From a contemporary press report:
HAWKINS, EUGENE D., COL, US ARMY (Ret.)
Airborne Ranger Gene Hawkins passed away in Tallahassee, Florida, on July 28, 2003 at the age 68 of lymphoma cancer.
Gene served in the Army for 32 years. His many assignments included two combat tours in Vietnam, Head of the Airborne and Ranger Departments at Fort Benning, Georgia, and Commander of the Presido in San Francisco, California.
Of his many decorations, he took the most pride in his Jump Wings and Ranger Tab.
As a husband and father, he was the best and will be sorely missed by his wife, Bonnye, and three sons, Randy, Jay and Bruce. Gene's first wife, Mary Jane, passed away in 1997.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, September 5, 2003 at Fort Myer Chapel. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY
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