Mike & H&S Companies 

Third Battalion, Fifth Marines

Veterans of the Vietnam War



In the normal course of events many of us are going to need help for one reason or another.  Whether it's calls or cards and letters after an accident or illness, or actual physical help from those of us in a particular geographical area, or requests for funds to help someone out of a bind, this is a good forum to put out those requests.  Should you or someone you know be in the kind of situation where some of us can help out, Yell!.  

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This first request was put out last month, on the what's new page.  I've copied it over here because the need still exists.  Rocco has received a lot of help and he wishes to thank all you Jarheads for your generosity.  He's going to go through his 4th surgery in 40 days late this month.  Here's what I posted in July:

Listen up, Marines.  One of our own is in trouble. Rock (Rocco Giambrocco, serving with Mike Company first, and then as an S-2 scout with 3/5 with Mike and India in 68-69), was in the midst of fulfilling one of his dreams last month, intending to ride his Harley all around the lower 48.  After 32 years he'd found us through this website, and was planning to meet up with a lot of us.  

In Fargo, North Dakota, a semi ran him off the road, into a cement wall.  He was in Intensive Care (ICU) for at least 3 days, one arm broken and one leg "pulverized", as one of his sons put it.  After ICU he was laid up in the hospital in Fargo.  In order to return home, an air ambulance was needed at a cost of approximately $8,000. His insurance company informed him they would not cover it...where have we seen this scenario before....Rock had to max out his debt in order to get an air ambulance and get moved back to Ashby, Massachusetts.  

Rock's in line for at least four surgeries, if not more, on his leg. Going to be laid up for at least a year.  His doctors told him he'll never ride a bike again.  He told me that he's going to prove them wrong, he's going to finish the trip.  

Needless to say, his family is in financial difficulty.  To that end, to help him out, a relief fund has been set up.  If you can, please help, in any amount.  Checks should be made out to "The Relief Fund For The Benefit of Rocco Giambrocco-#3446" and sent to:

The Relief Fund For The Benefit of Rocco Giambrocco       

c/o Leominster Employees Federal Credit Union                    

24 Church Street, Leominster, MA 01453

Marines take care of their own...thank you and Semper Fi!

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