Mike & H&S Companies
Third Battalion, Fifth Marines
Mike Company Biographies
M - Z
Infantry Officer 1st Plt Mike Co 12-68 to 5-1-69 then S3 Alpha at 3/5 till 11-69 then 1st Shore Party Bn. Then to Manila as R&R Officer till 3-70. Back to VN with 1st Shore Party/Engineers till 6-70 then to MCB Camp LeJeune. Anybody remember my old ass please contact me. (910) 346-1771 (H) (910) 346-6028 (o) Semper Fi. Tom
My MOS--0331 weapons, But in Dec (15) I went to 1st platoon/ Point man after McStravick was killed. My squad & 2 eng. got mixed up with L Co on May 12. On May 13 (with L) the battle started again and I caught a mortar round, fifteen minutes into it, I was hit in face & in the back. Finally medevaced on third chopper wave--long enough to see M Co come rushing up & exchange some advice to the Capt and others. Promoted to CPL after being LCpl for 26 days. Pay wise it shows that both were on May 1,1967. (this was probably due to both union's depleting the co). By July I was weapon again --no more point.
Mike 3/5, 08/21/68 TO 05/01/69. Third Platoon rifleman to fire team leader to squad leader to platoon guide and acting platoon sergeant. SSgt Blackman was my platoon sergeant or acting platoon commander. Instructor at Regimental schools at An Hoa from May 68 through August 68, retrained 5th Regiment companies that had excessive casualties from mistakes. I taught mine and booby trap avoidance, ambush response, calling in supported arms and medevac. AFP (Armed Forces Police) platoon sergeant in DaNang September and October 1969. HAT (Hamlet Advisory Team) Leader November 1969 to June 1970. Had 36 South Vietnamese civilians and 7 Marines. Similar to a CAP unit. Local security for the ville, training, and 2 to 6 man "Hunter-Killer" teams (50% Viet, 50% Marine) to harass enemy troop movements on an infiltration route. POW compound sergeant-of-the-guard July and August of 1970.
While in-country, I was a LCpl squad leader.MOS was 0311 & later 3531. Do
not remember squad or platoon, but will go through my papers & pictures to see if they will help.
Paul E. O'Connell
-enlisted 7-67..Parris Island,Plt. 2015
Ranson J. Pelt (Randy)
I was a 1/Lt with Mike from December 69 to September 70. My MOS was 0302. I served
concurrently as platoon commander with the 3rd platoon and XO, was the CO July-Sept 70. I was a mustang. Went through PI, 1967 (Platoon 1085), and was shot in the back while with K 3/26 in 68. I was medivaced to the states and went to OCS. Then spent about 4
My name is Ron Pizana, but during my tour most called me
"Pizon". My MOS was 0311/0331 during Nam. In March of 1967, I was
shipped on the USS Upshur to Nam. At the end of Union I, I was hospitialized
with Leptospirros and sent to 2nd Med Btn in Chu Lai then transferred to Cam Ran
Bay Air Force Hospital. I missed Union II, but caught up to the unit in Tam Ky.
I survived all the other operations through the rest of 1967 to Feb. 6, 1968
when I was WIA due to booby-traps near Phu Loc 2 base camp. So, I was medavaced
to 2nd Med Btn, then located in Danang. My tour ended at Phu Bai in the middle
of March 68. During my tour I was in Mike 3/5 2nd Platoon as 0311, but
ended up in Weapons Platoon in guns. I was E-4 and Squad Leader at time I was
rotated to the world. Once stateside, I picked up Sgt E-5, and I was stationed a
El Toro MCAS in CA til July of 70, when I was discharged.
I joined Mike Company as a PFC in March 69 at the end of Taylor Common. I was
wounded in a night ambush, walking point, on April 1st. I participated in Operations
Muskogee Meadows and Pipestone Canyon. My second Heart came June 23, 1969 and I was
Medivaced to Da Nang the 1st part of July. I left the hospital in September 69 and was
assigned to the CG's Staff 1st Mar Div. I extended my tour and after making Sergeant
transferred to MP Company, 1st Mar Div. I came home in August 1970. I reenlisted and
served until 3 August 1984 when I was discharged for disability. I acquired nerve damage
to my spine from injuries, and have no cartilage in either knee from running (the Corps
got REAL big on running). I left the Corps as a Gunnery Sergeant and was on the promotion
list for 1st Sgt. I served with "L" 3/3, 5th MAB, "L" 3/7 1st MarDiv,
Recruiting Duty RSS El Paso, "G" 2/5 & H & S 2/5 1st Mar Div, Recruiting
again RS Oklahoma City, HQ CO HQ BN 1st Mar Div (Company GySgt), Comm Co HQ Bn (1stSGT),
Detachment GySgt/Guard Officer USS Long Beach CGN-9, OP's Chief LFTC PAC, Company GySgt
H&S 3/3 1st Brigade.
I was with Mike 3/5 from September '67 till June '68. The operations I was on include Shelbyville, Essex, No Name, Auburn, Baxter Gardens, Houston I, and Houston II, and Allenbrook. My third purple heart was after stepping on a mine June 14, '68 during Operation Mameluke Thrust.
Enlisted Feb '51: SqdLdr, A/1/1 Oct-Nov '52: Commissioned Feb'53: PltLdr H/3/2, Aug-Dec '53: CO F/2/7 Jan-Dec '58: Asst S-3/S-4, 1stBn1stMar Feb'59-May'60: Recruiting Officer, Charleston, WVa, Jun'60-May '63: HQMC Jun'65-May'67: Opns Officer (S-3), 1stBn/1stMar Jul-Nov '67: Operations (G-3) Briefing Officer, 1stMarDiv, Dec'67-Feb'68: CO, 3rdBn5thMar, Mar-Jul'68:CINCLANT Hdqtrs, Oct'68-Jul'71: XO, 32nd MAU, Sep'71-Aug'72: XO, 6thMar, Sep'72-Sep'73: Retired 1Oct'73.
