CPT Gary L. Hilding was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 05/20/2005 at the age of 56.8 from Cancer
Lansing, KS
Flight Class 71-8
Date of Birth 07/24/1948
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with A/7/17 CAV in 71-72
Call sign in Vietnam ROOK 33
This information was provided by Julie Hilding (wife)

More detail on this person: Gary L. Hilding age: 56 was born on July 24, 1948, at Fort Leavenworth, KS. He graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1966; earned a BS in Economics from Washburn University at Topeka, KS in 1976; and Master s Degree from the University of Missouri in 1984.

Gary enlisted in the Army in 1969 and was commissioned an officer in June 1970 at Fort Sill, OK. He graduated and received his wings at Fort Rucker as a member of the class 71-8. Following graduation, he was assigned to A Troop 7/17 Air Cav Unit in Viet Nam, flying assault and medivac missions. After his tour in Viet Nam, he spent the next three years in Germany, serving as the 41st Field Artillery Group Airfield Commander and the 2/5 Field Artillery Unit Commander.

Gary worked in the civil service for the next 30 years. He spent two years at the Social Security Administration and 28 years at the United States Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency. He was highly respected throughout the U.S. as an expert in the area of Human Resources. Gary worked the majority of his civil service career in Kansas City, and the last two years in Washington, D.C., at the USDA Headquarters.

Gary was very proud of his service to his country, to be a Viet Nam Veteran, and a helicopter pilot. He loved gardening, playing pool, and riding his Heritage Springer Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Besides being a member of the VHPA and the 7/17 Ruthless Riders, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Independence, MO, the Harley Owner's Group and the Air Capital Carnival Glass Association.

Gary was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Julie, of 36 years; son and wife of Smithville, MO; daughter and husband of Rolla, MO; and four beautiful grand daughters.

From: Julie Hilding

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