Skip to comments.MILITARY: Marine unit that suffered most casualties coming home
Posted on 03/25/2011 9:55:54 AM PDT by 444Flyer
The Camp Pendleton unit that has seen more troops killed and wounded in action than any other Marine Corps unit in the 10-year-old Afghan war is coming home.
The 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment will return in a couple of weeks ahead of a wave of other units from the base's I Marine Expeditionary Force.
(Excerpt) Read more at nctimes.com ...
Welcome Home indeed...and we await each one to adjust to life in the states once more. I relly like the idea they are keeping then together, once here, for three months..so important when they have seen and heard all they have in the battlefield. May God heal their minds and restore their hearts once more.
God Bless these brave young men and women.
I wish the article might have focused somewhat on what they accomplished in Afghanistan, and also made mention of the medals that were earned.
WELCOME HOME indeed, 3/5.
These Marines have a long history of taking a beating in the service of the nation. The regiment fought at Belleau Wood and the Meuse-Argonne offensive. They were in the worst parts of the fights on Guadalcanal, New Britain, Eastern New Guinea, Peleliu and Okinawa. They were at Pusan and part of the Inchon Landing and the Battle of Chosin Reservoir and were at Chu Lai, Phu Loc, Hue, Que Son Valley, An Hoa, Tam Ky and Da Nang in VietNam. Their actions on Peleliu and Okinawa were detailed in the book “With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa” by Eugene Sledge which was part of the basis for the series “The Pacific”.
These guys have earned their relief every bit as much as their predecessors.
WELCOME HOME and I wish nothing but the absolute best for them!!
PING to all who have prayed for our beloved 3/5. Please keep those prayers up as they are coming home to an ever grateful nation.
“SAN DIEGO —— One injured Marine shares an unusual bond with his father.”
Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan A. Leasure, attached to Wounded Warrior Battalion West at Naval Medical Center San Diego, and he and his father, Jay Leasure, were both assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines out of Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base —— Jordan in 2010 and Jay in 1990.
“He (Jordan) was born on the Marine Corps birthday, so he was destined to be a Marine,” Jay Leasure said. “It makes me feel proud to know we are both part of the ‘Dark Horse’ tradition.”
Jordan even spent time in the same barracks his father had 20 years earlier.
After recruit training, Jay Leasure spent a year with the Marine Corps Security Force at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado before being assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines at Pendleton in 1990.
A dislocated shoulder and torn rotator cuff in Squad Leader School training kept him from shipping out to Operation Desert Shield in Kuwait...”
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WELCOME HOME DARKHORSE!
Thank you for your service!
May God bless and sustain all of you and yours, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.
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Lt. West was mentioned in this coming home story.
Here is an article written about him. This Marine is all warrior and all heart.
“MILITARY: Marine from bloodied Camp Pendleton unit faces new fight
Lt. Cameron West says he was ‘lucky ‘cuz I still got one leg’”
“The war in Afghanistan ended in less than three weeks for Marine Lt. Cameron “Big Country” West.
The battle to rebuild his life —— after a roadside bomb tore apart his body —— will go on for years.
“I got lucky, to tell you the truth, ‘cuz I still got one leg,” the 25-year-old West said.
Many of the Marines he’s surrounded by at his daily rehabilitation sessions are missing both legs —— and arms.
Most of the young men once belonged to the highly decorated 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, which is bearing the brunt of the vicious fighting.
Now they’re assigned to another unit: the Wounded Warrior Battalion, created for troops whose injuries require months of care.
For West, and many other injured Marines, life changed with a footstep.
‘I looked down and it was gone’
On Oct. 15 of last year, West was leading his Camp Pendleton platoon on a hunt for Taliban insurgents...”
Semper Fi Lt. West!
"..."I've been waiting for the last six months," West said. "These are my guys and I can't wait to see them.""