Charter in Memoriam Entry
CAPT ARTHUR "Ray" HAWKINS, USN
In his 31-year career, he became the Navy’s 10th ranked Ace during World War II and was awarded three Navy Crosses, three Distinguished Flying Crosses and three Air Medals while serving with fighter squadron 31. Served in the Korean War as a member of VF-191, a squadron formed from the famed Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team, and later served as leader of the Blues from August 1951 to April 1954.
“A distinguished officer and leader.”
ODE TO THE HAWK
Where, one might ask, is the town of Zavalla?
Well, that east Texas town has its hero
Well, who is this guy and why all the talk?
Little more than a lad when he answered the call
His great deeds caught the eyes of his bosses
War's end found our friend back stateside
Then Korea and another deployment
Back with the angels they made him the boss
After long years of serving his nation
From east to west he'd race to a show
But the years go by and its time to rest
With lovely Louise, take a turn at life's ease
As you step o'er the side we're saddened
So, I thought of a way to make your day
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