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Freedom Fighters: D.L."Pappy" Hicks

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By Joan Hallmark - bio | email

TROUP, TX (KLTV) - Captain D.L. "Pappy" Hicks is a warrior, both by heritage and by choice. With the blood of his Native American ancestors flowing in his veins, Hicks joined the Army at the age of 17 and was fighting in Korea by the time he turned 18. Hicks fought in the ferocious battle of Punchbowl and at Hill 950 where temperatures dipped to 40 below zero. It was at Hill 950 that Hicks was wounded for the first time. Before leaving Korea, Hicks was to receive a head wound, leg wounds and to battle a severe case of amebic dysentery.

Still in his twenties, other soldiers began calling Hicks "Pappy" because of his battle experience. Nine years after leaving Korea, Hicks was to battle in Vietnam as a member of Army Special Forces and to continue after the war in covert operations. Hicks retired from the Army after nineteen and a half years of service with a medical discharge.

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