Fron a contemporary press report:
Retired U.S. Navy Captain Charles Douglas Hinds died peacefully on January 13, 2001 at Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1923, he joined the Navy as an aviation cadet in 1942. He became an ensign, U.S.N.R., in 1944 and served with fighting squadrons 97 and 52 in World War II. He was released in 1946 and recalled for active duty in 1950 for the Korean War. He attended Air Intelligence School and served aboard the USS Philippine Sea and the USS Valley Forge as the air intelligence officer.
His distinguished career included serving as operational intelligence officer on the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff at SAC Headquarters, as a member of the Strategic Plans and Policy Division, Washington, D.C., and culminated in his assuming the duties of commanding officer of the Fleet Intelligence Center Atlantic in Norfolk.
Captain Hinds received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi and was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Sigma Alpha (national honor societies for academic excellence), and the Claiborne Society for Achievement in History. He graduated from the Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania; attained a Master of Science degree from George Washington University; and served as a faculty member of the Armed Forces Staff College. He was the first 1350 Air Intelligence Officer to attain the rank of captain, and was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Joint Services Commendation Medal and the Navy Unit Commendation with two stars.
After his retirement, Captain Hinds was known as an avid bicyclist, the neighborhood “Mr. Fix-it”, and a generous man of great humor and wit. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. Survivors include his best friend and beloved wife of 56 years, Frances “Frankie” Hays Hinds; three children; and two grandchildren.
Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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