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Sturmtrooper
03-29-2004, 06:45 PM
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Retired Capt. Arthur Ray "Hawk" Hawkins, one of the Navy's top flying aces, has died. He was 81.

Hawkins died March 21 of complications from a stroke. He was buried Monday with full military honors, including a fly over by the Blue Angels aerobatic team that he once led.

Hawkins was the Navy's 10th-ranking ace during World War II, with 14 confirmed and three probable aerial victories, all while flying F6F Hellcats. He flew from the aircraft carriers USS Cabot and USS Belleau Wood during World War II.

Hawkins' war record included destroying 39 aircraft on the ground and assisting in the sinking of a battleship. He received numerous awards, including three Navy Cross and two Distinguished Flying Cross medals.

He was inspired to join the Navy at 19 by the 1942 death of his older brother, an Army Air Forces fighter pilot shot down in the South Pacific.

Hawkins was a slot pilot with the Blue Angels from 1948 through 1950 and returned as flight leader in 1952-53. During the latter tour he became the first person to survive an ejection at supersonic speed.

While stationed in Japan during the Vietnam War, he worked to recover Japanese family artifacts lost during World War II. He then was awarded the Emperor of Japan Third Order of the Sacred Treasure, which historians say was the highest award ever given by Japan to a foreign military officer.

After retiring from the Navy in 1973, Hawkins worked for the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.


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Sturmtrooper
03-29-2004, 06:45 PM
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Retired Capt. Arthur Ray "Hawk" Hawkins, one of the Navy's top flying aces, has died. He was 81.

Hawkins died March 21 of complications from a stroke. He was buried Monday with full military honors, including a fly over by the Blue Angels aerobatic team that he once led.

Hawkins was the Navy's 10th-ranking ace during World War II, with 14 confirmed and three probable aerial victories, all while flying F6F Hellcats. He flew from the aircraft carriers USS Cabot and USS Belleau Wood during World War II.

Hawkins' war record included destroying 39 aircraft on the ground and assisting in the sinking of a battleship. He received numerous awards, including three Navy Cross and two Distinguished Flying Cross medals.

He was inspired to join the Navy at 19 by the 1942 death of his older brother, an Army Air Forces fighter pilot shot down in the South Pacific.

Hawkins was a slot pilot with the Blue Angels from 1948 through 1950 and returned as flight leader in 1952-53. During the latter tour he became the first person to survive an ejection at supersonic speed.

While stationed in Japan during the Vietnam War, he worked to recover Japanese family artifacts lost during World War II. He then was awarded the Emperor of Japan Third Order of the Sacred Treasure, which historians say was the highest award ever given by Japan to a foreign military officer.

After retiring from the Navy in 1973, Hawkins worked for the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.


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T_O_A_D
03-29-2004, 08:16 PM
S! to him God speed! Thanks for the duty served!

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tsisqua
03-29-2004, 08:25 PM
~S~ RIP

chris455
03-29-2004, 08:46 PM
A true knight of the skies, may he dwell in Valhalla forever-
S!

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huggy87
03-29-2004, 08:51 PM
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reddevil49
03-29-2004, 08:59 PM
My sympathies to his famly and friends. Again we lose another vetran who served his country and stood up for what he thought was right. It seems to me that as time moves on there are fewer and fewer WW11 vets left,and it would a shame if their contributions and sacrifices were ever forgotten.

Bearcat99
03-29-2004, 09:39 PM
~S~ WW2 vets are dieing at a rate of 1500 per day according to Steve Hawkins.. a WW2 vet ai met online at the pharmacy in Giant foods today. This man was on Omaha on June 6th. He was wearing a WW2 vet hat and everytime i see a guy wearing one of those hats I strike up a conversation with him after I thank him.

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Teufel_Eldritch
03-30-2004, 02:15 PM
&lt;S!&gt;

&lt;fly over&gt;

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