Carman Keeton HicksLance Corporal
F CO, 2ND BN, 3RD MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
28 July 1946 - 09 May 1967
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Carman K. