Monday, January 4, 2016

Fallen Soldier’s Father Dies Days After Son’s Burial

Gatesville: Fallen Soldier’s Father Dies Days After Son’s Burial
Our Town Texas
Paul J. Gately
January 1, 2016

GATESVILLE (January 1, 2016) The father of a soldier who died during the Vietnam War and who was repatriated just last month has died five days after his son was buried at the Texas State Veteran’s cemetery in Killeen.

Billy Hugh Hill, 91, father of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Billy David Hill, died December 22 in Gatesville, just five days after the soldier’s remains were repatriated.

The younger Hill died in Vietnam in 1968 near Khe Sanh when his helicopter was shot down.

His December 17 funeral was attended by veterans from across the nation, including a dozen or so Vietnam veterans who served with him.

Billy Hugh Hill, a former truck driver, was too ill to attend his son’s funeral but was able to watch parts of the ceremony on News 10, his daughter said.

The elder Hill did meet with some of his son’s Vietnam buddies after the funeral.

His health had declined in the three weeks leading up to the funeral.
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