February 5, 2009 at 12:34 pm #1163May 20, 2014 at 11:41 pm #4480
CONFIRMED CENTEX MISSION
LTC William E Hattaway, 81, US Army
Retired, Vietnam Veteran, OF Kempner, TX
The family of Lieutenant Colonel William Hattaway has requested the presence and participation of the Patriot Guard Riders at the Funeral Service and Interment of their Loved One.
William was drafted into the Army in 1953. Following graduation from Officer's Candidate School in 1954, he spent the next two years as a fixed wing pilot in Korea, returning to Ft Rucker, AL, where he earned his helicopter pilot training and was selected to serve as a instructor in the Department of Rotary Wing. In 1960, he attended the Advanced Course at Ft Benning, GA, and soon transferred to Nuremberg, Germany, serving in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment as a patrol pilot on the Czechoslovakian/East German border. In 1964, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Nebraska, and subsequently assumed command of Headquarters Company 512 AIB, Ft Hood, TX. He joined the 1st Airmobile Cavalry Division in 1965 and deployed to Vietnam with C Co 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion. Returning in 1966, he served in III corps Aviation, attended Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, KS and completed the Helicopter Instructor Examiner Course Ft Rucker, AL before being reassigned to Ft Hood as the 1st AD Aviation Officer. In 1969, he assumed command of the 1/13th Tank BN 1st AD, and then spent a year in London, England with the Army Standardization Group. Once again, returning to Ft Hood, Bill finished his military career as a Test Officer with the ACCB Directorate at MASSTER Hdqrs. and retired in 1973. A career defined by much success, his awards include (lowest to highest): the National Defense Service Medal w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster; Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Army Aviator Badge, Armed Forces Reserve medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device and 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal with Valor Device and Numerals 13, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Meritorious Unit Emblem. William's full obituary may be found here: obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=William-Hattaway&lc=1796&pid=171074212&mid=5974988
Date: Thursday, 22 May 14
Staging Time: 1005
Staging Location: First Baptist Church, 300 W Ave B, Copperas Cove, TX 76522 tinyurl.com/1stBapCC (Across the street from Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove!)
Flagline Establishment: NET 1025 +/- Once the Funeral Service begins; we will strike the flagline and prepare to participate in the procession.
Note: Be at staging ON TIME and topped off.
Ride Captains/Flag Wrangler:
Ron “Joker” Smith; 254.415.8204; email@example.com
Ron “PACMan” Decker; 254.526.8265, 254.383.6281; firstname.lastname@example.org
Barry “Bear” Dahlquist; 254.317.9977; email@example.com
Staging Time: 1210
Staging Location: The cul-de-sac between the Walk of Heroes and the Memorial Shelter at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery located off TX 195 just south of Killeen, TX tinyurl.com/CenTexVetsCeme
Briefing: 1215 – Upon clearance and at the direction of the Ride Captain, we will move to the shelter, set up the flags and await arrival of the procession.
Ride Captain: Mary “Marebear” Gregory; 254.458.2120; MGregory2@hot.rr.com
WX: Partly sunny, with a high near 85. South southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Note: Hydrate well prior, bring water for yourself and a buddy and dress with consideration of the weather conditions.
Please join us in honoring this US Army Retiree and Vietnam Veteran
for his selfless service to our Great Nation.
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