GREENSBORO, N.C. -- He was the last American Soldier killed in the Iraq war and he was a hometown hero in Greensboro and Guilford County.
Army Specialist David Hickman will now be a permanent part of his hometown. Last Friday, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners announced they were naming the west side of the Guilford County Governmental Plaza in his memory.
The ceremony is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 16, at 301 W. Market St., in downtown Greensboro. Families, friends and the general public are invited to attend this special dedication.
Specialist Hickman died November 14, 2011, in Baghdad, Iraq after his unit was hit with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
He graduated from Northeast High School in 2006. He was an all conference outside linebacker for the Rams football team and served as team captain. His military awards and decorations prior to his death include The National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Expert Infantry Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. The Combat Infantry Badge, The Good Conduct Medal, The Bronze Star and The Purple Heart were awarded posthumously.
As part of the ceremony, Commissioners will also honor those from Guilford County who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan Wars with a memorial plaque in their memory.