Guilford County Iraq and Afghanistan War Dead, Greensboro
The Guilford County memorial to Iraq and Afghanistan War Dead is a simple bronze tablet attached to a small lectern shaped granite block setting in a grassy area at the edge of a retaining wall on David E. Hickman Plaza. Hickman was the last United States casualty prior to the official end of the Iraq War having been killed on November 14, 2011. In addition to Hickman the tablet lists the names of 12 other casualties from Guilford County who died in the two wars.
Images: David E. Hickman Plaza | Far-off view
IN HONOR OF THOSE FROM / GUILFORD COUNTY WHO GAVE THEIR / LIVES IN IRAG AND AFGHANISTAN WARS / [Left Column] SGT. ELMER C. KRAUSE / APRIL 9, 2004 / LCPL. ANDREW D. RUSSOLI / OCTOBER 20, 2005 / CPL. FELIPE C. BARBOSA / JANUARY 28, 2006 / LCPL. KEVIN A. LUCAS / MAY 26, 2006 / CPL. BOBBY T. CALLAHAN / SEPTEMBER 19, 2006 / SSG. PATRICK O. BARLOW / OCTOBER 18, 2006 / SGT. NICHOLAS R. GIBBS / DECEMBER 6, 2006 / SPC. EBE F. EMOLO / APRIL 7, 2007 / WO2. PAUL J. FLYNN / AUGUST 22, 2007 / SPC. MATTHEW E. GEORGE / AUGUST 31, 2010 / SPC. DAVID E. HICKMAN / NOVEMBER 14, 2011 / [Right Column] PO2. SEAN BRAZAS / MAY 30, 2012 / SPC. DAVID T. PROCTOR / MARCH 13, 2013
August 16, 2013
Bronze on granite
Known as the “White Falcons,” paratroopers of the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, were in attendance for the ceremony to their fallen comrade, David E. Hickman. As the ceremony began, a formation of 28 White Falcon paratroopers marched into the plaza to stand beside the seated attendees. They witnessed the naming of the west end of the plaza in honor of Hickman and other Guilford County soldiers who were killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan. The paratroopers saluted as the American flag was presented by the Guilford County Sheriff's Honor Guard and again as the “Star-Spangled Banner” was sung by a member of the Hickman Family’s church. After the invocation ending the dedication ceremony a Fork Union Military Academy member played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes
The marker is located above a retaining wall facing west towards the rear of the current Guilford County Courthouse. The plaza is bracketed by the Greensboro Police Department to the south and the Old Guilford County Courthouse to the north. A short distance to the east are Greensboro Millennium Gate, Guilford County Vietnam War Dead, and Pfc. Phill G. McDonald memorials. A short distance to the west and in front of the Old Guilford County Courthouse is the MSgt. Edwin V. Bain memorial marker.
The memorial marker stands on a grassy area.