled pictures so I don't even know for sure who I am looking for other than I have been found by Schroeder and Williams.
Served from 10/66 to 9/67 under Lt. Vern Arndt. Squad Leader of 1st Squad, 1st Plt throughout An Hoa, Coal Mines, Phu Lac, Cu Ban and Arizona Territory. Have many memories, some not so good. Will always remember all those I served with. Had the highest admiration and respect for Lt. Arndt. Transferred to 1st Recon and was "ghost unit" up until 5/68. Came back to world but couldn't take the crap. Went back to 'nam 2/69 to 11/70 at Saigon Embassy as Plt. Sgt. for exterior guard plt. Given Silver Star for just doing my job. After 4th PH came home. Served at MCas, El Toro in G-2 under Gen. Brown until discharged as disabled vet. Currently work with the developmentally delayed at local school. I'LL NEVER FORGET - GUNG HO GRUNTS !!!.
Joined Golf 2/5 Nov 67, 2nd plt Tullys squad. Went to Language school in Dec 67, returned end of Jan 68, S2 Scout. Highway 1 road security with Echo Co when Tet started, came back to Golf Feb 10 68 in Hue and stayed with Golf till rotation Dec 68.
Was with Golf 2/5 from june 1966 to july 1967. Just got back from a reunion in Branson Missiouri with golf members who served in hue city. Wish a few of you older guys who were with me were there but i had a great time with them any way. Semper Fi and God Bless Vietnam Vets-USMC. Tom Jayjack Corps. time 06/66 to 07/67 3rd Platoon 1st Squad
Landed 8 Aug 1942 Guadalcanal British Solomon Islands. Spent 11 months in Melbourne Australia 01/43 thru 11/43. Also went to Milne Bay, trained 2 months, then to New Britain. After NB, went to Puvuvu, collected enough "points" (115) to go home. Met my bride (Yvonne DeNitto Jenkins) 15 Aug, 1944! Anyone else out there?
Joined Golf Company in November 1967 at An Hoa. I can remember the many times on mine sweep duty, night patrols and ambushes. I was a member of G Co., 2ndBn, 5thMar, 3rd Platoon, 3rd Squad during the Tet offensive in Hue city. I believe Captain Meadows was the CO. I remember a Sargeant Oaks was a part of our outfit. He was a hard nosed Marine who expected the most of you. A Oklahoma boy if I recall. Because of him many butts were saved. He was a heck of a guy. I also recall a Lt. of ours who was wounded in the area o his privates. And of course that was the first thing he asked about. After we moved out of Hue and back to base I went on R&R and not long after that I transferred to CAG and moved down South.
I joined Golf Company in February '68. At first I carried a 3.5 Rocket Launcher and served in Weapons Platoon under S/Sgt Caldwell. My A-Gunner was Doug Klebba (may he rest in peace). We were attached to 2nd Platoon under 2nd Lt. P. Pace (I always called him by his "nick-name" ..."SIR". Evidently, the nick-name stuck!!
When we were leaving Hue, I was put in 60mm Mortars. Doug went to "guns", I think 3rd platoon.
I then became 1st Ammo Humper under Cpl. Willet (sp?) and L/Cpl. Vance. We had two Johnson's so we were called by our initials. I was "J.R." and Vic was called "V.C."! Can you imagine being called "V.C." or Victor Charles (his real name) in Vietnam? There were some funny stories about that.
I was with Golf through Operation Houston III. Following all of those landmines I was asked to join 5th Marine Scout Snipers. The Plt. Commander was a Mst/Sgt. He explained that I would have to "volunteer" and then began explaining the different rights and/or benefits that I would receive. I just kept looking at him. Then, when he was just about out of breath he said, "You don't have to carry any gear but your own." I smiled and replied, "I volunteer". A couple weeks later, I hitch-hiked out to (I think) Hill 88 to visit G 2/5. I had a regret for having left Golf Co.. I was medi-vac'd to Japan and then home 8/28/68. I attended the 30th Memorial Service onboard the USS Hue City. Unfortunately, I didn't recognize anyone. For some reason everyone "else" has gotten older...I just keep looking the same! :)
Semper Fi Marines.
Served with G-2-5 from Sept.,1965 to Aug., 1966. Deployed with 2/5 to Okinawa and Chu Lai, VN and was based at Hill 69. Served with some great guys whom I will never forget, including Ed Benavidez, Bill Schroeder, Gary Beebe, Rosario, Cohoe, Harry Wesley, Sgt.(now ret.SgtMaj)Steve Smith, Ted Armijo, P. K. Farnsworth, SSgt. Jack Heitz, Sgt. Mike Smith, GySgt. Mayberry and many others. Capt. Jack O'Rourke was the CO initially, later replaced by 1stLt. Stout. 1stSgt Wolfe was our company 1stSgt.
Joined Golf in January '66. Arrived in VN with battalion. Transferred to Mike 3-1 in may 66 till end of Nam tour Feb. 67. I am currently vice president of Veteran Environmental Trailblazers. WE are restoring historical cabins for use as a retreat camp for combat veterans.
Joined Golf Co. Nov 1967, left in Nov 1968. Was a great day when I headed home to the land of the round eyes but it was also a sad day because I had to leave behind so many Marines that I called friends. It was also a great day in 1985 when I attended my first reunion and began to get reacquainted with my Viet Nam brothers. God bless the ones that did not have the fortune of coming home with us. May there spirits live on forever. SEMPER FI MARINES
Served with Golf company 2/5 during tet 1968, participated in operation HUE CITY, which concluded March 2, 1968.
I arrived in Da Nang Jan 31, 1968 from Okinawa, took a chopper to Phi Bi two days later went by truck convoy and joined Golf Company Feb 4, 1968 in Hue City. I was first assigned to 2nd platoon for three days, and then reassigned to 1st platoon, for the rest of my time with Golf company. I don't remember many names, a few, Cobb, Tant, Allan Mc Call who was KIA on Feb 26, 1968. Also, one name I saw on your 'LEST WE FORGET' LIST his name was L/CPL Thomas Jimenez Jr. KIA July 7, 1968. We went through the battle of Hue together, and became good friends. There are many other name's that should be on that list. One I know of one, a CPL. Warner, and L/CPL John Lewis who's bodies I put in a jeep,to be sent back, on Feb 17 1968. Also, participated in operation BAXTER GARDENS in April 1968. I left Golf Company May 14, 1968, and joined a Combine Action Platoon (CAP) DELTA-2 about 20 south of DA Nang on highway 1. I stayed there until Sep 23, 1968, and was separated from the Crop Sept 25 1968, at El Toro Cal. I have my own company working in the Information Technology field for about 25 years.
I Worked With The Paralyzed Veterans Association As Their Hospital Director And One Of My Patients Was A James Kane Who Was In Golf Company During The Tet Offensive In Hue' City.
Before He Died He Wanted Me To Tell Any Of The Guys In Golf That He Sends His Love To All Of Them And God Speed In Life. He Died At The Bronx Veterans Hospital Of Kidney Failure.
If Anyone From Golf Remembers Jimmy, Please Say A Prayer For Him. I Know He Would Love That. He Always Talked About The Great Guys He Knew In Golf Company.
Thanks - Pete Addesso Hotel Co.
I live a mile from the base! I went to college and now am a finacial consultant for The Hartford. I am married to a beautiful girl named Oliva Rendon, no kids yet... Send me a email or pick up the phone. It would be good to hear from you! Financial Advisor, Woodbury Financial Services.
