The 2/9 Network is forever dedicated to the memory of its founder and inspiration -  Red Hill.  Semper Fidelis Red!

Hell in a Helmet

   birdball.gifWelcome to the 2nd Battalion-9th Marine Network. A Network dedicated to helping you find the "Brothers" that you served with and help the "Brothers" you served with find you.

Here is just a short history of the 2/9 Network. It all started back in 1984 when I made my first trip to "The Wall." I was so moved by that experience, as I am sure all of us have been and for you making your first trip will be, that I have returned every year since.

And a major reason I came was not only to Honor my fallen Brothers, but to try and find some of the men that I shared the same mud with in Vietnam and to find my Platoon Commander.
I had a banner made of the "Hell in a Helmet" logo and stood flying it proudly, and like zombies, out of the crowd came the Brothers of 2/9. I started taking down names and addresses. These men were searching too.

I did find the men I was searching for and my Platoon Commander, Lt. Bob Hanover but he has unfortunately like so many of our brothers passed on.

Each year beginning with that trip in 1984 after a trip to "The Wall" and gathering more names I would mail a copy of "The Network Roster" to everyone. Maybe they would recognize a name. I started to include a cover letter about a possible reunion. By 1992, I had collected 84 names. Procrastination is an attribute amongst us. I needed a kick in the butt, and finally, Don Truesdale telephoned and said, "Red, just do it, Brother." If there are 3 of us or 30, shoot, we'll at least be in the same hotel. I mailed a reunion notice to 84 people in March of that year, and by November, the Network had grown to 250. Seventy people signed in the logbook for the first reunion. By the second reunion, there were 450 in the Network. The third reunion, 630 in the Network. And now, after 10 reunions we stand at over 1500. I never envisioned this. It can be laborious, but it's a labor of love.

I do want to point out that even though this site is comprised mostly of "Vietnam Era" 2/9ers that ALL former and current Marines that serve, or served, with 2/9 are invited to join. Your name and address etc; will be added to the "Network Roster" and "Mailing List" respectively for the time periods of "Pre-Vietnam Era", "Vietnam Era" and "Iraq/Afghanistan Era". Your name will automatically be added to the web site no matter what era you served.

Semper Fi

Richard "Red" Hill

UPDATE;  28 October 2019

Last call for The Birthday Dinner at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA, at 1800 hours on 10 November (parking is free at the hotel).  Partial list of attendees:  

Lieutenant General Brian Beaudreault, Commanding General, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force and former Golf Company Commander in Somalia, Keynote Speaker

Colonel Mike Skystal, Pentagon, former 2/9 Battalion Commander

Colonel James Fullwood, , Director, Advanced Warfare School, Quantico and former 2/9 Battalion Commander

LtCol Chuck Anklam III, Pentagon, former Echo Company Commander

Major Patrick Heiny, Pentagon, former 2nd Platoon Commander, Echo, and Company XO, Golf Company

All are active duty Marines.  

I MUST have checks for $20 per dinner in hand not later than 04 November.  Made out to me and mailed to 21 Moseley Street, BIllerica, MA 01821

Reunion runs 07-12 November at the Marriott Residence Inn Rosslyn on North Oak Street, Arlington, VA.  No charge for anything.  Locals - stop by and say hello, have some free snacks and beverages and shoot the breeze with other 2/9 members.  Hospitality room is to the left of the main entrance on the 1st floor of the hotel.  Join dozens of us at the official USMC Wreath Laying Ceremony at 1000 hours on 08 November (yes, 08 November), at the Iwo Jima Memorial.  We'll be there in force and you cannot miss our group.


UPDATE:  24 October 2019

The Marine Barracks at 8th and I officially announced on it's Facebook site yesterday that this year's offiical USMC Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held at 1000 hours on Friday, 08 November, at the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial).  

Semper Fi,