Jerry James Hill

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
15 March 1949 - 24 May 1968
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Panel 68E Line 003


Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Jerry James Hill

18 Apr 2002

"If you are able
save a place for them
inside of you...
and save one backward glance
when you are leaving
for the places they can
no longer go...
Be not ashamed to say
you loved them,
though you may
or may not have always...
Taken what they have taught you
with their dying
and kept it with your own..."

Major Michael O'Donnell's poem, sent to his friend Marcus Sullivan
as it appears in WAR LETTERS edited by Andrew Carroll

I didn't know Jerry, but I would have liked to.

Last year in my junior year English class we studied Vietnam literature. To make the unit more personal my teacher gave each of us the name of a man killed in Vietnam. He asked us to carry the name around with us, and find out as much about our Veteran as we could. It just so happened that "my" veteran happened to have the same last name as me, which made my connection to him even stronger. I spent lots of time on the internet trying to get to know this amazing young man, but wasn't too succesful in my search. All I know is the few bits of information I found on the VVMF website which isn't much more than his hometown and branch of service. I still carry his name with me, and I even got a rubbing from the Wall when I went to D.C. last summer. I want to be able to tell the world all about him, so if you know ANYTHING that could help I beg you from the bottom of my heart to contact me.

I didn't know Jerry, but I'd really like to.

Emily Hill
823 Mayfair Park Ct, Manchester, Mo 63021

A Note from The Virtual Wall

PFC Hill was assigned to Golf Company, 2/3 Marines, which lost 16 men in heavy fighting on 24 May 1968:
  • Cpl James D. Bowers, Johnson City, TN
  • LCpl Michael F. Anderson, Evanston, IL
  • HN Ronald J. Cook, Phoenix, AZ (Corpsman, H&S Co)
  • LCpl Anthony A. Discepolo, Cleveland, OH
  • LCpl Larry L. Riley, Midwest City, OK
  • HN Frederick G. Steffen, New Baltimore, MI, (Corpsman, H&S Co)
  • LCpl Nicholas S. Vrankovich, Beaver Falls, PA
  • LCpl Roger D. Williams, Roanoke, VA
  • Pfc Clarence J. Baldwin, Cherry Valley, NY
  • Pfc Stephen L. Bean, Saco, ME
  • Pfc Franchot T. Calhoun, Anniston, AL
  • Pfc Charles M. Chessher, Crestview, FL
  • Pfc Kevin Corcoran, Garwood, NJ
  • Pfc Jose Davila, Chapman Ranch, TX
  • Pfc Jerry J. Hill, Minneapolis, MN
  • Pfc George E. Massie, Clear Spring, MD

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
hopefully a friend,
Emily Hill
823 Mayfair Park Ct. Manchester, Mo 63021 
18 Apr 2002

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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
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