Was assigned to Golf Company 2/5 in March 1969. After returning back to the States and leaving the Corps, I went to work for Mountain Bell Telephone Company in 1970. I just retired from Lucent Technologies as General Manager after completing 30 years service with the Bell System, AT&T and Lucent Technologies. I have 4 grown children. Michael 30, Laura 27, Julie, 25 and Kim 22. I owe much if not all of the success I have enjoyed in my professional life to what I learned in the United States Marine Corps. Does anyone remember a Marine that went by the nick name of "Preacher"? He was African American and a really good guy. He was Killed in action in about May or June of 69.
Served In Golf From Jan 65 To Dec 65 As 0311/0341. Made All Ops Until Trans To 3/9 In Dec 66. Currently In Contact With Gerald P. Moussette Who Also Served At The Same Time. Retired From Usmc Jul 1 97 Cwo-3.
I was with golf 2/5 at AN Hoa and the surrounding areas ( highway 9 antenna VALLEY the COAL mines) which I REMEMBER WITH GREAT CLARITY. I AM RETIRED from the POSTOFFICE (Portland, Maine), because they DO NOT like Viet NAM VETS. Married, 1 daughter 1 grandson. This is the first time that I have made any contact with any of you, so I am not going to say much more than this, at this time.
Joined "G"Co,2/5, in January 1966. Sailed from CA to Okinawa. During April, I was transferred to the Scout/Sniper Platoon of the 5th Marines. Presently, a high school administrator.
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Hey Guys, I was with 2/5 in the late 80's, early 90's. I was at Camp Pendleton with Golf Co.. Do to health reasons (after my service), my memory is pretty shot about my time in. I have the basics down but I dont remember people. If you know who I am please write me and let me know a little about yourself and how you know me (and about me). I would really appreciate it. More than you could ever know. Thanks, Eric Koel, LCpl USMC
I was with G 2/5 jan.1966 Okinawa camp schwab NTA area jungle training.Then bn went by ship landed Chu Li RVN it was a beautiful thing.I was auto rifle man 1st plt.team and squad ldr.Fought with mity 5th until Oct. 12th I got shot rt leg twice we were on opr.Prarie dmz contien area.3 mo.hspl Guam. Back to oke camp hansen.State side Cherry Pt.sesurity Gen.Hqtrs Apr.67 to Apr 69.Im married 31yrs 3kids 2girl 1boy 3grand kids.Work for GM. I still say the USMC the best 4 years of my life. Hope to hear from other 5th marines. Semper Fi
In country July of 67 till August of 68. Assigned to 60 mortars. Also, a short stay with Dino and JB in 60MG while out at Phu Loc. Discharged out from Quantico in June of 69. Mass. State Trooper and Investigator for Sheriff's Dept. in Florida. Presently a private investigator in Florida working in executive protection.
I was in Golf Company, third platoon, third squad from start to finish. Made almost all op's in 1968 except for R&R, and a hill that hurt third platoon. My ending rank was Sgt E-5 & last duty station was Camp Lejeune Provost Marshalls Office. Southeast Asia 1968-1969.
I was on the Quad 50 that went across the bridge the first day - I would like to make contact with the officer who asked if we would take the guns over - my hat is now, and always has been off to you guys.
I am writing this for my younger brother, Chris. My name is Julian. Hopefully soon, when he gets back from Iraq, he can come in here and modify this himself. Chris likes to write music and play bass. He had a band out here called The Options that included a horn section and everything else not usually seen in most garage bands, so hopefully he'll get that going again. Anyway, he is in the infantry division but was in the swat team last year. He is engaged to be married next year.
Originally with Alpha 1/7 CUPP team 5 & then assigned to Golf 2/5 CUPP team 5 when the 7th Marines headed back to the world. I was WIA 10/9/70 while on a blocking force with other CUPP teams. We had one KIA, Jack Perry who was right next to me when we were hit. We also had several other WIA's. I would like to thank Jim Taylor of CUPP 4 who called in the medevac
It's been 35 years since I talked to anyone from Hue City, Phu Bai, or the Hai Van Pass. But it has never left my memory. I was wounded on June 2, 1968 while on patrol on the railroad tracks below the Hai Van Pass. God bless the Corpsman who ran all the way down and treated me. He saved my life and my leg. Semper Fi - all. Here are some of my photos from those glorious days when we were young. I don't remember all of the names of those in the photos, but if you do, please e-mail me so that I can update them. Best Regards.
Jan, 1958 to 1960 had been at sea USS Bon Homme Richard CVA31 left 5th Marines to 1st Pioneers. then to Fallbrook NAD untill discharged in 61. Just wondering if any of the men I served with are still around G 2/5 in Jan 1959, Bar-Man Sep 59. Keep up the Gung Ho!
12/22/67 - 3/11/68 -- This is Marvin's son Tom, I wanted to let my dad's brothers know that he passed away from lung cancer due to agent orange on May 4th 2012. I requested all the papers from my dad's personnel file from St. Louis and it is hard to understand what I'm looking for in order to contact his platoon buddies. Thank you for taking the time to read this and also Thank You for Your Service! Tom Lemley
P.O. Box 365
Jacksonville, AL 36265 email@example.com
I was 0311, in country 70-71 mostly around Da Nang. Third platoon. Thanks to Narvaez for the pictures he emailed my wife. Really hated to hear about Doc. Saw Lt. Kopp after I got back to the world - wonder what ever happened to him?
I served with 2/5 from June 1969 thru June 1970 , First with 3rd platoon , Golf Company, then as senior corpsman in the "bush" for far more than the supposed 6 months and finished my tour at H&S at the BN. aid station at AN HOA. Any of you old guys ou there ??? Please let me know. Please send a remembrance of our filed time together. What you remember of me ( for my daughter). Any wounded let me know how you made out and what you're doing now.......that's the hard part for a corpsman......answer the call of "Corpsman UP!!"....get to your man....do the best you can and .....evac the ones you can/ have to and never really know what came of your guys.........let me know. I left as an E-5 Hm2 / Sgt. Worked sick call, lab/ pharmacy etc at the end. Short guy with handle bar mustache and 12 gauge pump shotgun. Thanks and Semper Fi
Dec 67 thru June 68. I don't remember names. My platoon leader was a stocky brother. Guys namedFigueroa (puerto rican)and Koonze (brother) were in my platoon. The gunner was a guy they called "scottie" who got hit in HUE. The radio man was KIA in Hue. I had drawn a pencil sketch of him with a bullet in his neck a couple of weeks ealier while he was sleeping during a break. I was shot in the face in Hue on the 8th of Feb, 68. My squad at that time was down to three men. Had a KIA and me wounded left a one man marine squad. I guess they had to throw one together.
I was involved in the TET offensive in Hue, South Vietnam. I have never heard anyone mention in any historical context that on the morning of the 31st of January, 1968 while rescuing the MACV Compond, at one point that day, there were no more than 250-275 Marines actively fighting what most people estimate to be some 9,000 enemy combatants. Our agressiveness made them pause, ensuring our survival until reenforcements could be brought in.
I served in Golf 2/5 in 1966-67, and was a fire team leader. PhuLac6, AnHoa, Alligator Lake are some place names that come to mind. I'm lousy on names, but remember Ernie Mask, he was in my fire team..
Served With G 2/5 Weapons Plt. From Jul 67 To Feb 68 As A Machine Gunner. An Hoa..Nong Son. Phu Loc 6..Phu Bai And Hue City. Wounded Several Times And Medivaced To Hawaii Where I Spent 7 Mos. In Hospital Recuperating From Wounds Received In Hue City. Originally From N.W. Indiana And Relocated To S.W. Missouri To Escape The Big City Life. Former Police Officer And Currently Employed In The Steel Industry. Semper Fi And God Bless The 5th!
