James Hicks, Class of 1979

James David Hicks grew up in the New Dorp section of Staten Island and attended grammar school at Our Lady Queen of Peace. He continued his education at Monsignor Farrell High School where he was a diligent student  and proud member of the wrestling team.

After graduating from Farrell in 1979, Jim went on to The State University of New York Maritime College in the Bronx.  Always hardworking, Jimmy was the first member of his family to graduate from college. He earned his commission in the United States Navy in 1983.

Lieutenant Hicks was then assigned to Attack Squadron 85 at the Oceana Naval Station.  He served aboard the USS Saratoga in the Mediterranean Sea and participated in air operations  over Libya.

On May 21, 1987, Lieutenant James Hicks was engaged in a fighter jet training exercise near Stumpy Point, North Carolina.  Serving as the bombardier and navigator of an A-6E Intruder aircraft, Lieutenant Hicks was killed when the aircraft crashed during the night in a heavily wooded area at the Navy bombing range.

Lieutenant James Hicks' life was marked by his devotion to his country and family, his enthusiasm for seeing the world and his courage to pursue his dream of serving his country in the United States Navy. The Hicks family still proudly visits his grave at Arlington National Cemetery, where he was buried with full military honors.

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