Joe Lawrence Hill

Private First Class
C CO, 1ST BN, 5TH INFANTRY, 25 INF DIV
Army of the United States
03 October 1946 - 04 August 1966
Coquille, Oregon
Panel 09E Line 105

25 INF DIV

5TH INF RGT
Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Joe Lawrence Hill

13 Sep 2007

Joe was a really friendly guy who always wanted to help. He was a terrible basketball player, but he loved to play. I don't think our intramural team won a single game, but ol' Joe showed up for every game. You just couldn't keep this boy down, he didn't care how many points he scored, he loved to shoot. If you gave him the ball you didn't get it back. He never had anything bad to say about anyone. He worked hard at everything he did. He wasn't a quitter. What more could you ask? We miss you, Joe.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishment the scroll,
God is the master of my fate:
God is the captain of my soul."
- Paraphrased from W. E. Henley -

From a classmate,
Winston Skinner
bubonicboy@aol.com

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 1/5 Infantry History contains the following entry:
"On August 4, 1966, the battalion continued its search and destroy operations in the area. At 1101 hours vic XT658259 a booby trap was detonated killing one Bobcat from Company C and seriously injuring another. At 1132 hours 1 Bobcat from Company C was killed and 3 were injured while they were investigating a bunker that turned out to be booby-trapped. That evening ambushes were again employed from the battalion's night encampment."
The two incidents occurred during Operation KO KO HEAD about 11 kilometers southwest of Ben Het. The two soldiers killed were PFC Rodney W. Casselman of Arcadia, California, and PFC Joe L. Hill.


The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a classmate,
Winston Skinner
bubonicboy@aol.com



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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 13 Sep 2007
Last updated 09/18/2007