Third Battalion, Fifth Marines
H&S Biographies (Short and Long) Entries from A through H
Jim Blankenheim (adapted from his guestbook entry on India 's site)
Like everyone else I'm looking for guys I served with. I was a Forward Air controller attached to India in late 68 to early 69. You guys nicknamed me Napoleon the time we were pinned down on that plateau west of An Hoa in November of 68. We watched a Special Forces unit down in the valley getting the stuffing kicked out of them. I joined you after operation Sussex Bay when the CP got wiped out. (Editor note: Jim was with Mike Company for most of the first half of his tour).
My MOS was 2533. I was at one time or another attached to all the line companies of 3/5 as FAC. Served in country from August 66 to September 67. I also was Col Eslingers and Maj Pipers RO for a period of time. Was wounded on Op Union I and was on the USS Repose. My permanent assignment was with Comm Plt. I would like to make contact with Gunny Burton. Semper Fi.
NAME SGT. Bob Burroughs TOUR 1969 PLT. MP's MOS 0311 Comments Also with 2/1 POW COMPOUND-----Here's my story---- I was a POW MP with 1st& 3rd Div. I always like to make it perfectly clear I had nothing to do with detaining my Brothers just V.C. POWs and I always enjoyed that especially turning them over to the R.O.K. interrogators ooorah Get Some. We were squad size and would attach to different Co's. I was with 3/5 for a while during Pipestone Canyon received my C.A.R. thanks, to which ever Plt. Leader wrote me up. We had a nasty Fire Fight we walked over the top of them they popped up out of Spider Traps wasted about 4 or 5 of us and disappeared into tunnels and along a river. We only got 1 good VC and 1 prisoner. Anybody remember loading up before dawn into 46s with barb wire surrounding villages checking Ids. We only relocated and torched two due to enemy fire and supply storage. I got my Heart with 2/1 during one of those village sweeps barely a scratch but a hell of a scar from the infection, dirty place wasn't it. Upon my return I was a troop handler for 2nd ITR and was assigned as a Presidential guard for Nixon only saw him once, the spit and polish and procedure and BULL SHIT were more than I joined up for so I took my Honorable Discharge as a Sgt. E5 and hauled ass to the red woods in northern Calif. where I hid for a while. Oh well enough I do love my Corp. and with Gods blessings and all of you I would do it all again.-------------Semper Fi drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org
Gene W. Bowers, Lt.Col., USMC, (Ret.). I was the S-3 (Operations Officer) of 3/5, Then a Captain (Major Selectee) under Lt. Col. Bill Rockey, Jr., from early November 1967 until mid-July 1968. Previously, I had been the CO of Co. H, 2/5. We participated in Operations Auburn, Hastings, Allenbrook, Mameluke Thrust, and the Tet Offensive of 1968. I retired in 1986, live in Tallahasse, and now work for the state of Florida as a strategic planner in the substance abuse program.
I graduated from parris island dec65 after a very short time with hotel 2/2,
airborne school I was transferred to vietnam. My first assignment was with bravo 1/7
(april66) 0331, participated on several operation was twice wounded. transferred to
h&s co. 3/5 in dec66. Assigned to the comm platoon. Captain John Ayers (who was later
kia'd was the co). participated in operations Union l and ll. was attached to Kilo co and
Mike co as the FAC. Returned stateside in July67. Transferred back to vietnam to 1st force
recon.spent another 18 months in country. After the marine corps I joined the army special
forces where I remained until I retired in 1996. Being a former marine in the army they
always expected 110% from you, I tried not to disappoint them. I was asked once why the
marine corps. basic training was so hard. I told them "Its that way so one does not
embarrass those who went before us". Although I'm not married anymore I do have two
wonderful children and live by the ocean in Middletown, Rhode Island....Semper
I am looking for the family of CPL. John David Rogers from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am also looking for an Italian friend by the name of "Anzalone" from the Bronx, NYC, and Santos Bonilla from Kansas City. My tour of duty in Vietnam was 1966-67 (Hill 35). Came home in July, '67, discharged from the Corp in 1968. (Editor note: Santos Bonilla has been found!)
