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About the First Battalion Fifth Marines

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The 1st Battalion, 5th Marines (1/5) is an infantry battalion in the United States Marine Corps based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California consisting of approximately 800 Marines and sailors. Nicknamed Geronimo, it falls under the command of the 5th Marine Regiment and the 1st Marine Division. The battalion was formed in Mexico in 1914 and has served in every major conflict that the United States has been involved in since then.

Vietnam War
From June 1966 to March 1971, 1/5 was deployed to Vietnam. The battalion participated in action around Chu Lai, Danang, Quang Nam, Que Son Valley, Hoi An, Phu Loc, and An Hoa. The unit was deactivated in June 1974 but once again was quickly reactivated in March 1975. The battalion played a major role in the Battle of Hue City during February 1968. Engaging the enemy in the famous Citadel on the north side of the Perfume River, the battalion became known as the “Citadel Battalion”.

Battles / Engagements

Operation Union I

Operation Union II

Operation Swift

Battle for Hue City

Battle of Troui Bridge

 

The 1st Marine Division is currently organized around four regiments;

1st Marine Regiment 1st US Marine Division
5th Marine Regiment
7th Marine Regiment
11th Marine Regiment
1st Tank Battalion
1st Reconnaissance Battalion
1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
1st Combat Engineer Battalion
3rd Combat Engineer Battalion

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       1st US Marine Division

Skippers of “A” Company

March 26 – May 25,1966
Capt Robert A. Freeman
May 25 – Aug 1, 1966
Capt James R. Furleigh
Aug 1 – Oct 20, 1966
Capt Matthew T. Cooper
Oct 20 – Dec 31, 1966
1st Lt. A. C. Blades

Jan 1 – Feb 13, 1967
1Lt Arthur C. Blades
 

Feb 14 – March 3, 1967
1Lt L.G. Hutcheson
March 4 – March 10, 1967
2Lt J.L. Adkins
 

March 11 – May 8, 1967
2Lt W. P. Vacca
May 8 – May 13, 1967
Capt Gerald L. McKay
 

May 13 – June 2, 1967
Capt R. G. Babich
June 2 – Aug 26, 1967
Capt B. K. Brodie
 

Aug 27 – Nov 26, 1967
Capt F.S. Giordani
 
Nov 27 – Dec 31, 1967
Capt T.B. Bagley

January 1-9 1968
Capt. T.B. Bagley
 

January 10-31
1st Lt. F.P. Wilbourne III
February 1-12
1st Lt. F.P. Wilbourne III
 

February 12-13
Capt. J.J. Bowe
February 13-16
2nd Lt. D.U. Sherrin
 

February 16-26
2nd Lt. P.D. Polk
Feb. 26 – May 27, 1968
Capt. R.C. Rich
 

May 28- Sep. 22, 1968
1st Lt. S.A. Nelson
Sep. 23 – Nov. 9, 1968
Capt. G.C. Cody
 

Nov 10 – Dec 31, 1968
1st Lt. R.E. Pruiett

Jan 1 – March 3, 1969
1st Lt. R.E. Pruiett
March 3 – Aug. 24, 1969
Capt T. H. Torrey III
Aug. 25 – Nov. 2, 1969
1Lt P. M. Wallace

Jan. 1 – March 6, 1970
1Lt J. A. Heilig
March 7 – Apr. 6, 1970
1Lt J. F. Rozmus
Apr. 5 – Sep. 7, 1970
Capt J. A. Kelly
Sep. 8 – Oct. 31, 1970
Capt Anthony C. Zinni
Nov.1 – Dec. 31, 1970
1st Lt. D.L. Hughes

Jan. 1 – Jan. 15, 1971
1Lt D. L. Hughes
Jan. 16 – March 29, 1971
1Lt B. H. Beckett
March 30 – Apr. 2, 1971
1Lt J. A. Borzello
Apr. 3 – Apr. 15, 1971
1Lt J. A. Kindler

Commanding Officers

June 15 – Dec 31 1965
Lt. Col. Harold L. Coffman

Jan.1 – Sep. 18 1966
Lt. Col. Harold L. Coffman
Sep.19 – Nov.3 1966
Lt. Col. Edward R. Watson
Nov.4 – Dec.31 1966
Maj. P.L. Hilgartner

Jan.1 – Sep.19 1967
Maj. (Lt.Col.) P.L. Hilgartner
Sept.20 – Dec.31 1967
Lt.Col. O.W. Van Den Berg Jr.

January 1-7 1968
Lt. Col. O.W. Van Den Berg
January 8-31 1968
Lt. Col. R.P. Whalen
February 1 1968
Lt. Col. R.P. Whalen
February 1-2 1968
Major P.A. Wilson (Acting)
February 2-29 1968
Major Robert H. Thompson

Jan.1-Apr.26 1969
Lt.Col. R.F. Daley
Apr.27-Aug.29 1969
Lt.Col. W.E. Riley Jr.
Aug.30-Sep.22 1969
Maj. P.E. O’Toole
Sep.23-Dec.31 1969
Lt.Col. Lt.Col. J.K. Griffis Jr.

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