U.S. Salutes Fallen Soldier from Pohnpei, Micronesia
U.S. Embassy Media Release No. 16-2009 (May 12, 2010) - On May 11, the remains of the late U.S. Army Sergeant Raymond J. Hicks, 26, arrived at Pohnpei International Airport on Continental flight 957. Sgt. Hicks died on April 24 in Sierra Vista, Arizona from non-combat related injuries.
In his speech, Ambassador Prahar remarked, "How lucky we are that our two countries, separated by thousands of miles of ocean, have men and women who not only believe in the ideals that our countries stand for, but are willing to pay the price to defend them….At ease Sergeant Hicks, peace has come to you at last. While your time with us was much too short, you take with you the eternal thanks of two grateful nations.
U.S. Army Casualty Affairs Officer Captain Isaac Floyd provided the citation of awards, which included the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Army Good Conduct Medal. Following the service, family and friends lowered Sgt. Hicks to his eternal rest.
Sergeant Hicks is survived by his wife Tressia Postoak, daughter Anana, father Jimmy L. Hicks, mother Aurelia A. Hicks, sisters Jeeny S. Taimana, Sheila A. Jackson, and Josephine Hicks, and brother Ander Hicks.