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David Bone - Vietnam War

David Bone served as a platoon leader for a Marine reconnaissance platoon in South Vietnam through most of 1966. He saw action on his very first mission, and plenty of his missions thereafter, including a famous action at Howard's Hill (Hill 488) in June, 1966. He later attended the U.S. Navy's dive school in the Philippines before returning to Vietnam, where he the worked as a diver for a short time. David grew up in Jacksonville, Illinois, and prior to his wartime tour of duty, played center on the Northwestern University basketball team during a heyday for Big 10 basketball.

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Feature Excerpt

Too Close to the Dead

Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Growing up in Jacksonville, years at Northwestern and Marine officer training

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Early experience in Vietnam as a Marine Recon Platoon Leader

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

More experiences in Vietnam, Hill 488 and dive school

Interview Session 04 (Audio)

Photos

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David Bone (#22) fights for a rebound with Jerry Lucas (#1) in a game at Northwestern in early 1961. The other set of legs belongs to NU teammate John Miller. In the background (left) with his head obscured is John Havlicek. David held Havlicek to 18 points in that game while scoring 13.

Where:

Chicago, Illinois

When:

Early 1961

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Jacksonville High School basketball team in 1959, David Bone’s senior year. In front are Mike Hudson, Jim Keller, Bone, David Allison, Merrit Norvel; back row, Coach John Chapman, Ron Spangenberg, Dick Parker, John Sutphen, John Bourn and Roger Trier.

Where:

Jacksonville, Illinois

When:

1959

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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Northwestern University’s basketball team for 1961-62. David Bone, #22, is second from the right in the front row. Coach Bill Rohr is sitting in the front row, far left.

Where:

Chicago, Illinois

When:

1961-62

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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David Bone received the Bronze Star with V device (for heroic achievement) from BGen. D.A. Stiles in July, 1966. Bone led his platoon on a mission to call in artillery after being inserted into enemy territory via a swift boat in May, 1966.

Where:

Unknown

When:

July, 1966

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

1LT David Bone makes a radio call on the morning of June 16, 1966 on a hill just north of Hill 488 (Howard’s Hill), where another recon platoon was defending its position from an estimated 300 to 500 NVA who were assaulting Howard’s Hill.

Where:

Vietnam

When:

June 16, 1966

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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This map shows the terrain for the NVA’s attack on Hill 488 (Howard’s Hill) in June, 1966. Lieutenant Bone’s unit was occupying the hill to the north, marked on the map as Team 3.

Where:

Vietnam

When:

June, 1966

Ownership:

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