HILL, IRWIN HUGH
Rank / Branch:
LCPL, E-3 USMC
3RD MARINE DIVISION
Date of Birth:
HOSTILE, FRAGMENT W
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IRVIN HUGH HILL, LANCE CORPORAL, USMC, SEAGRAVES, GAINES COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Purple Heart with Gold Star (2 awards), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal
Irvin Hugh Hill was born in Seagraves, Texas, and the younger of two children to Erma Jo Oliver and L.M. "Mack" Hill. He was a lifetime resident of Seagraves and attended Seagraves schools. His friends knew him as “Butch”. While at Seagraves High School, he was very active in school activities, he was in the band, played football and was a three year letterman; played freshman basketball and was a member of the Student Council, he was vice president of his junior class and was involved in FFA activities. He was Vice President of the FFA his senior year and was involved in the UIL Districts and Regional Meets. He was a 1965 graduate of Seagraves High School.
After high school graduation, he attended Texas Tech College, now Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas for two years. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in February 1968 with the thought of completing his military obligation and returning to college to finish his degree. He completed boot camp at the Marine Corp Recruit Depot at San Diego, California and Infantry ITR at Camp Pendleton, California. After completing his training he received a two-week leave before beginning his tour in Vietnam.
He began his tour on July 22, 1968 and was assigned as a rifleman with Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. He was killed when he set off a booby trap on January 14, 1969 while on patrol 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 the Gaines North Cemetery in Seagraves, Texas. He was the town’s only Vietnam casualty.
His parents of the home and his older sister, Carolyn, survived him. His father passed away in November 16, 1980 and his mother March 21, 2003 and they both rest next to him.
Gaines County Cemetery, North, Seagraves, Texas