NEWS UPDATE! As of April 13, 2017, we have secured $207,949.00 in cash donations and pledges.
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THE STORY

During a recent visit to the Memorial Garden at Camp San Mateo, home of the Fighting Fifth Marine Regiment, several veterans who served in the regiment during the Vietnam War observed the new memorial monuments recently installed there that commemorate both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial

Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial

Operation Enduring Freedom Memorial

Operation Enduring Freedom Memorial

We recognized the desirability and importance of  funding, designing, installing and dedicating a new Memorial Monument there, honoring those Marines and Units who served in the regiment during the Vietnam War, especially those who lost their lives during that service.

Camp Pendleton, CA - The 35th commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos, visits the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment Memorial during a tour of Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, CA, on May 19, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans)
Camp Pendleton, CA – The 35th commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos, visits the 5th Marine Regiment Memorial Garden during a tour of Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA, on May 19, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans)

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The Design

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The Cause

Here is a video providing background on the 5th Marines Vietnam.

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The Location

The 5th Marine Regiment Memorial Garden location is visited by active duty Marines, families, and veterans. With the addition of the Vietnam Memorial, the sacrifices of the 5th Marines and all of the Marine men and women who died while serving their country in Vietnam will be remembered, facilitating healing and contributing to the future.

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Who we are

This effort is now underway. Those involved include the 1/5 Vietnam Veterans Association, the 1st Marine Division Association, the Dana Point 5th Marines Support Group, and the 5th Marine Regiment Command Group. We are confident that, “with a little help from our friends,” we will have no problem raising the money to fund this project.

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We Remember

A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”

President John F. Kennedy
35th President

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