Past Reunions

2019, New Orleans

2019Standing left to right: Ralph Simoneau, Ivan Hammond, Duane Tunnyhill, Del Treichler, George Boutwell, Al Nelson, William Braddock Jr, George Vouros
Seating: Monroe Ozment
Missing from photo George Puterbaugh, Jim Blane, Dewey Dorsett

2018, Champaign, Illinois

2018 Illinois vets

2017, Kona, Hawaii

2017 Hawaii vets

2016, San Antonio, TX

2016 vets San Antonio BANQUET 2016Top Row Standing L to R: Samuel Prestigiacomo, Ivan Hammond, Bill Johnson, Monroe Ozment, Jerry Yellin, George Boutwell, George Vouros, Frank Jackson, George Cattelona, Gene Bell, Duane Tunnyhill, Billy Joe Cawthron. Walter O’Malley, Tom Kalus

Middle Row Seated L to R: Ray Chambers, Sam Jones, John Coltrane

Front Row Seated L to R: Carl DeHaven, Al Pagoaga, Del Treichler, Ralph Griffiths

Not pictured: Paul Merriman

2015, Virginia Beach, VA

2015 VIrginiaBch Vets

2014, Tampa, FL

2014 vets at reunion TampaSitting l to r: Ben Bellefeuille, Charlie Haggett, Ralph Grunewald, Bob Mueller, Carl DeHaven, Monroe Ozment, Warren Musch, John Scarfo, Greg “Doc” Emery, Al Pagoaga, John Coltrane, John Huffhines

Standing l to r: George Cattelona, Martin Galvin, Ralph Simoneau, Duane Tunnyhill, Preston Welch, Ivan Hammond, Gene Bell, Walter O’Malley, George Boutwell. Missing from picture: George James and Martin Connor


5th Marine Division Association

Reunions 1949 – 2019 (Date, Location, and Host)

1st
1949 Aug 5-6, Philadelphia
Keller E. Rockey, Lt Gen, Commander 5th MarDiv

1950 Cancelled due to Korean War
Los Angeles [scheduled city]

2nd
1951 June 15-16, New York
W. Arthur Worton MajGen. HQ Bn Chief of Staff

3rd
1952 June 27-29, Chicago
Joseph B Warren, Captain, 5th Motor Transport Bn

4th
1953 June 26-26, Boston
Justin Duryea, Colonel, 27th Marines

5th
1954 June 25-27, Detroit
Pete L Wilson, Colonel, Div Transport QM

6th
1955 June 24-25, Washington
John J Jaqua, American Red Cross, 28th Marines

7th
1956 July 6-7, Miami Beach
Duncan Cocke, Captain, HQ Battalion

8th
1957 June 28-30, Buffalo
Benard Botsch, Captain, 26th Marines

9th
1958 June 27-29, New York
Charles F Davies, PFC, 28th Marines

10th
1959 July 9-12, New Orleans
Joseph Raspilair, Corporal, 26th Marines

11th
1960 June 24-26, Washington
Thomas Wornham LtGen.,27th Marines

12th
1961 June 29-July 2, Chicago
George McNicol, PFC, 27th Marines

13th
1962 June 28-July 1, Atlantic City
Clifford H Shuey, BrigGen., 5th Eng Bn

14th
1963 June 27-30, Cleveland
Charles Fletcher, Corporal, 26th Marines

15th
1964 June 25-28, Miami Beach
Paul J Preston, Captain, 5th Amphibian Tractor Bn

