Private First Class Manuel Artlan Hicks was born on March 25, 1947, and was originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He served his country in the Vietman War with the United States Army, in D Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. He began his tour on December 5, 1966. On March 31, 1967, PFC Hicks was killed under non-hostile conditions in South Vietnam; he was 20 at the time of his death. He is buried at Chattanooga National Cemetery in Tennessee and memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 17E, Line 79.

Photo courtesy of: Tom Reese

Manuel Artlan Hicks Jr was a distant cousin , i remember him coming to the house in Romulus , Mi shortly before he was sent to Vietnam. As a 9 or 10 year old, i remember being fascinated by the waves he kept so neatly in his hair. I remember the last thing he said to me once the visit was over. You just have to brush, and brush and brush lil cousin. Reading the info on his small bio a few years back, i clearly remember type of death listed as “Accidental Homicide” As a youngster i truly wasnt aware what that meant. Im just wondering if i could find out what truly happened , and how. Any info. pictures, anything would be greatly appreciated.
–Submitted by Elder J.O. Barzart III

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 25 March 1947
  • Date of death: 31 March 1967
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXIII, Top Panel
  • Sponsored by: Elder J.O. Barzart III

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