Armstrong, Joe Donald, SgtMaj

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Current Service Status
USMC Retired
Current/Last Rank
Sergeant Major
Current/Last Primary MOS
9999-Sergeant Major/First Sergeant
Current/Last MOSGroup
Specific Billet MOS
Previously Held MOS
2511-Field Wireman
9900-General Service Marine
2531-Field Radio Operator
2533-Radio Telegraph Operator
0151-Administrative Clerk
2537-Radio Chief
2571-Special Radio Operator
2570-Electronic Warfare Operator
5711-Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Defense Specialist
2573-Traffic Analyst
2629-Signals Intelligence Analyst
Primary Unit
1986-1987, 9999, H&MS-39, MAG-39
Service Years
1957 - 1987
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Certificate of Commendation
Cold War Certificate
Golden Dragon Certificate
Meritorious Mast
Shellback Certificate
Tailhook Certificate
Water Survival Basic (WSB)
Water Survival Intermediate (WSI)
Voice Edition

Sergeant Major

Seven Hash Marks


 Official Badges 

NSACSS Badge French Fourragere USMC Retired Pin (30 Years)

 Unofficial Badges 

US Marines Corps Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon Cold War Medal Shellback

Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Southeast Asia War Games US Marine Corps Honorable Discharge (Original) Cold War

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Marine Corps Cryptologic Association (MCCA)Zia; Detachment 850Post 7686, Tularosa and Alamogordo PostMTWS Profile Assistance Team
TWS Memorial TeamMTWS Memorial TeamsMTWS Memorial A-TeamMarine TWS Advisory Group
Marine Corps Together We ServedMTWS Unit Historian
  1996, Marine Corps Cryptologic Association (MCCA) [Verified]
  2003, Marine Corps League, Zia; Detachment 850 (Vice Commander) (Alamogordo, New Mexico) [Verified]
  2003, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 7686, Tularosa and Alamogordo Post (Alamogordo, New Mexico) [Verified]
  2003, MTWS Profile Assistance Team [Verified]
  2004, TWS Memorial Team [Verified]
  2004, MTWS Memorial Teams
  2004, MTWS Memorial A-Team
  2004, Marine TWS Advisory Group [Verified]
  2004, TWS Memorial Team [Verified]
  2004, Marine TWS Advisory Group [Verified]
  2004, Marine Corps Together We Served [Verified]
  2004, MTWS Unit Historian

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
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Other Comments:
640512 TAILHOOK USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-64)
640607 CATSHOT USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-64)
640607 TAIL HOOK USS Constellation (CVA-63)
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 Countries Deployed To or Visited

 Remembrance Profiles - 70 Marines Remembered
  • Bogdanos, Matthew Francis, Col, (1977-Present)
  • Campbell, Raymond B, Sgt, (1951-1953)
  • Carter, Harold, SSgt, (1942-1951)

 Tributes from Members  
SgtMaj.J.Armstrong posted by 03 Shaver, John, Jr. (Rebel 1-0), Sgt 2254
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  1959-1962, 2537, 5th Marine Regiment

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2537-Radio Chief
Camp Pendleton
 5th Marine Regiment Details

5th Marine Regiment
The activation of the Fifth Marines dates back to June 1917, just prior to the U.S. force deployment to France during World War I. The Regiment won its nickname, the “Fighting Fifth,” on the battlefields of western Europe. So fierce were its efforts in the Battle of Belleau Wood and subsequent victories that the French government awarded the Regiment the Croix de Guerre with two palms and one gilt star. Today, each Marine serving in the Regiment also wears the Fourragere, a French unit award, on the left shoulder of his uniform to recognize the legacy and valor of his predecessors.

5th Marines and 6th Marines – 1918 Battle of Belleau Wood – Awarded the Fourragere aux couleurs de la Croix de guerre with palm leaf three times.

