Vietnam veteran to be honored in Washington, DC

Published: Jun. 10, 2015 at 10:52 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2015 at 11:33 PM EDT
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Hilton, along with his late wife Frances, at a Marine Corps Ball in Argentina
Hilton, along with his late wife Frances, at a Marine Corps Ball in Argentina

Four years after he died of conditions linked to exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange, an Andrews man will be honored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

Richard Gilbert Hilton will be inducted in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund In Memory Honor Roll, on June 20th in Washington DC.

Hilton's granddaughter, Cara Condit, nominated him for the honor because she said he epitomized the type of leader she always strive to be.

"Although my grandfather's body slowed, his commitment to others never wavered," she said. "Those he served with never lost touch. Those who met him were never strangers."

The Honor Roll includes military members who died as a result of the Vietnam War, but do not fit the Department of Defense criteria for inclusion into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, also known as The Wall.

Hilton died in 2011 after a Parkinson's disease diagnosis. Condit said he was exposed to Agent Orange during his service in the Marine Corps from 1949 until 1979.

Hilton's family will travel to Washington, DC for the ceremony later this month. According to the group bestowing the honor, the names of 166 Vietnam veterans will be read aloud and tributes will be placed at The Wall. The tributes will later be collected and stored in a permanent archive.

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