An Hoa, Golf company, 2nd Btn., 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division 1969-1970. Dispite all that happended in Viet Nam, it was the most rewarding experience for me. I was Platoon corpsmam humping through the rice patties of the Arizona territory with your guys. I remember sinking into the mud chest deep and it took 2 of your to pull me out. I was so grateful.
My name is Matt Voke, I am the son of Steve Manning. I am trying to help him locate as many of his buddies from the 2/5 as possible. He was with 3rd Platoon, Golf Company from mid 1966 to NOV 1967. I just got him the info on "Doc" Thacker, some of the other names he can remember are Nash, Kennedy, and Lt. Harvey. One of his nicknames he got was "Smiley" which he still does to this day. He carried radio and was tunnel rat for the majority of his tour. Anyone who remembers my father please contact him at his home number: (765)964-5431 or you can email me: firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will get the information to him. He and I both look forward to hearing from the Marines that served in "Harvey's Humpers" and the 2/5. Also I will try soon to get some photos my father still has uploaded.
I was with G/2/5 from aug.68-sept.69.I was the co.radio operator from may-sept69.I took over the radio when we were in the arizona.We lost our C.O.Capt.Poole?and his radio operator that day.Before that I was with 3rd plt..I can't remember anyone sorry.I used to play alot of poker and I had the heaviest back pack in the co.Some of the guys had a bet on it.I wish I could remember who?I also remember the marine who took my place was the 1st or 2nd plt.radio op.(he was black,no offence).
We used to argue on how much time he chit chatted.There's another marine who lives by me that I have'nt been able to get in touch with.His name is Neddy Kaiser,his nickname was frog.He was hit in the head with a rocket round that did'nt go off.He was back in the bush in three days.If anyone can help me with any of this it would surely be appreciated.Semper Fi and good luck.Thank You For Serving!
Arrived in An Hoa January 1970 and was a corpsman with Golf Co. almost the whole year. (Liberty Bridge, Arizona, Gonoi Island). The Marines of 2/5 are the finest men I have met in my life. Through the years I have forgotten so many names, but will never forget those who didn't make it home with us. Would like to hear from anyone who might remember me.
I was with G2/5 from 8-68 to 9-69 with 1st. platoon Machine Guns. I started out as ammo humper left as Squad leader. I don't remember anyone except the two that were killed when we were moving and walked into that fortified village. I would like to talk to anyone who remembers me. Sometimes I was also known as chief.
I'm looking for Timothy E. Drury from Indiana who was a member of 2/5 in 1984-85. We served together in Okinawa with 3/4 in 1981-82. If anyone served with him in 2/5 please feel free to contact me or provide me with his home address or number. I appreciate the help, thanks and Semper Fi.
1st Platoon, Golf Co for OIF 1, and CAAT 2, Weapons Co for OIF 2. To all the men that I had the privilege to serve alongside, I have met none finer than you. 2/5 is the cornerstone of my life and will always cherish the men we lost and the memories we share. Semper Fi, Former Captain Shawn Maurer
Was assigned to 2/5 in Vietnam. Served with H&S 106's & Flames sections at An Hoa, Liberty Bridge and LZ Baldy, 1970-71. Went down to Baldy and moved over to Golf Company CUPP 8 & 10, in the BaRen village AO. The villages was the most rewarding experience of my young life. Stop by & say hi if yur in the AO.
Joined Golf Company @ An Hoa @ the start of my second (2nd) tour in August of 1970, but only served with the company for a month or so before I was transferred to H&S Company, S-2 Scouts, shortly after the Company moved to LZ Baldy. The Company Commander was Captain 'Buck' Darling, the Platoon Sergeant was Staff Sergeant Johnson and the Platoon Guide was Sergeant Snodgrass. Stayed in the Reserves and was a Master Gunny when I retired after thirty (30) years--Viet Nam, the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Haiti, and Bosnia.
Well Chris , Here I am...Just like you wanted...After leaving the Corp in '72 , I went to Atlanta and got into insurance claim work...28 years later I'm still in it and only 10 more and I'm gone...
Last battle for me was HUE City...was medevac'd from there to Betesda , MD...From there to Quantico where I guarded officer cadets...crossed trained into the air wing and finished it all out at VMGR-252 in Cherry Point...thats all SEMPER FI!
I first was in H&S Company. I was the SACO NCO for th BN while deploy in Desert Storm. Upon returning from the GULF WAR. I transfer to Golf Co 2nd PLT as the PLT Guide. Then went to Golf Co Wpns Plt as the Assualt Section LDR. My section took 1st place in Oki Japan in the Assualt team competion. Since winner the competion when I return back to Camp Pendelton I was FAP out to the BAse Joint Saftey Center as the Driver Inprovement Instuctor. Once I ETS I join the Army National Guard first in PA then CA (1994-2005) I then became title 10 operation for JGTMO Cuba. On 23 Dec 2005 I became active Army which I am presently still on active duty. 19 yrs active with 11yrs reservice total of 30yrs of military service. Semper Fidelis former SGT. Now SSG US Army.
Served as hospital corpsman in Iraq in late 2004-early 2005. Also deployed to Okinawa, Japan as a part of the 31 MEU participating in the landslide recovery effort in the Philippines at South Leyte where we led search and rescue operations as a part of the first unit that went in for relief efforts being a helicopter squadron.Hit me up anytime....looking forward to reconnecting with those I served with.
I joined G/2/5 at Camp Margarita in late 1965 just after finishing ITR. Enjoyed the honor of training with this unit at Camp Pendleton and sailing in battalion strength aboard USS Bexar to Okinawa for additional training. Arrived in Vietnam in early 1966. I was part of the patrol that experienced what I believe was the company's first contact after arriving in-country. We were patrolling in at least squad strength (with Rockets attached) when, as we began to cross some paddies, we were hit with small arms fire from a treeline to our left. We took up a defensive position in an "island" of trees in the center of the paddy and began to take additional fire from a hamlet directly in front of us. We returned fire and eventually assaulted the hamlet after we were resupplied. Of course, we found no bodies but I'm sure we made an impression on them. It wasn't much of an encounter, but ,like I say, I think it was the company's first. I believe we took only one casuality. I'm probably wrong on this, but the casuality may have been an E-6 named "Sloan" who got shot in the foot. I'd love to hear from anyone who recalls this. Soon afterward, I was transferred to G/2/7 where I finished my tour. After arriving back in the states, I was assigned as a Troop Leader at ITR for several months. Finished my enlistment as member of Marine Detachment, USS Hornet. That was nice duty with great liberty, but it was disgusting to see sailors (unlike our brother corpsmen) get "combat" pay and ribbons for floating around and not even catching sight of land.
I served as 1st Squad Leader, Machinegun Section in Golf Co during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After the shooting war was over we conducted Security and Stabilization Ops in the town of As Samawah. We headed home on Aug.12th.
Chou Anh my fellow Vietnam Vets, I got lost(I mean disillusioned) for a while in the wilderness area of the Tonto Nat'l Forest-Az.(about 14 years). But now I'm back to do what I can to help my Brothers in Arms that are still "out there". Do me a favor... If you spot an old, homeless man or woman-ask if they are a veteran. And then.. guide them. I was a lucky one; the DAV found me.
