One of the Marine Corps’ most tragic training mishaps occurred on the night of March 24th, 1984, during Team Spirit ’84 in the mountains of South Korea near Sirubong Peak when a CH-53D crash took the lives of 29 American and South Korean Marines on board. Twelve of the eighteen Americans were members of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. An immediate rescue mission departed for the crash site; on arrival to the scene, it turned into an 8-hour recovery operation over steep terrain. Stunned Marines worked in a state of shock to bring home their friends and mentors.
A group of 1982-85 Lima Company alumni and family held a reunion in May 2022. They spoke that night of the beautiful Fifth Marine Memorial Garden, and though it did not exist when this accident happened, how it would be appropriate to honor our Marines with those who sacrificed all. They have since worked in conjunction with the Dana Point 5th Marine Support Group to achieve their monument goal. The goal is to have the monument dedicated in the Memorial Park March 8, 2024, close to the 40th anniversary year of the crash. We understand that this is a tall order, but determined people can accomplish amazing things.
Notification will be made for the details of the monument dedication and tribute ceremony.
We would be grateful if you would unite in our undertaking to bring our fallen brothers to their rightful honored home, recognized among the distinguished fallen of the Fifth Marine Regiment.
***Any funds raised through this solicitation that are more than our goal for the Lima Company, 3/5 Team Spirit 1984 Monument and Tribute Ceremony will be placed into the general fund for the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group to be designated for the ongoing maintenance of the 5th Marine Memorial Garden***