MAJ Victor M. Hernandez was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 02/20/2020 at the age of 84.9
San Antonio, TX
Flight Class 61-2FW
Date of Birth 04/12/1935
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 161 AVN in 65-66, B/4/77 ARA in 68-69, DIV ARTY 101 ABN in 69-70
Call sign in Vietnam TORO 6
This information was provided by Sammie Williams - obit

More detail on this person: Our Lord welcomed his caring, selfless, courageous and loving son, LTC (Ret.) Victor M. Hernandez, Jr. on February 20, 2020, into his loving arms. Vic departed this world peacefully at home with his loving family and friends. Vic was born to Otila and Victor M. Hernandez, Sr. on April 12, 1935. He was the youngest of eight siblings. Vic attended Brackettville High School in Brackettville, TX and was one of the original football players on the 1951 mighty Brackettville Tigers football team that amassed an undefeated season by going 11-0 winning the Regional Championship. Vic graduated in 1953. He married Amparo Garcia, his "Gypsy" from Brackettville on June 8, 1957. Vic and his beloved wife, Amp, had two children, David and Teresa. Vic earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio in May 1958 and, through his enrollment in St. Mary's R.O.T.C. program, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Vic was accepted into the Army Aviation program and flew UH-1 Hueys and later the new Huey Cobra Battleship Helicopter while serving two tours in Vietnam. During his second tour, Vic commanded a Cobra battery while serving with the 101st Air Mobile Division and was awarded the 5th highest medal in the military, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Bronze Star. In 1971, Vic graduated from the prestigious Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He went on to earn his Master of Arts degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio in 1975, while still serving in the military. After 24 years of Distinguished Service in the military, Vic retired as a Lt. Colonel. He then went to work with his wife at The Prudential Insurance Company for 17 years where he retired and was honored with the Certificate of Emeritus. With his wife Amp, Vic was very devoted to our Lord and to all the church communities they lived in throughout their years of travel. Once Vic and Amp settled back in San Antonio, they both dedicated themselves to the faith community of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church. Vic served as a Eucharistic Minister, attended the ACTS Retreat program and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. During this time Vic spent numerous happy years dedicated to his wife, children and grandchildren. He spent his retirement doing what he loved most: watching his grandchildren participate in musical, athletic and academic programs, playing golf and traveling to the casinos with Amp playing the slot machines from Coushatta to Las Vegas and Lucky Eagle. Vic was very well respected by his military friends, was a great mentor to many family members and friends of the community and was often sought out for advice and counsel. He was always there to help. In April of 2016, Vic lost the love of his life (Amp) after 59 years of marriage. After his loss, Vic was completely dedicated to his Lord, church and family, but always let it be known that he was ready to join his Gypsy (Amp) and his Lord when they were ready for him. Vic was preceded in death by his wife Amparo (Amp) Hernandez; his parents, Otila and Victor M. Hernandez, Sr.; his siblings, Victor Hernandez, Juan Hernandez, Larry Hernandez, Hortencia Luna, Filimon Hernandez, Arturo Hernandez, Mary San Miguel, his granddaughter Marla, and his in-laws, Carrie and Alfredo Garcia. Vic is survived by his children, grandchildren, other relatives and many friends. Rest in peace, sir.

Burial information: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX

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