I got to Nam on May 1970 attached to Cupp 2 Alpha 1/7 1st Marine Div. our unit worked the villages between LZ Ross na LZ Baldy. Our squad leaders were Sgt. Caberera ,Cpl JC, Cpl Terry . Then Golf 2/5 came in and took over the area and we stayed with the unit. In November 1970 transferred to MASS 3 on Monkey mt. Our platoon was moved to the north in Operation Lam Son 719. It was a close call there when we were pulled out we were surrounded by VC and NVA the end of April. The middle of May 1971 I rotated back to the world. I lost some good friends and met some good men. Semper Fi -- Golf 2/5 Cupp 2 1st Mar D October 1970
Served October 1967 - January 31, 1968
An Hoa, Phu Buai, Hue
Looking for Marines from Battle of Hue in GOLF Co. Informed that besides Presidential Unit Citation, we were the only Marine Co. also awarded the Braid worn on the Marines shoulder. (can't recall the name)
It is with a heavy heart that I am adding Dennis' information to your website as he has passed away on 12/14/12. I regret that he did not find all of you here before he left us. He spoke of his service often (An-Hoa, Phu-Bai, Hue City).
If any of you knew Dennis or would otherwise like to reach out to his widow, Patricia, I am attaching the link to his online obituary below.
69-70 3 Bravo, Semper-Fi To everyone Welcome home! I am proud to have served with 2/5 and saluteeveryone who served in Nam especially the one's who didn't make it home..We were there doing what was expected of us knowing that our government wouldn't allow us to win.And then our country's welcome - home Didn't help.We were never called Hero's but i say to each and everyone of you We Are. I look at these two wars Washington got us in and i see the same outcome.I fell bad for our Vet's coming home now especialy.those serving multiple tours.One tour is enough for anyone.
Served as 0311 in 3rd squad 3rd platoon 2/5 from January 70 to February 71. AnHoa and LZ Baldy. Lt. Kozak was my first platoon commander. Anyone out there remember the name of the Lt. who replaced Kozak's SORRY ASS when his 6mo. in country split tour was up.
Capt. Darling Company Commander - his 3rd tour. I salute you, your one hell of a leader!!
Bob Naggy, Mark DeBattiste, Glen Shelly, Chico and Smiley hope your still in good health after all these years. Sorry to the brave Marines and Corpmen that i served with for not being able to remember all the names. It was an ABSOLUTE HONOR to have served with you!!
Joined G Co at Camp Pendleton in Sept 65. We sailed for Okinawa on 2 Jan 66 and spent 6 weeks at Camp Schwab up north. It was on Okinawa that we went thru all phases of training from the FT and Sqd to Platoon and then Company and the last week was Bn operations. We sailed for Vietnam in the middle of Feb 66 and we landed at Chu Lai. We spent about 2 weeks at the airfiel and then went to Hill 69. It was a great time with G Company. In April or May I was told to pack my gear and be at the helo pad in 20 minutes. I was being sent to 3rd Bn 1st Mar up in the DaNang area. I didn't get a chance to say goodby to anyone. Five members of the company did come to LV last November and we all sat together at the Birthday Ball. Ellie, my wife, and I are planning on coming to Mytrle Beach this Sept.
3rd Plt, "Guns" .... I got to Nam in early Nov. 1967 and joined Golf Co. out on Operation Essex. My MOS was 0331, machine gunner, and I was assigned to 3rd Platoon my whole tour. I got shot in the right thigh in Hue City on Feb. 5th, '68 and rejoined Golf Co. in early March, '68. I made it through until I rotated in Nov. '68. I was briefly assigned to Camp Pendleton when I got back from Nam and shortly after that I was stationed at the Marine Barracks at Fallbrook, CA. I got an early out in July, '69 and returned home to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Currently retired and moved back to Santa Fe after 30 yrs. in California. I've been in touch with many G 2/5 vets since Nam and consider you all family.
Was there when they started the outfit in Paris Island. G 2/5 1st 1969-1970. I went to Vietnam some time in late 1969. Met up with G 2/5 in the A Shau Valley. Still looking for guys in my outfit. I started out with a M-16 carried a L.A.W., also ended up with a blooper M-79 and last had ended up carrying the radio. On one patrol we found some enemy in a cave in the mountain side, they called me forward with the blooper and (having no training with it ) just aimed and fired. Needless to say it fell quite short. They called up the other man with a blopper who knew what he was doing and he got them. Any one remember that one?
Also we had a skipper who, as we crossed another rice patty, stepped on a bobby trap and was standing up. At first we thought he fell into a crater, but he was standing on his stumps. The head corpsman called in a medivac and we set up a perimeter, and he was gone. Never saw him again. If any one remembers any of these. Please let me know. Thanks
Served Feb 67 - March 68 with Golf Co. 60mm Mortors/Last 2 months in supply. Retired Asst. Chief of Fire Dept. 27 years. Anhoa-Phuloc-Nongson Coal mines-Long time many friends. Nong Son Coal Mines Nov 1967. Just before we left for Opp Essex GCO2/5 Weapons Plt. 60mm Motors. Last 2 months supply.
I am former marine Cpl.j.Phelps. I was with h&s co. comm. section I was assigned to golf co. as there t.a.c.p. radio operator, our skipper's name was Capt. darling our a.o. the Arizona territory,liberty bridge,football island and places I don't remember how to spell. There were some good times and a whole lot of bad times I often wonder about the guys who didn't make it back and I wonder about the people who did . I have tried to contact some guys I was with in Nam but have not been successful. Of all the things I could say about my self is the one thing that got me through Viet Nam was the training I got in boot camp,and what my d.i. taught us and I'm proud to have served golf co. 2nd bn. 5th marines. I want to say to all mariners.....semper fi.
I served with Golf 2/5 3rd platoon from about april 70 at An Hoa then we moved up to LZ Baldy and took over the CUPP units from 1/7 I was the jeep driver for cup 3&4 or 4&5 until Nov when I went up to the CP with SSGT Shivers and LT Cobb also Bill Balance and sgt Wataulovich, they tried to overrun the CP on 4 jan 1971 , that's when I was wounded and medivaced out. would like to hear from any of the guys who were at An Hoa and CUPP units..
I was in 2/5 12-68 to 4-69 and than transferred to the Combined Action Program. Don't remember much mostly, humping , trying to fight ghosts, booby traps and other forms of hell My team leader's name was Love. He helped me survive those first few weeks when I was in a state of shock. My first squad leader stepped on a pointed detonated booby trap and just disappeared. I had only been in country about two weeks. I believe I participated in operation Common Taylor. Sound familiar to any one?? I believe I was in Golf company. The only other marine I remember was named Lightfoot. I remember much more about CAP 2-7-3 I was with them 4-69 to 7-70. Check out "www. capmarines. com" . Well thanks for listening to me ramble. If anybody remembers me would appreciate help refreshing my memories. Semper Fi !!!! J.D. Ply
I served with "G" 2/5 from 1975 to 1977 at Camp Pendleton CA. I was a Plt Sgt in 1st Plt & Weapons Plt. I finished my tour as the OP's Chief S-3. I had the honor of designing the Battalion crest in 1976. LtCol Losee was the Bn CO and 1stSgt Troy Hensley was the Bn Sgt Maj. This was entered into the Battalion oral history in 1980 when I gave the original painting of the crest to the Battalion. Semper Fi
I relly enjoyed looking through this page. I recognized Tony Shaw & Doc Bice. Doc took care of me when I got wounded. I like Shaw would like to hear from McClain, Steve Brunner and the others that served in 1965/1966 with(G 2/5)
In Corps from 64 - 68 Served with Golf, 2/5, 2nd Plt. 2nd Squad from June 1966 to July 1967. Plt radio operator, carried the PRC 25. Marines I call my friends Sgt. Mike Rhoades, originally from OH and Sgt. Ellis Morrison from KY. I hope all of you are doing well and if you see this drop me a line.
