Danny Lee HilterbranSpecialist Four
D CO, 1ST BN, 503RD INFANTRY, 173 ABN BDE
Army of the United States
29 October 1949 - 29 July 1970
Midwest City, Oklahoma
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Danny carried my radio for months. We were in D Co 1/503 out of LZ Uplift. I remember well talking with him about the "world" and his two small babies at home ... we were both 20 and looking forward to coming home.
He was on the radio the day we got a request for a warm body for "REMF" job ... out of the field. He asked me if he could take it as his ticket out of the mud ... I gladly gave his name and wished him well in life.
Sadly, it was in the rear that a fire broke out while he was assisting a brush clearing operation around a TOC. While fighting the flames one of the men set off a old French landmine, killing Danny and another soldier.
In my heart I know I gave him his ticket out of the bush ... but for all these years, I wonder if I had only passed on the "gift" he would have been there to see his children grow...
He will always be smiling in my memories.
From his Platoon Leader,
A Note from The Virtual WallTwo soldiers died in an accident in Binh Dinh Province on 29 July 1970 - SP4 Danny L. Hilterbran and PFC Ronald T. Jones, Toledo, Ohio, assigned to A Troop 1/10 Cavalry. While The Virtual Wall cannot say with assurance they were involved in the same incident, Mr. Rogers's comments above make it seem likely.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 18 Jun 2006
Last updated 06/21/2006