Sidney Hinds

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Sidney Rae Hinds
Sidney R. Hinds2.jpg
Born (1900-05-14)May 14, 1900
Newton, Illinois
Died February 17, 1991(1991-02-17) (aged 90)
San Antonio, Texas
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1920 – 1947
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Service number 0-12851
Commands held 2nd Armored Division (United States) Combat Command B, 2nd Armored Division

World War I
World War II

Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star (4)
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star (3)
Olympic medal record
Representing  United States
Men's shooting
Gold medal – first place 1924 Paris Team free rifle

Sidney Rae Hinds (May 14, 1900 – February 17, 1991) was an American highly decorated officer of the United States Army with the rank of Brigadier General. He was also sport shooter who competed in the 1924 Summer Olympics.[1]

Early life[edit]

Sidney Rae Hinds was born on May 14, 1900 in Newton, Illinois as the son of Daniel C. and Elizabeth Hinds. He spent his high school years in Wahpeton, North Dakota and when he was eighteen years old, he received appointment from Congressman John Miller Baer to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. World War I changed the length of the studies and Hinds graduated in June 1920. He was also commissioned a Second lieutenant in Infantry.

His class of 1920 was very strong, because it produced 49 general officers. For example: Lyman L. Lemnitzer, Clovis E. Byers, Henry I. Hodes, Lawrence J. Carr, Edward J. McGaw, Verne D. Mudge, Richard C. Partridge, Ewart G. Plank, William W. Bessell, Jr., John F. Cassidy, Rex V. Corput, Jr., Francis W. Farrell, William W. Ford, Charles K. Gailey, Joseph E. Harriman, Frederick M. Harris, Sherman V. Hasbrouck, Frederick L. Hayden, Homer W. Kiefer and Maurice W. Daniel.

In 1924 he won the gold medal as member of the American team in the team free rifle competition.

He was born in Newton, Illinois and died in San Antonio, Texas.

During World War II he saved the German town Ahlen by believing the German Dr. Paul Rosenbaum who was responsible for the hospital town. In the early 1990s the park in front of the station in Ahlen was named after him.

Medals and decorations[edit]

Here is the ribbon bar of Brigadier general Sidney Rae Hinds:

Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Combat Infantryman Badge
1st Row Army Distinguished Service Medal Silver Star with three Oak Leaf Clusters Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters and "V" Device
2nd Row Purple Heart Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster World War I Victory Medal American Defense Service Medal
3rd Row American Campaign Medal European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with eight service stars and Arrowhead device World War II Victory Medal Army of Occupation Medal
4th Row Chevalier of Legion of Honour French Croix de guerre 1939-1945 with Palm Belgian Croix de guerre 1940-1945 with Palm Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau
Presidential Unit Citation


  1. ^ "Sidney Hinds". Sports Reference. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 

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