Douglas Wayne Hillin

Lance Corporal
3RD PLT, M CO, 3RD BN, 26TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
18 September 1948 - 10 August 1968
Houston, Texas
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3RD MARDIV

26TH MARINES

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Doug Hillin is on the right

Steve Vincler (on the left) and Doug Hillin

The database page for Douglas Wayne Hillin

12 Jul 2001

Doug enlisted to fight,
although he was too young to be so far from home,
or in that hell.

Dearly loved and missed by his family,
many friends,
and his Marine buddies who knew him as "DUTCH".

A memorial initiated by his sister.
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Douglas Wayne Hillin,
Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps,
was buried on 22 August 1968 in
Plot C 692, Houston National Cemetery,
Houston, Harris County, Texas,
surrounded by other men of integrity and courage.
26 April 2002

Dutch was one of the greatest guys in the world
and my best buddy back in the Marines.

Doug was shot while leading his squad against an ambush. Steve Vincler held him in his arms till he slipped into unconsciousness. Steve and I have kept in touch. Some time in May, we will be coming to Houston to keep our promise to our buddy - a promise to visit his grave site. We would be proud to meet any of Doug’s family if possible, especially his brother who Doug spoke very fondly of and was worried about.


Art Walbroehl
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02 Aug 2005

I met "Dutch" through my friend Steve. I remember him as being instantly likeable and a natural leader. I wish I had known him better. I remember the day well when Dutch was hit. He was in a different Platoon than I, but that day Mike Company was together for the operation. We were trudging uphill along a well worn trail in a heavily forested area. I think Dutch's squad was on point. Maybe out on flank. The NVA were dug in and waiting in spider-holes up ahead at the crest of the hill. It seems that the fire fight was over as quickly as it began. As our platoon moved forward to take point, I remember stopping where Dutch lay along the path. He'd been hit bad, although he was still concious. And I remember the look of desperation on Steve's face.

From a friend and brother-in-arms,
Jud Parker
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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