November 1, 2015
I am excited to announce the new Hotel 2/5 website. Many hours have gone into this work to be able to present information about combat Marines who served in Hotel 2/5 1st Marine Division in Vietnam from 1966-1971. This site is a work in progress. It will take many years yet to come to collect and capture information about the Vietnam war, links to credible websites, and to get the veterans from this group of men to participate and add information to this site. We encourage all of our veterans to comment and add their information to this website. It will be a tribute to all who served there in Vietnam and also a legacy for our children, grandchildren and for generations to come to learn about the history of their USMC military family member.
Additionally, we continue to track and record our annual reunions on this website. Should you be interested in coming to one of our reunions, you will be able to register online.
We continue to build a database of all the men who served in Hotel 2/5 in Vietnam. PLEASE CHECK BACK FROM TIME TO TIME TO SEE OUR PROGRESS AND SEE WHAT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO FIND TO ADD TO OUR WEBSITE.
I see you are missing Mark Lilienthal from the KIA list. He died on 4/17/1970. He was in 1 Bravo but he might have been in 1 Charlie when he died.
Thank you for this information. This website is only managing Hotel 2/5 KIAs. (2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Division)
Since January, Jay Peterson was able to do some research and determined that Mark Lilenthal was a member of Hotel from September 1969 until April 1970. Mark has been added to the KIA list.
I just registered on this site and am happy I found you guys. I served with Hotel 2/5 from late July, 1968 to Nov,1968. I relieved Sgt Bresser (I think the spelling is correct) as the Platoon Sgt of the third platoon while he went on R@R back stateside for 30 days – then was the Platoon Sgt of the 2nd platoon. My two corpsmen were both killed within a few minutes of each other on Sept 30, 1968. Sad times but I’m proud to have served my country with a great group of men.
Send me your email address and I will add you to the Company Newsletter.
Thanks, Jay. My email is:
My time in Vietnam has been almost 50 years ago and my memory of names has faded. I do remember some of the nicknames or as I tell by grandsons code names. It would be great to attend this year’s reunion.
I served with Doc from March 1970 to August 1970, when I went home, after I got home I received a letter from Sargent McCaulsen that Doc had been killed, it broke my heart to heard this, I think of Doc a lot and I tell my friends all the good times we had together,.
There are too many stories to tell about Doc but they were all great and in my mind forever.
Looking for anyone who knew my brother PFC RONALD D MILLER he started at MCRD SAN DIEGO IN FEB 1966 THEN WENT TO CAMP PENDELTON 1ST BN 2ND INF TRNG REGI MCB THEN TO BIT SCOL 2D FROM THERE HE SERVED WITH CO “H”2ND BN 5TH MAR 1ST MAR DIV (REIN)FMF UNTIL HE KIA OCT 1966 IN VIETNAM ANY INFORMATION WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED THANKS IN ADVANCE BRENDA
Looking for anyone who knew my father, Pfc John H Jones from Columbus, Ohio. He served in Hotel Company from Nov 1968 until he was KIA on 3 Jan 1969, Appreciate any information that can be shared.
Larry…This piece is superb! Thank you.
Johnny Cash enlisted in the US Air Force on July 7, 1950. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant on July 3, 1954.
You may not enjoy Country Music or even Johnny Cash, but I guarantee you will be glad to have watched this YouTube:
(I don’t know how to activate this Hyperlink, so you’ll have Copy/Paste it into your Browser)…old school.
Semper Fi from an Air Winger…
Jay, I served in Hue and Anhoa with H 2/5. Recently my picture ended up on Mark Bowdens cover jacket with me standing and firing my M-60 not far from the Citidal. His book is “Hue 1968” and I met Mr. Bowden in San Diego at a book signing and interview. I’ve been signing books at Barnes and Noble, resturants, group meetings, dinners etc. Capt. Christmas was my CO. I was in 2nd Plt. My MOS was 0331. I did attend your San Diego reunion a couple of years ago. I’ll send you pictures in messenger.
I am now 71 years old. I have suffered like most combat Marines over the years. We lost the war. We got our asses kicked by “Charlie.” We cut and run after 58000 of us died. The United States has not won a war since WW2. If I have learned anything about freedom, it is that those who go off to die while greedy millionaires count their gold. For us to stand around with fingers firmly inserted in our assholes without making a peep is not what we learned in boot camp.
I just wanted to inform everyone that my Dad, Stephen Harris, passed February 13th, 2019 after a two year battle with cancer. He is greatly missed. Sadly shortly before he passed he went and burned all his Marine Corp related stuff so we have nothing left.
Interested in hearing from fellow Marines who served in Hue City, Feb/Mar 1968. I was with Hotel Co 2/5 as a machine gunner.
I served with H/2/5 from 26Jul68 to 30Sep68 as Plt Commander of 1st Plt. I was wounded and medevaced on 30Sep68. I am seeking help in finding out what happened that day. I have little memory of that day nor events of that day. I don’t if that is a curse or a blessing. I recall only a few Marines names who served with me. Dan Smith my radio operator, SSGT Parker my Platoon Sgt , Terri Haggi and Zepeda, my tunnel rat. I am trying to find out about the events of that day so that I can personally thank all those who pulled me to safety. I would appreciate any and all help. Please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance. Semper Fi!
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