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1960 - desert to the sea
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from  1959-1962, 2537, 5th Marine Regiment  album
The 5th Marine REGIMENT did three force marches with combat loads (FYI combat load was T/O weapon, equipment, 3 meals (C's), clothing & equipment for 2 days) . The ONLY weapons not carried were the 4-duce mortars. Yes, 3.5's, flames and 81's were humped. Sleeping bags were trucked to end of days march. Cooks, messmen, sick lame & lazy were forward and rear party . . . always had field mess set up for evening meal. Breakfast and lunch were c's on the march. 1958 - 87 miles in 5 days - Camp Margarita, Camp Pendleton to Camp Matthews (north end is now MCAS Miramar), CA and return (2 days down, 2 back - day 3 was a regimental beerbust and field meet). 1959 - 101 miles in 4 days - Camp Margarita around the fence line and shore line of MCB Camp Pendleton. 1960 - 174 miles in 6 days - Dead Mans Lake (dry), 29 Palms to Camp Margarita, Camp Pendleton. Boondocker = make one Boondocker Supreme = make two or all three. I made all three - 1958 was with Hide n' Slide 2/5
posted By ARMSTRONG, Joe Donald, SgtMaj
Sep 8, 2007
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