CW4 Hillman E. Bearden, Mr. was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 07/21/2010 at the age of 64.6
Bedford, TX
Flight Classes 69-15 and 69-17
Date of Birth 12/26/1945
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 170 AHC in 69-70, B/229 AHB 1 CAV in 72, H/17 CAV in 72-73
Call sign in Vietnam DRYDOCK 9
This information was provided by Pat Richardson

More detail on this person: He was born Dec. 26, 1945, in Morrilton, Ark., to Homer Hillman Bearden and Hazel Eloise Van Dalsem Bearden. He moved to West Texas at age 3, grew up in Snyder, and graduated from Snyder High School in 1964. He married Tracy Diane Burton on Sept. 16, 1967. The following year, he became a pilot for the United States Army, flying combat missions in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He became a master aviator in both helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft and was a highly accomplished flight instructor before concluding his 21 years of service to his country. Transitioning to civilian life, he made his home in Bedford and worked for FlightSafety International in Hurst until his retirement in 2000.

Survivors: His wife, Tracy; son, Scott; daughter, Hilary Diane Harvey; son-in-law, Christian Harvey; and grandchildren, Jacob Ward, Abigail, Connor and Danny Harvey.

Above info was taken from VHPA Directory and obit published in Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7/24/10 (

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