In memory of CPL Richard Graham, Latrobe PA, KIA March 2, 1967, Quang Tri Province.
September 1, 2004, My son, HM2 Joe Rawson, Navy Medical Corpsman joined 2nd Blt., 5th Marines on their deployment to Iraq.
Served with Golf from January 67 to February 68.Most of the time spent in An Hoa, Phu Loc and the Coal Mines. Went to Phu Bai and then shipped out 3 days before Hue City. Went back and did a second tour on the DMZ with G 2/3 hence the screenname, did I really say hence, should have been an officer
I served on the USS St. Paul off the coast. My duty changed, and I was in Vietnam as a grunt in 1968. I was wounded July 28-30th, 1968. I was the fire team leader on a hill recon. I tripped a booby trap and received shrapnel in my head(left side), back of my arms and legs. I would like to find a guy I called Mouse.. It was his first day on my fire team when I got hit. My fire team carried me down the hill. I was medi-vaced out. If anyone knows the guy (can't remember his real name), I would appreciate finding him. I always wondered what happened to him.
11315 S. 87th E. Ave.
Bixby, OK 74008
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I started with Alpha CUPP 1/7 and moved over to Golf CUPP 2/5 when the seventh Marines left country. I was with the 2d and 3r CUPP units. I would like to hear from Sgt Faircloth, Sgt Cabrerra and all the other members of the unit.
I joined G/2/5 in September, 1965 and was assigned as Plt Cmdr of the First Platoon. I served in this capacity until mid to late May, 1966 when I was transferred to M/3/1. In reviewing the Company Website, I encountered several names from the 1st Plt that I remember with fondness and respect, Cpls Johnson and Benavidez, LCpls Armijo and Schroeder, PFCs Jolly, Franze and Kubicki.
In the past few weeks I have exchanged emails with several of these Marines and I am looking forward to a reunion in the future. Anyone else that remembers me, send me an email to renew old acquaintances.
Not much to tell.I was surfing and noticed your page.I was in 2nd Batalion 5TH Marines Golf Company Weapons platoon rocket launchers.I was in 1961 for awhile then we rotated overseas to Okinawa for our float Phase and then back to the states.My 2 years was up and i ended up as a guard in a Marine air wing Arizona of an outfit called Martsat.They armed planes with nuclear warheads.I was discharged in april of 1964.I didn,t see any action in Vietnam but was there in the area as it broke out in the early 1960s. I remember my time in the 5TH as being my most dificult and yet the proudest time of my life.I have many fond memories.Mike Riley Semper Fi!
John Butler Day Clinton Moss, Al, Mac Slim, Capt. Poolaw You Were Good Re China Beach? Woody Defrietas Were Are You? 68/69 An-Hoa Arizona,Phu Loc 6 Will Add Photos Later When I Learn To Scan, Thanks, By The Way Got Hit Dec 16 69 I Think In The Arizona.
Served With Golf, Hotel, Fox 68 to 69. Dec 16th Blown Up In The Arizona. Dont Remember Many Names but John Butler , Day Pee Wee, Al, Avis, Mac, Slim Lost Pinkie Hill 29 Capt. Pula, Clinton Moss
Sept 1968 to april 1969 An Hoa Viet Nam operation Meade River and Taylor Common Plt Sgt..What was the name,or number of the hill that we blowed the top off of to make a LZ and a helo crashed and melted just below the top ..We also had a fire burn up the side while we were clearing fields of fire? DO Henry, or Corporal Rhone, are you out there? Finally got things together, I know I was there. Give me a click on the handset.
William L. Rogers graduated from the Univ. of Mississippi in 1966 and was commissioned a Second Lieut. in March of 1967. Lieut. Rogers was platoon commander with 3rd Plt. Golf from Oct. 1967 thru Feb. 9, 1968. Lt. Rogers was wounded in Hue City on 5 Feb. and 9 Feb. 1968. He presently farms the family farm in Earle, Arkansas. His hobby is tennis and riding his Goldwing motorcycle.
What can I say? I wasn't a Vietnam Comrade in Arms; I was before your time. And now as I look at the entries on this site I am both sad and proud. Sad you did not have the political and military support to do your jobs; sad the country did not greet you on your return with the pride you deserved; yet proud to know that in spite of all this you did your jobs under the most difficult circumstances. I can only say to you as an American, as a former Marine, as a former member of G company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, FMF; and I company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, FMF, thank you, and God bless you all - living and departed! See my website at:
My name is Cpl Donald Franklin Rosser. I started to wounder what was going on in 2/5 when all of this stuff in Iraq started up. And this is the website that it pulled up. Before I get started I would like to say that I was with Golf Co. 2/5 from Jan 7 1999 to March 1 2002. I did two pumps to okinawa japan with them. seen many places around the world but never got that much action. Dec 13 2001 i reenlisted in okinawa japan to got to the School of Infantry at Camp Geiger, NC to be a combat instructor. I just wanted to say if any one on here reads this please drop me an email to tell about the history of 2/5 before i was there. no matter where i go in the Marine Corps 2/5 will always be my mother unit where i learned to grow as a Marine. Thank you 2/5.
My Nephew just took over his first platoon of grunts and I need you to help me through. I see you all together in DC at the wall and at reunions and I want to join in.
I don't know how this sounds to the rest of you but I think we have something for the men who serve in G 2/5 right now. Soon I will be sending Shirts to the men of 1st. Platoon G 2/5 the shirts will be from the men who fought in Hue city, You know who you are. If you have the time or inclination let one or all of these brave Marines know that you care and that you are proud of them. If you know of ways we can help let me know.
I just got an E mail that made me proud. A young Marine is proud of his service to our country and I am proud of him. I tell him this as often as I can through email and snail mail. I will never forget the heros I served with in 67 and 68 and I will never neglect the heros who serve in 2002. Drop a line to Lieutenant Travis Fuller USMC - Fuller_travis@hotmail.com. Remember Mail call and remember the grunts in the bush today.
First & third platoon Oct 67-Oct 68. Drop me a line. Semper Fi Joe
Posted 17 March 03: I just returned from my first reunion. I saw men I served with 35 years ago and it was as though we were never parted. I hope we can share more memories soon.
Semper Fi; brothers
I was a corpsman and served in Vietnam from late November 1969- November 1970. Most of my time was spent with golf company, the last 2months back in Da Nang working in the hospital. Thirty years later has me with my wife of 28 years, 4 children, and 3 grandchilden.
I was in Operation Desert Storm with Golf 2/5 Weapons platoon. I am searching for Gulf War vets that have had children with birth defects since returning. I lost my son from a heart defect that was supposed to be caused by damaged chromosomes; only thing is his were perfect. I have found a few so far and I am sure there are more out there.
After returning from viet-nam in 65,I became a part of the 5th marines, Golf Co..I then rotated back to Viet-Nam in 66 . I stayed with G 2/5 as a section leader of 60mm until sept.66 when I was transfered to M 3/1. I was WIA on 01-15-67 and med evac back to the states in Feb of 67.
I think I was in the 2nd platoon. My platoon was pretty much wiped out on 8/08/1970 by about a 500 pound booby-trap. About 6 Marines were killed and about 13 were wounded. Our unit moved from An Hoa to Mt. Baldy to take of the 7th Marine area of operation around Oct 1970. Each squad was positioned in CUPP units. I have no recall as to the name of the village we 'guarded' or what squad I was in.
