Hillis, Charles, Sr., CSM

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Last Rank
Command Sergeant Major
Last Service Branch
Special Forces
Last Primary MOS
11Z-Infantry Senior Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1978-1978, 00Z, Army Garrison Fort Dix, NJ
Service Years
1948 - 1978
Foreign Language(s)
Lao
Thai
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Order of the Spur
Golden Dragon Certificate


Special Forces

Ranger
Command Sergeant Major


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Twelve Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Tennessee
Tennessee
Year of Birth
1933
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Campaign
Last Address
West Melbourne, Florida

Date of Passing
Dec 07, 2009
 
Location of Interment
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 Official Badges 

Department of the Army Military Intelligence Infantry Shoulder Cord Army Staff Identification US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

Drill Sergeant Badge Drill Sergeant Campaign Hat (Male) United Nations Command Joint Security Area (Korean) 101st Airbone Division

Civil Affairs And Psychological Operations 1st Cavalry Division 24th Infantry Division Special Forces Group




 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Combat Advisor Army Honorable Discharge (1984-Present) Cold War Medal

Order of The Spur




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
After retirement Charles attended the Morris College of Business in Melbourne, Florida, and operated a small business until returning to McMinnville in 1982, where he owned and operated a computer training facility.  In May, 2008, he moved to Melbourne, Florida where he died at home on December 7, 2009.

Charles was preceded in death by his mother, Florence Bain Hillis, his father, Linzie Hillis, and four brothers J.L. Hillis, Earl Hillis, Bill Hillis, and Barry Hillis.

He is survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Shirley F. (Wiggins) Windham of Melbourne, Florida, and their three children, Charles R. Hillis, Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Brenda F. Cornman and husband Ron of West Melbourne, FL, and Cynthis H. Wheeler and husband Keith of Lake Mills, WI.  Charles had six grandchildren, Aimee and Ryan Cornman of West Melbourne, FL,  Sophie Carver of Greenfield, WI, Matthew Wheeler of Madison, WI, Chase Wheeler of Mountain, WI, and Vanessa Wheeler of Boston, MA.  He is also survived by three Great-Grandchildren Jayden K. Carver, Madeline E. Carver, and Kyla N. Gress.  Charles is also survived by his brother Eddie Hillis and wife Sharon and sisters Marsha Hillis and Linda Durjham and husband Terry.   
   
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Charles Ray Hillis, Sr.
(March 26, 1933 - December 7, 2009)

Mr. Charles Ray Hillis, Sr. Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, Special Forces, (Retired), age 76 of West Melbourne, Florida (Formerly of McMinnville, TN) died Monday, December 07, 2009.  He was born on March 26, 1933, in Campaign, TN, to the parents of Linzie and Florence Bain Hillis.  Due to complications during live birth, he was named in honor of Dr. Charles M. Clark who was the attending home physician.

He attended the Warren County School System prior to entering the U.S. Army in August 1948 (at 15 years of age) and completed basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina in November 1948.  Upon completion of basic, he was assigned to occupation duty with the 24th Infantry Division in southern Japan.  There he attained the rank of Corporal and was selected to receive International Morse Code Training.  He served as high speed radio operator until he was discharged as a minor in October 1949.  Reenlisting in the Army in March 1950 (Apparently after his 17th birthday and parents signatures), and volunteered for parachutist and glider training at Fort Benning, Georgia, graduating in June 1950.  He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  While serving in the 82nd Airborne, he received his high school equivalency and then received more specialized training in the fields of communications and combat intelligence, and was elected to attend the advance Non-Commissioned Officers Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.  Graduating in December 1951, he was further reassigned for duty with the 2nd Battalion, 187th (Airborne) Regimental Combat Team in Korea.  While engaged in hand-to-hand combat during the prison riots on Koeji Do Island in May 1952, he was seriously injured and was evacuated to a hospital in Japan.  Upon recovery and a short leave, he again volunteered to return to his Regiment in Korea, where he served as a Platoon Sergeant on the front line until the war ended.  After the Korean war, he served as Jump School Instructor, Path Finder Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant with the 11th Airborne Division and the famed 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, until he volunteered for Special Forces Training in 1958.  He served with the First Special Forces Group stationed on Okinawa until December 1961.  While stationed on Okinawa, he studied the Thai and Laotian languages and received specialized training from the Central Intelligence Agency.   He participated in off-island operational exercises in Korea, Phillippines, Japan, Thailand, and Taiwan and served on operational guerrilla warfare teams in Laos and South Vietnam.  During the period 1961-1962, he served with the Joint United States Advisory Group in Thailand as Ranger Advisor to the Royal Thailand Army Ranger Battalion in Lophuri, Thailand.  Returning to the 1st Special Forces Group on the Island of Okinawa, he served as a Company First Sergeant until his return to the United States.  From September 1964 to August 1966, he served as Company First Sergeant at the Armor Training Center at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  Returning to Vietnam in August of 1966, he served two tours of duty with the 2nd Battalion, (Airborne) 12th Cavalry, 1st Airmobile Division (1st Cav Div).  His company particiapated in more than seventy-five Combat Air Assaults and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for a singular combat operation.  On his second tour, he was seriously wounded in combat and reassigned to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he served for four years.  At West Point, he served on the staff of the Superintendent and was a Cadet Instructor.  He attended Orange County Community College and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant Major shortly after his arrival on the base.  After completing his tour at West Point, he was reassigned to duty as a Non-Commissioned-In-Charge (NCOIC) of the U.S. Army Instructor Group at Valley Forge Military Junior College at Wayne, Pennsylvania.  There he taught Tactics and Communications, and also served as a Tactical Officer until being reassigned for duty with the Joint United Nations Headquarters in Seoul, Korea.  There he served on the Joint Staff under the command of General Richard Stillwell, Commander-In-Chief, United Nations Forces, until returning to the United States in 1976.  During the 1976-1978, he served as Non-Commissioned-Officer-In-Charge (NCOIC) of the U.S. Army Instructor Group at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and was honorably discharged at Fort Dix, New Jersey in August 1978, where he received the coveted Legion of Merit for Distinguished service.

