MAJ Dick Hale was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 09/16/2012 at the age of 83.1
West Milton, OH
Flight Class 58-13
Date of Birth 07/24/1929
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with B/1/9 CAV 1 CAV in 66-67, C/4/77 ARA 101 ABN in 70-71
Call signs in Vietnam RED CHARGER 22, GRIFFIN 6
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: HALE, Major Dick, US Army (Retired) age 83 of West Milton, OH, passed away Sunday, September 16, 2012. Dick was born July 24, 1929 in Dayton, OH, son of the late James W. and Eda H. (Whiteman) Hale. He began his decades of military service in 1948. The many facets of service Dick honorably executed, including spending 2 years serving 2 separate "Tours of Duty" in the Republic of Vietnam from 1966-1967 and 1970-1971, flying helicopter gunships. He was "shot down" on 3 separate occasions, escaping serious injuries and capture by the enemy. Dick was the Commanding Officer of an Aerial Rocket Unit, flying the Cobra Helicopters. Also, tucked within the framework of his military service, Dick served as a police officer with the City of Dayton Police Department. Then in 1963, as the need for experienced pilots became critical, Dick was once again called into active military service, where he remained until his retirement in 1979. During these times of service and raising a family of 2 daughters, he found the time to earn a Bachelors Degree from the University of Omaha. Following his retirement from the US Army, having attained the rank of Major, Dick enjoyed several years in the air as the Airborne Traffic Reporter for WONE/WTUE radio. Major Hale is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Sue Ann (Thomas) Hale, who he married on July 17, 1954 in Dayton, OH; daughter, Cynthia (Gerard) Caillouet of West Milton, OH; 3 grandchildren, Courtney Hale Caillouet of West Milton, OH, Kate Mary of CA and Clinton Paul Caillouet of Tipp City, OH; 9 great-grandchildren, Katherine Caillouet, Elizabeth Caillouet, Carter Mary, Christa Mary, Corrine Mary, Chase Mary, Christopher Caillouet, Anthony Caillouet and Brooke Caillouet; many other loving family members and friends. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his daughter, Christa Stremel; grandson, Travis Stremel; 3 brothers, James E. Hale, Phillip A. Hale and John F. Hale. A Memorial Service will be held 2 PM Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Baker-Hazel & Snider Funeral Home & Crematory, 5555 Philadelphia Dr. at N. Main St., Dayton, OH 45415. Inurnment Abbottsville Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 1-2 PM Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the funeral home. Online memories and condolences may be left for the family at www.bakerhazelsnider.com

Published in Dayton Daily News from September 19 to September 20, 2012

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