I joined the Marines in August 1966 and went to Vietnam in December 1966. I was wounded in December 1967. I spent about 1 year in military hospitals before my discharge. Would like to contact Luther Lafton from Meridan, Mississippi or other Marines I served with.
A member of 2/5 and specifically G/2/5 through the "back door". Assigned to Echo Btry 2/11 and joined 2/5 in Hue City, Feb. '68, as the Artillery Liaison Officer. Served in that capacity until assigned to G/2/5 as the FO. Served as the FO for G/2/5 until approximately June '68. At the time I left G/2/5 they were assigned an operational area in the Hai Van Pass. Went through several company commanders, but as I recall the CO at the time I left was a 1stLt. Denton Dove.
I just started surfing the net and was surprised to find a site so unique to this unit! Never thought there'd ever me much other than general 1st Mar div stuff. Kinda neat! Feel connected all of a sudden! Don't remember any names in the list on this site , but then again i don't remember much anymore. By the way, if anyone is in the VNVMC i'd like to hear from you. I was in country Aug 13, 1968. Was assigned to Golf 2/5 off the gitgo and was in it the entire time until i got shot by an AK in the left arm 4/4/69. Basically all i remember was our base was in An Hoa . . .with the cement factory right outside the gates! I remember one night when we were back for 3 or so days we had perimeter duty. The camp took a few rounds from the 'factory' one night so the armor guys fired up one of their M1's and lit the searchlight mounted on the gun. . i just remember like we could conquer the world. . .bring em on! not much else happened but we did recover a lot of old stuff including a thompson submachine gun!
I got shot in April 69 after a day long slug fest where we had as many heat casulities as others. I got shot by a gook in a hole. If he hadn't shot me i would have fallen in i'm sure. I think he got several of us that day. Heard the Lt got him later that day. I remember just before we went in our squad was sitting around a well with the gun team. Someone asked me 'how long will this go on' and i said jokeningly in front of them , "until the gun team gets taken out' . . .and later they did.
Also somebody accidently bumped their M16 and it fell into the well! The rest of us looked and him and somebody said "you're in a world of hurt buddy. . .good luck, you're not getting mine!". After i got shot i remember almost dragging the medic to the chopper which had just landed for an emergency ammo resupply. . . i knew it was my ride outta that hell hole and i wasn't going to miss it! Maybe a have a few pictures. if so i'll send them to the web site. Don't know how much we're supposed to write so i'll quit for now. Semper Fi.
Joined Golf Co, in Sept 1965 at Margarita. Went across on the Bexar to Oki and Camp Schwab . Went to Chu Lai in April 1966 on the splintery decks of the George B. Clymer. Skipper was Capt O'Rourke,Top 1st Sgt Wolf, Company Gunny Mayberry. I was one of three re-treads in the platoon. Armijo, Benevides, and myself. Cowart , Gallagher, Jackman , Staff Sloan , Beebe . Madden and Wesley from Weapons. I am still pulling the names up.
Joined Golf 2/5 in February 1968 in Hue as a replacement. The day I came in as a replacement, it brought our squad manpower to seven. WIA two weeks later and ended up evacted St. Albans Naval Hospital. My stay with the unit was short and busy, so recalling fellow Marines is almost impossible. Their faces and actions stay with me today. After hospital and transit stations, I served almost 3 years at Marine barracks Fort Meade Maryland (NASA) detail. My reason for leaving the Corps, if reenlisting and being promoted to Staff I was going to be assigned there, indefinite. Semper Fi to all Marines, just wish I had better memory of my comrades.
I SERVED DURING THE YEARS 1980- 1984 BASED IN CAMP PENDELTON, CAMP MARGARITA
I TOURED TWICE TO OKINAWA,
OUR BATTILLION DIDNT GO TO WAR BUT WE WERE READY TO TAKE ACTION IF CALLED UPON OVER 200 MARINES DIED IN BERIT WHILE I WAS IN SERVICE LETS NOT FORGET OUR HISTORY AND TAKE NO PRISONERS AND REMEMBER THE 5TH IS NEXT TO NONE
Served in Nam from 13Nov67 to 31Aug68 G2/5 2Plt. Participated in Operations Essex, Auburn, Hue City, Houston, Mameluke, and Thrust. Wounded 3 times, left early.
I am truly thankful that I had dedicated brother marines by my side at all times, both when we were in battle and when we had time to relax. We all knew about each others personal lives back home. I am proud to have served with the Best of the Best. There are too many to list, but they all know who they are. Thank you.
I am married, have 4 children, and 5 grandchildren. Retired from ComEd in northern Illinois in 1996 after 28 years. Enjoy fishing and golfing.
Every day after Nam has been a gift. There are many brothers who did not come home, but they are always in our hearts and minds. Thanks Barney and Mike for finding me.
Golf Co. 2/5 from Nov 67 to July 68. Got carried out with part of my shoulder missing. Yep I was one of those Hue City casualties too. Wounded twice there (just couldn't keep my damn head down). Anybody know whatever happened to "Doc" Swanson, he sure kept my brains from falling out once. Love you guys...."German"
Arrived in country Jan '70 and discharged June '70 was a green Sgt E-5 from stateside. Don't remember many names, Funky served in the plt and my "p" was an E-5 from New England somewhere. Been a long time. In An Hoa, the bridge and the island.
My name is Michael Smith, I was an HM3 ,USN, attached to 3rd plt ,G 2/5
inHue City , Jan 31, 1968. I was wounded on the perfume river bridge(in
the back) and on February 1 through both legs , while being medicated.
I lost all contact with all my grunts. I need a roster for that time if
possible and info for membership. I would like to get in touch with
anyone from third platoon who was a member before February 1, 1968.
I Joined G2/5 September Of 67 And Stayed Through June Of 68. I Was Wounded June 21, 68 On Hill 88. I've Been Married To Kathy For 28 Years And We Have Two Children. Our Son Is 27 And Is Married With Two Boys, Austin 6, And Cody 2. Our Daughter Is 25,And Is Married With One Son Blake, And He Is 8 Mos. I Have Been With The Same Company For 30 Years
Time in Corps. October 1968 to May 1975
Time in The Nam August 70 March 71
Stationed at An Hoa until relocation to LZ Baldy. Assigned to Cupp team until 2/5 Golf loaded up to come home. I stayed in country reassigned to 2/7 with a Sgt "Rocky" squad leader. He couldn't read a map. Set us up in a harbor sight across the river from an Army Company ambush site. Seven guys against a hundred of our own guys. Found out when he tried to call in artillery support. Thank God he was relieved. I was reassigned to my Plt 1st Lt. team after requesting. Pretty quiet aftter that, a few wounded, no KIAs until 2/7 rotated back to world. Spent remainder of my duty at Univ. Ga. in Athens. Service allowed me to get my BS, I love USMC!
Joined Golf 2/5 shortly after they became Golf CUPP. Assigned first as XO then 1st PltCmdr. Capt Darling was CO but replaced by Capt Tilley. Wounded and medevaced on 13 Jan 71. I have been enjoying the reunions of the CUPP units for the last few years and encourage any former CUPP Marines or Corpsmen to get involved. Contact me via e-mail or phone for more info. Aug 70 - Jan 71
Served in G 2/5 69'-70' with a lot of great Marines. I've done a lot of things since. I'm married, with 9 kids between us, ranging in age from 31 to 5.(Only 8 are currently at home!). Went to the 2004 reunion and met some exceptional Marines! Semper Fidelis
'68-'69; Vietnam; Taylor Common I & II, Durham Peak, Muskeegee Meadows, Forsyth Groves; AZ Territory, An Hoa. C 2/5, G 2/5.
