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Current Events of Interest

This page will contain news of interest to members of F 2/5.  For example, a family member graduates from Marine Corps boot camp, the birth of a grand child, or other event you'd like to share.   If you have current articles about the Marine Corps, we could include the article, or links to it, here.

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 Charles "CC" Campbell - A Brother in Arms 

On December 27, 2005 Corporal Charlie “CC” Campbell passed away in the VA Hospital in Elsmere, DE. 

CC came to Fox 2/5 in October 1967 and became part of the 2nd Platoon.  Having just gotten out of high school earlier in the year he was one of the youngest in Fox Company.  He was placed in a fire team with Louie Gasbarrini and quickly learned the ropes.  He was one of four in his squad who made it through the Battle of Hue unscathed.  He took over the First squad leader’s duties in June 1968 and remained there until he was wounded in August. All those who served with him will tell you he was the kind of Marine that you wanted with you as he would always be there for you.  As his squad leader I could always count on him to do what he was told and he never questioned anything he was told to do.  He is probably up there now with Gasbarrini and Barksdale putting the old fire team back together.   

If you didn’t know CC while he was with the Company then you might have had the pleasure of meeting him at one of our reunions. He was a character and always had a way of making you laugh. He was always a gentleman around the wives as well. My wife always enjoyed his company.  For those of you who never met him then all I can say is you missed out.  

Text and photograph courtesy Chris Brown.


Two Rainbows Publishing presents the book Sacred Shadow, Sacred Ground:  A Vietnam War Widow's Journey Through Unresolved Grief by Glenda M. Carter.

Glenda is the widow of Marine PFC Bruce L. Carter, Fox 2/5 USMC.  He was killed in action on September 11, 1968 in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam.


The book is now available and you can read the Introduction by Laura Paulmer, a sample chapter, reviews, and see photographs by visiting the web site:


You can order through the web site by using PayPal.  Please note, PayPal orders are not included in the promotional offer but will be charged the regular price and be sent by priority mail.

Mail orders can be sent to:

Two Rainbows Publishing
P. O. Box 89
North Powder, OR  9746

Please send payment payable to Two Rainbows Publishing.  Cashier's check, money order and personal checks are accepted.  Please indicate which method of shipment you prefer.  Priority mail is $4.50 and takes 2-3 days to deliver.  Media mail is $3.85 for the first book and will take longer for delivery.

Retail Price:  $18.95

Promotional Discount Price:  $15.95

If you have questions, you can contact the author through info@tworainbowspublishing.com  

May 25, 2005 -- Silver Dollar to commemorate 
the 230th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps

United States Mint Site

Purple Foxes Web Site

This is just two of many sites that have information about the commemorative silver dollar.

November 11, 2004 -- Book on History of Fox Company

Gentlemen:  From the Desk of Dave Brown comes the following concerning the publication of the book Battle Lines "I'm hoping that we are finished writing and editing the history of Fox Company by next February or March.  By that time we will merely have the publisher to deal with."  

To learn more about LtCol. Brown's book, go to http://www.battlelinesbook.com  

August 19, 2004 -- FOX 2/5 SAYS GOODBYE TO BERNIE

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Thomas Robert "Bernie" Burnham, age 67, passed away June 27, 2004 at his  home in Norfolk, Va. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he was proceeded in  death by his parents , Gertrude and Byron Burnham and his brother, Joseph,  killed in Vietnam; and a sister, Mary.

He is survived by a brother, William, who lives in Milton, New Jersey; and  several cousins.

He was a retired CWO-4 in the US Marine Corps.  A decorated Vietnam veteran at the battle of Hue, he was thus awarded Navy Cross and Bronze Star.

A wake service with VFW honors were held June 30th at Hollomon-Brown Funeral  Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel.

On August 19, 2004, Thomas "Bernie" Burnham was taken to his final resting  place at Arlington National Cemetery. Bernie was given full burial rights  befitting of the hero that he was.

Besides his family, his Fox 2/5 brothers were there in force led by Gen.  Mike Downs, his skipper and Tom Martin, his platoon commander, a strong contingent of third platoon members and others. With his casket up on a  horse drawn caisson, a Marine Corps band, rifle platoon, firing squad and  pall bearers gave us all a lump in our throats as we said goodbye to one of our heroes. Afterwards we all got together for a drink and to toast one of our greatest members. We will miss you. Semper Fi!

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April 16, 2003 -- Fox 2/5 KIA in Iraq War

We are saddened to announce the recent loss of a fellow law enforcement officer.  Reserve police offficer Edward "Smitty" Smith was killed in action on April 6th while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Smitty was scheduled to retire from the Marine Corps in December 2002.  However, he was called to military duty in Iraq.  He had attained the rank of first sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and served twenty years of active-duty service, 17 of those years in Division Recon.  

At the time of his death, he was detached to 2nd Battalion 5th Marines 1st Marine Division.  Smitty had served three years as an Anaheim Reserve police officer.  He had been hired as a full-time Anaheim police officer and his appointment to the position was pending his retirement from the Marine Corps.

