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WILLIAM E HINGSTON JR


is honored on Panel 14E, Line 74 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Distinguished Flying Cross

    Posted on 1/24/18 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    William Edward Hingston , Jr.
    Date of birth: November 26, 1940
    Date of death: January 24, 1967
    Place of Birth: Maine, Biddeford
    Home of record: Braintree Massachusetts
    Status: KIA

    William Hingston graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1963.
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    Distinguished Flying Cross

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Captain (Field Artillery) William Edward Hingston, Jr. (ASN: 0-98760), United States Army, for heroism while participating in aerial flight. Captain Hingston distinguished himself by heroism in action on 18 September 1966, while serving as section leader of a flight of two aerial rocket artillery helicopters, during a combat extraction mission in the Republic of Vietnam. When one of the troop lift helicopters Captain Hingston's flight was covering reported receiving enemy automatic weapons fire from one side of the landing zone, Captain Hingston, aware that three helicopters had been shot down in that location, voluntarily flew a low reconnaissance over the suspected area. As he began his low pass, his aircraft was taken under intense fire from several enemy positions, wounding the pilot and destroying the aircraft radio system. Captain Hingston took control of the helicopter and immediately engaged one of the hostile weapons positions, destroying it. He continued to display extraordinary flying ability and determination by repeatedly engaging targets until his rocket system malfunctioned. As a direct result of Captain Hingston's courageous action, an enemy weapons position was destroyed, enemy activity in the area was discouraged, and a damaged aircraft was returned safely to base. Captain Hingston's courage and determination under fire stand in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

    General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), General Orders No. 622 (February 10, 1967)

    Action Date: September 18, 1966

    Service: Army

    Rank: Captain

    Company: Battery A

    Battalion: 2d Battalion (ARA)

    Regiment: 20th Artillery Regiment

    Division: 1st Cavalry Division
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  • CPT William E. Hingston Jr. - Birthday Remembrance (77th)

    Posted on 11/26/17 - by kr
    The “Friends of Rocky Versace” once again remember one of Rocky’s fellow alumni from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, CPT William Edward Hingston Jr., on what would’ve been his 77th birthday – 26 November 2017.
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  • Silver Star Recipient...Gone but Not Forgotten

    Posted on 9/24/17 - by M
    William E Hingston, Jr
    Captain

    PERSONAL DATA
    Home of Record: Braintree, Massachusetts
    Date of birth: Tuesday, 11/26/1940

    MILITARY DATA
    Service: Army (Regular)
    Grade at loss: O3
    Rank: Captain
    ID No: O98760
    MOS: 1981 Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
    LenSvc: Between 3 and 4 years
    Unit: A BTRY, 2ND BN (ARA), 20TH ARTILLERY, 1 CAV DIV

    CASUALTY DATA
    Start Tour: Wednesday, 08/03/1966
    Cas Date: Tuesday, 01/24/1967
    Age at Loss: 26
    Remains: Body recovered
    Location: Binh Dinh, South Vietnam
    Type: Hostile, died outright
    Reason: Air loss or crash over land - Helicopter - Pilot

    ON THE WALL Panel 14E Line 074
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  • Thank you for your great service and service Captain

    Posted on 9/24/17 - by K
    We still remember you
    God Bless You
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  • CPT William E. Hingston Jr. - Birthday Remembrance (76th)

    Posted on 11/26/16 - by kr
    The “Friends of Rocky Versace” remember one of Rocky’s fellow alumni from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, CPT William Edward Hingston Jr., on what would’ve been his 76th birthday – 26 November 2016.
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