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Alvin N. Hockaday oral history, 2019-07-17



  • 2019-07-17


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1 items : DVD

Biographical / Historical

Seargeant Major Alvin N. Hockaday, United States Marine Corps (Retired), was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. After completing high school in 1960, he enlisted in the Marine Corps where he was trained as a Marksmanship Instructor and Rifle Team Member. In 1965, Hockaday served his first tour of duty in Vietnam until he was wounded in 1966. From 1966 to 1968 he served as an instructor at Marine Corps Officer Candidate School. He returned to Vietnam in 1968 and was wounded again in 1969. Seargeant Major Hockaday returned to the United States in 1974 and was assigned as the first enlisted Marine Instructor at the Virginia Military Institute. In 1977, he was assigned to The Marine Corps Ceremonial Units at Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. Following his retirment from the Marine Corps in 1990, Hockaday became the first Seargeant Major to the Corps of Cadets at VMI, a position he held until 2003.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital interview files are stored on the Electronic Archives network drive, MS 0510

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450