Vivilacqua, Theodore Russell, 2ndLt

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Second Lieutenant
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0301-Basic Infantry Officer
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1969-1969, 0301, 2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)
Service Years
1968 - 1969
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Long Beach

Casualty Date
May 13, 1969
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Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Greenlawn Memorial Park - Columbia, South Carolina
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25W 113
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  1969-1969, 0301, 2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)

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 2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5) Details

2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)
The 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines was initially formed in July 1914 and immediately sailed to the Caribbean due to political turmoil in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The battalion returned to the United States in late 1914. In June 1917, the battalion sailed for France with its present regiment. During World War I, the battalion participated in the Battle of Belleau Wood, Soisson, and the Meuse-Argonne Campaign. For these actions, the battalion was twice awarded the French Croix de Guerre with Palm and once with Gold Star. The FOURRAGERE, representing these awards, and is worn today by members of the battalion.

2nd Battalion, 5th Marines participated in the post-war occupation of Germany and returned to the United States in August 1919. In 1920, at Quantico, Virginia, the battalion was ordered to guard U.S. mail trains. During this period, it also participated in reenactments of Civil War battles. The battalion was sent to Nicaragua in 1927 to fight bandits and supervised the 1928 national elections there.

At Quantico from 1934 on, the battalion participated in numerous exercises contributing to the development of the Marine Corps Amphibious Doctrine. In 1941 2nd Battalion 5th Marines joined the newly formed 1st Marine Division at New River, North Carolina. The 1st Marine Division departed the East Coast in 1942 and has never returned. During World War II, that battalion fought at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa. After the war, the battalion served on occupation duty in North China until 1947.

In July 1950, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines sailed from Camp Pendleton, California, to Pusan, Korea. In August, the battalion fought at the Pusan Perimeter. The battalion participated in the landing at Inchon, the liberation of Seoul, the Chosin Reservoir Campaign, and the defense of the East Central and Western Fronts. From July 1953 to February 1955, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines assisted in the defense of the Korean de-militarized zone after which it returned to Camp Pendleton.

In 1959, the battalion deployed to Camp Schwab, Okinawa, and then in 1960, relocated to Camp Pendleton. In April 1966, the battalion deployed to the Republic of Vietnam. During the next five years the battalion participated in combat operations in Hue city, Que Son, Phu Bai, Dong Ha and Phu Loc. The battalion returned to Camp Pendleton in 1971, and in 1975 participated in Operation New Arrival, the relocation of Southeast Asian Refugees.

During the next fifteen years, the battalion deployed regularly as part of the Marine Corps Unit Deployment Program. In December 1990, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines sailed for the Persian Gulf and participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines landed in Saudi Arabia and participated in the liberation of Kuwait. During the return transit to the United States, the battalion was diverted to Bangladesh in order to provide humanitarian relief as part of Operation Sea Angel.

In 1993, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines deployed as the Battalion Landing Team for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operation Capable) and participated in operations in Rwanda and Somalia. In 1995 the Battalion began regular deployments to Okinawa for service as the Battalion Landing Team for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) and participated in several operations in East Timor.

In February 2003, the Battalion deployed to Kuwait as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. In March, the Battalion attacked into Iraq, freed the Iraqi people and conducted peacekeeping operations in Muthanna Province until its redeployment in August. The Battalion earned its 14th Presidential Unit Citation for the Operation Iraqi Freedom campaign.

In August of 2004, the Battalion once again deployed to Iraq to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom II in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.

2nd Battalion, 5th Marines is the most highly decorated battalion in the United States Marine Corps. Its motto comes from its actions at Belleau Wood during WW I. The fleeing French advised the newly arrived Marines to retreat in the face of overwhelming odds. The Battalion response: Retreat, Hell! We just got here!!
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2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)

