jackie hicks: combat infantryman

Chapter 887 of the Vietnam Veterans of America proudly salutes our very own hero: Jackie Hicks. Jackie recently returned to Vietnam, and his hometown newspaper, "Powhatan Today" recognized this quiet hero with a lengthy article which recounted his courageous service in the war. Jackie, a 1966 graduate of Pocahontas High School, was drafted in October 1967 as a US Army Infantryman, and was sent to Vietnam in March 1968, shortly after the Tet offensive. He was seriously wounded near the Cambodian border. He had taken part in more than 25 aerial combat assault missions by helicopter in hostile territory.
He was awarded two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star, the Presidential Vietnam citation award, the Vietnam Air Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.