I have been attending the 3rd Bn, 5th Marines, Vietnam reunion for 11 years. For the first 9 years, I was the only one attending from the 81 mm mortar section in which I served. I had not been contact with any member of the section since I rotated back to the states in Aug., 1967. I started a computer search for the section members in 2012. Out of about 25 Marines that I served with, I have located 17. This past year there were 9 of us attending with a promise of 4 others attending in 2015. One of them had died of leukemia and one of those attending had leukemia but was in remission.
I have included some pictures. One picture is Joe Maplethrope, Sonny Scheffler, and myself in August 1966, and another of us 48 years later in May, 2014. The other picture is of the 9 of us that were in attending. It was amazing how the years just faded away and we were "19-year-old kids" again… I would like to encourage any Marine that is reading this… If you have the opportunity to attend a reunion, please do so. It is very therapeutic!
I am also including an article from a May 1967 issue of "The Sea Tiger" about my mortar squad during Operation Union II.
Carl Gregory, Sgt. USMC