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3rd Battalion, 5th Marine, 1st Division - official USMC site:  1stmardiv.marines.mil/Units/5THMARINE

NPR piece on the Sangin Deployment:  npr.org/afghan-hell-on-earth-for-darkhorse-marines

Many thanks to the organizations and businesses that help us throughout the year.  We honor them for honoring our Marines, and hope you give your thanks whenever you visit: 

  • Heidelberg Pastry Shop
  • Ashley Furniture Laguna Hills
  • Big Bad Wolfe Ironworks
  • Nellie Gail Homeowners Association
  • Florence Sylvester Community Center
  • Laguna Hills Mall
  • City of Laguna Hills (Community Center and City Hall
  • Hills' Angels
  • SDG&E
  • Masco
  • Vons

If your business is interested in participating with TDH in any way, please contact us at info@teamdarkhorse.org.

So many ways to give

Team Dark Horse is a 501(c)(3)non-profit (ID # 27-4526336).  We run a tight ship, so please know that 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.

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Meet Cpt Cameron West and Ella - first recipient of TDH Life Line Grant

TDH has selected Captain Cameron West (Ret) to be the first recipient of a one-time Life Line Grant of $1,000. 

We first met then First Lieutenant West mid-way through the Sangin deployment of 2010-2011 at Camp Pendleton.  He had lost his right leg and the sight of his right eye in an IED explosion and was home while recovering.

Cameron's extraordiinary record of sevice continued after recovering from his combat wounds.  Two years after his own injury, he visited the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing to encourage the amputees.  That same year, Cameron attended the Laguna Hills Half Marathon with his wife Madison, who ran in honor of the fallen.

Cameron and Madison have recently welcomed their first baby, Ella.  Ella was born with mild to moderate hearing loss, and has been fitted with hearing aids, which will need to be replaced every five years.  The Life Line Grant was a welcome gift to the new parent.

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Team Dark Horse held the Inaugural Showcase for Valor on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.  This was our first effort at an event fundraiser, and was only made possible with the generous donations of our sponsors.

Thank you to all who contributed!  The support you show our Marines is appreciated, by us and by the Marines of 3/5.

We would also like to thank Nellie Gail Homeowner's Association, which made the event possible.  From allowing us to use Gallup Park and the staging meant more of the monies raised went directly to our Life Line Fund. 

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Sponsors made it possible

Memorial Day Weekend in Laguna Hills is like no other.  This year, we honored our nation's military, especially our adopted Marines, with not just one, but two events. 

Memorial Day Monday saw 4,000 runners participate in the Laguna Hills Annual Run, all in honor of 3/5.  Quite a crowd gathered to cheer on the runners, which included our Grand Marshall, Marcus Chischily.  The banners commemorating the 25 Fallen flew along the race course, a reminder to all as to what the day is all about.

Saturday evening was our Inaugural Showcase for Valor - a concert in the park featuring musical acts and a moving tribute to the 25 Fallen.  The Marines in attendance were genuinely touched by the community's efforts to embrace the 3/5.  More than $8,000 was raised in support of our Life Line Fund, which is used to assist Marines and their families in time of need.

Photos courtesy of DeeDee Gollwitzer and Pradhan Studios

Thank you SDG&E for the generous grant " in support of programs and services for marines and families of the fallen, spouses and children. "

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 ralphs.com.  All the information you need is

Last year Team Dark Horse reached out to the community in our Banners Up! campaign.  You helped us achieve our goal of honoring the 25 Fallen with banners along the Memorial Day race route.  Each of the 25 banners feature one of the 3/5 Marines who were killed during the Sangin deployment just over four years ago.  The banners are currently on display, and will fly until after the Fourth of July.  Take your family for a stroll along Paseo de Valencia and Alicia Parkway and take time to read about each of these fine young men.