Darkhorse. A call-sign given to the 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment by their commander, Colonel Robert Taplett, at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. The battalion of Marines faced insurmountable odds as they were badly outnumbered against a Chinese army that had been ordered to annihilate them. The men of 3/5 stopped the Chinese advance cold at every attempt, becoming a real dark horse story of heroism and brotherhood that will stand the test of time.
I became a part of the Darkhorse battalion in early 2004, between the battalions first and second deployments to Iraq. Shortly after my 19th birthday I would find myself fighting in the streets of Fallujah. The fight went on for weeks and the things I witnessed instilled in me a great pride and admiration for my brothers-in-arms. Now, years later I've taken to giving back what I can to the many veterans organizations of this country. Through my hobby of wood working, I am able to donate a portion of the proceeds from each piece I sell. Each piece you see on this website is handcrafted in my workshop in quiet, rural Nebraska. Every piece is a one of a kind and great care and craftsmanship is put into each.
(Pictured: Weapons platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment, Fallujah, Iraq early 2005)