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Date published: 12/4/2012

Richard A. Hippler

Retired Army Col. Richard Allen Hippler, 86, of Fredericksburg, formerly of Dumfries and Great Falls, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at home.

He was born July 22, 1926, in Detroit, Mich., a son of Roy Hippler and Charlotte Loepp Hippler.

Col. Hippler will be remembered by family, friends and peers as a man of courage and integrity whose commitment to his country was unsurpassed. He was a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Army, occupying every enlisted and officer grade from private through full colonel. He commanded at squad, platoon, company, battalion and brigade levels. He served in Europe and the Far East for 11 years; directed a U.S. government multi-agency advisory team; served as a faculty member, course director and instructor for two senior-level military colleges and coordinated plans and programs with U.S. embassies and foreign heads of state throughout the world. Among his decorations are the World War II Victory Medal, Korean War Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (3 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze), Vietnamese Honor Medal, Vietnamese Social Welfare Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Presidential Unit Citation. His specialty ratings included Combat Infantry, Master Parachutist, Gliderist and Pathfinder.

In the civilian sector, Col. Hippler provided technical services to the Department of Defense and various federal agencies as a project engineer, senior program manager and vice president of operations.

His educational background includes a B.A. in psychology from Park College and an M.S. in personnel administration and management from George Washington University. Col. Hippler also graduated from the following military schools: the Infantry School, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the National War College and the Foreign Services Institute (State Department).

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