Articles by Jim Vinyard

Jim Vinyard joined the United States Marine Corps and took the oath on December 15, 1967 on the campus at Truman State University and went on to attain the rank of Captain. Jim is a feature writer for Guns & Patriots.

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Celebrating an American Hero: Lt. Col Lee, Silver Star, Recon Marine

There are few times in a person’s life that he can be part of a celebration where a true American hero...

Jim Vinyard April 19, 2011

Real War Stories: Vietnam, Old Cassettes and Some D??©j??  Vu

Date:  1970 Place:  Hill 65, South Vietnam Déjà vu from Nam Hill 65 was about 20...

Jim Vinyard April 12, 2011

Collecting the Military 1911 and 1911A1: It can be a "BLAST!"

My interest in collecting 1911’s started on December 15, 1967 when I raised by right hand and took the...

Jim Vinyard March 22, 2011

The New Marine Corps Bayonet Model OKC3S

The name “Marine” conjures up the image of the best fighting man in the world.  Some may...

Jim Vinyard February 15, 2011

2010 Veteran's Day Program, Caldwell Academy, Greensboro, NC

Background:I had the privilege to be invited to attend a Veteran’s day program put on by my 5 year old...

Jim Vinyard November 30, 2010

Stories from a Vietnam Fire Support Base

Place:  Hill 65, SW DaNang, South VietnamTime:  Summer of 1970Life on a major fire support base was...

Jim Vinyard September 14, 2010

Hill 65 Da Nang: Hot M60's and One Bomb from Heaven

Place:  Hill 65, SW of Da Nang, South VietnamTime:  Summer, 1970One day in July, word came down...

Jim Vinyard August 3, 2010

Blowing Up The Skipper's Tent

Place:  Hill 52, SW of Da Nang, South VietnamTime: Summer, 1970India Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th...

Jim Vinyard July 13, 2010

Into the Jungle

Time:  May, 1970Place: Happy Valley, South VietnamWe continued to fight the jungle and the VC, plus we...

Jim Vinyard June 22, 2010

Hitting Them on the Ho Chi Minh Trail

Place:  Happy Valley, South VietnamTime:  May 1970Picture this for a moment.  You are in the...

Jim Vinyard June 8, 2010

Vietnam: Mortar Attack on Hill 37

Place:  Hill 37, 12 Miles southwest of Da Nang, South VietnamTime:  April, 1970We got our...

Jim Vinyard May 25, 2010

Unhappy Valley, Vietnam

Place: Somewhere in Western “Happy Valley”Time:  May, 1970I have often wondered many times...

Jim Vinyard May 11, 2010

A Salute to Don Pike, USMC

Place:  Van Dorn VA Hospital, Columbia, SCWhen:  April 8, 2010Subject:  Donovan (Don) Pike,...

Jim Vinyard May 4, 2010

Hill 37: VC In The Hooch

Hill 37: VC In The HoochPlace: Hill 37, South VietnamTime: March, 1970Lt. Jones gave me the assignment of...

Jim Vinyard April 20, 2010