You are very missedPosted on 4/28/16 - by Janna Hoehn for RJ MolinaMr Marcos Hinojosa was one of our Vietnam Veterans KIA from Hebbronville, Texas. I am providing you his local friends stories that I have gathered or heard about over the years.MORE
First Mr Hinojosa's hometown information:
Hebbronville, is located in South Texas brush country known as "The Vaquero Capitol of Texas and the USA."
Hebbronville is also the county seat of Jim Hogg County. The county was named after the "first native born Texas governor."
The county (established 1913/population avg 4--6k) has sent numerous sons and daughters to defend Democracy across the world. During WWI (over 20 JHC veterans), WWII (over 550 veterans, Korea Cold War(over 50 veterans), Vietnam (over 50 veterans and Iraq & Afghanistan Wars (over 50 veterans).
Jim Hogg County had 12 veterans KIA during WWII. Our WWII veterans served in the European, Pacific and CBI War Theaters. One of our WWII veterans, Jesus Santos comes out at the end of the movie (faces & names of American POWs), "Back To Bataan" staring John Wayne and Anthony Quinn.
We tragically lost Marcos Hinojosa during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a very popular student and athlete at Hebbronville High School.
Marcos Hinojosa also played various musical instruments with his local group of friends band called The Nomads (named after a popular American made car).
The Nomads band played at local dances with popular American pop music as well as Tex-Mex border (Tejano) music. They also gave serenatas/serenades such as to girlfriends, at birthdays and during the early morning hours of Mother's Day. Marcos also had a despedida/farewell party before he left for our country's service to Vietnam. (look up 'El Soldado Razo' or 'A La Guerra Me Llevan' popular American Tejano veteran songs.)
Marcos Hinojosa became the first and only local Vietnam veteran killed in action (KIA). His funeral procession was attended by practically the whole town among the local VFW Post #357 veteran members and American Legion Post #2011 service/veteran members.
During Mr Marcos Hinojosa's funeral, there were small American Flags decorated along the road to the Hebbronville Cemetary two miles away.
Mr Lucio Herrera was not told of his beloved friend Marcos was KIA until after he got back from Vietnam. (Imagine the shock of his dear friend.)
May Marcos Hinojosa rest in peace.
We RememberPosted on 12/17/10 - by Robert Sage email@example.comMarcos cam home from VN after being wounded on 4301968. He was sent to the army hospital at El Paso. He died there on 6181968. He is buried at the Catholic Cemetery in Hebronville, TX. PHMORE
NEVER FORGOTTENPosted on 5/2/06 - by Bill Nelson firstname.lastname@example.orgFOREVER REMEMBEREDMORE
"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."
Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.
We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:
Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.
From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
Who Shall We SendPosted on 6/18/03 - by Dave Avery"An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."MORE
Isaiah 6:8 Et Lux Perpetua Luceat Eis
Requiescant in Pace
MY FRIEND - MY HEROPosted on 12/16/99 - by Tomas Rios email@example.comI met Marcos around 1960 in our hometown ofMORE
Hebbronville, not sure if we were working the watermelon patches or picking cotton, but I remember hearing Marcos play the guitar and sing some spanish songs. This
very good looking young man could really play and sing. Light complacted and green eyes set him aside from the rest of us copper color looking kids, but he made no big deal
of it, he just wanted to be part of the barrio guys, and he was..
I was drefted in 1966, and held a party where I remember Marcos playing and singing
the song "Where have all the flowers Gone?"
This guy was really talented. But his life
was cut short by the enemy in V.N. What a war, the only thing it accomplished, as I
see it, was to let us know who were the true
Americans, and who were the cowards! Marcos didn't win a medal of honor or silver medal
in the eyes of most Americans, But as I sit
in my house, with my car outside a good job,
a beautiful and educated family of 5, I say,
MUNCHAS GRACIAS MI HEROE, SENOR MARCOS
HINOJOSA, EN MI CORAZON USTED MI AMIGO MERESE UNA CORONA DE ORO.
THANK YOU MY HERO, MR. MARCOS HINOJOSA, IN
MY HEART YOU DESERVE A GOLDEN CROWN.
My friend I know you are in heaven, you already spent your time in HELL !
Forever Your Friend
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.