in by Mitzi Boydell, 29 March 2004)
picture is 128k)
Joe Boydell receives Bronze Star 6 March 2004, 34 yrs. after Vietnam
in by Dee Godkin, 17 Mar. 2004)
India Co. 3/5
Marines with Matt Kolakowski, son of Capt. Henry Kolakowski ("Ski")
Capt. Ski was KIA 15 June 1968, see also Capt.
Henry Kolakowski Memorial page
year's 3/5 Reunion, Jerry Bain had called all the India Co., guys together
in a corner and introduced Matt (Capt. Ski's son) and his cousin (I forgot
his name) and told him that if he really wanted to know what kind of guy
his dad was, these were the guys to ask. Jimmy Moss stepped forward and
told Matt that he had kept his father's Capt. bars all these years, and
he wanted to give them to him, thus the box in Matt's hands in the one
picture. It was a very touching moment and lots of tears were shed by
everyone. Matt's cousin (I'm assuming Ski's sister's son) had brought
all Ski's medals, and a scrapbook of his military career. The guys enjoyed
looking at them, and he had also brought funeral programs for each of
in by Beth Lomax, 21, Feb. 2004)
Blankenheim receives Navy Commendation Medal 13 Feb. 2004, 36 yrs. later
M Co. 3/5 CO Frank Pacello awarded Jim Blankenheim the Navy Commendation
Medal he had written up for Jim's actions as FAC on Hill 1192, May 1968
when M/3/5 ran into an NVA Base Camp. Jerry Lomax, Rock Giambrocco, Curtis
Batten and "Doc" Everett Wood are fellow survivors of that week
of nonstop fighting, and traveled to Wisconsin 13 Feb. to be on hand when
Skipper Pacello awarded Jim's citation. (See
also NVA Base Camp, HOUSTON II)
in by Troy and Suzanne Odom, M/3/5, 21 Feb. 2004)
and Susanne Odom send a big "Aloha" from Hawaii
on a Dinner Cruise and Dancing. Rocky Harrell and wife Shelia partnered
up with us for the week. We covered every inch of the island in our rented
,'04 Red Mustang Convertible...picture on the right is USMC Camp Tarawa
in Parker Ranch. One of their claims to fame is that this was the first
‘Cowboy Ranch’ in the United States. I am assuming that they
are referring to Cowboy operated cattle ranch.
Jan. 2004, Sent in by Betty Lipton DiGiacomo)
brother, Joseph Lipton (Lance Corporal) U.S.M.C.
Lipton was killed 1 May '67 in a chopper crash that included 3 wounded
M Co. 3/5 Marines
My brother was in a Canine Corps that was out of San Francisco, Calif.
He was a wonderful guy. At the time of his death, he was engaged to wonderful
girl named Joan. Joseph joined the Marines at 17. He had become ill after
2 weeks in VietNam, and he was hospitalized. I heard he was being evacuated.
We were then told he was missing for about 2 weeks, and then they told
us they found him. He was loved by many friends and family. We were never
informed of what actually happened.~Betty Lipton DiGiacomo
Jan. 2004, Sent in by RJ Del Vecchio, 1stMarDiv Combat Photographer '68)
'68, 5th Marines
by RJ Del Vecchio, copyrighted)
September '68 I was working with some elements of the 5th Marines on an
operation that shoved off from An Hoa, crossing the river on little boats.
Later on there was a firefight with NVA in a treeline, and I got both
still photos and some movie footage of the action.
Nat'l Archives photo
the photos from that firefight is one the USMC made an official historical
photo, it's in the National Archives and has appeared in several history
and photo books of the war. The A-gunner's face is clear, maybe if you
put this on your site and ask people to check it, someone will recognize
the guy and we can pin down what unit that was. The other two are one
from the start of the op, when we all got on the boats to leave An Hoa,
and after the firefight, when an S-2 was checking one of the NVA bodies-maybe
somebody is recognizable in those.~Del
Jan.2004, Sent in by Mitzi Boydell)
Joe Boydell, M/3/5
this website re the Repose, Joe's first tour was on her...and a pic from
that site caught my eye...it was finally confirmed tonite that the webmaster
of this site took this pic around Sept/Nov 1969 and is, as I suspected,
a pic of Joe. The guy in the right rear...The second
pic is Joe between tours in Jan. 1970...so you'll have something to compare.
Can you believe it?! So way cool...Mitz
Dec. 2003, Pictures courtesy of Joe Bowers and Ed "Don" Mashaney)
Weapons plt. late '67
1. Bob Montgomery, Terry Workman, Michael Lucibello
2. Lucibello, McPeak, Workman, Mashaney
3. Mashaney (left) and Workman
to Hans Haupt (H&S 3/5), we have just "found" Terry Workman...thank
in by Curtis Eidson, 1 Dec. 2003)
pictures of 1st plt. India 3/5 were taken late 67-68 Hill 55 area. The
first two pics are Robert Peterson (left) with unidentified corpsmen...If
anyone remembers the names of these Docs and the Marines in the rest of
the pics, please email us.
in by Paul Merryman, 30 Nov. 2003)
Dennis Merryman and M/3/5 Marines, 1969
Dennis Merryman sent these pics of M/3/5 Marines home before he was Killed
In Action 5 March '69. If anyone recognizes these Marines, please email
us. Pictures courtesy of Dennis' brother, Paul, M/3/9. (See
also LCpl. Dennis Merryman Memorial page).
#2 names remembered by Michael Alden: The Marine with the shades on, may
be a M-60 gunner from 1st.plt. If not, 1st or 2nd squad of 2nd platoon.
"M"3/5 . I seen him at times, only to remember him as "MELLOW
YELLOW," Torres from New York. He always gave me "fun"
crap about his "60" being cleaner than mine. The black guy we
#3 names remembered by Michael Alden: Dennis Merryman, Richard Reed, Luther
Maxwell and Ryan (that's all I know him by is Ryan).
in by Dennis Kempel, 29 Nov. 2003)
Silver Star Award Weekend
Saturday, October 25, 2003 through Sunday, October 26, 2003
Marines Tom Wityak, Tom Uebel, Randy Pelt, Troy Odom, Tom Lindsay, Jerry
Farrell and "Doc" Joe Boydell (and families) joined the Kempel
Family for a weekend celebration of "Doc" Michael Kempel's posthumous
Silver Star award (more pics to be posted soonly on Michael
Kempel's Memorial page).
in by Gil Currie, 24 Nov. 2003)
3/5 Marines Ted Duckworth, Ron Carson, Gil Currie together again!
in Seattle with Ron Carson. We had a great time. Ron has a bunch of pictures
from Jan. 1968 to 1969. My son is cleaning them up, will have them soon.
The pictures have some guys I recognize like George Colletti, Craig T...
we talked over a lot of stuff, he was with Capt. Ski when he was killed.
plt. India 3/5 67-68
(pictures courtesy of Ron Carson, if anyone remembers the missing
names, please email us)
think this is Doc Goss. That is what I have on a picture I made in 68.
2. The guy with
his back turned is Slick Mowery. The guy scratching his head is Larry
Vaught The one with a shirt on is Jeff Ludburg. The one on the right is
Gary Callahan. I am on the far court on the left. Bolton is in the back
looking down. Chuck Strong is the one with his hands on his hips, I don't
know the other guy. (Curtis Eidson)
4. Ron Carson
Bortscheller in the center of picture holding "Daisey Bell,"
Peterson (KIA 30 Jan. 68) with his back turned
in by Vernon Ford and Rick Golbeck, 19 Nov. 2003)
in by Debbe Reynolds, 15 Nov. 2003)