I'm a 3/5 H&S Co. Veteran Of Vietnam. I served from May 21,1967 to June
Elliot Rubenfeld (adapted from his guestbook entry)
MY NAME IS ELLIOT RUBENFELD. SOME MAY KNOW ME AS RECON OR "JJ". I WAS
Since receiving the information about "M" 3/5 been going thru all the information. Brings back
a lot of memories. I joined the company in July of 68, was in 3rd platoon. When we joined the company we spent the
first almost week packing all the companies gear because we were going to be a roving battalion. Then took a truck convoy to Hue, where the gear was
loaded up a LST then to Da Nang. From there we went to Phu Bi then An Hoa or An Hoa then Phu
Bai. Joined the rest of the company, went to Hill 310 was there around 7 days. We walked into an ambush. From there over to Hill 55,
(We are saddened to report that Larry suffered a massive heart attack on May 10, 2002. He had stopped off to see his daughter while driving to make the reunion).
CARLOS SEPTIEN (from his guestbook)
Arrived in country as E-4 and was assigned as a machine gun squad leader, later
was weapons section leader with 3-stingers & 3-rockets designation. Early in Sep '69
was involved in Operation "Arizona" and
I joined the 1st Platoon of Mike Company 3/5, during Operation Union II on May 31,
1967, in the Que Son Valley. I filled the position of Platoon Right Guide, Platoon
Sergeant, and Platoon Commander until after Tet. Then I became the Battalion S-3,
Assistant Operations Chief for the Battalion. I departed for the world on 28 June 1968.
My name is Jerry L. Trent, aka, "Gunslinger." I was in the 1st Marine
Div. 3rd. Batt. 5th. Marine Reg. 3rd. Platoon. I served in 1967- 1968. I was in operations
"Swift and Essex." I 'm looking for buddies in Vietnam through the internet,
over countless hours of searching, I finally stumbled upon this site. I was thrilled to
find it. When I looked in the Roster and in the Guestbook, so many of the names sound
familiar to me, however, the faces to the names are hard to recall. I can remember the
faces to buddies, but I can't really remember their names. it was a long time ago. I'm
hoping to reach anybody that knows me, by signing the guestbook. Hopefully, someone might
remember my name, and I can get in touch
Michael (Turk) Wears
My MOS was 0311 and I started out as a radio operator. I was with the 2nd Plt I think. I
didn't get much past my squad leader who whose Vernon Randolph. I do remember S/Sgt Beaver and Sgt. Blair. We mostly were on night patrols when I got started out. I was in the CP group as a radio operator for a long time and again in the 1st Plt with Lt. Clemens. I am sorry but the people and the dates are not where they should be. I thought I went to Mike Co in Oct. But after seeing some of the names on final
roll call it may have been more like Nov. I thought I left Mike in March but I was on R/R when Jeff Goss was KIA I thought he came to the CP when he got into country. but when I saw the Picture of him with the cast I remember now that he came there when he had that on his leg. We had moved up to Hwy 1 Security when I was
transferred to 2nd CAG. That was in May or June. I did however when going back to Caps
go back to Dein Ban and on a patrol of my self and some PF's went back to the ville where
Fischer was MIA. Finding nothing. Amusing how they forgot so much in just a few months.
Donald L. Weger (from his guestbook entry)
SERVED WITH MIKE CO. DEC68 TODEC69 60MMMORTARS STARTED OUT AS AMMO HUMPER ENDED UP AS SECTION LEADER OPERATIONS TAYLOR COMMON AND PIPESTONE CANYON HIT BOOBY TRAP SAME TIME DOC PYLE HIT HIS WE WERE WALKING IN TWO COLUMS I HIT MINE FIRST IT BLEW ME INTO A DITCH IN BACK OF ME MY BUDDY IN BACK OF ME YELLED CORP MAN UP THATS WHEN DOC PYLE GOT HIT I ENDED UP WITH SOME SHRAPNEL IN MY LEGS MY BUDDY CAUGHT SOME IN HIS FACE I UNDERSTAND DOC PYLE TOOK THE WHOLE BRUNT OF THE GERNADE HE HIT I HELPED CARRY HIS BOD. AFTER ALL THE ACTION WAS OVER I HELPED CARRY DOC PYLES BODY AWAY IT WAS A BAD DAY AND I STILL THINK ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME. ALSO JOHN KIRSHNER AND I WENT THRU BOOT CAMP ITR BITS AND STAGING TOGETHER WE WERE SENT TO MIKE CO TOGETHER AND WENT OUT TO THE BUSH THE SAME DAY. HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND.
Les "Doc" Wilken (from his guestbook entry)
SERVED WITH MIKE 3/5, 1ST MED BN. FROM OCT. '69-'70. I WAS A CORPSMAN WITH 1ST PLT. MIKE CO. FOR APPROX. 6 MOS., THEN AT BAS IN AN HOA WHILE WAITING FOR TRANSFER TO 1ST MED. BN. IN DA NANG WHERE I WORKED IN TRIAGE HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH MIKE KEMPELS PARENTS FOR PAST SEVERAL YEARS AND AM GOING FOR DINNER WITH THEM THIS SUN 02/27/00 TO CELEBRATE MY BIRTHDAY. MIKE WAS KIA SEPT. '70. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANY FORMER DOC'S OR GRUNTS.