Lt. Dennis Storm suffered a severe stroke December 2003, he is slowly recovering in VA hospital near Baltimore. For deatils contact his Mom; Ms. Rosalind Storm, 914 Cheswold Ct., Bel Air, MD 21014-5463 or his neice Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pass this on to any 2/5ers who served with Dennis in Nam with Golf 2/5 and H&S2/5 duting 1969.
I joined G 2/5 in oct 68 op Maui peak. I left that Hell hole in Oct 69 when I was medivaced out with Malaria and eventually medivac back to the World. Would like to here from anyone that was there at that time. I'm expecting a visit from Jim hop Hopkins in Aug looking forward to it. I haven't seen him in 30 yrs Well thats all for now SEMPER FI
Our dear brother, Dale, passed away June 30, 2012. He loved his Marine brothers, alive and gone, and he took such pride in his service with his Marines. We are having a memorial service Aug. 27th at Abe Lincoln Cemetery in Il. if anyone knows of anyone who may wish to attend please forward this info.
Enlisted summer of 67 after High School,PI in Aug 67. Got in country during Hue City and made all the ops my last one being Taylor Common.I was back in the rear waiting for my orders when 69 Tet started and was up in 2/5s tower when the ammo dump blew after getting hit with a couple of 122s.I started in Hue as a rifleman with the 2nd plt and finished my tour as the 3rd plt Guide. I left Nam in March of 69 and after my leave I ended up with Delta 1/6 at Camp LeJeunne just in time to make a Med Cruise. I left the Corps. in May of 70 and spent some years in the Reserves ending as the Company Gunny with Weapons 3/24 in 1987. I graduated from college in 1976 and moved from NY to Ok where I've worked in city and state gov't,air&space industry and now with the VA. I'm proud to have been involved in the start of our association and to have been its first president and proud to have served with so many great Marines.
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Broken Arrow, OK 74014
Dennis died suddenly and will be missed greatly by all his Marine Corp Brothers. His wife, Terry, would like to stay in touch with "Stu's" friends and Brother Marines. Her e-mail address is below - drop her a line if you would. Webmaster
I Was In Country 69-70. I Spent My Whole Time In Golf 2/5 & More Particular 1 Alpha. I Am Proud To Say That I Started At The Bottom & Ended Up As Squad Leader Before I Left As A Medavac. I Was Lucky To Have Guys Like Bones Brown& Lucky To Break Me In &Show Me The Ropes. They Kept My Dumb Ass Alive. As Squad Leader I Was Just As Lucky To Have Guys Like 8 Ball-Mock &Pb Who Were The Best But Also Drove Me Nuts. I've Been A Cop In Hartford,Ct For The Last 20 Yrs. Have 5 Kids 1 Grandchild & Am Looking To Retire Soon & Maybe Go To Florida & Check Out The Thongs With 8 Ball (Averill). He Tipped Me Off About This Site. I Hope To Hear From Some Of You Guys. Until I Do Semper Fi P.J.(Iceman) Sullivan
I joined G 2-5 in Sept. 0f 68 and was with the unit till Oct of 69. In Dec of 68 while on hill 214 (operation Taylor Common) I became a radio man and everybody knew me as ALPHABET. These days I go by RICHIE. I have three children Richard JR 34, MICHELLE 26 and MICHAEL 24 also a former MARINE. Michelle and her husband Scott have blessed us with two grandchildren, Kasey 2 1/2 years old and Brian 15 months old. I've been driving a 18 wheeler for about 24 years,and I"v been with LAURA for 7 years And that's about it .
SEMPER FI RICHIE ALPHABET
William "Bill" Tant is a friend of mine who served with 2/5 Golf Company at Hue City Tet Offensive. I printed your web site and the members and gave it to him. I was unsure whether that was a "good" thing but he liked it. Bill left home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama right before Christmas of 1968. He told me once that he remembered "all the faces" and it bothered him that he couldn't remember the names. He doesn't talk about it much. As the battle of Hue continued he was made Squad Leader as a 19 year old PFC and made decisions he still replays in his mind. The "Lest We Forget" had the name Cpl. Glenn Lucas, whom I knew to be Bill's Squad Leader and was killed within 10 feet of where Bill was standing. He said a Navy Corpsman, Doc Kirkham, was killed while trying to reach Cpl. Lucas.
I printed out all 64 pages of comments made by G Company members and left it on Bill's doorstep, along with the "Lest We Forget" and hoped that I had not done the "wrong thing." He said he felt better because he did find some names and there was one guy in there who was looking for the person who called in a strike that saved them. He said he was the one who called it in. He was not in the same area as this guy. I don't know how all that works about calling in strikes but he said he is going to answer that post because he is the one the guy was looking for.
Anyway, however you handle this web site, William "Bill" Tant's name needs to be here. Maybe he will give me "his own words" soon but until then, I want to do my part for him (and all of you) in respecting your service and acknowledging your sacrifices.
P.S. Someone sent the Webmaster an email stating that they had what was probably the last photograph of Cpl. Glenn Lucas. My computer crashed and I lost the email. Please send again.
Billy would really like the photo.
info we have for Billy
3720 Bear Ridge RD
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First of all I would like to thank all of the veterans who cam before my buddies and I! It is an honor to know an old Golf Company Leatherneck as yourself (he is talking about your webmaster here <grin>). Without you men we would not have a chance to serve this fine country. I appreciate your work on the web site.
I arrived in An Hoa June 70 2nd sqd 2nd plt also was at LZ Baldy Cupp 7 until 5th stood down Transfered to B/1/1 til ets Would like to hear from "NAPLAM",Tom Duncan,John Wayne Parsons,C.C.,Pee wee, Sgt.Johnson,1st Lt Smith or any one else that served at that time
Joined G/2/5 in 1956 after bootcamp-stayed in heavy machinegun platoon until selected for nrotc program (univ of calif, berkeley in 9/97 proud member of col codispotti's Order of the Gravel Crunchers! retired as major in 1979
I was a member of g25 second platoon, from august 67 until may 68. I have done a little of everything for the past 30 years. still married to Cheryl since June 17 67. I helped raise 3 young ones and currently have four and one half grand-younguns. I thoroughly enjoy reminiscing about the old times. sure beats drinking tiger piss bear and burning hooches. More later. semper fi. lt.
I was with G 2/5 89 - 90. It has been over 18 years since I got out and I regret it every day since. That was the best time in my life. The friends I made then I will never forget. Looking for friends who I served with.
Served from Sept. 1966 to Sept 68 in the Corps. Was sent to Viet Nam January 1968. First assignment was operation Hue City with Golf Company 2'nd Battalion 5'th Marines. Been looking for you guys. Now live in Victoria, Texas. Working as a Lab Analyst for Union Carbide Corporation.
I served with G 2/5 Sept. 1968 to Mar. 1969. I was the machine gun squad leader for 2nd Platoon, Golf 2/5 and section leader for Golf Company from mid October 68 to March 69. I replaced Mike Copeland in the squad leader position when he transfered out. I have written a book about my tour of duty, starting with my time in 2nd Plt Fox Co 2/27 and ending with my time in 2nd Plt Golf Co 2/5. The name of the book is "Valentine's Day: A Marine Looks Back" the book is 416 pages with 32 pictures from both 2/27 and 2/5. It is a large paperback, 6x9, printed by The Covington Group. Anyone interested can order a book at charlvb@1791. com. I would very much like to make contact with any of the men in my squad in Golf 2/5 if possible.
info: Serverd with G2/5 September 67 to June 68. Got to go back to Vietnam in Febuary 2013 with 26 other Marines for the 45th anniversary of the 68 Tet Offensive. A great trip with a great bunch of Marines and 1 Navy Doc. I would encourage all to go back if you have the chance. I was wounded on 6/2/68 below Hi Van Pass, while on patrol with my squad and plt. Sgt. Semper Fi to all the Marines who served in Vietnam and to our brothers who didn't make it home your not forgotten.
time in Corps: 9/67-6/68
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Chico, CA 95928
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time in Vietnam: 9/67 thru 6/68, 1st plt-2nd sq.
