Dan Hubbard

U.S. Army 1956–1960
U.S. Marine Corps 1960–1980

 

Dan Hubbard was born and raised in West Virginia. He served four years in the Army from 1957-61, went back to civilian life and decided it wasn’t for him. So he joined the Marines. Dan talks about his 20-plus year military career in both branches, including his two tours in Vietnam. Dan also talks about the way the military was treated by the media and the public in the 1960s.

 

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James Hastings

U.S. Marine Corps 1967–1968

Knowing he would probably be drafted for the Vietnam Conflict, James Hastings nevertheless decided to join the Marine Corps. Training at Parris Island, he wondered “What the heck did I do?” but realized that the USMC strips you down to build you up to be a Marine. Jim tells a gripping story of his time in Vietnam, 1967-68. As a rifleman with the First Marine Division, he not only witnessed, but was a part of a war where friends died and he was severely wounded. The camaraderie he experienced was life-long, and his honest and emotional remembrances of these friends, survival and life after the war are unforgettable.

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Warren Griffin

U.S. Marine Corps 1968–1972

Fascinated by the Marines as a young boy, Warren Griffin fulfilled his commitment to help with the war by joining the Corps in August 1968 after the Tet Offensive. Describing his “little bit of hell” in basic training, his deployment to Vietnam was delayed as he was sent to jungle training and language school. Warren went as part of the ANGLICO unit of Marines to support the South Vietnamese Army as a forward Naval gunfire observer. With humor and clarity he tells of being sent to Dong Ha near the DMZ, and then of his 10 months in the Mekong Delta with the 21st RVN Division. He speaks of the unrest at home during 1969-1970 and the racial turmoil in Vietnam after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Warren’s commitment to his country continues today, volunteering with veterans’ organizations and helping the returning vets receive the assistance they need after combat duty.

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Michael Green

U.S. Marine Corps 1969–1970

Michael Green grew up in Reading, and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1969. He was sent to Vietnam, where he served with the First Battalion, 5th Marine Division, as part of a rifle company. He served in Vietnam for nearly a year, took part in several skirmishes against the enemy and experienced the aftereffects of Agent Orange, including cancer.

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Roland W. Gendron

U.S. Marine Corps 1950–1953

In 1950 Roland Gendron quit school at seventeen and enlisted in the Marines. Amphibious warfare training at Camp LeJeune and learning discipline prepared him for action in Korea with the Motor Transport 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. He speaks about difficult winter conditions, ambushes that killed friends and the Battle at Chosun Reservoir. With pride, he talks of his commanders, Major Noonan, Col. Ray Davis and Col. Puller, who knew their jobs and saved many lives. Gendron became involved in local VFW organizations and has been the State Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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Daniel R. Foley

U.S. Marine Corps 1967–1970

Dan Foley was born and raised in Natick, and joined the Marines after graduating from Natick High School in 1967. He became a field radio operator, and served in the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, while in Vietnam from 1968-69. He would help monitor other units’ radio transmissions; he also took part in “road sweeps” to remove mines.

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James V. Arena

U.S. Marine Corps 1950–1954

In peacetime 1950 James Arena decided to enlist in the Navy with a friend and, although the friend was a no-show, Jim continued to Boston where a recruiter convinced him instead to join the Marines. On leave when war broke out, Korea was a place he was not familiar with at all. As the youngest of ten children, following his brothers who all made it home safely from World War II, Jim tells of his seven days at war. With the First Marine Division under the leadership of Col. “Chesty” Puller, they made an amphibious landing at Inchon and headed towards Seoul. A surprise attack seven days later killed two members of his unit and wounded Jim. Patched up at a MASHospital, he was sent home to recuperate. Knowing his mother’s worrying, a brother intercepted the telegram prior to it getting to her. His four year career with the First and Second Marine Division took him to Japan, Korea, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean and he tells of the wonderful experience he had in Italy where he was able to meet relatives he’d never before seen.

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