Senior Master, 2018
Ray Hildreth is a certified Hung Gar instructor under Grandmaster Buck Sam Kong. With more than 40 years of martial arts experience, Hildreth’s background also includes Choy Li Fut, Kenpo Karate and forms of the Chen, Yang and Wu (Hao) methods of Tai Chi Chuan. Hildreth has received the following recognition: AAU Outstanding Service Award, World Karate Union Hall of Fame, Whirlwind Classic Lifetime Achievement Award, and American Black Belt System Hall of Fame. He operates the Academy of Self-Defense in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has served as a judge at regional and national Chinese Martial Arts tournaments. He is the author of Hill 488 (Simon & Schuster, 2003), which chronicles the 1966 Vietnam battle atop Hill 488 that made his 18-man platoon the most decorated unit for its size in U.S. military history. He received the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his participation.