Welcome to the
Enduring Tribute to the Fallen Heroes of the
5th Marine Regiment
“He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today that sheds his blood with me shall always be my brother.”
- William Shakespeare
The Marines of the 3/5 arrived in the Sangin district of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in late September taking over the fight from beleaguered British troops who had taken a pounding from the enemy. Taliban influence was everywhere. The local people lived in constant fear of the Taliban who closed down schools, roads, markets and more in their effort to exert control.
Then the Darkhorse Battalion showed up and after seven months of hellish firefights, encountering hundreds of roadside bombs, winning at least the respect of the locals, Taliban flags fly no longer. The local markets are once again open to vendors and consumers alike. And, in fact, schools are re-opened, new ones built and children are now attending classes – including girls.
Sangin is a far different place than it was before this battalion of Marines put boots on the ground. The 3/5 gave notice to the Taliban and local narcotics cartel that they cannot freely engage in their reprehensible ways without feeling the exacting sting of the Darkhorse warriors. The Marines of the 3/5 met the enemy and that enemy suffered greatly. But, with victory a price is all too often paid.
The 3/5 paid with the sacrifice of 25 Marines who died in battle.”These Marines did what Marines always do,” Lt. Col. Jason Morris, the battalion commander, said during Remembrance Day ceremonies April 29, 2011 at Camp Pendleton. “They took the fight to the enemy and they won.” The toll has been heavy.
The 25 killed – along with more than 230 wounded – is the largest and heaviest sacrifice any combat unit has suffered in the 10-year war in Afghanistan. They will never be forgotten, Never.
This website is dedicated to their memory and is a tribute to their lives. Do not but ask how these Fallen Heroes died. Ask how they lived!
“The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!”
- Eleanor Roosevelt