I was the CommO for 3/5 from the battalion's formation in Camp Pendleton until December 1966, when I was transferred to 1st Div Comm Co. Retired in 1982. Was referred to this web site by Hans Haupt, CO H&S Company in 1966. One point of interest: I designed the 3/5 logo at the top of the home page. LtCol. Bronars ran a design contest while we were in pre-Nam training on Okinawa, and I was lucky enough to win. It's been changed a little since then. The original colors were red and black, and the banner at the bottom read "Combat Ready" rather than "Get Some." But the "3" and "5" and the "fleur de lis/Belleau Wood" and "bamboo/Vietnam" along with the top banner remain as in my original design. Makes me proud to have that connection still. Congratulations on this fine effort. Semper Fi!
I was a Sgt with 1st Radio Bn, 1 Platoon. We were part of SigInt and I
was working with South Vietnamese Intelligence as a Crypto-linguist. I spent a year at the Presidio of Monterey in California learning North
Vietnamese. Being part of a Naval Security Group outfit associated with the NSA and DIA, I didn't get a chance to muck it up with too many Americans
outside my small intel-group. It got to be very lonely when I was in the field. Fortunately, I didn't have to go on patrols and sweeps. I
participated in Operation Durham Peak in the summer of '69, then spent time at An Hoa, Hill 37 and 327, and IIIMAF in DaNang. There were only 10
Marines doing what I did in all of I Corps. We were spread pretty thin and didn't get a chance for much rest (although no one else seemed to get much
either). I remember my R&R to Australia was canceled twice cause they didn't have anyone to cover for me.
M.E. (Chris) Christians
I JOINED H&S 3/5 IN LATE '65. I WAS PLT CMR OF THE 106 RR AND FLAMES. A REALLY GREAT GROUP OF MARINES. WE WENT OUT ON PATROL ONE DAY DURING OP HASTINGS AND DID NOT MAKE IT BACK UNTIL THE NEXT DAY. REALLY FRUSTRATED OUR CO. LATER I GOT TRANSFERRED TO H 2/5 JUST IN TIME TO GO BACK TO THE SAME AREA ON OP PRAIRIE.
I joined I/3/5 at Camp Pendleton as a 2nd Lt in late '65/early '66 and was
assigned to the 3rd Plt. We trained together in Okinawa, Camp Fuji, and the Philippines
before entering Vietnam as the Special Landing Force battalion in Spring '66, where we did
Deckhouse I, Nathan Hale, Deckhouse II and Hastings before being off loaded in Chu Lai. I
stayed with India until the end of '66, when I was reassigned as CO, H&S/3/5 for the
balance of my tour. I left in April '67.
I was the battalion's telephone/teletype technician as part of the Comms company. I was in H&S 3/5 from time of forming at Camp Margarita to Sept 1966. I was on operation Deckhouse 1/Nathan Hale, Deckhouse 2/Hastings and a final operation (don't know the name) in Tam Key Province (not sure of the spelling the province's name). During these operations I served in the wire section as a wireman under a Sgt. Dorcy (not sure of the spelling of his name but an excellent Marine). The NCO in charge of the Comms shop look on me as a sh*tbird (I may have been) and put me in the wire section. As a consequence I left the Princeton with the battalion CP to string wire. My fellow Marines of Comms 3/5 gave me the nickname "Thumper" after thumper rabbit. I was a Corporal (E4) in Vietnam but was given Sgt. (E5) prior to mustering out in San Diego in Oct 1966.
In Honolulu went back into the Marine Reserves in the 70s as part of 4th Force Recn for a few months but later change to the Coast Guard Reserve. Had to give up my military activities in 1977 when I moved to Asia to teach. Have now lived in Asia for over 26 years, First in Hong Kong and now in Thailand. Will be returning to Hong Kong in Sept. after a 2 year contract here.
Time has robbed me of the names of the Marines that lived, drank, fought with and loved as brothers. I wish to be put on your roster.
