Don Rue Hickman

16 Feb 1918 - 24 Sep 2005


Don Rue Hickman

16 Feb 1918 - 24 Sep 2005
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Don Rue Hickman

Married: 6 Oct 1942

East Lawn Memorial Hills

East Lawn Drive
Provo, Utah, Utah
United States

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Loree Terry - Mother | Don Rue - Brigadier General - United States Army


July 19, 2011


July 19, 2011

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Don Rue Hickman Obituary

Contributor: deepagel Created: 11 months ago Updated: 11 months ago

Birth: Feb. 16, 1915 Torrey Wayne County Utah, USA Death: Sep. 24, 2005 Birmingham Jefferson County Alabama, USA Daily Herald, Utah Wednesday, September 28, 2005 BRIGADIER GENERAL (UNITED STATES ARMY, RETIRED) DON RUE HICKMAN, 87, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, September 24, 2005, surrounded by members of his family in Birmingham, Alabama. Beloved husband of LoRee Terry Hickman and father of their four daughters, DeAnn Hickman Giles (John Reid Giles, Jr.) of Birmingham, Alabama, Mary Hickman Higbee (Glen Allen Higbee) of Frederick, Maryland, Pamela Hickman Norris (Robert McKim Norris, Jr.) of Birmingham, Alabama, and Judy Hickman Clark (Paul Milligan Clark) of Centerville, Ohio, 25 loving grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren. Born in Torrey, Utah, on February 16, 1918, to Don Franklin and Juliett Mott Hickman, he grew up in Salina, Utah and was a graduate of North Sevier High School. From 1935-1937 he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Central States Mission. In 1939, he graduated from Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, and attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he played varsity basketball on a scholarship, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. In 1969, his Alma Mater honored him with their Distinguished Citizen Award which is the highest honor that can be given to an alumnus for outstanding contributions to his country through unselfish service. He entered the Army as a draftee, and was offered a Regular Army commission in 1941 commencing a distinguished career of 31 years of service. On October 6, 1942, Don Rue married his "eternal companion and sweetheart", the former LoRee Terry from Spring City, Utah, in the Manti Utah Temple. For the next three decades his assignments led them to all corners of the world, including Georgia, Kansas, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Virginia, California, Colorado, Japan, Panama, Iran, as well as the European Theater in World War II, the Korean War and the war in Viet Nam, for the country they so deeply loved. Honors earned during combat and peacetime included selection for the Infantry Officers' Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, where his picture now hangs in the Hall of Fame. In 1966, he graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University while concurrently fulfilling his assignment as Chief of Infantry Branch, Officer Personnel Division, Department of the Army at the Pentagon. General Hickman holds decorations for Silver Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, and the nations highest medal for service, The Distinguished Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, the Army Occupation Medal (Germany and Japan), the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Vietnamese Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Viet Nam Campaign Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Order (First Class Viet Nam), the Gallantry Cross with Gold Star (Viet Nam), the Armed Forces Honor Medal, First Class, the Republic of Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Gallantry Cross with Palm, and the Civil Action Honor Medal. In his autobiography entitled No Regrets, Don Rue devoted a section showing his love for youth and education entitled, "Advice to Youth" which focuses on making correct decisions and being prayerful about choices and challenges, finalizing his insight with "If you are tune, you will be guided in righteous paths." In his book, he expressed his love and sense of duty and honor surrounding the freedom we enjoy in this great nation and his love for the Savior, the Prince of Peace. He and LoRee worked together in service to their church including a mission to Jacksonville, Florida from 1992-1993. Don Rue served in many positions in the church including Teacher, Bishopric, Stake Presidency, High Council and at the Missionary Training Center. At retirement, they chose to return to their beloved "Springtime in the Rockies" in the beautiful state of Utah, where Don Rue chose to work in real estate and to follow their beloved BYU Cougars and university events and to be with grandchildren and family. Don Rue also enjoyed associations with friends in the Provo Kiwanis Club and served as President of the Brigham Young University Cougar Club. In addition to his immediate family Don Rue is survived by Ray and Joan Bills, Leone H. and George Medley, Lil Terry, Darwin and Arlene Terry, Eugene and Leona Terry, Golden and Cheryl Terry, Carol and Gordon Harris and many loving cousins, nephews, nieces and other family members. Our family would like to express heartfelt appreciation for all of the correspondence, kind wishes and prayers given in his behalf. Thank you to all those on the medical team who worked with loving care and concern, and for the service and compassion of a wonderful ward and many great friends and family members. Farewell to one of the soldiers of "The Greatest Generation", beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, great-grandfather and friend, who epitomized 1st Corinthians 16:13-14, "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith, be men of courage, be strong." Funeral Services are being handled by Walker-Sanderson, 646 E. 800 N., Orem, Utah, 84097 (801) 226-3500. Visitation will be on Sunday, October 2, 2005, from 6-8 P.M. at the Funeral Home and the funeral will be on Monday, October 3, 2005, at the Rock Canyon Ward Building (3050 Mojave Lane, Provo, Utah) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at ll: 00 A.M. with a viewing from 9:45-10:45 A.M. Bishop Jeff Smith will be officiating. Interment will follow at East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery, 4800 N. 650 E. Provo, Utah, (801) 225-9114, with full Military Honors. Condolences may be sent to the family at: Family links: Parents: Don Franklin Hickman (1890 - 1953) Juliette Mott Hickman (1899 - 1975) Spouse: LoRee Terry Hickman (1919 - 2010)* Siblings: Valna Hiskey (1911 - 1995)** Ida Fern Hickman Madsen (1912 - 1994)** Berley Hickman Bird (1913 - 1972)** Don Rue Hickman (1915 - 2005) William Kay Hickman (1926 - 1927)* *Calculated relationship **Half-sibling Burial: East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery Provo Utah County Utah, USA Edit Virtual Cemetery info [?] Created by: Sharla Record added: Jun 07, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 53382747

