Phillip Mason Hines

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class
United States Navy
21 September 1945 - 19 May 1967
Dodge City, Kansas
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Fleet Marine Force Corpsman

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Phillip Mason Hines

19 Jan 2006

Doc Hines was killed in action on 5/19/67 while on Operation HICKORY just north of Con Thien. Doc was treating seriously wounded Marines who had been ambushed when he was mortally wounded. Doc Hines was assigned to the 3rd Platoon, and when he was needed he was always there. I'm always thinking of him. Semper Fi, Doc.

From a friend and former platoon member
Pete Rivera

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 18 May 1967 the Marines began Operation HICKORY with the intention of removing enemy forces and installations from the southern half of the DMZ. This was the first time the Marines had ventured into the DMZ in force. The attack was supported by a massive Navy-Marine-Air Force effort, the landing of SLF Alpha, and a parallel sweep by the 1st ARVN Division. HICKORY lasted through 29 May and resulted in both the loss of 129 Americans and the utter destruction of many North Vietnamese Army installations within the eastern part of the Demilitarized Zone. Extremely heavy casualties were inflicted on the NVA 326B Division, which held the ground and defended the area with vigor.

No effort was made to hold the areas of the DMZ which had been cleared of NVA - political pressures precluded an American presence in the DMZ (apparently an NVA presence was acceptable) - and the rebuilt 362B Division eventually returned to the area.

On 19 May, Hotel Company 2/9 Marines, lost 9 men:

Fleet Marine Force Corpsman

"You guys are the Marine's doctors -
There's none better in the business than a Navy Corpsman ..."
-- Lieutenant General "Chesty" Puller --

Visit John Dennison's
Medics on the Wall
memorial which honors the
Army Medics and Navy Corpsmen who died in Vietnam.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend and former platoon member,
Pete Rivera
19 Jan 2006

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