Smitty is survived by his wife, Sandy, and their three young children.  The Anaheim Police Department has established a memorial fund for Reserve Officer Smith's family.  Please send donations to Sergeant Edward Smith Memorial Fund in care of Harbor National Bank, 101 E. Lincoln Avenue, Suite 125, Anaheim, CA   92805.  If you have any questions, please contact Lt. Craig Hunter, Anaheim Police Department 714-765-1905.  If you would like to send a card:  Anaheim Police Department, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA  92805                       

March 16, 2003 -- Follow Fox 2/5 as they prepare for war

Derek Thomson, Producer, ABC News recently sent the following email:

ABCNEWS has a correspondent embedded with Fox Company in Kuwait,and we have made a special page following the company's progress on ABCNEWS.com.  I thought you guys might be interested in it.  http://abcnews.go.com/sections/nightline/DailyNews/fox25_subindex.html

Mike Cerre is a freelance journalist traveling with Fox 2/5 on assignment for ABCNEWS. Cerre is a former Marine officer who flew more than 100 recon, air support and rescue missions in in OV-10 Broncos over Vietnam. He served in the 2nd Tank Battalion, the unit Fox 2/5 is currently attached to.  He will be sending video reports back from the field.

Here's the address for signing up for the Nightline daily e-mail. http://login.mailpref.go.com/login?appRedirect=lists                                                                       

March 9, 2003 -- Street Renaming Ceremony in Honor of Pfc. Dan Bullock

Gregg Doll received the following in an email on March 8, 2003.  He also has additional information about Bullock which he received from Franklin McArthur, who was in boot camp with Bullock.  Gregg's taken this opportunity to post the beginnings of the Pfc. Dan Bullock page.  The page will be updated as time allows.  

My name is Steve Adams, I am a former Marine and the director of communications of the Dan Bullock Foundation. We would appreciate it if you would post this message and/or send a general email to member of the 2/5.

Dan Bullock was born on December 21, 1953 in Goldsboro, North Carolina. At the age of eleven, Dan's father moved his family from Goldboro to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They lived at 279 Lee Avenue. There Dan would dream of becoming a U.S. Marine, a Pilot or a Police Officer. Dan would fulfill one of those dreams.
PFC Dan Bullock - USMC is the youngest United States Serviceman killed in Vietnam and according quite possibly the youngest U.S. Serviceman killed in any was since World War I. At the time of his death Dan Bullock was only fifteen (15) years old. Dan was killed on June 7, 1969, at An Hoa Combat Base, Quang Nam Province, Republic of  Vietnam.

 Dan was a rifleman assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, Foxtrot Company. At the time of his death, Dan having realized that an attack by the North Vietnamese was much stronger then usual and that the ammunition supply was becoming depleted, Dan rushed to get more ammunition, not once but twice and it was upon his return the second time to rejoin his fellow Marines that he was hit numerous time and was killed instantly.  

Today, Private First Class Dan Bullock, United States Marine rests in a cemetary in Goldsboro,  North Carolina beside his mother and grandmother. 

DATE   : Saturday - June 7, 2003
TIME   : 11:00 am. - 1:00 pm.
PLACE : Nostrand Avenue and Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, New York

Please feel free to contact me at (718) 296-6551 for futher information

 Thank you 

Steve Adams                                                                                                                                      

March 2003 -- Fox 2/5 Reunion
Attention all members, all eras, Fox Company 2nd Battalion 5th Marines.

Coming up, September 17th through the 20th, there will be a reunion of all members of all eras of Fox 2/5 at Quantico, Virginia.  The contact person for this reunion is Lou Vestal, 2784 Moss Oak Drive, Sarasota, FL  34231 Phone: 941-923-0088  Fax  941-925-2833  email:  vestalll@aol.com.

More information will be available on this page as I get it.                                        

August 23, 2002 -- Attention Viet Nam Veterans

Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm

The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry is awarded to all members of the Armed Forces of the United States and its allies for valorous achievement in combat during the Vietnam Conflict, March 1, 1961 through March 28, 1973.  Every American and every nation allied with the United States who served in Vietnam was and has been awarded the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.  It was given out and may appear on your DD-214 as a Silver Star PUC or a Bronze Star PUC and is equivalent to the American Award.

The Cross of Gallantry is recognized by the United States government and all federal agencies.  Because the Cross may not appear on your DD-214, Vietnam Veterans may receive government acknowledgement of this medal and Certificate by requesting a DD-215 from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO by submitting a SF 180 (Standard Form 180) signed by the veteran or surviving spouse.  You may download the form at: http://www.members.aol.com/forvets/htomr.htm or http://www.amervets.com/replacement/other.htm

From http://www.leatherneck.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&postid=7514#post7514                  









August 9, 2002

Starting this summer, hand-picked Marine Recruiters will begin appearing at parades and regional events aboard gleaming, fire engine red and chrome, Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

The first two motorcycles made their debut on the Fourth of July.  The Fat Boy model motorcycles thundered down Constitution Avenue ridden by Maj. David Baldwin and Staff Sgt. David Saldivar of Marine Corps Recruiting Command.  The motorcycles join the Marine Corps' other event-marketing vehicle, red Humvee's that debuted in support of the Marine Corps recruiting missions.

From: http://www.americanmotor.com/news.cfm?newsid=2060

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