L/3/5 & HMH-361 Team Spirit

40 Year Remembrance

Forty years ago, twenty-nine of our brothers paid the ultimate sacrifice while on a training mission in Korea. On 8 March we gathered to dedicate in stone the names we have carried long in our hearts. 180 friends, service family and relatives gathered as one united, chosen family remembering those spirits, sharing stories, laughter, and tears with those cut short from their father, spouse, brother or grandfather.

At this year’s dedication and reunion ritual, we laid down our burdens, spoke unveiled truths, lifted others up, and bravely exposed our hearts, revealing to wondering spouses the occurrence that altered our being so long ago. We purged our souls and departed a better person than we arrived.

Where two or more warriors are gathered, the spirit is fanned to flame, igniting the torch which brightens our path. Walk tall with confidence and dignity; few have confronted the road you have traveled. Be humble and honest, let deeds be the mortar of your reputation. Patiently assist the next generation; remember those who guided your way. Treasure your brothers, respect their families, treat all with dignity and walk in the spirit, always.

-SgtMaj R. D. Thielen

Team Spirit 1984 Monument Project

Our deepest thanks to our partners the Dana Point 5th Marine Support Group for their experienced guidance, financial management of raised funds, untold hours of toil, Memorial Park and Task Force San Mateo preparation, friendship and fervor in helping make this monument goal a reality. The many guests arrived to see a beautifully manicured park and trees, with the permeated scent of eucalyptus on a blessed sunny day. The respect and honor surrounding the day’s events etched a perfect memory most thought they would never see, wanting to relive the moments of bringing our 29 Marines home to join the rolls of the gallant fallen, of the fighting 5th Marine Regiment.

From the dedication to the reception, your actions and kindness have been weighed and not found wanting. Every promise was exceeded and your heartfelt passion replaced the void of Gold Star family emptiness with happiness in finding a new family of supporting friends who remember those who have gone before us.

– Lima Company 3/5 (82-85) Monument Committee

Ceremony Videos

Monument dedicated March 8, 2024

March on the Colors

At the Alumni Reunion, General John Paxton and Ireland Liddle Deliver cake to Gold Star families. Republic of Korea LtCol Sungjin Lee looking on