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Jun 2, 2017 11:15 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Flag Flies At Hampton Bays Schools For David Griffin

Vietnam Veteran David Griffin with Hampton Bays High School students high school students Dylan Durand, left, and Ava Bianchi.
Jun 4, 2017 8:27 AM

Flag Flies For David Griffin

The Hampton Bays School District paid tribute to Vietnam veteran David Griffin by flying an American flag in his honor through the month of May, in its effort to highlight the service of local veterans.

Mr. Griffin graduated from Southampton High School in 1961 and went to work for Ernest Julke as a carpenter. He held a variety of jobs and in early 1963 he met his wife, Paulette, in Montauk. She was tending bar at Gurney’s and Mr. Griffin was driving a cement truck for Bistrian Cement Contractors in East Hampton. They married in 1963 and their first child, Linda, was born in 1964.

In 1965, Mr. Griffin received his draft notice for induction into the U.S. Army. He took a bus from Smithtown to Whitehall Street, the Armed Forces Induction Center, in lower Manhattan, joined the Marines and was sent to boot camp a short time later. He then trained as a sniper.

He boarded a troop ship to Vietnam where he was assigned to sniper duty and spent three days at a time in the jungle waiting to ambush enemy forces. In 1966, he was wounded and awarded his first Purple Heart. He returned to the U.S. and then deployed for his second tour of duty in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. He was assigned to the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force at Khe Sanh. Mr. Griffin was wounded in June 1967 and was treated on the USS Repose, a hospital ship and awarded his second Purple Heart before returning to complete his tour of duty at Khe Sanh.

After completing his second tour of duty, Mr. Griffin returned to the U.S. before enlisting for a third tour in Vietnam from 1968-1969, after which he was honorably discharged.

In addition to the two Purple Hearts, Mr. Griffin was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

After his service, Mr. Griffin returned to North Sea and worked as a carpenter, before retiring. He now lives in Hampton Bays.

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Congratulations! But, is this why there was no flag on the stage last night, while we said The Pledge, everyone was looking for Our American Flag. We were at the Hampton Bays middle School Spring Concert.����������������
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