I lost a Shipmate….

Darryl Hinkle was my friend and Shipmate. I made four deployments with him over the course of my career. 

He was in VAQ 132 when I was ship’s company on Independence and in VAQ 137 when I was in VA 145 on Ranger. He also served in VP 26 with my brother in law, Greg Duffy. 

May his Memory be a Blessing. 


5 thoughts on “I lost a Shipmate….

  1. lewwaters February 9, 2018 / 12:40

    So sorry to read of your loss. Our buddies are like family and are missed

    • ORPO1 February 9, 2018 / 12:42

      Thank you Lew. He had been in poor health but it was still a shock.

  2. Nate Wilburn February 9, 2018 / 13:22

    Sounds like a guy I would have liked to know. Rest in peace, Mr. Hinkle. Thank you for your service, Sir.

    • ORPO1 February 9, 2018 / 13:28

      He was an awesome shipmate. I even pulled shore patrol with him in Olongapo City a few times.

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