William James Hillard

Army of the United States
01 March 1948 - 15 March 1969
Kennedy, New York
Panel 29W Line 045


Army Engineers

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for William James Hillard

18 Nov 2001

Missing You, Bud

It's been 32 years since you left and I never got to say goodbye. We had the best of times growing up as kids and it was all taken away on a day when I was at my duty station in Washington D.C. I will never forget the smile you used to wear and the laugh that sticks in my head to this day. Our Legion Post 181 in Randolph, NY, just dedicated a monument on the front lawn of the Post on November 11th, 2001, to all the veterans who have served their country. It was a time that memories of you flashed back throughout the whole ceremony and it was then that I thought I should say "Goodbye, Bud".

From his best friend,
Ralph J Honey USN E-5

21 Dec 2005

Bill and I were good friends in Maharashtra, India. He and I were then members of India 41, a Peace Corps group that was introducing new agricultural methods to the farmers in our area. He resigned early so that he could return to his love. I later found out he had been killed in Viet Nam. Such a shame. His laugh still makes me smile. He was so caring about others. I wish I could communicate to his parents just how wonderful a friend and person he was. Perhaps this entry will do that.

From a Peace Corps buddy,
George Jeffcott

16 Mar 2007

"... To die but not be forgotten is longevity."
Tao Te Ching

You will always live in my memories...
such a good man, forever young.

From his wife,
Rosemary Hillard

A Note from The Virtual Wall

B Company, 26th Engineers, lost three men to an "explosive device" on 15 March 1969:

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his wife,
Rosemary Hillard

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 18 Nov 2001
Last updated 08/16/2007