2,706 U.S. Marines and Sailors were killed in action during the Vietnam War while serving in the Fighting Fifth Marine Regiment. Their sacrifice is not forgotten. With your help, each and every one of them will be honored with a beautiful new Memorial Monument at the 5th Marines’ Memorial Garden, Camp San Mateo, Camp Pendleton, California.
This is a major undertaking. The monument will include the names of all 2,706 casualties and will offer a restful park-like setting for visitors. The monument builder is Rock of Ages of Graniteville, Vermont, the world’s leading granite quarrier and memorial manufacturer. Our goal is to raise the necessary funds ($400,000) over the coming months, with the monument dedication targeted for Memorial Day, 2017.
Any memorial monument to be installed aboard a military base requires approval by that service’s Chain of Command. This monument project has received initial approval and the “green light” to proceed with fund-raising efforts. If for any reason, this monument project does not come to fruition, all donations made will be returned to the donor.
Our project team includes the leadership of the 5th Marine Regiment, the 1st Marine Division Association, the 1/5 Vietnam Veterans Association, and the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group (a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization who, as fiduciary, are managing all donated funds in a secure trust fund.)
You can help! First and foremost, you can “pass the word” to family, friends and business associates, especially those who served in the Fighting Fifth in any era. We believe that any Marine or Sailor who served in the 5th Marines will want to see this mission accomplished.
And you can donate. We are seeking the $20.00 individual donation, the $50,000.00 corporate or organizational donation, and everything in between. We are confident that our veteran’s networks and friends of the 5th will have no problem raising the money to fund this project. The attached project brochure will help you pass the word and facilitate donations.
For more project details, images of the monument design, and online donations, please visit our website at 5th Marines Vietnam Memorial.
Should you have any questions, please contact me. We hope you will join our team and help us make this dream come true.
Steve Colwell, 1/5 Vietnam Veteran
Project Leader, 5th Marines Memorial Monument
3301 Celinda Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008