Bradford John F HippePrivate First Class
1ST PLT, D CO, 1ST BN, 3RD MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
17 November 1944 - 29 May 1968
Jersey City, New Jersey
Panel 63W Line 006
The database page for Bradford John F Hippe
Pfc Hippe was killed while walking point on 29 May 1968.
Early on the morning of the 29th we moved out of our position to sweep through a bombed out village. After moving approximately 100 yards Pfc Hippe turned and shouted to the squad leader that he saw movement in a treeline. A few seconds later the treeline erupted with automatic weapons and machine guns. The fight that ensued lasted well into the afternoon. Casualties were heavy.
I had the opportunity to serve with Pfc Hippe from infantry training at Camp Geiger, NC, until his death. He was a friend and I will never forget him. We had only been in country a few weeks and this was the first action we had been in.
From a fellow Marine,
Notes from The Virtual WallDelta 1/3 Marines lost six men killed in action in the fight described above:
Somehow the casualty record got garbled, and when the casualty list for the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Washington was compiled Pfc Hippe's surname was mis-spelled as "Hippie", an error reflected in today's casualty list and engraved on the Wall:
In 1995, when the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial was being developed, Bradford Hippe's brother contacted the New Jersey organization and requested that his name be spelled properly - and so it is:
Army PFC Charlie A. Carden shares the New Jersey memorial panel for 29 May; he and eight other men from A Company, 1/35 Infantry, were killed in a firefight on 29 May 1966.
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a fellow Marine,
Richard Dean Todd
Apt 104, 76th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach Sc 29572
18 Aug 2004
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 08/18/2004