Purple Heart Memorial Monument

Our 5th Marine Wounded-in-action deserved special recognition for their personal courage shown and sacrifices made.  These military heroes represent honor and on February 22nd, 2017 an enduring monument was dedicated in the 5th Marine Memorial Park on George Washington’s Birthday to serve as a symbol of the bravery these valiant 5th Marines made in the name of freedom.  The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving with the U.S. Military.

Col Ken Kassner, then Commander of the 5th Marine Regiment, had a vision that prior to his Change of Command, a Purple Heart Memorial Monument would be dedicated as a permanent tribute at San Mateo, Home of the 5th Marines.  Col Kassner was twice wounded in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  DP5MRSG raised the funds in order for  Col Kassner’s vision to become a reality.  This monument now serves as a symbol of the personal courage and sacrifices made in the name of freedom by all the Fighting Fifth Warriors it represents.

The Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group produced a video about the Purple Heart Memorial Monument. Please click the play button below to view or watch this video on our YouTube channel:

Professional video produced by Jonathan Jenkins of Progressive Production Services.

Col Ken Kassner and SgtMajor Chuong Nguyen proudly Dedicate the Purple Heart Memorial Monument to all 5th Marines who sacrificed life and limb in the line of duty to their Country.