John Frederick Hinchcliffe

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John Frederick Hinchcliffe&bb& A true patriot and member of "The Greatest Generation," John Frederick Hinchcliffe, 79, of Lake Stevens, died July 3, 2001 at the family home. A WWII veteran, John Hinchcliffe led an infantry platoon in the first wave of the allied D-Day invasion on Omaha Beach at Normandy, France. He died of a heart attack on the eve of American's Independence Day, a day he loved and helped assure.&pe&Born in Everett on March 13, 1922, John left the classroom at Everett High school when National Guard companies at Everett were called to duty. He retired as a CWO-W4 after 30 years from a military career that began in the U.S. Army and ended in the U.S. Air Force. As a Lt 2nd Class, Hinchcliffe fought with the 1st Infantry (The Big Red 1). 18 of the 21 soliders of his platoon the 1st Platoon, A Company, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry division were killed in action during the D-Day invasion, most on the first day. Hinchcliffe was wounded in France and captured by the Germans, escaping three times only to be recaptured.&pe&Although he gathered countless medals for his military service, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Distinguished Unit Citation, he gathered even more friends throughout a very full life. A well-read man, a cheerful correspondent and a poet, John Hinchcliffe was a man you could count on when the chips were down.&pe&Hinchcliffe leaves his wife Gisela (Gila) of Lake Stevens, his bride of 52 years, from Berlin, Germany; mother Maude DeYoung of Everett; sister Dorothy Rowett of Everett; son John William Hinchcliffe of Snohomish; daughter Joan and husband Mike Miles of Arlington; granddaughters Christa Hinchcliffe of Seattle; Noel Hinchcliffe of Vancouver; Rhiannon, Shelley and Mikie Miles of Arlington. He also leaves many extended family members, fishing and hunting buddies near and far away, and scores of friendships that survived distance and years apart.&pe&In recent years, John and Gila wintered in Arizona with plenty of time at home to enjoy the many achievements of their children and grandchildren. John was a good husband, a great father, and a wonderful grandfather. Impeccably honest as a rule, his family did share some doubt when it came to some of his fishing stories.&pe&A brave and good man, John Hinchcliffe lived a rich and full life. He will be greatly missed by his legions of family and friends.&pe&Visitation will be Sunday, July 8, 1-4 p.m. at Bauer Funeral Chapel, 701 First Street, Snohomish. Memorial service will be conducted at Smokey Point Naval Base Chapel, Tuesday July 10, 11:00 a.m. Full Military Funeral Honors at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th Street, Kent, Wednesday July 11, 11:30 a.m.&pe&Remembrances for John may be sent to the National World War II Memorial, American Battle Monuments Commission, ATTN: GR048, PO Box 96074, Washington, D.C. 20090-6074, or the charity of your choice.
Published in The Herald (Everett) on July 7, 2001
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