team dark horse

laguna hills' support group for marine battalion 3/5

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Team Dark Horse is a 501(c)(3)non-profit (ID # 27-4526336).  We run a tight ship, so please know that almost 100% of your donations will go directly to the support of Marine Battalion 3/5 and its families.

We have many volunteer opportunities!  Click here for more info.

There are businesses and organizations we would especially like to thank for their participation in the 2014 Memorial Day Event.  Show them your support!

Dekra-Lite Industries - Santa Ana
Laguna Hills Lodge
Heidelberg Bakery
AIM Mail Center
DeeDee Golwitzer Photography
Ruby’s DIner

CORPORATE DONORS (Direct Donation of Services/Products)

Ashley Furniture
Laguna Surf and Sand Hotel
The Hills Hotel
Orange County Woodworkers Association

If your business is interested in participating with TDH in any way, please contact us at

More than 3,700 runners participated in the 2014 Laguna Hills’ Memorial Day Half-Marathon, and many of them were there to honor the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment.  Dark Horse Marines were on deployment, but that didn’t stop other Marines, Stroller Warriors, Laguna Hills and other So Cal residents, Gold Star Family members, and even a general from giving it their all.

Grand Marshall Carlos Garcia presided over the day’s events, starting with some encouraging words to the runners before the race.  As the racers crossed the finish line at the Community Center, they realized the day’s events were far from over.  

TDH member Vanessa Kon, and daughter Alex, put together a Memorial Booth that captured everyone’s attention.  The booth featured smaller replicas of the banners recently raised in the city.  This display honored the 25 Fallen, and humbled everyone who stopped by to pay tribute.   

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3rd Battalion, 5th Marine, 1st Division - official USMC site:

NPR piece on the Sangin Deployment:

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The banners flew!  With the help of many generous supporters, Team Dark Horse was able to reach its goal of raising banners in honor of the 25 Fallen Marines from the Sangin deployment in 2010.  

 Each "Patriotic Season" (May - July) you will see these banners along the Annual Half-Marathon race route in Laguna Hills.  As you travel down Paseo de Valencia, or Alicia Parkway, the faces of these fine young men who gave their all look down on the community.  

Family members of these men, Gold Star Families, are overwhelmed with gratitude that their loved ones have been remembered in this way by a community so far from home. 

The banners came down after July 4.  They will be up again next year, and will catch your eye as you slow for a red light, or are stuck in traffic, but do yourself – and your family – a favor.  Plan a walk along the broad sidewalks that line these streets, taking time to salute each Marine in your own way.  It’s not a long walk, but it will be a memorable one.

sgt runs half-marathon in combat gear

Watch as Sgt Willie Deel explains why he ran the Laguna Hills Half Marathon in combat gear while carrying the American flag.

la police emerald society honors 3/5 marines

The Los Angeles Pollice Emerald Society Pipes and Drums made their presence known at this year's Memorial Day event.  They marched onto the Event site, capturing everyone's attention.  As they played the US Marine Corp Hymn, everyone stood a little taller, and some wiped away tears.  Thank you LAPS Pipes & Drums for making Laguna Hills your Memorial Day destination!

Thank you TDH Member Sam Castillo!

Team Dark Horse member Sam Castillo brought his fully-restored 1949 Jeep and donned his uniform to escort Grand Marshall Carlos Garcia in style.  Sam brought everyone to attention as he honored our 3/5 heroes.  Find out more about Sam and that Jeep!

Photos courtesy of DeeDee Gollwitzer


Send a good gown to the ball!

If you have a dress or two that would like to be shown off at a grand and important event, Team Dark Horse is ready for you.  Prom dresses don't have to be shoved to the back of the closet - let them have some fun!

Each year the Marines celebrate their birthday in style.  Marines of all ranks are invited to this formal event, as are their wives or girlfriends.  The Marines have their attire ready to go - dress blues.  Many times their lovely ladies cannot attend because they have no formal wear.  Enter TDH!  

Team Dark Horse supports the Birthday Ball Gown Exchange so that Marines of all ranks will be assured their wives or girlfriends will have an appropriate dress to wear. 

So, time to pull those dresses out and send them to the ball!  Pumpkin carriages optional.

Email for pick-up or further information.

support tdh with your ralphs rewards card!

So easy to do!  Whenever you shop at Ralphs, you can support Team Dark Horse by registering your Ralphs card online at  All the information you need is