In the season 12 episode "Death Picks Cotton," Cotton suffers severe injuries while at a Japanese restaurant in Arlen. He often claims to anyone who will listen that he killed "fitty  men" during the war. Hank initially plans to honor a separate wish, to have Cotton's head detached from his body and sent to the Emperor of Japan, but Peggy stops him by (falsely) claiming that Cotton withdrew it just before his death. Death Battle Info. In a third-season episode Hank says Cotton is 70, and in the Season 4 episode "Cotton Comes Marching Home", he states himself to be 71.
The doctors don't think Cotton is going to make it, and Hank refuses to believe them. Cotton left Japan wearing the rank of Private in his own flashback while reminiscing to Hank how he had met Michiko. Camp (Death Picks Cotton), and claimed that he only cried when the Japanese tore off his fingernails (Returning Japanese). Legacy.com enhances online obituaries with Guest Books, funeral home information, and florist links. Cotton also left Hank a rude message on his tape recorder telling Hank that he wanted all the embarrassing requests completed by him. Cotton states in a sixth-season episode that he served with the U.S. Army's 77th Infantry Division. It was never revealed throughout the series how Cotton became such a nasty and rude character, or if he ever was a different person. If not, or you've already voted, then sit tight. Hill leaves behind sons Hank Hill and G.H. (short for "Good Hank"); daughter-in-law Peggy Hill; grandson Bobby Hill; ex-wife Tilly; second wife Didi; first love and former Japanese lover Michiko; an illegitimate Japanese son, Junichiro; and nephew Dusty Hill (of band ZZ Top). They were spitting on the U.S. flag! Thanks for trying, soldier... As commanding officer of the local VFW post, I would be honored to have you fellas join our organization... Aside from some confirmation from his war buddies, it is unknown if Cotton actually ever served in Europe, considering the 77th served in the Pacific Theater and the majority of his war flashbacks are shown to take place in the Pacific fighting the Japanese. Cotton also demonstrated a rough, demanding, and often abusive, but at times inspirational leadership. Cotton claimed to have fought in Munich on April 30, 1945, and probably longer, but later realized he didn't. :( But, yeah...I miss Cotton. On January 30, 1944, Cotton's unit attacked Anzio. Based upon Cotton's uniform in the episode "Returning Japanese", he was awarded the following military decorations: Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, and American Campaign Medal. He hated his own son but he was PROUD of Bobby. Cotton spent two weeks under a pile of bodies on Iwo Jima. That made Cotton a foot shorter than his fellow family members and caused a characteristic waddle (according to Hank, Cotton was 6'4" with his shins, and 5'1" without). Although that could have been Cotton messing with Peggy. Cotton replied, rather deviously: "Do you now?" He was referred to as a colonel repeatedly during the series, reflecting his rank in the Texas State Guard after the war. The second, Hank, from his first marriage, to Tilly. to be fair to him, he always kind to Bobby and GH. Cotton also has a tendency to exaggerate his service in the war. Cotton said that he climbed the cliffs of Normandy with a fifty-pound ice cream maker on his back. The final scene of the episode showed Hank, Bill, Boomhauer, and Dale gathered in Hank's backyard, in front of a newly-finished shed, which Dale promptly blew up, as per requested by Cotton. Cotton Lyndal Hill (born December 7, 1927) is a fictional character in the Fox animated series King of the Hill voiced by Toby Huss. Cotton talked down to women, berated his son, was prone to violent outbursts, and, on more than one occasion, exhibited homicidal tendencies. X-rays reveal that he has four rusty bullets lodged in his back and one in his heart from old war wounds. Hank's birth location was a carefully guarded secret, until Hank found out when he tried to find his birth certificate to get a "Born in Texas" license plate, which neither Cotton nor Hank's mother claimed to have (Yankee Hankie). Climbing onto a grill table, he accidentally swallows a piece of shrimp (to which he is extremely allergic), then slips and falls on the hot surface. It could be inferred that his love for Bobby is mixed also with a deep pride and respect for him, viewing him as actually tougher than Hank. In When Cotton Comes Marching Home Again, Cotton claimed to have led a platoon of men through the jungles of Saipan. Cotton's spirit and memory lives on for the rest of the King of the Hill series. Join the community to add your comment. Also, in Unfortunate Son, Cotton and Topsy demonstrated a bayonet technique that Topsy used to gut a kamikazee on Iwo Jima. The episode aired on Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, as a tribute to all war heroes. While Peggy visited with Cotton, she stated that she hoped that he could live forever in the friendless, spiteful existence that he created for himself. and Didi reveals to Bobby that Cotton told her that if their unborn child turned out as good as Bobby, he wouldn't abandon it. That could be seen through his love for G.H. A separate deathbed request by Cotton to have his head detached from his body and mailed to the Emperor of Japan was not honored; Hank planned to honor that request until Peggy lied to him and said that Cotton had rescinded it right before his death. Dierdre "Didi" Hill (born December 17, 1966) was Cotton Hill's second wife, standing at 5'10". I could only save three of my buddies: Fatty, Stinky, and Brooklyn. Not much was known about Cotton after WWII until the present.
It's also odd that while Cotton had a great talent in fathering children, his first two children had trouble conceiving as they had narrow urethras, so the chances of his third having it was high. Hank and his friends respectively honored the request and flushed Cotton's remains down the toilet.
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