3/5 RVN Reunion held at the Highland Marina, LaGrange, Georgia
May 16-19, 2002
Here are a few pictures from the recent reunion, more will be coming. Most of these are from Brenda Eidson.
This is a group picture of just about every Marine that attended (there are a few missing who didn't get the word). Picture was taken on Saturday afternoon, the 18th. The resolution isn't good enough to identify everyone here even when you blow it up (though if you want to try, please do and let me know at email@example.com). Higher resolution pictures will be coming.
Color guard, Marines from the Logistics Base at Albany, Georgia.
Kneeling, left to right, Jim Blankenheim, Ed McCurry, Craig Sullivan, Fred Riddle
Standing, Tony Stovall, Rocco Giambrocco, Jim Bisesi, Mike Wilson, can't identify, Lloyd Jeffries.
That's Jerry Bain from India holding the Battalion Colors.
We had no Kilo Company guys here, representing them are two Scouts who served with Lima, Jim Blankenheim and Rocco Giambrocco.
Skip St.Clair, Rocco Giambrocco (Scout), and for the life of me I can't remember the Lima Marine on the right, though I met him.
Can't identify everyone on here though I will point out we had two former Company Commanders with us. Third from left, kneeling, is Colonel McElroy; and far right standing is Colonel Jack Murray.
Survivors and families of the Haivanpass debacle (Operation Houston II, May 1968), Mike Company 3/5
Presentation of a shadow box to the family of (Doc) Harry Bowman, KIA May 9, 1968. Escorting the family are Marines that knew Doc. The gentleman on the right, helping hold up the shadow box is Lt. General Ray Davis (Ret.), recipient of the Medal of Honor.
Wives and families
Joe Dodson, India 3/5, bagpiper, practicing. At the end of the ceremony on Saturday, he was in the back and played the familiar march that we know. He stood and played for a couple of minutes, then slowly turned and marched off down the road, the tune fading in the distance. At the point where he was almost inaudible, the bugler from Marine Corps Base, Albany, proceeded to play Taps, echoed by a member of the Marine Band Brass Ensemble, also in attendance. I can still hear it in my mind as I write these words. Oh my God is it powerful.
Bob (Slick) Mowery, India 3/5, showing off a catch...he caught a bigger one, a six pounder I think, later.
And Jim Bisesi, Battalion Adjutant, says, "You don't think you were going to get away without seeing a picture of me with fish did you?"