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Saluting Our Heroes: Maj. (Ret.) William Hougland’s service started with a desire for adventure

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Maj. (Ret.) William Hougland wanted to see the world, so he enlisted in the United States Army for defense artillery. Hougland has seen much of the world from the aerial views of a helicopter, including several tours to Germany and Vietnam.

Hougland found his adventure after graduating from Warrant Officer Flight School in July 1966.

"Spent 30 days on leave, then went to Vietnam,"  Maj. (Ret.) Hougland said. "Ended up in the 25th infantry division, division artillery aviation section, flying OH-23s."

Hougland served twice in Vietnam and has the hardware to prove it. Among his awards are the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star for Valor,  Air Medal Accommodation Medal, and several others from his time in the service. Now, he's adding induction into the Madison County Military Heritage Commission's Hall of Heroes to his honors.

"We did all kinds of things from aerial observation of artillery fire, hauling people around, taking the chaplains to fire bases on Sunday," Maj. (Ret.) Hougland said of his assignments.

Hougland's military journey landed him in Huntsville where he is satisfied with the adventures that took him across oceans and back.

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