Greensboro soldier killed in Iraq
Posted November 16, 2011
Updated November 17, 2011
Fort Bragg, N.C. — A Greensboro soldier died after injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device in Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense said Wednesday.
Spc. David E. Hickman, 23, died Monday, in Baghdad. He served with the Fort Bragg-based 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
"Spc. Hickman was a physically gifted and talented young leader and, at the same time, was a soft-spoken friend to his platoon members," his commander, Lt. Col. David Doyle said.
He is survived by his wife and parents.
Hickman was a 2006 graduate of Northeast Guilford High School, where he played outside linebacker on the football team. He was team captain and made All-Conference.
Hickman was supposed to return to the U.S. on Dec. 1. He was on his first overseas deployment.
Hickman joined the Army in November 2009. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Expert Infantryman's Badge and Parachutist Badge.