Thursday, May 03, 2007

Glenn D. Hicks dies of injuries from I.E.D.

Former College Station resident Glenn Dale Hicks Jr. stood bravely in front of an American flag with a stoic expression - the classic photo of a soldier taken after a graduation of some sort.

The image of the one-time Blinn College student was captured in a photograph released Wednesday by Fort Benning, Ga., just days after the soldier's death.

Officials at Fort Benning said Wednesday that they have little information about the explosion that killed Hicks, 24, and two fellow soldiers, 21-year-olds Pfc. Jay-D Ornsby-Adkins of Ione, Calif., and Pvt. Cole Spencer of Gays, Ill.

The three died Saturday in Salman Pak, Iraq, which is about 15 miles south of Baghdad.

Hicks had been at Fort Benning since July 2004, according to records.

Attempts to reach the soldier's family have been unsuccessful. Although he listed a College Station address when he joined the military, he doesn't seem to have lived in the area in recent years.

He attended Blinn College in fall 2002 and spring 2003, said a Blinn spokeswoman, but his permanent address on file at the college was in Tarrant County.

From the Eagle