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In Memoriam My Brothers in Kilo & Lima Companies, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines
Self | 11Mayh2013 | ConorMacNessa

Posted on 05/11/2013 4:30:13 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa





REST IN PEACE, FALLEN BROTHERS!

In Memoriam My Comrades-In-Arms Of Kilo & Lima Companies, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines Who Fell In Combat In The Mothers' Day Massacre, 11May1969





SSGT. ERWIN EMRICK, JR., USMC

LCPL. ROBERT MARTINEZ FUENTES, USMC

LCPL. MICHAEL WAYNE GREEN, USMC

PFC. STEPHEN RAY LOPEMAN, USMC

PFC. ROBERT RUAN MCCLURE, USMC

PFC ROBERT NELSON NEWMAN, USMC

PVT SAMUEL BRUCE SCHWARTZ, USMC

PFC ROBERT BENJAMIN STARKES, JR., USMC



CPL TERRY LEE ADKINS, USMC

LCpl. ROY LEE BALDWIN, USMC

PFC CHARLES WAYNE FORD, USMC

LCPL ARTURO BUSTAMANTE GUTIERREZ , USMC

PFC ROBERT LLOYD KLEINSMITH, USMC

HM3 JEROME MENTER, USN

LCPL RICHARD THOMAS MILLER, USMC

PFC CARL EDWARD PACKARD JR, USMC

PFC ERNEST ANTHONY PINAMONTI, USMC

PFC MARION DAVID POWELL, USMC

PFC ALAN NEIL PRENTICE, USMC

PFC THOMAS ALLAN STRATTON, USMC

PFC EDWARD ROBERT TOLLEY, USMC

LCPL ESTEBAN ANGEL TREVINO JR, USMC

PFC RODGER ALAN VANDERGRIFF, USMC

PFC CARLISLE OGDEN WARK JR, USMC

PFC DENNIS HAROLD WRIGHT, USMC


"I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith."
2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV)

"Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour, and be in readiness for the conflict;
For it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar.
As the Will of God is in Heaven, even so let it be."
(1 Maccabees 3:58–60)

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Rest in Peace, fallen brothers, rest in peace!
We who remain hold you in high honor.
Rest, fallen brothers, in this sacred precinct;
We who remain keep this place sacred.
Rest, fallen brothers, among these, your comrades;
We who remain keep the watch.
Rest, fallen brothers, amid these who heeded the Nation’s call;
We who remain press the fight forward in your name.
Rest, fallen brothers, lay down thy burden;
We who remain have taken up the torch.
Rest in Peace, fallen brothers, rest in eternal peace!




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"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)



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GUARDING THE GATES






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From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean:
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.

Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job
The United States Marines.

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.



Marines Assigned To Lima Company
3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment
On Patrol, Afghanistan, 2010







"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)


1 posted on 05/11/2013 4:30:13 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


IN THE ARIZONA TERRITORY, QUANG NAM PROVINCE, I CORPS, VIETNAM – 11MAY1969



May 11, 1969 – the "Arizona Territory", Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. In my first significant firefight, a vicious attack that is remembered as the "Mothers Day Massacre," Kilo And Lima Companies 3/5 were pinned down by heavy fire from Viet Cong in a large open expanse of rice paddies. I crawled under fire through several hundred yards of open space to reach our wounded. Our guys were getting killed with head shots every time they lifted their heads above the height of the paddy dykes. I reached the point where our Platoon Sergeant was leading the charge. I found him lying on the ground with his eyes open and still breathing, but in his last moments with a bullet through his heart. A VC had popped up out of a bunker and shot him at point blank range. SSgt. Emrick literally died in my arms.

Having secured that area, we set in for the night with a perimeter watch at 100%. The Platoon CP was set in right at the bunker from which the man had emerged who shot SSgt. Emrick. I had the watch from midnight to 0200. About halfway through my watch, another VC came up out of that bunker, which must have been part of a tunnel system. I drew my .45 and challenged him. He froze and everyone in the CP woke up. He had about twelve men with M-16's and one raw Corpsman with a .45 trained directly on him. The Corporal next to me cried out "Shoot him, Doc!" I shot him and missed – my hands had been shaking wildly. He crawled away toward our perimeter where he was quickly dispatched by a young Marine from East L. A. who travelled under the sobriquet "Skull." Our Skipper, Capt, Ken Hock, arrived and praised me greatly, saying "Damn, Doc! You're losing weight AND shooting guys!"

