Afghanistan War Deceased Classmates

Remembering a Hero, Army Cpl. Darrion Hicks

The Broughton Alumni Association would like to thank Army Cpl. Darrion Hicks, a graduate of the class of 2009, for his service to our nation and his dedication to the preservation of our freedom. Cpl. Hicks was killed by a roadside bomb in Ghazni, Afghanistan, on July 19, 2012.Darrion Hicks

While at Broughton, Hicks led his peers as a very involved member of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. As a cadet captain, drill team member, and color guard member, he received the “Mr. JROTC” award his senior year. He had wanted to join the military from a very young age and enlisted in the Army six months after graduating from Broughton. Hicks was assigned to the 54th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command and served as a vehicle-mounted mine detector operator. He was killed while on a route clearing patrol trying to create a safe path for his fellow soldiers.

For his service as a specialist, Hicks was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He was also promoted to the rank of corporal and honored with a 21-gun salute at his interment. Cpl. Darrion Hicks will always be remembered as a hero at Broughton.

Prior to kick-off at the final football game of this season, a moment of silence was observed to honor and remember the sacrifice that Hicks and others have made. Hicks’ hat and boots were placed at mid-field as a monument. May we always remember Hicks and the many other graduates of Broughton who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

Street Jones
Class of 2006