Vietnam War veteran, 83, wears his dress blues to stand guard over his fellow Marine buddy’s casket after they made promise to each other in 1968 when they survived a mortar attack…(RIP My Brother…)

Thursday, November 16, 2017
By Paul Martin

Retired Marine Master Sgt. William H. Cox first met retired Marine First Sgt. James ‘Hollie’ Hollingsworth in 1968 during Vietnam War
The two men were hunkered down on New Year’s Eve that year shielding themselves from rockets and mortars
They promised if they survived, they would keep in contact every New Year’s Eve
For the next five decades, the lifelong friends spoke every December 31st
But Cox traveled from South Carolina to Georgia earlier this year to say goodbye to Hollingsworth, who was dying from a terminal illness
Hollingsworth made Cox promise him that he would deliver his eulogy and stand guard over his casket at his funeral, to which Cox accepted
A photo showing Cox keeping his promise to Hollingsworth has gone viral

By REGINA F. GRAHAM
DAILYMAIL.COM
16 November 2017

An 83-year-old retired Marine kept a promise he made to a fellow officer while they were hunkered down in a bunker during the Vietnam War.

Retired Marine Master Sgt. William H. Cox and Retired Marine First Sgt. James ‘Hollie’ Hollingsworth were shielding themselves from rockets and mortars in 1968 as they were fighting in the Marble Mountains during the war on New Year’s Eve.

The two men, who were strangers to each other, had decided if they made it out of the bunker and survived the war, they would contact each other every New Year’s Eve.

For the next five decades they kept that promise – every New Year’s Eve they would catch up life’s happenings.

Earlier this year, Cox traveled from Piedmont, South Carolina to see Hollingsworth in Hephzibah, Georgia.

The 83-year-old made the trip so that he could say goodbye to his dear friend who was dying.

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One Response to “Vietnam War veteran, 83, wears his dress blues to stand guard over his fellow Marine buddy’s casket after they made promise to each other in 1968 when they survived a mortar attack…(RIP My Brother…)”

  1. OldReb

    Vietnam was not a war but just a continuation of Federal tyranny which started with Abe Lincoln, Ed Stanton and William Seward. The sun never sets on the American Empire but soon it will not set on the ash heaps of it’s remains.

    #3443809

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