William E Hingston, Jr

Army of the United States
26 November 1940 - 24 January 1967
Braintree, Massachusetts
Panel 14E Line 074

Silver Star

Army Aviator

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
William E Hingston
West Point 1963. Courtesy BGen Ong.

The database page for William E Hingston, Jr

07 Jul 2001

Remembering you and all the others who served and died in times of War so that we may enjoy the Freedom and Liberties that make this Nation Great.

From a West Point Classmate, USMA 1963,
Clark T. Ballard, Jr., M.D., Colonel, U S Army (Ret)
66 Leschi Drive, Steilacoom, WA 98388-1514

04 May 2002

A final salute to a fine American
and my West Point Classmate.
From a Vietnam veteran,

Ramon M. Ong
Brigadier General (Ret)
Armed Forces of the Philippines
USMA Class of 1963


04 Nov 2002


by his sister

07 Apr 2005

Unfortunately the e-mail "link" listed as William's sister at davflo@prodigy.net is no longer available or accurate, since Billy's sister Florence died in 2003. They are now together again in God's embrace watching over all of us.

From Flory's Daughter.

10 Nov 2002

Billy, I've been back from there for 34 years and yet time-wise it does not seem possible. As a kid, I remember carrying your hockey bag into the games when you played in Lynn. I remember as a boy scout the tour you gave me of the "Point" and the time you spent with me despite a hectic schedule. You're still remembered.

From a cousin,
Richard Callahan

January 08, 2003

You are still my Conscience
My wellspring of Strength.
My mentor of Honor and Integrity.

The laughs were worth it, too!

Until whenever.
In my heart and memories.
Your sister, Marilyn


Write if you knew Bill.

31 Mar 2003

A man of Love of family, friends, country,
Of life

Duty, Honor, Country

From pictures, family and friends, I have memories.
Daddy, You have my undying love, respect and pride.
My Heart

Kimberly Hingston

12 Jul 2003

I wish I could read you
One more time.
I miss you, big brother.

From his sister
Holly Bishop

20 Jan 2005

The years go all too quickly by, Bill,
but I still remember feeling very proud
walking alongside you in your sharp
West Point uniform through downtown Lynn.

From his cousin,
Dave Hingston
E-Mail will be forwarded by the

"By brooks too broad for leaping,
the light-foot boys are laid..."

2 Feb 2005

As happenstance would have it, I punched "William Hingston" into my computer and much to my surprise a link to the Virtual Wall came up on my screen. Almost with trepidation, I followed the trail to the information about Captain William E. Hingston, Jr. Ironically, a number of years ago, I was on the battleship USS MASSACHUSETTS and both found and photographed his name which was engraved on a memorial to those lost in action from who were from Massachusetts.

Billy and I were both graduates of the class of 1958 at Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree, MA, and experienced four memorable high school years as classmates. His almost cherubic yet subtle devilish smile of all too long ago, still emanates from page 33 of the 1958 AWHS yearbook. He always was, still is and shall always be a credit to his family, school, country and society in general. I was indeed honored and privileged to have known him and been associated with him both as a classmate and friend.

We spent the weekend before he was to go off to West Point just hanging around together and tooling about the South shore in his maroon 1955 Cadillac convertible. We touched bases a number of times when he was home on leave from the academy, but our paths diverged as we evolved into our respective educational paths and careers.

To this day, I can still remember as if it were only yesterday, the exact moment that my late mother apprised me that Billy had been so bravely killed in action defending the country that he loved so dearly. It was a shock to me then, still is and shall always be.

I have had the picture of Billy and his medals from the Virtual Wall made into a photograph, framed and now have it hanging in a very special place in my office.

Although we who are not his immediate family can neither experience nor truly feel the loss as his immediate family does, as members of his psychological family we can and do sincerely empathize with those very precious and most sacred feelings.

Please understand also, unequivocally and without any reservation, that Billy has always been, still is and shall always be on my mind and shall ever and always be in my heart.

In the movie Saving Private Ryan, the most moving and poignant words of President Abraham Lincoln were spoken in testimony to Billy and those other fallen heroes that we should never forget and must and shall always remember. In his letter of November 21, 1864, to Mrs. Bixby of Boston, which stated ever so eloquently

"...I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom."

Most sincerely and respectfully,
Dr. David L. McGowan

30 May 2007

Your heroism is a beacon to us all. Thank you. You are remembered, even by those who never knew you.

From his niece,
Jennifer Hingston & Kurt Griffin
E-Mail will be forwarded by the

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Three men of A Btry, 2nd Bn (ARA), 20th FA, died when their UH-1C HUEY (hull number 66-00517) impacted a treeline north of LZ HAMMOND:
  • CPT William E. Hingston, Jr., pilot
  • SP4 Robert Harold Smith, crew chief
  • PFC Jimmie Andrew Herrera, door gunner
The 2nd Bn (ARA), 20th FA, was one of two Aerial Rocket Artillery battalions formed during the Vietnam war; the second served with the 101st Airborne. Visit the Blue Max Aerial Rocket Artillery Association.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his daughter,
Kimberly Hingston

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 7 Jul 2001
Last updated 12/06/2007