Stephen John Hinds

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
06 October 1946 - 13 April 1968
Osseo, Minnesota
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Stephen John Hinds

27 Sep 2003

Steve was a good friend of mine back in 1966 and 1967. We were heavy equipment operators (MOS 1345) in the 13th Engineer Battalion in Camp Pendelton. I went to Vietnam in November of 1967 and lost contact with my friend.

After Vietnam I came back and the world had changed. I never really fit anywhere, and without my Marine brothers and Vietnam I didn't know it at the time but it was me that was so different. Many years passed and my life had many changes, the "me" I once knew was on a trip looking for something. After some 30+ years I found it time once again to find my brothers, and with this new age of the internet I started looking.

Stephen J Hinds was the first guy I thought of and in two days I found him - listed on the Wall site. My heart broke and Vietnam became my life once again. Steve was a great guy, one everyone liked and respected. A big kid, tough and hard but gentle as well. I never thought he would be a KIA ... A hero yes, as he is and always will be! Steve, I love ya, bro, thanks for the best of times, my friend, and thank you my brother for all you gave! God bless you my friend, I know you're smiling down on us. You are today as you were in 1967 - my brother and my friend!


David R Wingfield
Vietnam 1967/68
9645 N Portsmouth St, Portland Oregon 97203

31 Jul 2005

We lost 24 good men on that day in a "No-Name" operation. It was our first major encounter with the NVA who were entrenched in well built bunkers and tunnels. Alpha Company lost 10, Bravo lost eight good men, Charlie lost three, and H&S lost three, two of them Corpsmen. We suffered heavy WIAs too. Sadly, it was the day before Easter Sunday. 1968 was a very bad year for us. It was the TET Offensive. I am honored to have shared the field of battle with all of you MARINES. SEMPER FI.

From a fellow Marine in 1/27,
Sergeant Arturo Garza

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 13 April 1968 the 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, fought a bloody battle with elements of the North Vietnamese Army east of the city of Hue. The fight cost the Marines dearly - 26 dead, even worse than Sergeant Garza remembers, and 46 wounded - but killed at least 62 enemy soldiers and helped to clear the area of remaining NVA/VC forces. The dead were
  • A Company:
    • SSgt Glennis R. Kellams, New Albany, IN (Silver Star)
    • Cpl Kenneth M. Watson, Toledo, OH
    • LCpl Richard L. Embrey, Warren, AZ
    • LCpl Stephen J. Hinds, Osseo, MN
    • Pfc Raymond Armstrong, Cleveland, OH
    • Pfc Frank W. Atherton, Templeton, PA
    • Pfc Robert C. Healey, Trenton, NJ
    • Pfc Kenneth L. Hinnant, Johnson City, TN
    • Pfc Larry C. Hopper, Ontario, CA
    • Pfc Jerry A. Snipes, Albemarle, NC

  • B Company:
    • 2ndLt Alan A. Kettner, Springfield, MN
    • Cpl James E. Hodge, Macksburg, OH
    • LCpl Terry L. Fuhrman, Fort Wayne, IN (DoW 14 Apr 68)
    • LCpl Alfred V. Whitmer, Morenci, AZ
    • Pfc Roger A. Boomsma, Arcadia, CA
    • Pfc Douglas L. Long, Savannah, GA
    • Pfc Barry D. Lord, Findlay, OH
    • Pfc Paul L. Whitthorne, Memphis, TN
    • Pfc William W. Wilson, St Marys, WV
    • Pvt Ray T. Comfort, Northumberland, PA

  • C Company:
    • Cpl Joseph C. Reid, Baton Rouge, LA
    • Pfc Donald L. Mansfield, Rockland, ME
    • Pfc William G. Parker, Detroit, MI

  • H&S Company:
    • SSgt Fred J. Hayes, Walnut Creek, CA (Silver Star) (with Delta 1/27)
    • HN3 Robert L. Dodsworth, Franklin, IL
    • HN Richard E. Cawley, St Joseph, MO

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a Marine brother and friend,
David R Wingfield
9645 N Portsmouth St, Portland Oregon 97203
27 Sep 2003

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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