16th
1965 June 24-27, Washington
Leon P Eisman, Commander, 5th Med Bn

17th
1966 June 24-26, Philadelphia
Charles D Dickey, 2nd Lt., HQ Battalion

18th
1967 June 28-July 2, Chicago
Adolph Fang, Corporal, 27th Marines

19th
1968 June 27-30, New York
Joe Roma, Corporal, 27th Marines

20th
1969 June 26-30, New Orleans
Cecil Bulingame, Sergeant, 27th Marines

21st
1970 June 23-26, Washington
Lester S Hamel, BrigGen., 26th Marines

22nd
1971 June 23-27, San Diego
Rea Duncan, Major, 26th Marines

23rd
1972 June 28-July 2, Sarasota
Charles Early, PFC, 31st Replacement Draft

24th
1973 June 27-July 1, Louisville
Daniel Gregory, PltSgt., 26th Marines

25th
1974 June 26-30, San Francisco
John Downer, Captain, 28th Marines

26th
1975 June 25-29, Chicago
Howard Olson, PltSgt., 28th Marines

27th
1976 July 21-24, Omaha
George Paulson, Corporal, 28th Marines

28th
1977 July 13-16, Long Island
Frank Buderman, Staff Sgt., 5th Pioneer Bn

29th
1978 June 28-July 2, Los Angeles
Charles Sockett, 1stLt., 26th Marines

30th
1979 July 11-15, New Orleans
Jay Rebstock, Corporal, 27th Marines

31st
1980 July 23-26, Reno
Robert Maiden, PFC, 26th Marines

32nd
1981 June 24-28, Charleston
W J Jenkins MD, Lt, 27th Replacement Draft

33rd
1982 June 30-July 4, Denver
William F Grannel, 1stLt., 26th Marines

34th
1983 July 6-9, Cherry Hill
Thomas J Weiner, Corporal, 26th Marines

35th
1984 June 27-30, San Diego
Palmer L Lovette, Master Sgt., 27th Marines

36th
1985 July 31-Aug 3, Long Island
James Rossi, Staff Sgt., 28th Marines

37th
1986 June 18-22, San Antonio
Clem Will, PFC, 26th Marines

38th
1987 July 1-5, Tampa
Stuart H Watson, Corporal, 27th Marines

39th
1988 July 1-10, Chattanooga
George E Joyce, PFC, 26th Marines

40th
1989 Sept 27-30, Scottsdale
Wayne Bellamy, Corporal, 27th Marines 

41st, 1990 July 11-15
New Orleans
Roland Chiasson, Sergeant, 26th Marines

42nd
1991 Sept 25-28, San Diego
Ray E Wilson Jr., PFC, 26th Marines

43rd
1992 July 8-12, Philadelphia
Leif Larson, Sergeant, 27th Marines

44th
1993 July 14-17, Chicago
George McNicol, PFC, 27th Marines

45th
1994 July 27-30, Seattle
Harold Reynolds, Corporal, 27th Marines

46th
1995 Sept 20-23, St. Louis
Bill Curran, Corporal, 13th Marines

47th
1996 July 17-20, Salt Lake City
Harold Buckner, PFC, 27th Marines

48th
1997 Aug 14-17, Baltimore
James Frado Sr., PFC, 26th Marines

49th
1998 Oct 14-17, Peoria
Warren Musch, 1stLt., 28th Marines

50th
1999 July 15-18, Albuquerque
James Frado Sr., PFC, 26th Marines

51st
2000 Sept 6-9, West Palm Beach
Mort Caplan, Sgt., 27th Marines

52nd
2001 Oct 31-Nov 3, Tucson
Milton Dietz, Corporal, 5th JASCO

53rd
2002 Sept 4-7, Kansas City
Marshall Martin, Corporal, 13th Marines

54th
2003 Aug 20-24, San Diego
Robert Hansen, Captain, 5th Pioneers

55th
2004 Oct 13-17, Lafayette
Pierce Meleton, Corporal, 27th Marines

56th
2005 Aug 30-Sep 4, Philadelphia
Jack Depew, PFC, H&S 26th Marines

57th
2006 Aug 29-Sep 3, Dallas
John Huffhines, PFC, 13th Marines

58th
2007 Aug 21-26, Raleigh
George Cattelona, Corporal, L-4-13

59th
2008 Aug 27-31, Washington DC
Ken Watterson, PFC, F-2-13

60th
2009 Sept 21-27, Houston
Ivan Hammond, Sgt., 5th JASCO

61st
2010 Oct 17-21, Biloxi
Leonard Nederveld, Corporal, E-2-27

62nd
2011 Oct 12-15, Branson
Thomas Kalus, PFC, 5th JASCO

63rd
2012 Aug 26-31, Reno
Thomas Kalus, PFC, 5th JASCO

64th
2013 Sept 9-13, San Diego
Bill Behana, PFC, 27th Marines

65th
2014 Sept 8-13, Tampa, FL 
John Butler, Legacy son of: 
LtCol. John Butler, CO 1-27 – KIA 3-05-45

66th
2015 Sept 10-13, Virginia Beach
Monroe Ozment, PFC, Communications 2/28

67th
2016 Oct 6-8, San Antonio
Ivan Hammond family, Sgt., 5th JASCO

68th
2017 Oct 17-24, Big Island, Hawaii
Kathy Painton, Legacy Daughter of: 
PFC George Dunn, F-2-28 – KIA 2-19-45

69th
2018 Oct 16-21, Champaign, IL
Ray Elliott, Legacy Member & Veteran of 7th Marines
Friend of PFC Ben Correll, A-1-28

70th
2019 Oct 21-27, New Orleans
Jimmie Watson, Legacy sister of:
PFC Harrydale Hyde A-1-27 KIA 2-28-45
and Leonard Isacks, Legacy grandson of:
Lt. Leonard Isacks Jr, 5th Motor Transport Bn KIA 2-21-45


 

The outbreak of the Korean War in 1950 caused the cancellation of what would have been the second annual Fifth Marine Division Association Reunion. Annual reunions resumed the following year and the second annual reunion was held in 1951 in New York instead of the previously scheduled site of Los Angeles.

Each year at the Business Meeting, members vote on the location and the host for the following year’s reunion. These have been held at different locations around the country, usually in the host’s home city. In 2017, for the first time, the reunion was held in Hawaii where the 5th Division trained for the invasion of Iwo.

The FMDA held its 6th annual convention in Washington, DC, in 1955, and for the first time, four of the six division associations met at the same time in the same city. They were the First, Third, Fifth, and Sixth Divisions. This reunion presented a wonderful opportunity for the men of FMDA to see buddies who were in other units, as well as their own.

(Jack Miller, 1955 Convention Chairman)

“Our association remains a vital pipeline of information to and for all the members, both regular and associate. There remains no better way to keep in touch with our comrades-in-arms than through our 5th Marine Division Association.”

(Written by Ralph Simoneau D-2-27 for Spearhead News)