5th Marines earned a Presidential Unit Citation for Operations Union and Union II. It is our belief that it is the only PUC awarded to one unit for one combined operation in the entire Vietnam War. On the PUC page.
5th Marines was awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation for Operation Mameluke Thrust in 1968, on the MUC page.
Frank "Sparks" Opferman was with India 3/5 in the early days of Tet '68 when he wrote this letter home to his Dad. The letter was printed in Leatherneck Magazine. Rod Johnson has kept this copy of the article all these years and submitted it for all of us and to remember and honor Sparks.
From John Harris of Lima Company, on the 34th anniversary of Hastings, we are posting his day by day remembrance of his experiences on that operation. Each day, or couple of days will be posted separately in serial form as he submits them. Today, July 19, 2000, we have posted his introduction and the events of July 18, 1966. In all probability these will also be available on the Lima Company site.
From Gunny Gunderson, a remembrance of January 30, 1968, the beginning of TET. He calls it Battle for an Unnamed Island, or Operation Alamo, an unofficial name for the op given by the India's grunts.
A memorial page for Ron "Doc" Parlee, who died April 12, 2001. We miss him.
A memorial for James Castor, KIA 8/13/69, which has his obituary. Silver Star.
A letter from Tom Gainer to Phillip Pierce's mother, returning his dog tags. Phillip was KIA 7/22/66.