RICKY J HILLS
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HONORED ON PANEL 8W, LINE 66 OF THE WALL

RICKY J HILLS

WALL NAME

RICKY J HILLS

PANEL / LINE

8W/66

DATE OF BIRTH

08/02/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PHUOC LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/29/1970

HOME OF RECORD

PERRYSBURG

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cattaraugus County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RICKY J HILLS
POSTED ON 12.13.2023
POSTED BY: Guy Steinmetz

Remembering you

Ricky we were friends during our childhood and even though I was much younger I looked up to you as an older brother. God rest your soul and thank you for your sacrifice. Remembering you always.
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POSTED ON 12.4.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
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POSTED ON 7.29.2020
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Flying Cross Award

Specialist Four Ricky J. Hills was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and extraordinary achievement while engaged in aerial flight. He served as a Flight Qualified Helicopter Repairman and was assigned to A CO, 227TH ASLT HELO BN, 11TH AVN GROUP, 1ST CAV DIV.
See https://army.togetherweserved.com/army
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POSTED ON 1.6.2020

Final Mission of SP4 Ricky J. Hills

On July 29, 1970, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 69-15119) from A Company, 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion, was participating in the final extraction of Fire Support Base Mo, five miles northwest of Djamap Air Field in Phuoc Long Province, RVN. The flight had loaded its troops on the northern landing pad of the base. The first aircraft lifted out, cleared adjacent barriers, and proceeded to climb out. Aircraft 119 next initiated its takeoff and started to clear the barriers. While lifting off, the helicopter made some minor blade strikes on stalks in a clump of bamboo. The aircraft then started a left bank to avoid hitting a large, dead tree. The corrective action was made too late, and the main rotor system struck the tree on the right side of the aircraft. The aircraft started settling toward the ground into a clearing in the direction of its flight. The helicopter impacted tail-low on its right side and burst into flames. Three crew members and two passengers were trapped in the wreckage and perished in the post-crash fire. One crew member and three passengers survived and were evacuated to medical facilities. The lost crew included pilot WO1 Karl T. Anteau, crew chief SP5 Jack H. Dillon, and gunner SP4 Ricky J. Hills. The lost passengers were SGT Walter B. Golombeski and CPL Stephen W. Bancroft. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 6.9.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 Ricky Hills, Thank you for your service as a Flight Qualified Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice with the 1st Cavalry. It was just the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and we should remember all of you who served. Watch over the USA, it still needs your courage. Rest in peace with the angels.
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