Brigadier General Peter D. Hidalgo, United States Army (Retired), age 74, passed away Monday, December 15, 2008, in Tallahassee, Florida. He was born November 21, 1934, to Emile and Helena Hidalgo in Raceland, Louisiana, and graduated from Raceland High School in 1953. He was the youngest of 7 beloved brothers and sisters.
After attending a year of preparatory school at Marion Military Institute in Marion, Alabama, he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Upon graduation from West Point in 1958, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Thus he began a military career which spanned 31 years (1958-1989) and included assignments in Vietnam, Europe and the Pacific theater, and command at every level from platoon through brigade. General Hidalgo retired in 1989 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, where he was Commander of the U.S. Army Chemical Research Development and Engineering Center.
His military schooling included normal officer training courses, culminating with the Army War College in 1978. In addition, he received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1964.
After retiring from active duty to Waverly Hall, Georgia, General Hidalgo worked as a private consultant to government and industry in the areas of chemical and biological defense and chemical weapons disposal. He was inducted into the Chemical Corps Hall of Fame in 2001.
General Hidalgo had resided in Tallahassee since 2001 and is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, the former Pat Wilder of Port St. Joe, Florida. His children include Valerie Quaglio (Ken) of Fairfax, Va., David Hidalgo (Sandy) of Tallahassee and Wendy Wright (Will) of Bel Air, Maryland, along with his two beloved grandchildren, Joseph Emile Quaglio and Caroline Renee Quaglio. His surviving sisters are Dorothy Clinch of Easton, Maryland, Shirley Robichaux of Franklin, Louisiana, and Sylvia Neukom of Houston, Texas. His extended family includes many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Stan and Everett, sisters Carmen and Deda and grandson Andrew Quaglio.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, 18 December, at the Killearn United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, with internment at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. The family will welcome visitors immediately following the services in the church Asbury Hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Walter Reed Society, Inc., P.O. Box 59611, Walter Reed Station Washington, DC 20012-9611, an organization that supports wounded service members and their families.
HIDALGO, PETER D
- BG US ARMY
- DATE OF BIRTH: 11/21/1934
- DATE OF DEATH: 12/15/2008
- BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 8817
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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