 Besides the above listed awards, Charles Hillis also recieved the Nationalist Chinese Parachutist Badge and the Royal Thai Army Parachutist Badge and Fourtagere.
   

   1956-1958, 1745, 101st Airborne Division

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101st Airborne Division

Daniels, Charles, SFC, (1953-1980) IN 111.07 Sergeant First Class
Moran, William, SFC, (1957-1977) IN 11C20 Sergeant First Class
Kittleson, Galen C., CSM, (1942-1978) IN 1745 Staff Sergeant
Schimpf, John, SSG, (1957-1966) IN 112.6 Staff Sergeant
Charette, Wilfred JA, SFC, (1953-1964) IN 11B10 Sergeant
Kitaen, Terry, SGT, (1956-1959) IN 11B10 Sergeant
Locke, George, SGT, (1957-1963) IN 1745 Sergeant
Price, Doug, SGT, (1958-1965) IN 111.07 Sergeant
Sorenson, Larry, CPL, (1957-1959) IN 111.10 Corporal
Bargas, Louis, SP 4, (1957-1960) IN 111.07 Specialist 4
Fett, Larry, SP 4, (1957-1960) IN 111.6 Specialist 4
Gleason, Joseph, SP 4, (1957-1962) IN 111.10 Specialist 4
Miller, Thomas, SP 4, (1958-1961) IN 111.10 Specialist 4
Morrissey, John, SP 4, (1958-1961) IN 111.10 Specialist 4
Patterson, Jack, SP 4, (1957-1963) IN 11B40 Specialist 4
Shea, Bernie, SPC 3C, (1956-1958) IN 111.07 Specialist 3rd Class
Abazorius, Anthony, PFC, (1957-1958) IN 111.10 Private First Class
Daigler, William, PFC, (1956-1959) IN 112.6 Private First Class
Fagan, John, PFC, (1958-1960) IN 111.10 Private First Class
Humphreys, Thomas, PFC, (1958-1960) IN 11B10 Private First Class
Shepard, Dexter, PFC, (1955-1959) IN 11B10 Private First Class
Blake, Charles, PV1, (1955-1959) IN 11B20 Private
Burch, Jerome, PV1, (1957-1963) IN 5356 Private
Hinderliter, Richard, SFC, (1954-1977) IN 11B10 Private First Class
Westmoreland, William Childs, GEN, (1932-1972) IN 1542 Major General
Greeson, Jon, LTC, (1955-1987) IN 1542 Lieutenant Colonel
Geisel, Frank, COL, (1945-1981) EN 1331 Captain
Rowland, George Clayton, 1SG, (1954-1968) OD 63Z Master Sergeant
Matthews, Donald, SFC, (1948-1975) QM 57E Sergeant First Class
Wilson, Napoleon, SFC, (1958-1985) MD 91C20 Sergeant First Class
Durante, Hank, SP 4, (1958-1961) MP 4677 Specialist 4
Nowicki, Carl, SP 4, (1958-1961) AG 00E Specialist 4
Singlaub, John Kirk, MG, (1943-1978) 2162 Lieutenant Colonel
Ryals, Kenneth, SGM, (1946-1968) IN Sergeant Major
Minnard, Martin, PFC, (1957-1960) IN Private First Class
Berzinec, William Edward, LTC, (1953-1968) Captain
Palmer, William (Bill), COL, (1957-1987) IN Second Lieutenant
Dunaway, George (Soldier's So, SMA, (1943-1970) Sergeant Major
Tatum, Paul, LTC, (1947-1972) First Sergeant
Welsh, Thomas H., SFC, (1948-1966) Sergeant First Class
Hussey, Sherman Junior, MSG, (1952-1968) Staff Sergeant
Ricci, Arthur, MSG, (1953-1973) Staff Sergeant
Eidson, Samuel Arlen, SSG, (1950-1965) Sergeant
Gifford, Robert, SGT, (1954-1964) CA Sergeant
Montez, Anastacio, SFC, (1952-1969) Sergeant
Wages, James Lewis, SFC, (1958-1968) Specialist 5
Sparks, Jim, PFC, (1957-1959) FA Private First Class
O'Bryant, Ray, PV2, (1957-1959) MP Private (E-2)
Button, Howard Earl, SFC, (1951-1968) Sergeant
Caro, Henry, CSM, (1955-1976) Sergeant
101st Administration Company

Lancaster, Larry, SSG, (1953-1958) IN 11B40 Staff Sergeant
HHC

Powell, George, SFC, (1950-1971) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Christopher, John, SPC 3C, (1955-1958) MI 055.20 Specialist 3rd Class

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