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HOOD HAL HUNT


is honored on Panel 43E, Line 23 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • A young mans sacrfse

    Posted on 7/26/18 - by Richard Berg b8ric@aol.com
    I attended junior high school and Grant High School with Hal. I always remembered him as a very nice guy. His father was a physical education teacher at los Angeles Valley college. when I heard of his death I approached his father and shared with him for a few minutes. I have always felt sad about hearing his death.
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  • 49 years ago today

    Posted on 3/6/17 - by Jay C Christensen
    March 6, 1968 we received word that Hood had been killed by sniper fire while walking point on a patrol near Tay Ninh. Rest in Peace, Hood Hal Hunt (Spunky).
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  • Bravery and Resourcefulness

    Posted on 2/27/17 - by Jay C Christensen
    At summer camp, Spunky (Hood) showed the bravery and resourcefulness that were to become his admired trademarks. In the fast falling mountain twilight, he, two other boys and a 260-pound adult found themselves far out on the lake. Wind chopped the water as they rowed in. For some unexplained reason the adult stood up to change his position, and the small boat capsized. As the boat sank in the cold water, the man panicked and went down, almost taking Spunky with him. Spunky tore free and bobbed to the surface. Although the junior member of the trio, he led his two frightened companions as they swam in, shouting encouragement, herding them along until they all crawled safely ashore. Night closed in and the temperature dropped toward freezing. One boy could go no further. Spunky directed the other to walk one way around the lake for help, and he walked the other way through denser timber. He reached camp first, put on dry clothes, and led the search party back to find the other boys.
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  • The Athlete

    Posted on 2/26/17 - by Jay C Christensen
    From the beginning he showed outstanding natural athletic ability in every sport he tried, developing in high school into a letter-winning tennis player. His first experience in organized team play was Little League baseball. The team's coach happened to be someone he couldn't bluff - his father. In the last inning of a championship game, Spunky (Hood's nickname) drew a walk and cast a glance into the dugout as he trotted down the line. On the first pitch he stole second base. On the next pitch he took third. And when the ball was overthrown he took home in a close play at the plate. As he trotted into the dugout to the cheers of his teammates with the score now tied, his father met him with a scowl.
    "I'm not impressed, Spunky," he said. "There is one out, we're only one run behind, and you are running wild, taking chances."
    "But Dad," Spunky said, "you had your hand up to your head. That's the 'steal' sign."
    To which the coach replied, "Son, you're going to have to learn to distinguish in life when a coach is giving a signal and when he's just shading his eyes."
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  • Little blue-eyed gringo

    Posted on 2/26/17 - by Jay C Christensen
    As a boy, he spent a school year with his mother's relatives in El Salvador , Central America. He and the Spanish-speaking people felt an immediate mutual rapport. He was the only blue-eyed person most of the natives of the town of San Miguel had ever seen, so they called him azulito gringito - little blue-eyed gringo.
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