JOSEPH A HILL
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HONORED ON PANEL 64W, LINE 10 OF THE WALL

JOSEPH ARNOLD HILL

WALL NAME

JOSEPH A HILL

PANEL / LINE

64W/10

DATE OF BIRTH

12/22/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/28/1968

HOME OF RECORD

TAYLORVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Christian County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

STATUS

MIA

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOSEPH ARNOLD HILL
POSTED ON 4.6.2021

Final Mission of LCPL Joseph A. Hill

At 7:30 AM on May 26, 1968, a reconnaissance team from 1st Platoon, B Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, call sign Panama Hat, departed the helicopter pad at LZ Finch at Camp Reasoner near Da Nang in Quang Nam Province, RVN, for a planned four-day operation. The team was composed of seven Marines and one Navy corpsman. Their mission was to establish a roving observation post and conduct reconnaissance and surveillance to detect possible Viet Cong (VC) troop movement in the Thuong Duc and Cai River Valley areas. A little after noon on the second day, the patrol was moving west on a ridgeline when they received approximately thirty grenades and heavy small arms fire from an unknown number of VC on a cliff above them. One Marine, rifleman LCPL Joseph A. Hill, was reportedly killed instantly after suffering fragmentation wounds to the head; three others were also wounded. The other three Marines and Navy corpsman went missing, either having jumped or were blown over a cliff, their casualty status unknown. The three personnel whose position was known, including the patrol leader, were extracted from the field at 5:30 PM after a storm in the area delayed their rescue. They were hoisted to a helicopter on a jungle penetrator which was lowered through the 140-foot high canopy. This was accomplished after the three wounded men crawled about 75 yards along a ledge where it narrowed to about a foot wide. This effort precluded them from retrieving Hill’s body. At 2:25 PM the following day, the four missing patrol members were located when the patrol leader and another Marine were lowered into the area by hoist from a CH-46 helicopter. All four were wounded. The two-man team then attempted to recover the body of Hill, but the mission was aborted when the aircraft received heavy automatic weapons fire. A twenty-man reaction force led by the patrol leader was inserted to bring out Hill on May 30th; however, after a thorough search of the area, they were unable to find any trace of his body. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and Command Chronology, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, May 1968, at ttu.edu]
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POSTED ON 12.7.2019
POSTED BY: Lindsay Glodo

My uncle introduced me to a hero.

After my uncle passed away I got to keep a ring that he wore every single day of his life. The ring had an inscription, "Joseph A. Hill USMC 05/28/68" I researched this name and discovered that the man whose name is inscribed on this ring was a true American hero. I'm very humbled to learn that through the heirloom I received upon my uncle's death I was introduced to this Marine's death--his courageous, inspiring, untimely death. Thank you Joseph, you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 6.6.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lcpl Joseph Hill, Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. Your 51st anniversary just passed, sad. Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and we should remember all of you who served. Watch over the USA, it still needs your courage. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 11.19.2016
POSTED BY: Tom Clark, Teacher

Help!

We need your help! Since 1986, the students of Lake Central High School in Northwest Indiana have been researching men and women from the State of Indiana who gave their lives in the Vietnam War. We are the researchers for the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War Memorials located in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Of the1621 Vietnam casualties, we have located 1100+ families as of the date of this entry. We are now researching the men and women from the State of Illinois who gave their lives in the Vietnam War. If you have any information or photos that may help please contact us at the following: [email protected]
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POSTED ON 5.28.2016
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam

Semper Fidelis

Semper Fidelis, Lance Corporal.
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