MARINE 1ST DIVISION
3rd Battn.5th Marines
South Vietnam, Republic of
|KILO COMPANY (new url)||Ron Heath|
|LIMA COMPANY (new url changed in January 2007)||Robert Henry|
|MIKE COMPANY||Mike McFerrin|
|H&S COMPANY||Ed McCurry|
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This page is a central pointer to the web pages of the companies of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, veterans of the war in South Vietnam, 1966-1971. Click on the name of the company you wish to visit to go there. Contacts are listed.
There are four pages underneath this one.
The first, called Valor, is a listing of individual awards made to members of this battalion. At this count 4 Medals of Honor, 16 Navy Crosses and 95 Silver Stars.
On December 18, 2000 we made an addition and a correction.
On January 24 and 28, 2001 we added listings.
On February 17, we added links to two more citations.
On March 28, we added a listing and link to the citation for Dennie Peterson, Navy Cross, India Company.
On July 18 we added a listing for Doc Bowman's Silver Star (Mike Company...on August 27 we added a link to that award).
On August 14 we posted David Stinson's Silver Star citation (Lima Company).
On August 30, we posted a listing for Paul Smith's (India Company) Silver Star citation and a link to it.
On November 15 we added a link to Leslie Thompson's Silver Star (Mike).
On November 16 we added listings for six more Silver Stars, four from Mike Company, one from Lima and one from Kilo.
On November 17, we added a link to Durward Timmons' Silver Star (India).
On November 18, we added a link to Owen White's Silver Star (Mike). And we posted Robert Zimmerman's Silver Star citation (Lima).
On November 19, we added a link to Stuart Tyson's Silver Star (Mike Co.).
On November 20 we added a link to John Valdez' Silver Star (India Co.).
On November 22 we added a link to Peter Schrader's Silver Star (Mike Co.)
On November 23 we linked to the Silver Star Citations to William Rawson and Henry Kolakowski (both India).
On November 24 we linked to the Silver Star Citation for Paul Anasiewicz (Mike).
On November 25 we added a link to the Silver Star for James Castor (India) and posted Silver Star Citations for Thomas Murphy and Benjamin Richardson (Lima).
On November 28 we added a link to the Silver Star Citation for Adam Banks (Mike).
On November 30, we added Silver Star citations for Clarence Barrett and Gary Boeck (both Lima), and Wayne Brandon (Kilo).
On December 1, we added links to the Silver Star citations for George Brick and Denis Flood (Mike).
On December 3, we added a link to Silver Star citation for Dan Hignight (Mike), and added the citations for Ollie Forte (Lima) and Robert Johnson (Kilo).
On December 7, we added a link to the Silver Star citation for Donald Justis (Lima).
On December 14 we added links to the Silver Star citations for Clarence Love (Lima), Howard Manfra (Mike), Vincent Lee (India), Werner Kuehlmann (Kilo) and Battalion CO, Dean Esslinger.
On December 18 we added links to the Silver Star citations for Robert Marsden and Richard Maresco (Kilo), Robert McMullin (Lima), and Howard Nielsen (Mike).
On December 21 we added citations for Paul Orlett (Kilo), John Niotis (Lima) and Frank Pacello (Mike).
On December 23 we added citations for Battalion CO Bill Rockey, Lima CO Harold Pettengill, Kilo CO Fred Smith, Charles Strickland (India Co.) and Mariano Ribillia, Jr. from Kilo Company.
On April 10, 2002 we added a Silver Star Citation for Mike Company CO, James McElroy.
On June 24 we added a listing for the Silver Star award to William Hatzfield, Mike Company.
On September 19 we added a link to the Silver Star Citation for Jeffery Goss, Mike Company.
On February 22, 2003 we added a link to the Silver Star Citation for Roy Youngblood, Mike Company.
On October 22 we added a link to the Silver Star Citation for Michael Kempel, Mike Company.
On August 29, 2004 we added a listing to the Silver Star for Marcus Sykora, Mike Company. We added links to the citations for Sykora, Lieutenant John Fretwell and Sergeant Ricky Almanza, Mike Company.
On April 24, 2005 we added link to the Silver Star for Dan Dennis, Mike Company.
On the second page, you can find pictures from the 3rd reunion of 3/5 held at the Highland Marina in Lagrange, Georgia, May 16-19, 2002. Posted May 27, 2002. Reunion pictures of recent ones may be seen at www.usmcviet.org
On the third page, Battalion Ops, is a recap of Operations Deckhouse II and Hastings, both in July 1966. The research, write-up and daily maps layout is courtesy of J.D. Murray, Platoon Commander for Mike Company during both of those Operations. (At the bottom of the page is a listing of the sources used).
J.D. did this in honor of the H&S Company Commander at that time, Hans Haupt. Hans has been a prime mover and major resource in the search for our brothers.
Underneath the Hastings Operation write up is J.D.'s writeup of Operation Cortez, December 5 - 12, 1966. This is J.D.'s research on that Operation, which involved Kilo and Mike Companies and the Battalion Command group. Nineteen graphics, maps and relevant AAR pages presented in chronological order.
The fourth page is how to order Battalion Operations on CD.
JD Murray informed us that HQ USMC and Historical and Museums Branch now has Battalion Command Chronologies, with some AARs attached, available on CD (this is now the only way to get these, they no longer provide paper copies). I have added a new page with JD's information and the letter from HQ USMC with instructions on how to order. There are 108 CDs available. The main one that is relevant to 3/5 is CD #49 (it has command chronologies from 1966 to 1971 for 2/5 and 3/5 plus extra stuff).
The Battalion Leadership, early '68.
Far right: Warrant Officer Jim Bisesi, the S-1; Far left: Major Bowers, the S-3, Captain Hernandez is next to him;
Colonel Rockey, the Battalion CO, is presenting the Silver Star to who might be Lt. Lee Gounds (sp).
With thanks to Jim Bisesi for the picture.
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