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HICKS, Howard B

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HICKS, Howard Benedict

Servicenumber: 35246723


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Age: 32
Born: 10 June 1912, New Hope, Nelson County, Kentucky
Hometown: Jefferson County, Kentucky
Family: Francis L. Hicks (father)
Anna B. (Seward) Hicks (mother)
Francis J. Hicks (brother)
Norma A. Hicks (sister)
Mary I. Hicks (sister)
Dorothy A. Hicks (sister)
Bernard F. Hicks (brother)
Nancy L. Hicks (sister)
Joseph E. Hicks (brother)
Mary G. (Leake) Hicks (wife)
Howard B. Hicks (son)
Tammy (Fess) Hicks (granddaughter)
Ann Marie (Cook) Hicks (daughter)
Betty Lou (Bell) Hicks (daughter)
Rank: Private
Function: Not available
Regiment: -
Battalion: 279th Engineer Combat Battalion
Division – Transport: -
Company – Squadron: C Company
Unit – Group: -
Plane data: (Serialnumber, MACR, etc.) -
Date of death: 28 November 1944
Status: KIA
Place of death: Between Immendorf and Beeck near Geilenkirchen, Germany
Spot: Not available
Awards: Purple Heart
Gravenumber: Plot E, Row 8, Grave 12
Cemetery: American War Cemetery Margraten
Biography: -
Other information: Pvt Howard B. Hicks attended high school for 2 years. He enlisted at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana on 17 March 1944. 

Later, hee was stationed at Ford Leonard Wood before going overseas in september 1944.

Howard Hicks had the dangerous job of clearing out mine fields so the infantry could attack. On November 28th, he was helping to deactivate amine field in advance of the 84th Division, when he stepped on a Schu "Shoe" mine and was killed instantly outside the town of Beeck.

He was initially buried at a temporary grave at Margraten on 30 November. He was distinterred on 15 July 1948 and given his final resting place on 18 January 1949.

The chaplain of his unit wrote a letter to his mother, of which the following text is an extract:
"You asked about your son's behavior in the army. It was very good. He was regular at going to mass and communion. I remember especially the evening before he died - your son went to confession and communion. The following morning about 9:30 your boy's company was deactivating a mine field. He stepped on a "shoe" mine, fell and was killed instantly. I was called and anointed him conditionally. He was wrapped in a blanket still wearing his uniform and was buried with mass in the Ninth Army cemetery, 3 1/2 miles past the town of Maastricht, Holland.
If I were to have my choice and had to be buried in Europe, this is were I would prefer to be buried, because the people of Holland love the Americans, and appreciate the fact we liberated them. On decoration several months after your boy was buried, I visited the cemetery. All day long the people of Holland visited the cemetery, and prayed for the American dead. Every grave in the cemetery, including your son, was covered with flowers."

Source of information: Raf Dyckmans, Hans Senden,,, - WWII Enlistment Record, - various family trees

Photo source: - Des Philippet, Hans Senden


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