Morales, H&S 3/5 I'm Pete Morales. In 1967, I served
in Vietnam with H&S Company, 3rd Bn, 5th Marines. I was the Battalion
Unit Diary Clerk, and kept up the Battalion Personnel Records. I'm
in search of Marines that I served with in Vietnam. I carried
a Roster in the field in Operation UNION II & PIKE with a list of
all Personnel of H&S Company 3/5.
MOS was 0141. I had many duties, from writing the Company diary in the
morning, Mail Man, Corporal of the Guard checking each bunker at night.
we went on Battalion operations, I was 1st Sergeant Smith's Body Guard.
I carried a Company Roster with me at all times because we had to know
where our men were of our H&S Company.
FI! Pete Morales
typing his unit diary
and girlfriend Sonia just before leaving for Vietnam
and Sonia Morales
Sweethearts before Vietnam, still very much sweethearts today!
the help of Pete's precious Unit Diary, and good buddy, Hans Haupt,
Pete's efforts here have helped locate almost 50 more of our "lost"
3/5 Marines and Corpsmen, and that in about a two-week period. This
is an ongoing process since there are 300 names on the list, including
Corpsmen and Chaplains. Pete posted the names on his webpage, "In
Search of Marines Who Served with H&S Company, 3rd Bn, 5th Marines,
Vietnam 1967." If anyone recognizes any of the names of the list,
please let us know. Keep up the great work, Pete and Hans!
has also written a very moving account of his last night with Father
Vincent Capodanno, Chaplain to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, and Medal
of Honor recipient, posthumously. Please read this, and say a few kind
words in your heart for this very special padre. Bless your heart
for all your efforts here, Pete!~DR
My Last Evening With Father Capodanno
evening of Sept 3, 1967, I was sorting H&S Company mail.
I had mail for Comm. 1st Sgt. Smith, Commanding Officer, and
for Chaplain (Father) Capodanno. I went delivering mail on Hill
63. When I got to the 1st Sgt. and Lt. Col. Tent, then I was
given an order to give to Father Capodanno that the Main Group
wasn't moving out the following morning because the line companies
were going to meet heavy enemy resistance, and the main H&S
Co. Body (called Group) was going to move out later when it
was safer to make an H&S Base Camp for Supplies.
got to Father Capodanno's Sleeping Quarters, greeted him, and
gave him his mail. Told him what the Lt. Col. and 1st Sgt. asked
me to tell him about H&S Co. (Group) wasn't moving out early
the following morning. He said "Fine," but he did
mention that his fellow Marines needed him in the time of pain,
sorrow and dying. He did mention that he was getting short,
he meant his tour of duty in Viet Nam was coming to an end,
was going to return to CONUS (State side), but was planning
to extend for six more months, and stay with his Marines that
needed him so much. He said that he loved his Marines, then
I wished him a good night, and returned to my Hootch to hit
following afternoon, way after I finished daily diary, we got
word at H&S Co. office tent that Father Capodanno was KIA
(Killed In Action). I couldn't believe what I heard, and immediately
I went to his Hootch (his tent), and he wasn't there, nor his
Pack that he carried with him. Then reality hit me that the
message was true.
was one of my saddest days in Viet Nam for me. In War, you don't
have time to grieve, or shed a tear. Father Capodanno died with
no mass, or paying our respects, life goes on. But when you're
young, and don't understand life or what people tell you, sometimes
you don't understand u
May God Bless him for his Actions.
FI! Pete Morales
Vincent Capodanno Memorial
H&S 3/5 Website
(H&S 3/5 emblem by Vic Vilionis)