Kilo lost 8 men KIA in that incident, mostly head wounds. Lima lost many more and had many more wounded. Lima was so badly depleted it was stood down for several weeks to replenish its ranks. I had occasion to visit Lima while they were stood down. It was a somber visit – they were absolutely demoralized at that time.
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i. Over forty years later, the date of this event still resonates deeply with me. I have not had a Mothers' Day since then that is not overshadowed by the memory of that day.
ii. Our Platoon Sergeant, SSgt. Erwin Emrick, Jr., was then Acting Platoon Commander by virtue of the wounding of 2nd Lt. Chapman a couple of days before.
iii. I was always struck by the absurdity of this situation. I was in the midst of a group of highly trained and battle-tested Marines, but I was the one they expected to shoot him. I guess it must have been because I had the watch.








Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

2 posted on 05/11/2013 4:33:56 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

My Respects


3 posted on 05/11/2013 4:38:19 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: ConorMacNessa

My respects too. Moved to News, Extended. We should never forget.


4 posted on 05/11/2013 4:39:07 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: ConorMacNessa

Thank You for sharing such a beautiful and moving tribute to your buddies in arms.


5 posted on 05/11/2013 4:39:31 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Well Done CMN


6 posted on 05/11/2013 4:43:26 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Admin Moderator
Thanks very much - I was unsure of where to place it.



"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

7 posted on 05/11/2013 4:44:35 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

I Corps OOoorah!
66-68 Chu lai RVN.


8 posted on 05/11/2013 4:44:37 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Semper Fi Marine!


9 posted on 05/11/2013 4:46:09 PM PDT by Baron 2A (Those that can, do; those who can't, teach; those who do neither become journalists!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Thank you for your service.


10 posted on 05/11/2013 4:48:52 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: ConorMacNessa

What a great tribute to such magnificent men, Conor!

There are no words...........


11 posted on 05/11/2013 4:53:34 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Welcome home brother!

Semper Fi.


13 posted on 05/11/2013 4:59:21 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: ConorMacNessa

My father was in Vietnam that year. I was 3.


14 posted on 05/11/2013 5:00:18 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Sarah is right.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

All respects and honors to Kilo and Lima, Doc.


15 posted on 05/11/2013 5:01:59 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul the usual suspects!)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Good post Doc. When I was there 70-71 Arizona was a free-fire zone. If it moved, shoot it. I was a platoon commander in 3/5 when I came back to the world. A LT's slot and I was just a CPL.

I lost a lot of dam good friends and good Marines too.

16 posted on 05/11/2013 5:05:03 PM PDT by chesty_puller (Viet Nam 1970-71 He who shed blood with me shall forever be my brother. Shak.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

So moving, there are no words.
Thank you for your brave service.


17 posted on 05/11/2013 5:08:23 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: ConorMacNessa

Thank you for your exemplary service, Shipmate! I’m sorry for the losses you endured.


18 posted on 05/11/2013 5:14:39 PM PDT by rabidralph (http://www.cafepress.com/westernwis)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Thank You for sharing this harrowing story with us tonight, Conor.

We must never forget.


19 posted on 05/11/2013 5:15:31 PM PDT by left that other site ((Ban the ubiquitous and deadly solvent, Di-hydrogen monoxide!!!))
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To: ConorMacNessa

A guy I used to work with was a Marine who was in Hue in ‘68.He didn’t talk much about it (at least not to me) but what little he did say still gives me the horrors.I personally think he has PTSD (or something resembling it) because he sure had a temper on him.Given what he saw I suppose he’s entitled to his “weaknesses” (assuming that my “diagnosis” is correct) because I sincerely doubt that I would have covered myself in glory in a similar situation....or thereafter.


20 posted on 05/11/2013 5:43:53 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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