CW4 Howard "Jake" P Hulen was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 11/08/2014 at the age of 85.2 from Cancer
Yuma, AZ
Date of Birth 08/25/1929
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: Howard P. "Jake" Hulen On Saturday November 8, 2014, our dad, Jake, passed away after battling cancer for 20 years. He was very courageous throughout. Dad was always a fighter and a strong, determined man but he lost the final battle. Thankfully his pain has ended and he is finally at peace. Dad was born on August 25, 1929, to Howard Sr. and Christine in Hallsville, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Barbara, the mother of his children. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Army and spent time at Fort Ord and Fort Lewis before attending the Officer Training School at Fort Riley, Kansas, where he was awarded a commission as First Lieutenant. Following two years of service in Germany as a tank commander, he returned to the states and retired from active duty with the rank of Captain, but he remained in the reserves and never lost touch with the military. He had a love for flying and at the age of 38 volunteered to go to Vietnam to put his skills to good use and serve his country. He flew over 385 missions during his tour of Vietnam, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, 22 citations, Army Commendation Medal and many more. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 from the National Guard at Camp Murray, WA, then went on to continue working with the military in a civilian capacity as the Chief Maintenance Officer in charge of the Army National Guard's helicopters and fixed wing aircraft at Ft. Lewis. In addition, he worked for a short time as an Air Traffic Controller then spent many years with Douglas Oil Company, Titus Will and Mallon Ford and was an excellent salesman and Marketing Director. Dad lived many years in the Pacific Northwest, including on the water in Gig Harbor for 10+ years and at Lake Cushman for 15 years. He loved to go fishing and take his boat up to the San Juan Islands for vacation. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was always the life of the party. He loved to tease or tell a joke and had so many stories to tell. He retired finally to Yuma, AZ to be in the sun and warmth and that's where he spent his final days. Surviving dad are his wife of 40+ years, Judy in Yuma, his 5 children; Michael (Janet) in Florida, Kathi, Mark (Kelly), Cindy, and Karen, all in Tacoma, his two step children, Greg, and Loi (Rohan), plus 11 grandkids and 11 great grandkids. His younger brother, James (Bud) and his wife Hilde live in Florida. His niece Rachel (Carmine) lives in Florida and nephew Michael in Boston. He had a huge extended family and so many friends that will surely miss him. At dad's request there will be no service. If you would like to honor him you may donate to one of the many charities that help our veterans, such as the Wounded Warrior Program.

Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Nov. 23, 2014

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