This effort is now underway. Those involved include:
The 1/5 Vietnam Veterans Association:
We are the combat veterans of the 1st Battalion of the 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division (1/5/1), who served during the Vietnam War.
Our Mission is to:
- Support the 1st Marine Division Association and its Scholarship Programs.
- Preserve incidents and memories of the Marines and Sailors who served with 1/5/1 during the Vietnam War.
- Foster, encourage, and perpetuate the memory and the spirit and comradeship in arms of the 1/5/1 Vietnam Veterans.
- Promote and enhance patriotism and love of country.
- Perpetuate the spirit and traditions of the United States Marine Corps.
The 1/5 Vietnam Veterans Unit Chapter of the 1st Marine Division Association is a 501 (C) (19) not-for-profit corporation chartered in the state of North Carolina.
The 1st Marine Division Association:
The Marine Corps is a “Band of Brothers,” and the First Marine Division Association (FMDA) represents the best of what our Corps stands for.
This Association cuts across:
- Age Differences
- Rank Differences
- Race / Ethnicity Diversity
- Socio / Economic Differences
The FMDA is an Association where Marines and Sailors who now serve, or who have served, come together as a “Family of Warriors” and share that unexplained quality that makes us stand apart, known as “Esprit de Corps.” Our annual reunions and anniversary celebrations provide a venue for all generations of Warriors to gather and enjoy the Family of Arms that our beloved Division represents. We honor our past heroes and salute the current generation that is writing history in Iraq and Afghanistan today and on unknown shores tomorrow.
The 1st Marine Division Association is a 501 (C) (19) not-for-profit corporation, and the 1st Marine Division Scholarship Fund is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit educational program.
The 5th Marines were originally Adopted by The City of Dana Point in 2004. As our Outreach efforts gained momentum and our Organization became more formalized, we Incorporated, assembled a well-qualified Board of Directors, and gained Tax Exempt status in late 2007 and early 2008. The Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group is a Tax-Exempt, Qualified 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.
Our Patriotic friends of the 5th and benefactors provide time, talent, and financial resources for the benefit of our Brave Defenders in their time of need. Our heart-felt and compelling missions are:
- Helping our Wounded Heroes by being part of the solution for those who have sacrificed so much
- Paying tribute to our Fallen and helping families cope with the loss of their loved one
- Support our Marines, Sailors and families whether deployed or stateside
- Assist our transitioning Marines as they leave the Corps to assimilate into civilian life with mentoring, training, and hiring
Learn more about The Dana point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group – www.danapoint5thmarines.com
The 5th Marine Regiment:
The activation of the Fifth Marines dates back to June 1917, just prior to the U.S. force deployment to France during World War I. The Regiment won its nickname, the “Fighting Fifth,” on the battlefields of western Europe. So fierce were its efforts in the Battle of Belleau Wood and subsequent victories that the French government awarded the Regiment the Croix de Guerre with two palms and one gilt star. Today, each Marine serving in the Regiment also wears the Fourragere, a French unit award, on the left shoulder of his uniform to recognize the legacy and valor of his predecessors.
The Fifth Marines deployed to New Zealand in 1942 as part of the U.S. Pacific Campaign against Japan. During the course of World War II, the Regiment further distinguished itself in action at Guadalcanal, Eastern New Guinea, Peleliu and Okinawa. The post-war years found the Regiment on occupation duty in North China until May 1947, when it relocated to Guam. In August 1950, it moved to its current home, Camp Pendleton, California.
The country again called upon the Fifth Marines in August 1950, when the Regiment found itself in combat on the Pusan Perimeter in Korea. During the next three years the Regiment fought at Inchon and Seoul, the Chosin Reservoir, and on both the East Central and Western Fronts. The Fifth Marine Regiment returned to Camp Pendleton in March 1955, and remained there for the next eleven years.
In May 1966, the Fifth Marines arrived in the Republic of South Vietnam where it would remain until April 1971. Vietnam era Marines added the names Rung Sat, Chu Lai, Phu Bai, Hue, Khe Sahn, An Hoa, Tam Ky, and Da Nang to the Regiment’s long list of distinguished battle actions.
In August 1990, the nation again called on the “Fighting Fifth” – this time in support of Operation Desert Shield. On 26 January 1991, while embarked with the largest amphibious task force since World War II, Regimental Landing Team (RLT) Five, in conjunction with RLT-2, conducted heliborne and surface assaults for Exercise Sea Soldier IV in Southern Oman. On 25 February 1991, the Regiment disembarked in direct support of Operation Desert Storm and the liberation of Kuwait. Less than three months later, Fifth Marines received an executive order to conduct humanitarian assistance and relief operations in Bangladesh. The Regiment returned to Camp Pendleton on 29 June 1991.
In January of 2003, the Fifth Marines deployed to Kuwait to take part in Operation Iraqi Freedom. On 21 March, the Regiment became the first unit to cross the line of departure into Iraq as it moved to seize the Rumayllah Oilfields. During the course of the next few weeks, the Regiment repeatedly distinguished itself in combat actions as it continued the offensive to liberate Baghdad and collapse the regime of Saddam Hussein. During much of the attack north, the Regiment led the 1st Marine Division in the deepest attack in Marine Corps history.
Today, the Regiment continues to participate in exercises and contingency deployments with the 1st Marine Division, and to prepare forces for deployment with the 31st MEU (SOC). Ever ready to answer the nation’s call, the “Fighting Fifth” is recognized as the Marine Corps’ most highly decorated regiment.
Based today at Camp San Mateo inside Camp Pendleton, California, the regiment is the primary unit responsible for developing and constructing the Camp San Mateo Memorial Garden, the future location of this new memorial monument.