Douglas Holtz GriffinLance Corporal
A CO, 1ST BN, 7TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
30 December 1947 - 06 February 1968
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The database page for Douglas Holtz Griffin
I knew Doug when I used to go to see my relatives in Coleman when I was growing up. We used to play catch together. I was born in Coleman County, but grew up in Odessa and my family would visit often with relatives. I did not realize that he he had died in Vietnam. I will always remember him.
10 Nov 2005
I have been in touch with Ralph Terry of Coleman, Texas. Ralph is the county historian and has many websites devoted to Coleman County, Texas. We have collaborated in researching several Coleman County residents who perished in Vietnam. Ralph has developed a marvelous tribute to and for Doug.
From a PBVVM Representative,
Douglas Holtz Griffin was my first cousin. His mother and mine are sisters. He was like the big brother I never had, as I'm the oldest in my family. He was handsome and a really cool guy. My memories of him are only happy ones, though I would have preferred to have him around all these many years. My world has always been better for having had Doug in my life. His childish pranks, his physical fitness. His smile, I still miss him. I love you, Doug. Thanks for being the coolest of cousins.
Linda Burroughs Groff
Douglas and I went to school together in Coleman, Texas.
His picture is in my high school annual, class of 1966. I will always remember Doug, and thank him for his service to our country and giving his life for our freedom. It is hard to believe that one of the young men I went to school with died so young. I pray often for all our service men and women who serve and give their all to make sure we live free. I will always remember Doug and the loss of not getting to know him well when I had the chance in high school. God be with his family on this "Memorial Day" and always as we remember all who died for our Freedom and our Country. "God Bless them All"
From a friend and classmate from 1966,
Douglas was a very dear friend of mine. He was a quiet but very caring person. I came to know Douglas in English class my freshman year . Moving to Coleman from a very small school, I was scared to death and very shy. Douglas was the first one to help me find my locker and also introduced me to others. I will never forget him or the kindness he showed me. Later his sister Carol became one of my best friends and she is still very dear to my heart today. Douglas, the twinkle in your eyes and your sweet smile will not be forgotten.
A Note from The Virtual WallBy 06 Feb 1968 the Tet Offensive was in full swing, with heavy fighting throughout South Vietnam. In Quang Nam Province, the 1/7 Marines were deployed against NVA/VC forces attacking the Danang/Marble Mountain complex.
The Communist forces began the second phase of their Da Nang offensive on the night of 05/06 Feb . 1/7's involvement began at 2000 05 Feb, when Charlie 1/7 engaged an NVA force south of the Tuy Loan River. Fighting continued throughout the 1/7 area of responsibility, and 24 hours later had resulted in the deaths of 16 men from 1/7 Marines:
The point-of-contact for this memorial is|
a childhood friend,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 9 May 2005
Last updated 11/24/2007