Clyde Hoch was born in the same home he lives in today. The home was build around 1750 or before.
He graduated from Upper Perkiomen High School in 1965. Three days later he was on his way to Parris Island, South Carolina.
After completing boot camp he went to Infantry Training Regiment as all Marines did at that time. After infantry training he was sent to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Here he started his tank training.
Soon he became part of the Fleet Marine Force and a part of a Battalion Landing Team. He was sent on a Mediterranean Sea cruise for six months as part of the 6th fleet. He returned for six months and was sent back to the Mediterranean Sea for another 6 months.
After his return to Camp Lejeune he was made a brig guard for approximately six weeks. He was sent to try out for the USMC silent drill team. He wanted nothing to do with that and told them he joined the Marines to go to Vietnam to fight for his country. He was granted his wish.
He arrived in Vietnam in the middle of Tet of 1968 and returned home after Tet of 1969. These were the years of the heaviest fighting of the Vietnam War. Upon arrival in Vietnam he was made a tank commander. The tank he commanded was struck by an American artillery barrage, abandoned on the battlefield and struck a large land mine. His worst battle was coming home from Vietnam. We as Vietnam veterans were looked down upon so much by society, I was more comfortable in the Vietnam War than my own country. I was ready to go back to the war.
Clyde's writing started by accident. Once while having a conversation with a neighbor Leroy Heffentrager, he though what a great story he just told. When he is gone his story is gone. Clyde thought well everyone has a story. He felt he would put his story down on the computer in chapter form as it came to him. He would send a chapter to a military magazine to see if they would be interested in publishing it.
He sent his chapters to his daughter to proof read and she said "you have to make this into a book." That was how it all began.
It was fear - the fear I sensed in his words even 40 years after Vietnam that compelled me to keep reading. I finished Tracks in two readings over just two days as I simply could not put the book down.
Clyde Hoch has been the guest speaker at the following:
- 12 lectures at Liberty High School
- Upper Perkiomen Middle School
- Emmaus Public Library
- Southern Lehigh Public Library
- Hatboro Public Library
- Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center
- Upper Perkiomen Valley Library Feb. 13th at 7:00 PM
- Lehigh County Veterans Round Table Project
- Pennsylvania Military Museum
- Lehigh County Military Affairs Council
- The Vietnam Veterans of America Downingtown
- Fort Mott Soldiers Weekend NJ. - lectures and book signings
- Gilda's Club Doylestown
- Life Long Learning Goshenhoppen Church
- Boy Scouts of America Troop 334
- Upper Perkiomen Senior Center
- The High Twelve Club
- American Armor Museum, Danville, VA. - book signing
- Perkiomen Masonic Lodge
- Radio Interviews
- The Author Show
- KXLO Broadcasting Inc.
- The American Heroes Broadcast Station
- Guest Speaker at the Korean/Vietnam Memorial April 28th at 2:00 PM
- Book signing on May 18th at the Upper Perkiomen Valley Library from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM
- PBS channel 39 Lehigh County May 21 and 24
- We were Soldiers Event Pottstown, PA. Sept. 20
- Fort Mott, N. J. Sept. 28 and 29.
- San Antonio, TX. Oct. 31 to Nov 4
- Blair County Genealogical Society Hollidaysburg, Pa. Nov. 2 Daughter Tina Simmons will represent my books
- Luther Crest
The Heilig/Hoch House
This is the house I was born and raised in. I carry the family tradition by continuing to live in the house. The house is officially listed as being built in 1750, however, there is a large amount of evidence indicating it was built before this date but it was not recorded. Relatives of the Heilig family feel the house was built around the time of the French and Indian Wars and was built as a fort for the neighboring people in case of attack. The walls are very thick stone. There is a water supply in the basement. While it was owned by the Heilig family it was used as a hospital for soldiers in the Revolutionary War.
Clyde Hoch May be contacted at :
313 4th St.
Pennsburg, PA. 18073
home 215 679 9580
cell 267 424 4162