1092 – 2 Marine Vietnam Vets honor fifty year pledge


William H. Cox and James "Hollie" Hollingsworth, vietnam veteran news, mack payne

Retired Marines William H. Cox and James “Hollie” Hollingsworth visiting in Hollingsworth’s back yard shortly before he passed away.

Episode 1092 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a story that typifies reasons why Marines are so proud of their branch of service. The touching story appeared in The Greenville, South Carolina News and was titled: Retired Marine keeps promise made in bunker in Vietnam. The story was submitted by Donna Isbell Walker.

Walker described the story as follows. Fifty years ago two Marines were dodging rockets and mortars on Marble Mountain near Da Nang, South Vietnam. First Sgt. James “Hollie” Hollingsworth and his buddy Master Sgt. William H. Cox were hunkered down in a bunker wondering if the next round would be a direct hit on their position. On that fateful New Year’s Eve 1968, just before the dawn of 1969 the two made a solemn pledge to each other. They both agreed that: If they survived that attack and that year in Vietnam, they would contact each other every year on New Year’s day.”

They both survived that year in Vietnam. After the war, Hollingsworth left the Marines and came home to settle in the Augusta, Georgia area in the community of Hephzibah. Cox remained in the Marines and retired after twenty years service and  today lives in Piedmont, South Carolina which is about 125 miles north his friend’s home in Georgia.

For almost fifty years the two kept the promise they made to each other back on Marble Mountain in 1968. In 2017 the string of contacts between the two were broken when James “Hollie” Hollingsworth was discovered to be terminally ill. Cox went to visit his old friend for the last time and while there received what he called a “rough mission.”

Listen to episode 1092 of the podcast and get the full heartwarming story about these two Marines who stood by a promise to each other made fifty years ago and what the rough mission was Hollingsworth asked his friend to carry out.

William H. Cox standing guard for James "Hollie" Hollingsworth , vietnam veteran news, mack payne

On New Year’s Eve in 1968, two Marines made each other a promise. Five decades later, Master Sgt. William H. Cox is making good on one more. USA TODAY

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