Ray Hildreth

Ray Hildreth was one of three Recon Marines who were able to walk off Hill 488 unassisted. Hildreth and co-author Charles W. Sasser chronicled this historic battle in the book titled “Hill 488,” published by Simon & Schuster and released in October 2003. Hildreth retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2002 and is a martial-arts instructor in Tulsa, Okla.

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13 June 1966, dusk: My platoon, 1st Pit, Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, led by StafFSergeantJimmie E. Howard, was inserted near the top of Hill 488 . As part of Operation Kansas, our mission was to establish an observation post on Hill 488, near Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam, and to...