Vietnam War Veterans
Veterans arrive at Camp Pendleton March 29, 2018 to witness the delivery of a new Vietnam War Memorial. Photo: 1st Marine Division

Veterans, along with Marines and Sailors of the 5th Marine Regiment, celebrated the arrival Thursday of a new Vietnam War Memorial at Camp San Mateo Memorial Garden on Camp Pendleton. 

The memorial holds the names of 2,705 Marines and Sailors who fought and lost their lives serving under the 5th Marine Regiment during the Vietnam War.

Created in Barre, Vermont, the memorial was transported across the United States to Camp Pendleton.

A new Vietnam War Memorial arrives at Camp Pendleton, March 29, 2018. Photo: 1st Marine Division

During the trek, various chapters of the Patriot Guard Riders escorted the memorial to Camp Pendleton in time for National Vietnam Veterans Day, March 29.

Marines and Sailors of the 1st Marine Division will dedicate the memorial during an official unveiling ceremony on Memorial Day, May 28.

The 5th Marine Regiment is recognized as the Marine Corps most decorated regiment. In May 1966, 5th Marines deployed to the Republic of South Vietnam and remained until April 1971.

During the war, the regiment fought in battles at Rung Sat, Chu Lai, Phu Bai, Hue, Khe Sahn, An Hoa and Da Nang.

–Staff