Briefly deactivated, the Regiment was reactivated in June 1920, to guard the delivery of the U.S. Mail against domestic bandits. While they were on the job, not one Marine was killed and not one piece of mail was lost to thieves. In March 1927, the Regiment deployed to South America and fought in support of the Nicaraguan government against rebel bands until April 1930. Shortly thereafter, the Regiment was again briefly deactivated. Troubled times and small conflicts in the Americas however, led to the Regiment’s reactivation on 1 September 1934.

After further service in the U.S. and in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Fifth Marines deployed to New Zealand in 1942 as part of the U.S. Pacific Campaign against Japan. During the course of World War II, the Regiment further distinguished itself in action at Guadalcanal, Eastern New Guinea, Peleliu and Okinawa. The post-war years found the Regiment on occupation duty in North China until May 1947, when it relocated to Guam. In August 1950, it moved to its current home, Camp Pendleton, California.

The country again called upon the Fifth Marines in August 1950, when the Regiment found itself in combat on the Pusan Perimeter in Korea. During the next three years the Regiment fought at Inchon and Seoul, the Chosin Reservoir, and on both the East Central and Western Fronts. The Fifth Marine Regiment returned to Camp Pendleton in March 1955, and remained there for the next eleven years.

In May 1966, the Fifth Marines arrived in the Republic of South Vietnam where it would remain until April 1971. Vietnam era Marines added the names Rung Sat, Chu Lai, Phu Bai, Hue, Khe Sahn, An Hoa, Tam Ky, and Da Nang to the Regiment’s long list of distinguished battle actions.

In August 1990, the nation again called on the “Fighting Fifth” – this time in support of Operation Desert Shield. On 26 January 1991, while embarked with the largest amphibious task force since World War II, Regimental Landing Team (RLT) Five, in conjunction with RLT-2, conducted heliborne and surface assaults for Exercise Sea Soldier IV in Southern Oman. On 25 February 1991, the Regiment disembarked in direct support of Operation Desert Storm and the liberation of Kuwait. Less than three months later, Fifth Marines received an executive order to conduct humanitarian assistance and relief operations in Bangladesh. The Regiment returned to Camp Pendleton on 29 June 1991.

In the decade following Operation Desert Storm, the Regiment deployed to Yellowstone National Park, the Umatilla National Forest in Oregon and Clear Creek, Idaho to combat wild fires. Simultaneously it sourced the battalion landing teams for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), or MEU (SOC).

In January of 2003, the Fifth Marines deployed to Kuwait to take part in Operation Iraqi Freedom. On 21 March, the Regiment became the first unit to cross the line of departure into Iraq as it moved to seize the Rumayllah Oilfields. During the course of the next few weeks, the Regiment repeatedly distinguished itself in combat actions as it continued the offensive to liberate Baghdad and collapse the regime of Saddam Hussein. During much of the attack north, the Regiment led the 1st Marine Division in the deepest attack in Marine Corps history.

Today, the Regiment continues to participate in exercises and contingency deployments with the 1st Marine Division, and to prepare forces for deployment with the 31st MEU (SOC). Ever ready to answer the nation’s call, the “Fighting Fifth” is recognized as the Marine Corps’ most highly decorated regiment.
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44  Rush, John (MTWS Asst Chief Admin), GySgt 418

Last Updated: Jul 8, 2009
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Cpl Charles Trevar Edwards
Cpl Gallen Anthony Shaw

My Photos For This Unit
1960 - desert to the sea
1959 - Camp Pendleton perimiter
5th Marine Regiment
60 Members Also There at Same Time
5th Marine Regiment

