Hill, David, L., COL

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1056-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1953-1968, US Air Force
Service Years
1939 - 1968
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Aviation

Colonel



Four Overseas Service Bars


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Home Country
Korea
Korea
Year of Birth
1915
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SP 4 Steven Ryan (LoneWolf) to remember Hill, David, L. (Tex) (DSC,SS,DFC), COL.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Texas
Last Address
Kwangju

Date of Passing
Oct 11, 2007
 
Location of Interment
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 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Legion Of ValorAir Force Association (AFA)
  1944, Legion Of Valor [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1968, Air Force Association (AFA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity






David Lee "Tex" Hill was a fighter pilot and flying ace in World War II, with later service in Korea.  Before WWII he served in the United States Navy, and during WWII he saw combat with the famed "Flying Tigers."    After the deactivation of the Flying Tigers in July 1942,  Hill was one of only five Flying Tigers to join the US Army Air Forces.  He was promoted to major in the Army Air Corps, and activated the 75th Fighter Squadron and was later to command the 23rd Fighter Group as a Colonel.

It is believed that he was the first to down a Zero with a P-51.  Altogether, Hill destroyed 18.25 enemy aircraft. The .25 kill comes from an assist; he and 3 other pilots worked together to shoot down a Nate.

He ended his military career in the Air Force Reserves, retiring as a
Brigadier General. He holds the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Chinese Order of the Cloud and Banner 4th, 5th and 6th grades, 2-Star Wing Decorations, Chinese Victory Medal, Legion of Merit, and British Distinguished Flying Cross.

   
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 Ribbon Bar

Aviator Badge (Basic)

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, Prior service - basic training waived (USN/USNR), A/1
 Unit Assignments
US NavyUS Army Air Force (USAAF)Air National Guard (ANG)US Air Force
  1939-1941, US Navy
  1941-1942, Break in Service
  1943-1944, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1944-1944, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1945-1945, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1950-1953, Air National Guard (ANG)
  1953-1968, US Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 Northern Solomons Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of New Georgia
  1943-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1945-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
Austin College
  1934-1938, Austin College
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