Hell in a Helmet

This is not an official Marine Corps site.

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

New members added from 28 December 2014 thru 26 February 2015 are listed below.  I will be producing a Battalion Runner in March to be placed on this site and on the two different 2/9 Facebook pages.  I am still awaiting the final contract with the hotel for our 2015 Reunion, the 50th Anniversary of 2/9s deployment to Vietnam.  I'll publish the information as soon as I have it.  As always, if anyone ever has complaints about the site, or suggestions on how to improve it, please do not hesitate to email me at ditson35@verizon.net

New Members 12/28/14 thru 2/26/15:

E 2/9 Network
Last Name First Name
Gallegos Richard "Buz"     Echo 74-75
Graves Keith   HQHS  63-67
Franz Mike    Hotel   69
Carter Richard   HQHS  67
Long Kent "Miles"   Wpns  85-89
VanderMolen Robert "Mo"   HQHS  74-76
Hicks Tony "Hicks"   Fox  86-90
Duncan Kenneth "Ken"   Wpns 66

Semper Fi

Danny Schuster, Echo 2/9, 1967