Since 2016 I have adopted the grave of Privat Howard B (Benedict) Hicks on the American War Cemetery in Margraten, The Netherlands.
Since 2016 I have contact with Howard’s family (thanks to Facebook) and did some research about his time in Europe.
Howard was born on June 10th 1912 in New Haven, Nelson County, Kentucky, as son of Francis L. Hicks and Annie B. (Seward) Hicks.
He was married to Mary G. (Leake) Hicks and had a son Howard B., and 2 daughters Ann Marie and Bettie Lou (Belle).
Around 1944 he was living in Jefferson County, Kentucky. He was a cooper.
He died on November 28th 1944 in the fields between Immendorf and Beeck (near Geilenkirchen), Germany. As part of the US 279th Engineering Combat Battalion – Company C, Howard was helping the 84th Infantry Division during Operation Clipper with deactiving minefields, when he stepped on a undetected mine. He was killed instantly.
After his death he was buried at the American War Cemetery in Margraten, in the South of The Netherlands, close to Maastricht.
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