EWU ROTC Gold Star Alumni: Victor Hodson


(U.S. Army Reserve)

Rank: 1st Lieutenant

Hometown: Moses Lake, WA

Branch: Aviation

Born: 27 November 1942

Death: 14 April 1969

Location: Binh Thuan, Vietnam

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall: Panel 27W–Line 81

In the Army, when a family loses a member in war, we refer to them as a “Gold Star Family.”  Each of our Eastern Washington University (EWU) Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) graduates that were killed in action we consider them a “Gold Star Alumni” because they are part of our ROTC family.

First Lieutenant Victor Hodson was from Moses Lake, Washington and during his time in ROTC was the Cadet Battalion Commander. He graduated in 1968 and commissioned as an Army Aviator. After completing flight school he deployed to Vietnam. He died in a crash of his “Bird Dog” reconnaissance plane on April 14, 1969. He was 26 years old.

The Department of Military Science offers condolences to the family of First Lieutenant Victor Hodson and commemorates his service for making the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great nation.

Note: If any friends or family have any memories they would like to share about Victor Hodson, please leave a note in the comments section because we would love to learn more about him.