Hickam, Horace Meek, COL

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Primary Unit
1932-1934, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
Service Years
1908 - 1934

Aviation

Colonel


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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1885
 
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Date of Passing
Nov 05, 1934
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Last Known Activity
On May 21, 1935, Hickam Field was named in Honor of Aviation Pioneer Horace M. Meek.  It was re-named Hickam Army Air Field on May 16, 1942 and remained the same until May 31, 1946.

Colonel Hickam was killed in a landing accident at Fort Crockett, Galveston, Texas, on November 5, 1934. Flying a Curtiss A-12 Shrike, Hickam was practicing night landings on an unlighted strip when his aircraft struck an embankment and flipped over. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. On May 21, 1935, a new flying field at Honolulu, Hawaii, was designated Hickam Field. Additionally, Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 970 is named after Colonel Hickam. The post is located next to the Air Force Base bearing his name.
   
Other Comments:
He served in Mexico as part of the Mexican Punitive Expedition and saw combat on April 22, 1916, at Tomochic, Chihuahua, where he was awarded the Silver Star in an action against Villistas led by Candelario Cervantes.
   
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 Unit Assignments
11th Cavalry RegimentArmy Garrison, Fort Sam Houston, TX8th Cavalry Regiment7th Cavalry Regiment
Department of the Army (DA)US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1908-1911, 11th Cavalry Regiment
  1908-1914, Army Garrison, Fort Sam Houston, TX
  1914-1916, 8th Cavalry Regiment
  1916-1917, RHHT, 7th Cavalry Regiment
  1928-1932, DA Staff
  1932-1934, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
 Colleges Attended 
Indiana UniversityUnited States Military AcademyCommand and General Staff CollegeArmy War College
  1903-1904, Indiana University
  1904-1908, United States Military Academy
  1926-1927, Command and General Staff College
  1927-1928, Army War College
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