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Greensboro soldier killed in Iraq

Posted November 16, 2011
Updated November 17, 2011

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— 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.


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  • noturaveragesoccermom Nov 18, 2011

    Rest in peace David Hickman. He was one of my husbands soldiers and our thoughts are with his family as they deal with such tradegy. Its time for them to come home!!!

  • n2justice Nov 17, 2011

    Prayers and thanks to Spc. Hickman and his family for their sacrifice.

  • concerncitizen Nov 17, 2011

    Rest In Peace Specialist Hickman, and thanks for your service to this country.... I am so sorry evil men who put you and so many other young men and women in a position where you and they have lost there lives. If there is a god in heaven they will pay!

  • aespens01 Nov 17, 2011

    My heart goes out to his family, my husband was with him and we were very lucky. From the bottom of my heart I'm very sorry to his family for their loss, they will be in my prayers.

  • albertleon7 Nov 17, 2011

    Thank you for your service. God Bless You and Your Family!

  • u stand corrected Nov 17, 2011

    Rest in peace brother. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

  • frankbad15 Nov 17, 2011

    This is very sad.. My heart goes out to this young man and his family!! Rest well soldier!!

  • MitziGaynor Nov 17, 2011

    Rest In Peace.

  • MitziGaynor Nov 17, 2011

    Rest In Peace Specialist Hickman. Prayers for you and your family. Broken Heart we lost another hero that chose to Serve his Country.