I got to Viet Nam on 29Dec69 and was intitially assigned to HQ 26th Marines in Da Nang. In March 70 26th prepared to go stateside I didn't have enough time to go. I was transferred to 3/5 Forward at Hill 65, I was there until the end of july in the Message Center, (teletype). Same Bunker with techs, Sgt Gary Spees was ncoic tech and I as corporal was ncoic of message ctr. My two troops were David L. Debban and David L. Beglau both Lance Corporals. Comm officer was Capt. J. J. Marshall. In late July I was replaced by Lcpl Stuhlberg and I went to HQ Comm Ctr, 5th Marine Regt. as a watch supervisor.This was on Hill 37 at that time. I came back stateside in Oct70. Was released from active duty 23Nov70. I also served 6 months Marine Corps Reserve from Dec70 to June70 and 18 1/2 years with the Army National Guard retiring at the rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7) equivalent to Gunnery Sergeant in 1994. I never forgot the lessons in leadership the Marine Corps taught me and they served me well. My uniform may have been that of a soldier, but my mind was always a Marine, Semper Fi.
I've been a cop for over 18 years. 2 years as Deputy Sheriff, over 16 as Conservation
Officer (some folks call us game wardens) for state of West Virginia. Though when I was in the Corps, my home of record was Texas.
My MOS was 1391, Bulk Fuel Specialist. I was sent to Okinawa with 9 months
left on active duty. I managed to upset a SgtMaj when I chose not to ship over so he put me in 3/5. This was in early 1966 when they first deployed.
Anyway, I participated in several operations (Hastings is the one I will never forget). I think I was in H&S CO. Anyway, I left the unit in Sept 66,
got dumped off in Chu Lai, went back to the world and stayed drunk for a year. I then went back in the Corps as a L/Cpl and stuck around until I
I was with H & S 3/5 from Nov. 69 till April 70. Motor transport. Came to 3/5 from 2/26. While with 3/5, was at An Hoa, hill 65 and Liberty Bridge. Trucked to hills 37, 55, 52 and 25.
Robert Farmer (from his guestbook entry)
I went to Vietnam in Nov 69 after a year of Vietnamese language school in DC. I was assigned to the 5th Marines HQ (S-5) working in PSYOPS, until transfered to 3/5 (S-5) on Hill 65. I was with 3/5 in the big move to LZ Baldy and a few weeks later to LZ Ross in the Quesons. Anyone remember the gate at LZ Ross - I was the GySgt who ran the S-5. Remember LtCol Johnson? I extended twice and transfered to Mike 3/1 when 3/5 stood down. Mike 3/1 was a CUPP unit on hill 65 and later we moved to hill 190, north of Da Nang. I still speak good Vietnamese and if anyone has any citations in Vietnamese who would like translation, I would be more than happy to do it.
JOINED THE CORP IN JAN.66. WENT TO P.I.AND HAD A BALL. WENT TO CAMP GEIGER AND ATE PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICHES AND HAD A BALL. WENT TO LEJEUNE-IT SUCKED. WENT ON A MED CRUISE HAD A BALL. WENT BACK TO LEJEUNE -IT STILL SUCKED ONLY WORSE. WENT TO NAM AND LEARNED WHAT THE CORPS IS ALL ABOUT. SPENT TIME AT AN HOA AND HAI VAN PASS. LOST OVER HALF MY OUTFIT(WE WERE VERY SMALL) WHILE THERE AND I STILL CANT UNDERSTAND WHY I NEVER EVEN GOT SCRATCHED. MADE SOME OF THE BEST FRIENDS EVER WHILE THERE IF ONLY I KNEW WHERE SOME OF THEM ARE. AT ONE TIME AT AN HOA THERE WAS SIX OF US THAT ALL WENT TO THE SAME HIGH SCHOOL TOGETHER.ITS SUCH A SHAME THAT WE LEFT SO MANY OF OUR COMRADES SPIRITS AND LIVES OVER THERE.SURE WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT WHO WE WERE FIGHTING AT AN HOA AROUND THE NIGHT OF DEC.15,68 OR SO WHEN PUFF WORKED OUT ALL NIGHT WITH THE HUEY COBRAS RIGHT OUTSIDE OUR WIRE AND THE 105 PLATOON WAS BORE SIGHTING WITH FLECHETTE ROUNDS ALL NIGHT.
