Horace G. Giddens

Posted on March 27, 2010


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Horace was assigned to Charlie Troop on August 9, 1967 and was Killed in Action on February 2, 1968. Horace was awarded the Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and a set of Army Aviator Wings. Horace was a Pilot of an OH-6A Light Observation Helicopter.

Mr Giddens was my pilot on many missions both at Two Bits and Dong Ha, he was KIA the very day after my last combat mission while flying our B model Huey. I have always felt that if I had been on the mission that day instead of the new CE he might still be alive.

When no one was around I would call Mr Giddens by his nick name “Jr.” He worried that the Company Commander might hear me and he’d get his butt chewed out for letting me get away with it. His piloting skills kept me and the rest of the crew safe and sound everytime we were in harms way. He was a great person an excellent pilot and a good friend.

J Hank Thomas, Colonel, Retired, AUS (Cavalier 35, 67-68)  

The following was submitted by Colonel (Ret) J. Hank Thomas

I knew WO Horace Giddens who was killed on Feb 2, 68 by an round that came up through the right bottom chin bubble of the UH1 Gunship. The round hit his chicken plate and ricochet up to his throat causing major blood loss. The crew in the back dropped the seat back and tried in vain to save his life. The lesson we learned was to wear our flack jacket over the chicken plate to trap the shrapnel.

On the lighter side, I will remember WO Giddens on his hand and knees in front of his tent hooch at LZ Two Bits enjoying the smell of burning Fall Leaves sent to him from his lady back home. He was a special man.


If any family member or friend reads this blog, please contact me as I am looking for pictures and personal stories about this brave man.