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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David Holly

U.S. Navy 1970–1974

David Holly enlisted in the Navy in 1970 and although his background was in art, he was trained to be a medical corpsman. He served at the Chelsea Naval Hospital in Boston, then at the USMC base at Camp Pendleton, CA. There he trained with and provided medical assistance to Special Forces. After leaving the service in 1974 Holly went to nursing school and worked thirty years in the cruitical care unit at the Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick.

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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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William Gallagher

U.S. Army 1968–1970

William Gallagher enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1965 and served in the Air Police at Otis Air Force Base and in West Germany and was discharged in 1968. He then volunteered for the Army and was sent to Vietnam where he was assigned to the Civil Actions Office which was responsible for distributing donated goods to civilians. Fracturing his hand near the end of his tour, he went to the 106th General Hospital where he saw “the real wounded.” Gallagher provides graphic descriptions of his experiences in Vietnam, which has served as a source for his poetry. He reads two of his poems, “Self-pity,” and “The Wall” which he read at the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall when it was in Natick in June 2011.

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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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Gary Donato

U.S. Navy 1972–1994

Two years into college, with a sense of patriotism and a longing to travel, Gary Donato decided to join the Navy – a decision that would bring him up the ranks from Nuclear Machinist Mate to Lieutenant in a twenty-two year career in the Submarine Force, spanning the Vietnam era through the Cold War. He recounts “war games” played with the Russians and speaks of the difficulties of losing shipmates to accidents and suicide. Under the guidance of a tough-minded Master Chief, Gary began as a machinist mate and through his career was able to take advantage of opportunities to further his education. This enabled him to take on leadership roles while on duty on the USS Sturgeon (SSN637), Pargo (SSN650), Rayburn (SSBN635), Russell (SSN687), Kamehameha (SSBN642), and Nevada(SSBN733).

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Thomas W. Crosby, Jr.

U.S. Army 1967–1971

Finishing graduate school and the Peace Corps, Tom Crosby was given a choice between going for his PhD, or the service. Twenty-four year old Tom chose the Army specifically the Army Security Agency, responsible for intelligence gathering and the security of Army communications. At Arlington Hall Station, famous for CIA, NSA and other intelligence groups, Tom worked in personnel and the comptroller’s office. He was an early adopter of computer technology. He was then sent to Vietnam with the 509th Radio Research Group and stationed outside of Saigon at Davis Station, updating the computer system.

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