In Memory

Dwight L. Hackworth** - Class Of 1966

Dwight L. Hackworth**

Dwight L. Hackworth,

1948 - 1967

 

We lost our Falcon on March 4, 1967 in Long An Province, South Vietnam, US Army, Private 1st Class, age 18.

Dwight was born on August 14, 1948 and enlisted out of high school where he was assigned to A Company, 1ST Battalion N, 503rd Infantry, 173rd ABN BDE, USARV. His tour began February 15, 1967 and on March 4, 1967 Dwight became one of many casualties of war.

One of his friends writes: "Dwight was one of my best friends at Johnson High School, Tokyo, Japan. He graduated in 1966. He was a math whiz but lacked money for college. I was a year behind him. He was a Regular Army soldier who volunteered for the Infantry and jump school. He sent me post cards from Fort Benning while he was going through advanced infantry training and jump school. He was very proud of being Airborne. I learned of him missing in action by reading the Stars and Stripes newspaper at the breakfast table. The next day he was confirmed dead. I wrote his obituary for the high school newspaper. I mourn him to this day. Dwight loved basketball. We played hours of hoops at the base gym. He was a role model for his younger brothers, a devoted son and a great friend."

Dwight is shown on the Vietnam Wall memorial, Panel 16E - Line 17, in Washington DC. The Johnson High alumni will miss Dwight very much.