Ronald Michael

 

Ron Michael grew up in East Natick; several of his neighbors had served with the U.S. Marine Corps, and that’s where he enlisted in 1956, right out of high school. He would serve three years as an amphibian tractor repairman, serving in the United States and in Lebanon.

 

 

Ron Michael points to his aunt’s name on the Veterans Wall, Morse Institute Library, Natick

 

Ron Michael with his unit in Beirut

 

Ron Michael, congratulatory letter

William McCarthy

 

William McCarthy joined the Marine Corps in 1968, after graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in law enforcement. After infantry and commando training, McCarthy was sent to Vietnam, joining the “Hotel 2-4” (2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment) of the 3rd Marine Division in the DMZ. McCarthy served six months as a machine gunner and scout, fighting the enemy nearly every day, until he was wounded.

 

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.

 

Dan Hubbard, 1966
Dan and Joyce Hubbard, 1963
Dan Hubbard at Camp Hansen, 1977

 

J. Anthony Hubbard, grandson

 

Joyce and Dan Hubbard, 2011

 

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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.

 

James Hastings in the hospital.

 
James Hastings with Peter Schavione on Hill 52.

 
James Hastings with some children, August 1967

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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, Mass., 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 17 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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