Go in peace and remember you are not forgotten while I am still on patrol.
EULOGY FOR A VETERAN
Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there I do not sleep, I am the thousand winds that Blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain, When you waken in the mornings hush, I am the swift uplifting rush, Of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the soft stars that shine at night, Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.
Richard Hilt- Remembered by His Fellow North High Classmates
POSTED ON 4/15/19
Richard Michael Hilt was known most of the time as Michael Hilt. His Dad was also Richard. Richard Hilt graduated from Minneapolis North High School in 1966. He now has three pictures on his VVMF page. One is an underclassman picture from a fellow North High graduate Floyd Ruggles. The other two photos are from Richard's senior year of 1966. One is his senior class picture. The other is a photo taken with a classmate titled 'Best Alibi'. Those two pictures were sent by two of Richard's friends, classmates, and fellow servicemen- Gene Heck and Bill Connoy.
You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Richard.
Dear SGT Richard Michael Hilt, sir
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them.... Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heros you left behind...."
Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.
We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heros lost to the War in Vietnam:
Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.
From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
Richard Hilt's ~ Web page
Guest Book for Richard Michael Hilt This Guest Book currently has 5 entries from friends and family.
The Guest Book is a wonderful way to allow acquaintances and loved ones to express their sympathy and share fond memories of our classmate "Richard". Even if you are not a member of the class of '66 you can send your entries & photos in by: Clicking Here