Sgt. Channing Bo Hicks was born on March 18, 1988, in Greer, S.C. He graduated from Greer High School 2006. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 21, 2006. His military service includes: Basic training and Advanced Individual Training course, One Stop Unit Training, Fort Benning, Ga. He was assigned to 1st Bn., 28th Inf. Regt. Nov. 27, 2006. He was a rifleman before becoming a team leader. He first served 14 months in Iraq, from 2007 to 2008, and another 10-month tour, from 2009 to 2010. He deployed on his third tour of duty to Afghanistan in May 2012.
“When others had excuses or reasons why they couldn’t do something, he was already in his truck on his way to your house. He was the leader he aspired to be,” said 1st. Lt. Charles Bruce. “I loved him, and I will miss him every day of my life. Bo, this isn’t goodbye; this isn’t the last time we’re going to talk. I’ll see you on the other side brother.”
Hicks’ awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, 1OLC, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal, 2nd Award, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, 2 Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon, 2nd award. He also earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
Hicks is survived by one son, Wesley Bo Hicks; one daughter, Deliah Hicks; his father, Channing Hicks; his stepmother Karen Hicks; his mother, Amy H. Shaulis; his stepfather, Glenn Shaulis; two brothers, John Hicks and Colton Agnew; one sister, Briana Hicks; his paternal grandmother, Kaye “Mimi” Hicks; his maternal grandmother, Judy Hindman; and his maternal grandfather, Frank Holcombe.
“These men, these Soldiers, these leaders, the memory of their love for this country will be forever etched in our hearts and minds. It is our duty as those left to go on and continue this fight to ensure that, through history, their sacrifice will never be forgotten,” Vansteenkiste said.