Erins, John, Capt, (1968-1971) 3 0301 Captain
Stiehl, Jim, Capt, (1967-1971) 3 0301 Captain
Skeels, Robert, 1stLt, (1967-1971) 3 0301 First Lieutenant
Urenovich, Mike, Col, (1968-1998) 3 0302 Colonel
Owens, James, LtCol, (1954-1972) 3 0302 Major
Greguras, Fred, Capt, (1969-1972) 3 0302 Captain
Holtzclaw, Gary Earl, 1stLt, (1965-1969) 3 0302 First Lieutenant
Kirkpatrick, Bill, 1stLt, (1967-1970) 3 0302 First Lieutenant
Klie, Timothy, Maj, (1967-1979) 3 0302 First Lieutenant
Melton, William "Bill", LtCol, (1955-1992) 3 0302 First Lieutenant
OConnell, John, Capt, (1966-1976) 3 0302 First Lieutenant
Melton, William "Bill", LtCol, (1955-1992) 3 0302 Second Lieutenant
Turner, Bob, Capt, (1967-1971) 3 0302 Second Lieutenant
Ghilon, Richard, SSgt 3 0369 Staff Sergeant
Grizzard, Andrew, SSgt, (1964-1970) 3 0323 Staff Sergeant
Acosta, Heraclo, SgtMaj, (1954-1981) 3 0311 Sergeant
Davis, Eric, Sgt, (1969-1970) 3 0311 Sergeant
Ditchkoff, Vic, MSgt, (1963-1989) 3 0311 Sergeant
Doucette, George, Sgt, (1966-1969) 3 0311 Sergeant
Gardner, Steve, Sgt, (1968-1972) 3 0351 Sergeant
Hale, Richard, Sgt, (1968-1970) 3 0311 Sergeant
Harris, Arrie, Sgt, (1963-1977) 3 0311 Sergeant
Holdeman, Lonny, Sgt, (1966-1969) 3 0311 Sergeant
Kolodziejczak, Donald, Sgt, (1969-1972) 3 0341 Sergeant
Kolodziejczak, Donald, Sgt, (1969-1972) 3 0341 Sergeant
Kubicki, Wally, Sgt, (1965-1969) 3 0311 Sergeant
LongCrane, Robert F., SSgt, (1966-1986) 3 0311 Sergeant
Martin, Thomas, Sgt, (1966-1969) 3 0311 Sergeant
Myers, Alton, Sgt, (1965-1969) 3 0369 Sergeant
Paul, Steve, SSgt, (1965-1969) 3 0311 Sergeant
Romero, Steven, Sgt, (1967-1970) 3 0311 Sergeant
Tuttle, Creag, Sgt, (1965-1971) 3 0331 Sergeant
Yocum, Francis, Sgt, (1968-1971) 3 0311 Sergeant
Anderson, Dwight, Cpl, (1968-1970) 3 0311 Corporal
Beck, Raymond, Cpl, (1969-1970) 3 0311 Corporal
Bove, Harmon Joseph, Cpl, (1968-1970) 3 0351 Corporal
Brambilla, Tony, Cpl, (1969-1970) 3 0331 Corporal
Carothers, Paul, Cpl, (1967-1970) 3 0311 Corporal
Chambers, John, Sgt, (1968-1971) 3 0331 Corporal
Ellerson, Gary, Cpl, (1966-1970) 3 Corporal
Haran, Bob, Cpl, (1968-1971) 3 0311 Corporal
Jones, James, Cpl, (1968-1970) 3 0311 Corporal
Kissel, Robert, Cpl, (1967-1970) 3 0311 Corporal
Leite, Bruce, Cpl, (1968-1970) 3 0351 Corporal
Lightfoot, Charles, Cpl, (1965-1969) 3 0311 Corporal
Lucas, Roger, Cpl, (1967-1969) 3 0351 Corporal
Manquera, Edwardo, Cpl, (1968-1970) 3 0311 Corporal
Marrocco, Thomas, Cpl, (1969-1971) 3 0341 Corporal
McMahon, Michael, Cpl, (1967-1969) 3 0352 Corporal
Moeller, Robert, Cpl, (1969-1971) 3 0311 Corporal
Moeller, Robert, Cpl, (1969-1971) 3 0311 Corporal
Norwood, William Arnold, Cpl, (1968-1970) 3 0331 Corporal
Passarella, Nicholas, Sgt, (1968-1972) 3 0311 Corporal
Pierce, Richard, Cpl, (1969-1972) 3 0331 Corporal
Raidmae, Wello, Cpl, (1967-1969) 3 0311 Corporal
Rivers, Buddy, Cpl, (1968-1970) 3 0311 Corporal
Robinson, Bob, Cpl, (1965-1969) 3 0341 Corporal
Sapp, Wallace, Cpl, (1969-1975) 3 0300 Corporal
Singleton, Larry, Cpl, (1968-1970) 3 0351 Corporal

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