Leon HIckman was born in Bakewell to Amos Roy Hickman and Adeline Dooley.
Died non Battle 1 August 1945
Buried at the Mania American Cemetery, Philippines, H, 12, 116
The Chattanooga Daily Times, 23 August 1945
A Soddy infantryman, Pfc. Leon Hickman, was drowned on Luzon Island Aug. 1 when he went to the aid of a buddy in distress, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Hickman, recently were informed by his commanding officer. No details of the action in which Pfc. Hickman lost his life were given by the commanding officer, who wrote: “The manner of his passing was characteristic of his devotion to duty and in accordance with the highest tradision of the service. He was drowned in a brave and unselfish attempt to rescue a buddy in distress ***. He was a fine, hard-working man who made many friends among the company.”
His commanding officer, whose name was not listed, stated Pfc. Hickman was buried with full military honors in the army cemetery at Santa Barbara in the Philippines.
Pfc. Hickman is survived by his parents; eight sisters, Mrs. Idele Swafford, Mrs. Zelma Swafford, Mrs. Jewel Burks, all of Soddy, Route 1; Mrs. Margie Foster, Mrs. Adele Jackson, Cincinnatti, Ohio; Mrs. Catherine Roumtree, Detroit; Mrs. Bernice Wise, Buffalo, N.Y.; Mrs. Lurene Kincaid, Brooklyn; five brothers, Johnson, James and Kenneth Hickman, all of Detroit; Pvt. Ulyess Hickman of the army, and Selma Hickman, Brooklyn.
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of birth: 8 August 1924
- Date of death: 1 August 1945
- County: Hamilton
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 1866th Engineer Battalion, Aviation
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XI, Top Panel
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