Saw the site , went through every name and didn't recognize any. I was there 69-70 rear was an hoa. Was wounded by shrapnel from a chi com 30 days in country,ops;Ganoi island,muskeegee meadows,arizona,pipestone canyon. Was at Liberty bridge often.Malaria got me medivaced to 1st.med for a couple weeks,then back at it. spent last 2weeks on bunker #7 in an hoa,we were hit by estimated div o nva 3 nights before rotate. They were through the wire in front of #7 and hit a trip wire. I opened up with my 60 till it jammed, kneeled down to clear it and was knocked unconscious by a direct hit on the bunker by a b40.Came to to find guys running to help me. Comm. was behind us so we knew they meant to overrun us. they killed 4 new guys on bunker 8 , overtook bunker at end of air strip which had a 50 in it and had our reiforcements blocked with a clear field of fire so i radioed 155,s who were up next to them and they pulled down enough sand bags to lower there barrel and blew them away! Fighting went on til dawn when we went out for a body count . Plenty blood, one body in front of #7.Turned out to be my confirmed, too many holes to deny, got caught in the wire while they were tryin to drag away. A butter bar tried to jump me for~revealing our fire superiority~ too soon, didn't work, first and gunny did! Made it home ,58,000+ didn't.still see, remember, haunt. VA. meds but doesn't help. No real people out here any more. Miss camaraderie. Looking for Richard Tanner(M79) miss you watchin my back, If You're out there, contact me, (keith) (email@example.com) SEMPER FI !
Graduated P. I. , 18 November 69, Platoon 1046, High Steeping 1st Bn.
Hans S. Haupt
Was the H&S Company Commander, March '66 - April '67. Now retired and living in Napa, California.
Arthur Hicks (from his guestbook entry)
Assigned to H&S Co 3/5 during early June 69, as 2531 field radio operator. Lt Wilder was plt comdr (he looked a lot like David Niven and was a class guy er officer) a bit of a tight ass though. Top Obie was top NCO. spent about 3 months with Bn, and then assigned to India as forward air controller. Replaced a guy named Farnsworth. Was trained by Lt Ben Yorkoff, back seater in an F-4. Located him last Summer, he is an MD in Towson, MD. We spoke briefly on phone, but he didn't seem too interested in memories. Also spoke at length with then LT Thomas Mahlum who was Bn S-2 and used to wrestle with Yorkoff at night. Both got their asses reamed by LtCol Terry Bn Cmdr for their conduct. Lt Mahlum was eventually CO of Lima or Mike, can't remember which. He enjoys reliving the old days. I think I knew Underwood/dog in the picture. There was a 2531 with that name in the Plt when I was there. Worked with a guy named Bruce (Butch) Glowa from Chicago. Ran into him at Lejeune after returning to world. Last duty at MarBarracks Brooklyn, NY. Left service, was graduated from Hofstra University (NY) in 1975, with BBA in public accounting. Worked for Hertz, Hertz-Penske and currently work as accountant for multi-line auto dealer in upstate SC. Married/divorced one son who I haven't been able to bravo sierra into a Summer vacation at a lovely island off the coast of the great state of SC. Your web site is outstanding, well done! As always, semper fidelis.
Grew up in USAF. Last two years pre-USMC were in Savannah, Georgia. Was a cub, boy
and Explorer scout. Joined on delay program during Senior year at Robert W. Groves High
School. Boot camp at Parris Island, SC, September 1965.
I served as the Air Officer under Col. Paul Graham (sp) and then James B. Ord from approximately July 1968 to my departure at the end of February 1969. The 5ths Sgt. Maj. was Henry Bean (sp) who eventually went to Kansas City and then was the 3rd MAW Sgt. Maj. Sgt.Bean was pulled out of one of the Battalions. As I recall he joined us around the fall of 1969. However, I don't know which one. They were on the slope at the far west end of the Arizona Area. The Battalion had been socked in, and had to walk down. We couldn't get any helicopters into the high ground.