Irvin Hugh Hill
Lance Corporal
C CO, 1ST BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV, III MAF
United States Marine Corps
Seagraves, Texas
May 02, 1947 to January 14, 1969
IRVIN H HILL is on the Wall at Panel W35, Line 89

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Irvin H Hill
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11 Jun 2005

Irwin Hugh "Butch" Hill was born and raised in Seagraves, Texas, a West Texas Community about 60 miles south of Lubbock, Texas. He was the younger of two children, having an older sister, Carolyn. He was well liked by his classmates and was very active in school. He played in the band his freshman year, played freshman basketball and four years of football and lettered three years. He was a class officer, a member of the student council and was also involved in the Future Farmers of America (FFA). He held office and was a participant in the UIL district and regional meets. He graduated in 1965 and then attended Texas Tech for two years before enlisting in the Marine Corps. He wanted to get his military obligation over and then return to school to complete his degree.

He was killed when a booby trap was set off while on patrol on January 14, 1969 in the Quang Nam province. His funeral was held in the Seagraves High School auditorium on January 29, 1969 and there was standing room only. He was buried with full military honors in his home town in the Gaines County (North) Cemetery.

May his sacrifice never be forgotten. He is remembered by his classmates of the Class of 1965, his community of Seagraves. He was the only casualty of his community in the Vietnam War. He is also remembered by the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial located at the Midland International Airport, Midland, Texas.

From a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
bmbrown@grandecom.net


 
03 Mar 2008

Butch lived across the street from my family for years. My brother Alan and Butch were buddies as young boys and great friends as teens in high school and college. They both went into service around the same time. When the news of Butch's death reached our little home town of Seagraves, the whole town was devestated. Even though we had several young men from our community in the war, his death brought it even closer to home. Butch will always be remembered as a bright, energetic, polite and kind young man. A life ended to soon.

From a friend,
Charla (Finch) Minter
ckminter@sbcglobal.net


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