Third Battalion, Fifth Marines
Following this introduction, at the bottom of this page, is a 5th Marines Regimental History research and submitted by Chuck Greene.
The pages attached to this History section include:
Operations: A brief write up of some of the operations that Mike Company participated in during Vietnam.
Narrative: A scan of the official Battalion Command Chronology for April of 1970.
Grady's Memoirs: Gunnery Sergeant Grady Rainbow's memory of his time with Mike Company. (newly revised, and posted February 17, 2001).
Bits and Pieces: Odd thoughts, stories, information of interest to Marines.
Mike McFerrin: Sergeant McFerrin's 8 (at this count) stories of his Vietnam experience, most with Mike Company. And an attachment to Mike's Sandbagging story, a reaction from Paul O'Connell on the same subject.
Review Capodanno: A review of a book about Father Capodanno, killed in action while with Mike Company, and awarded the Medal of Honor.
Haygood: Steve Walker/Haygood's memories of Operations Union II and Swift.
La Thap Op: 3-5 May 1969 Operation report of a textbook cordon and clear operation conducted by Mike Company and Bravo Company 1/5. Written by Captain Burns, the Company CO. Beneath that page is another, labeled Commentary, comments by Mike McFerrin and Grady Rainbow on that op and related action.
Earl Gerheim: A series of stories that Earl wrote for Stars and Stripes or Sea Tiger. Grenade Duel, Ambush, Corn Meal, Scout and NVA Base Camp.
Paul O'Connell's letters home: Paul has taken many of his letters home from Vietnam and put them in perspective as to what was happening to him, and the company, at the time. Each letter is presented as it was written, then he looks back and explains them. These letters, #s 60-63, as well as the first 59, can be found on the Vietnam Veterans Home Page Thank you Paul, for sharing these with us
Rock's Diary: Rocco Giambrocco kept a diary for a time while in country. This excerpt covers the period from May 5-14, 1968 at Hill 1192 at Haivanpass when Mike Company walked into an NVA Base Camp. Hairy. From our rosters, Rock, Jerry Lomax and Brad Reynolds were wounded there. Jim Blankenheim was also there. See Earl Gerheim's story in this same section for more on this action, a story that was written for publication but probably not published.
Sea Tiger: These are two scans from the Sea Tiger published on 9 August 1966. The article scanned is on Operation Hastings. What is most remarkable to me, having read so many remembrances from guys from Lima, Mike, India and H&S, is what's missing. With many thanks to Bob Matteson for saving that issue for all these years. A picture from the same issue is on the India website.
Family Notification: Family experiences in getting telegrams or visits telling folks their son was wounded or missing or worse. Three to date: A nice story from Jerry Lomax on an official visit from USMC; Paul O'Connell's recollection of his mother's reaction to a telegram and, sadly all too common, Brad Reynold's being listed as MIA when he was in a hospital with malaria.
Military Records: Available from HQ USMC are CD ROMS with battalion Command Chronologies. How to order on this page
Hill 71 December 1966: JD Murray's analysis and remembrance of 14 December 1966, the day the NVA attacked Hill 71 near Chu Lai and 10 Marines of 1st Platoon lost their lives.
Regimental History submitted by Chuck Greene '66-67.
The 5th Marine regiment was activated on 8 June 1917 at Philadelphia
Navy Yard and immediately sailed for France as part of the American Expeditionary Force.
In October 1917, the Regiment was assigned to the 4th Marine Brigade in the Army's 2nd
Division. The 5th Marines distinguished themselves during the bloody fighting in Belleau
Wood and Soissons during June and July of 1918; took Blanc Mont Ridge in October and
November forced a crossing over the Meuse River just before the Armistice was signed. On 8
July 1920, the Regiment was reactivated at Quantico, Virginia. The 5th Marines were sent
to Nicaragua in 1927, and for the next three years, fought against the Sandinista Rebels.
The regiment was deactivated again in 1930, but was reactivated at Quantico on 1 September
1934. The 5th Marine Regiment was assigned to the 1st Marine Division in February 1941 and
participated in four amphibious assaults during W.W.II. On August 7, 1942, the Regiment
landed on Guadalcanal in the first U.S. Ground offensive of the war, and quickly seized
Lunga Point and Henderson Field. After heavy fighting at Bloody Ridge and on Tenaru, the
Regiment was relieved in December. The Regiment next saw action in December 1943, when it
landed on New Britain, where it fought for five months. On 15 September 1944, the 1st
Marine Division assaulted Peleliu in one of the bloodiest fights of the war in the South
Pacific. The Regiment's fourth amphibious assault was Okinawa in April 1 For three months,
the 5th Marines took part in the bitter fighting against the Shuri Line and the Yuzo-Dake.
After Japan surrendered, the 5th Marines served on occupation duty in north Chine; then
joined the 1st Provisional Brigade in May of 1947 on Guam. In 1949, the 5th Marines
rejoined the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton.