HILDRETH DONALD P

CW3 Donald P Hildreth was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 01/18/2005 at the age of 74.6 from Cancer
Lady Lake, FL
Flight Class 56-10
Date of Birth 06/24/1930
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 227 AHB 1 CAV in 65-66
This information was provided by James R Oden

More detail on this person: Donald (Don) Hildreth age: 74 died: Jan. 18, 2005 at Lady Lake, FL from Cancer.

Don graduated in Sept. 1965 as a member of flight class 56-10. He was selected to remain at Ft. Rucker to instruct in the H-13. He became a member of the OH-13 Sq. Dance team and performed in many shows. He later went to Korea to join the 6th Trans Co. flying H-21's. He returned to Ft. Rucker for fixed wing qualification and then to Alaska where he participated in rescue missions with the 65th Avn Bn. He returned to Ft. Bragg as a H-34 instructor pilot with the 6th Spc Forces Group. In July 1965 he joined the 1st Cav Div, 227th Avn Bn at An Khe just long enough to be awarded several Air Medals and the purple heart. On 14 Oct. 1965 a round went through his face shield injuring his left eye and ending his flying career.

Don retired as a W-3 in Sept. of 1967 and moved to Lady Lake, FL and set out trying to conquer the golf courses in that area. He will be missed by all his friends on the greens in that area as well as his many aviation friends around the world.

Survivors: Daughters; Susan I. Sweeney, Cotuit, MA, Cynthia A. Carnegie of France; mother Ethel Dinsmore, Easton, MA; brother John Dinsmore, Lyndonville, VT; sister Susan Burdette, Mesa, AZ and three grandchildren.

From: James R Oden

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