Just got home from a full day in San Antonio where I rode with the Patriot Guard Riders to honor the passing of Gen. David Lee “Tex” Hill.
What kind of man was Brig. Gen. Hill? Well, famed test pilot Chuck Yeager and actor John Wayne considered Brig. Gen. Hill a role model.
It was a long day, but a really good one.
Unlike so many of our missions where we are standing for a Soldier or Marine taken way too soon and way too young, Gen. Hill lived a full and meaningful life. Even his funeral seemed to be more a joyous coming together of those who knew and loved him rather than a time of mourning.
- It was an honor to lead his procession to Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.
- It was an honor to meet Mrs. Hill, his wife of 64 years.
- It was an honor to meet so many other WWII veterans and other living members of the famed “Flying Tigers”.
- It was an honor to have Gov. Rick Perry come over and shake hands with our PGR group and take a few moments to talk to us and thank us for what we do.
Today Gen. David Lee “Tex” Hill took his final flight. And the landing was perfect.
It was an honor to be a part of it.
Several PGR members were interviewed by Kim Fischer of NBC local news channel WOAI. I haven’t found her report online yet, but I’ll link to it when I find it.
From My San Antonio, a great portrait of the passing of a legendary American hero:
John Alison, a deputy squadron commander under Hill in the famed Flying Tigers, said it was hard to believe his friend was gone. But his memories still linger of flying with Hill and of the lighthearted quips and jokes the young Texan would deliver while they were being fed and cared for by the Chinese.
“He was so staunchly American, it’s hard to accept that he’s gone. But he is,” said Alison, 95, of Washington, D.C.
Staunchly American. I love that phrase.