RICHARD L. HODDINOTT (1923 - 2013)

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Richard L. Hoddinott, formerly of Washington, DC and Annapolis, MD died November 15, 2013 in Naples, Florida.
Born in Baltimore, on December 31, 1923, to Reginald and Rosalie Hoddinott, he was a 1942 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. While a freshman at the University of Maryland, he joined the Army Air Corps, graduating from bombardier school in 1944. Assigned to the 419th Squadron, 301st Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force, in Italy, he flew 37 combat missions in B-17's in 1944 and 1945 throughout the European Theater, twice as lead bombardier for the entire 15th Air Force. He was promoted to the rank of Captain immediately following his 21st birthday.
Richard's personal military decorations include the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart with one Cluster. His Silver Star and his second Purple Heart were awarded for a mission to Linz, Austria on February 25, 1945, when he was wounded just before the start of the bombing run, but successfully hit the target - a railroad repair yard. An article in the May 28, 1945 Baltimore Evening Sun noted that he was "one of the most decorated Baltimoreans of this war".
He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1949 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, a member of Sigma Nu. Richard owned three businesses in the Washington DC and Baltimore area. After moving to Naples in 1985, he managed several real estate offices.
Richard is survived by his wife of 40 years, Gail Horton; his daughters, Robin Harrison, Ocean City, MD, Linda Schuster, Eastham, MA, and Shelley Thomas, Sharpsburg, MD; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren; brother, Ken of Evans, Georgia; and his former wife, Lenore Throckmorton Kilby of Queenstown, Md.
Contributions in his memory may be made to The Humane Society Naples,370 Airport Road, Naples, FL 34104,or a .

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 20, 2013
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