Chalmers Hinnant, Jr., was a 1965 graduate of Garner Consolidated High School and landed in Vietnam in 1968. He soon began to display symptoms of post trauma stress and was transferred to a military hospital in Augusta, Ga. He suffered with acute schizophrenia. He had delusions and paranoia. He eventually was rated as 100 per cent disabled.
“He was never the same after he went to war,” said Beulah Hinnant, his widow. “He saw a lot of combat in Vietnam and it affected him. It changed him.”