OUR STORIES

An autobiography in this case, is a detailed description or account of an event or events which occured during our tours in Vietnam. As we tell our stories, we strive for accuracy but sometimes so much can happen in such a short period of time, we get facts mixed up.

As we have all learned from Jay, when we write or speak about the war we were in, we see it in our mind as the sliver in front of our nose. So slightly different versions of the same story are completely normal and expected. As you read them, simply enjoy the real life experiences of others.

There's a saying in the military that the difference between a fairy tale and a war story is that a fairy tale starts out, “Once upon a time ...” while a war story begins with, “You're not going to believe this, but ...”

What you're about to read fall into the latter category, they are true and many of us experienced them.

carl-king

Carl King writes beautifully and the articles he has presented so far have been mesmerizing. Let's hope we can get more from him.

carl
GOING TO WAR IN VIETNAM
FIRST FIREFIGHT
FIGHT IN A BUNKER COMPLEX
BLOODY DAY IN MAY
HILL 881 NORTH

Carl's Pictures

bobby-h

Bobby wrote so many great stories we decided to give him his own section. I have a picture here of him taken in 1997 but would like something of him in-country as well. Please send one or more if you have something.

Nov. 9, 1997
ARRIVAL PART 1
ARRIVAL PART 2
ARRIVAL PART 3
ARRIVAL PART 4
ARRIVAL PART 5
1ST MEETS 2ND
KILLER TEAM 1
THE SQUAD
INCIDENT
AMBUSH
NAPOLEON SALINE
NAPOLEON SALINE II
AGAIN
carl-&-bob

Carl King and Bobby hingston have worked together on some articles that should be of interest to servicemen and women as well as others visiting this site. We hope to get photos up soon for both of them.

CORPSMAN UP!
TREE LINE
CON TIEN
CONTONMENT
ARRIVING HOME
BOOBY TRAP
SOUTH FOR THE WINTER
BACK TO BATTALION
NOT A TYPICAL PATROL
m-w-s

Mike saw a lot of action during his tour. He was involved in some of the worst fighting during TET of 1968. The chapters below will show you what kind of man he was and Marine he still is.

cpl mike-donovan
Arrival In VN
My New Company
Hill 471
Khe Sanh
Hill 881 North
Back at Khe Sanh
Cua Viet
Da Nang
Killer Teams
Booby Traps
Hand Grenad Hill
Going Home

Jerry Lilly

Anyone have Jerry's e-mail address or picture? Help me out.

FAITH

Jay Vincens

INFAMOUS M-14

Billy Prieto

HARD TIMES

Charlie Davis

DRUMMED OUT
FRENCH FORT & FLYING ANTS
rosie

Rosie has sent in his first article about his time in-country. It is good to have fellowship with him again and hopefully he will give us much more insight into his tour.

rosie10
FIRST ACTION
HILL 471
storiesofvn

While this site is billed as a website to honor the men who fought with Hotel Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, we have also had the good luck and fortune to have shared some experiences with people like Mike Pipkin, a Corpsman for Fox Company, 2/1. He was asked for and supplied some information in his 4 stories that are of immense value in helping clear up questions and filling in blanks.

Thank you brother, May other "Friends of Hotel" follow your lead.

Semper Fidelis, Hotel, 1968

FRIENDS OF HOTEL
INTRO TO VIETNAM