Killeen Daily Herald
Jacob Brooks Herald staff writer
December 17, 2015
Clay ThorpMore than 1,200 people, many of them Vietnam veterans, attended a military funeral service Thursday in Killeen for Sgt. 1st Class Billy David Hill, a platoon sergeant killed in Vietnam when his helicopter was shot down by enemy gunfire nearly 48 years ago.
Army soldiers fold the American flag and prepare to present it to the family of Sgt. 1st Class Billy David Hill on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
The emotions were “overwhelming,” said Gatesville resident Beverly Jacobs, Hill’s cousin.
For decades, the family had wondered what happened to Hill, who disappeared after the helicopter he was on crashed near Khe Sahn in central Vietnam.
About a dozen veterans who served with Hill in Vietnam journeyed from around the nation to attend the funeral.
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