Sgt. Hack’s Military Biography

Sergeant David Hack was born in rural Kentucky and raised there until his family moved to Louisville, Kentucky. From a young age he knew that he wanted to serve our country in any way possible and decided that the military would be the best place for him to both serve as well as explore the world and it’s many different cultures. In 1957, Sgt. Hack took his first foray into the world of military service when he joined the Coast Guard at the age of 17 where he served for 4 years patrolling our nation’s waters. After realizing the the Coast Guard wasn’t for him, David Hack decided to join the Army in 1964 where he volunteered for Ranger Training in Fort Benning, Georgia.sgt_hack

For the next two years, Sgt. Hack spent 21 days out of every month supporting Ranger classes in their training. While he spent 24 months supporting the Rangers and and their classes, his love for the military grew with each month and he was still proud of his services with the Ranger Training Brigade. He also realized that he still wanted to continue serving.

Sgt. Hack figured that his best chance of serving his country and seeing action was with the Army and so he joined 1st Infantry Division as a sergeant in Lai Khe, Vietnam. While serving with the Big Red One, David was injured twice and in 1968 was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries sustained during combat. He was struck by shrapnel twice in the legs, arms, face, back and side. Hack was in a US Army hospital for a year and on medical hold for 3 years due to his injuries. After his service on the front lines, the Army asked Sgt. Hack to become a recruiter in Ohio.

Sgt. Hack: Recruiting

As an Army recruiter, Sgt. Hack truly made his mark on the military. He was the number 1 US Army recruiter in the country from 1969-1973 and used a number of unique and flashy ways to draw young men into patriotic service. He drove a custom painted corvette and a custom designed Army jeep that was used to catch attention and gain support. In fact, his custom jeep is currently enshrined in Fort Campbell, Kentucky at the 101st Airborne’s homebase. It is only the 2nd jeep in US Army history to ever be treated like this, the other belonging to General George Patton and is based in Fort Knox.

Due to his military service and accomplishments, Sgt. Hack is a life member of the 101st Airborne Division, the 1st Infantry Division, and the Veteran of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW). In 2011 he was formally presented with a Purple Heart, a Vietnam Service Medal, and Army Recruiter Badge and other honors at a ceremony held by Ohio Congressman Steven LaTourette.