I am the sister of Michael Walters. Mike was with the 2/5 and served in Nam from July l968 till July l969 when we lost him. I have been fortunate to find 3 of the guys that served with Mike. Dale Stringham, Jim Hopkins and Manning who was with Mike at the end. One of the boys that Mike wrote of in so many of his letters was a Speedy (Floyd) Washington. I have been unable to find him so far and would appreciate any help I could get. Someone called for Mike just about a week after the funeral, I'm sure they had a arranged time, and he got so emotional when we told him we lost him that we couldn't get his name. Mom and Dad are gone now, but I would still like to find this person that knew my brother that well. I have 2 sons and I want them to know all they can about my brother. Thanks for any help you can give me.
I was in G 2/5 2 Ptl 2 squad from Dec 1969 until wounded on 8/12/70 on a company operation outside of AnHoa. I spent one year at NNMC in washington DC and even got to eat dinner at the white house Thanksgiving 1970 with Presd Nixon(there was about 50 service men who were invited) I was ret as a Cpt on July 1, 1971. I have been in law enfocecment ever since. I now work for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and currently assigned to the Ohio Attorney Generls protection detail.
Transfered to Golf Co. 2/5 in Oct. 1970 after 7th Marines departed. Served as Corpsman in CUPP 5 under Col. Tilley. Returned to the states in May 1971. I enlisted in the Navy, but the Corps has always been in my heart. Would like to hear from any Cupp Docs or Marines.
Dave arrived Vietnam 8/1/67 and was KIA in Hue on 2/17/68. Great to hear from anyone who remembers him. Also, I'm trying to identify some of the Marines in his photos, probably taken in Sept-Oct, 1967. Would love to get copies to each of you or to your families, whoever you are.
Thanks to all the G 2/5 members who have helped me learn about Dave's time in VN -- you all are the BEST, and my family and I will be forever grateful that Dave had such a great group of brothers.
Hey Devils!! I was in Golf Company from 1997-2001 as an 0331 with weapons Plt. I'm trying to contact Cpl. Cory "Cool Breeze" Spies, Pvt. Paul "Stimpy" Ciallella. I'm living in Maryland now.I just finished up school and am working in the reserve with MWSS 472 MWSG 42 out of Willow Grove, PA as an Aircraft Rescue Firefighter. That's right I lat moved to the nasty air wing. I'm trying to get on with Baltimore City Fire. I still keep in contact with some of the old crew from WPNS so give me a call sometime. Semper Fi!.
In Country. Aug 1970- March 1971 with 3rd platoon, Cupp 4, my nickname "Willie". Served with CUPP team 4 in Xuan Phuoc, outside back gate of LZ Baldy. Also became 60mm op for 3rd platoon CP in JAN-FEB of 1971.
Reported to G 2/5 as a Sergeant in Oct '65. Stayed with Golf until I rotated back to the world in Feb '67. Started off as M60 Section Leader, then Wpns Plt Sgt, and ended my tour as Company Supply Sgt. After Nam I spent a tour as a DI at Parris Island, tours with 3rd Recon, 2nd Recon, Recruiter Duty, 1st Recon, 3rd Marines, 4th Marines, 9th Marines, 1st FSSG. Made Sergeant Major in Jul '83 and had tours with I&I 1/25, MACS-2, 1/12, 1ST FSSG (during Desert Storm), and retired as Sergeant Major, MCLB Albany, GA. I now work as the Security Manager for the Naval Air Reserve at Whidbey Island, WA. Many fond memories of some great warriors in G 2/5. Gunny Mayberry, 1stSgt Wolfe, Capt Gruner, Cpl Lucky, Cpl Beebe, LCpl Flores, ( just took a look at his current retired picture.... damn, times have changed), Cpl Fessenden, Sgt Mike Smith, Sgt Henthorne, Sgt Rout, Cpl Perry, Cpl Zaccachio, Cpl Wesley, all the boots we picked up just before we left Pendleton & many others.
Semper Fi my brothers.
Served with Golf 2/5 from early August 69 to December 69. I was the machine gun squad leader in 2nd plt. when I was hit the night of Dec. 7th along with Arnold Danforth and Rodriguez. My nickname was Will. Lt House was my platoon leader. Some more of my friends were W.D.Moorer, Tom Hart, Cosmo Parisi, "Doc" Shirgey, Gonzales, Noble, Tiffney, Warner, Sherman, Miranda, Lawsha, Osley, Whalen and Hartchel. I would like to hear from any of these guys, or anyone who knows them. Another excellent web page is for my first company
check it out to see pictures of me. Semper Fi
I was in 2nd platoon, G2/5 March 1970 thru mid August and H&S S-3 until October 1970.
From October 1969 untill March 1970 I was in A co. 1/26 3rd herd. Any one who was there during that time please contact me.
I served in 2/5 from 08/63 to 07/65. I was discharged in july of 65. I was a CPL E-4. 2/5 was deployed overseas in may of 65. Anyone in 2/5 during that time or after it was deployed i would like to communicate with.
I Went Over To Nam With G 2/5 Weapons Plt.Machineguns But Was Transfered To H 2/7 After They Had Lost Most Of Their Company In Operation Starlight. And Spent The Rest Of My Tour There. Woul Like To Hear From The Guys In Weapons Plt. And Anyone In The Company That Would Like To Get In Touch.Perry,Perez Ect.Ect.Ect. Capt. O'roark Who Ever? Think You And Keep The Faith!!
Just received the latest newsletter with the website address on it. I am pleased that there is such a place for us to visit and relearn about forgotten people and times. I have so much to say and no idea of how to say it. Hi Hillbilly, Tully, Lance, and my god, yes even the grand old man, "Lt. Baggs". Just a short bit for now, I joined Golf Co. as a Sgt. in Jan 68 at Phu Bai. I was placed into 1st Plt as the PltSgt to replace their wounded PltSgt, SSgt Levi Jones, who subsequently retired as a SgtMaj and was working as a security officer in a bank in Carlsbad, CA. When SSgt Jones returned, I was transferred to 2nd Plt as their PltSgt and remained in that position until Aug 68 when I was transferred to Flames Plt as the Section Leader. I do not remember most of the people as I would like to but, I do remember faces and instances with great clarity. I do remember receiving a brand new 2ndLt in Hue City that was fresh from "Canoe U" and TBS. He was simply GRAND. He listened to advice and he expressed and displayed true concern for the welfare of his men. It seems amazing that this same man is now a LtGen and still doing quite well with his career. I also had the distinction of serving with some of the finest combat Marines that I have ever known. We were blessed with great men like Barney Barnes, Lester Tully and others that I can not remember. I apologize if I have failed to mention some of you. I will try to consolidate my thoughts and make another attempt later, and hopefully be a lot more coherent. Oh, I retired as a SgtMajor after 30 fabulous years. While I was in, I did return to the 5th Marines as the Bn SgtMaj of 1/5 for 4 glorious years and finally, as the regimental SgtMaj of the MOST DECORATED REGIMENT in the Marine corps, the Fifth Marines. I love you guys and God Bless all of you! May your future years be peaceful and fulfilling! Zac