Edwards, Charles Trevor, Cpl, (1957-1962) 25 2533 Corporal
LaRocque, Robert, Cpl, (1958-1962) 25 2533 Corporal
Luttring, Duane, Cpl, (1959-1963) 25 2543 Corporal
Gwin, Kenneth, LCpl, (1959-1963) 25 2533 Private 1st Class
Collier, Elbert, Pvt, (1958-1961) 25 2531 Private
O'Neal, J.D., Pvt, (1959-1963) 25 2531 Private
Corbett, Leroy, Col 3 0302 Major
Fischer, Max, Maj, (1958-1968) 3 0302 First Lieutenant
Rowe, Peter, BGen, (1961-1992) 3 0302 Second Lieutenant
Flynn, Mike, CWO2, (1960-1982) 3 0302 Chief Warrant Officer 2
Ray, Michael, MSgt, (1959-1980) 3 0311 Master Sergeant
McLaughlin, Alford, MSgt, (1945-1966) 3 0331 Staff Sergeant
Stovall, Tony, SSgt, (1956-1976) 1 0193 Staff Sergeant
Castanie, Lyn William, Sgt, (1967-1971) 3 0317 Sergeant
Kama, Abner, MSgt, (1951-1976) 21 2131 Sergeant
Morales, Alejandro, Sgt, (1962-1966) 3 0311 Sergeant
Ross, Michael, Sgt, (1962-1966) 3 0311 Sergeant
Scott, Roger, Sgt, (1956-1967) 35 3516 Sergeant
Stibbens, Cecil, GySgt, (1953-1984) 43 4312 Sergeant
Wilson, Larry, Sgt, (1959-1967) 3 0311 Sergeant
Brooks, Ronald, Cpl, (1958-1962) 35 3516 Corporal
Dooley, Keith, Cpl, (1962-1965) 3 0311 Corporal
Dorris, Claude Hesson, SSgt, (1956-1968) 3 0311 Corporal
Flynn, Mike, CWO2, (1960-1982) 3 0311 Corporal
Honadle, Norm, CWO5, (1959-1998) 3 0311 Corporal
Hunter, Clayton, Cpl, (1958-1961) 3 0311 Corporal
Keller, Michael, Cpl, (1960-1963) 1 0141 Corporal
Nixon, Doug, Cpl, (1960-1964) 3 0311 Corporal
Ramirez, Daniel, Cpl, (1953-1961) 3 0300 Corporal
Ray, Jerry, Cpl, (1958-1965) 3 0311 Corporal
Redfering, Jerry, Cpl, (1962-1965) 3 0311 Corporal
Riley, Michael, Cpl, (1961-1964) 3 0300 Corporal
Stafford, Richard, Cpl, (1953-1959) 3 0311 Corporal
Beaman, William, LCpl, (1958-1961) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
Campo, Carl, SSgt, (1959-1969) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
Hamilton, David, Cpl, (1959-1963) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
Laccabue, Lawrence, Cpl, (1959-1963) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
Miller, Richard, LCpl, (1959-1963) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
SPARLING, JAMES, LCpl, (1957-1963) 3 0331 Lance Corporal
Cory, Dennis, SSgt, (1960-1972) 3 0341 Private 1st Class
Hickey, Daniel, Cpl, (1959-1963) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Reid, Bruce, PFC, (1957-1963) 3 0341 Private 1st Class
Schmid, Peter, Cpl, (1960-1964) 3 0300 Private 1st Class
Ward, Charles, GySgt, (1958-1974) 3 0311 Private
Adams, Ralph, Cpl Corporal
Shaw, Galen Anthony, Cpl, (1956-1959) Corporal
Cody, Joseph, LtCol, (1947-1977) Lieutenant Colonel
Barron, Howard, SSgt, (1960-1972) Staff Sergeant
O'Malley, Robert, Sgt, (1961-1966) Private 1st Class
Anti-Tank Co

Martinez, Frank, Cpl, (1957-1961) 3 0353 Corporal
F Co

Kitts, Dennis, LCpl, (1959-1963) 3 0351 Private 1st Class
Wolf, Tom, LCpl, (1959-1963) 3 0351 Private 1st Class

Caskey, Jerry, LCpl, (1957-1960) 25 2531 Lance Corporal
Spence, Jack, Maj, (1950-1973) 3 0302 First Lieutenant
Winglass, Robert, LtGen, (1957-1992) 4 0402 First Lieutenant
Keller, Michael, Cpl, (1960-1964) 1 0141 Corporal
Russell, Tim, LCpl, (1960-1964) 3 0351 Lance Corporal
Page, LaMont, LCpl, (1958-1961) 3 0331 Private 1st Class

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