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.

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.