James “Bob” E. Hicklin

James “Bob” E. Hicklin - Private First Class  United States Army

James “Bob” E. Hicklin – Private First Class United States Army

August 2016 – Bandstand Flag Notice

James “Bob” E. Hicklin

April 29, 1925 – January 19, 2016

Private First Class

United States Army

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The flag flying over the bandstand during the month of August is in honor of Bob Hicklin.

May 7, 1943, Bob’s freshman year in high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. His primary responsibility in the field was truck driving and maintenance. He hauled troops, ammunition, supplies and rations. Over the 15 months he spent in the theater of operations, he spent time in the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe and was part of the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded two Overseas Service Bars, the African Campaign Medal, the European- African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three Bronze Battle Stars, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was discharged, March 11, 1946, and upon his return home, Bob worked at road construction. He went on to driving a truck, do mechanical work, and work at Mich’s Coal Mine. He was lastly employed by Mahaska Bottling Company, from which he retired in 1987.

James “Bob” E. Hicklin

James “Bob” E. Hicklin

If you are interested in flying the flag of a veteran above the bandstand, contact Shawn Langkamp at Garland-VanArkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel at 641-672-2181 or www.gvlfuneralchapel.com Contact Us Link.

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