Grandpa Hickman

Contributor: deepagel Created: 11 months ago Updated: 11 months ago

I remember when I was little, Grandpa hickman would tell me war stories of when he was in the army. I remember listening to them while I played with legos in a water bottle.

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Don Rue Hickman was born on 16 Feb 1918
Don Rue Hickman was 11 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
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Don Rue Hickman was 22 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
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Don Rue Hickman was 26 years old when World War II: The Allied invasion of Normandy—codenamed Operation Overlord—begins with the execution of Operation Neptune (commonly referred to as D-Day), the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The Allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history. The Allies of World War II, called the United Nations from the 1 January 1942 declaration, were the countries that together opposed the Axis powers during the Second World War (1939–1945). The Allies promoted the alliance as a means to control German, Japanese and Italian aggression.
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Don Rue Hickman was 40 years old when Space Race: Launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. The Space Race refers to the 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), for dominance in spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations that occurred following World War II, aided by captured German missile technology and personnel from the Aggregat program. The technological superiority required for such dominance was seen as necessary for national security, and symbolic of ideological superiority. The Space Race spawned pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, uncrewed space probes of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human spaceflight in low Earth orbit and to the Moon.
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Don Rue Hickman was 51 years old when During the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours after landing on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface before rejoining Columbia in lunar orbit.
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Don Rue Hickman was 55 years old when Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and the government of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese army was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; the South Vietnamese army was supported by the United States, South Korea, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some US perspectives. The majority of Americans believe the war was unjustified. The war would last roughly 19 years and would also form the Laotian Civil War as well as the Cambodian Civil War, which also saw all three countries become communist states in 1975.
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Don Rue Hickman was 72 years old when Cold War: Fall of the Berlin Wall: East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel to West Berlin. The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic, starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall cut off West Berlin from virtually all of surrounding East Germany and East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and finished in 1992. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, accompanied by a wide area that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defenses. The Eastern Bloc portrayed the Wall as protecting its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the "will of the people" in building a socialist state in East Germany.
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Don Rue Hickman was 76 years old when The Rwandan genocide begins when the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down. The Rwandan genocide, also known as the genocide against the Tutsi, was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority government. An estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed during the 100-day period from 7 April to mid-July 1994, constituting as many as 70% of the Tutsi population. Additionally, 30% of the Pygmy Batwa were killed. The genocide and widespread slaughter of Rwandans ended when the Tutsi-backed and heavily armed Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) led by Paul Kagame took control of the country. An estimated 2,000,000 Rwandans, mostly Hutus, were displaced and became refugees.
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Don Rue Hickman died on 24 Sep 2005 at the age of 87
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