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5th Marines Monuments at Camp San Mateo

In June 2013, Marines serving with 5th Marine Regiment gathered for the regiment’s Operation Enduring Freedom Memorial Dedication ceremony. More than a hundred Marines, veterans and Gold Star Mothers gathered at the San Mateo Memorial Garden to join the regiment at the ceremony. The names of the Marines and sailors who fought and died serving with a 5th Marines battalion or under Regimental Combat Team 5 in Afghanistan are etched into the 7-ton, granite memorial. The 7-foot tall, 8-foot, 4-inch wide memorial was created in Barre, Vt., and traveled to Camp Pendleton in a 10-day journey where it was escorted every mile of the trip by Patriot Guard Riders, a motorcycle club that strongly supports service members by welcoming them home from deployments. Etched into the bottom of the memorial stone are the words, “FALLEN BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN.”

The memorial honors Marines and sailors who served with 5th Marines or under Regimental Combat Team 5 who died in Afghanistan.

In early December 2007, 5th Marines dedicated a memorial for the 221 men killed in Iraq. The names include those of seven Army soldiers attached to the regiment. A group of Orange County residents formed a group called the 5th Marine Regiment Memorial fund in early 2007 and raised more than $72,000 to pay for the memorial. Modeled after barriers in Iraq to help prevent car and truck bombings, the memorial carries an inscription at the top reading “Fallen and Never Forgotten,” and one at the bottom reading “Freedom Fighter Fallen Warrior.”

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The Site – Camp San Mateo Memorial Garden

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)

The Camp San Mateo Memorial Garden is the site of the future Vietnam War Memorial Monument. Existing memorials at the site include – Korean War, World War I, World War II, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

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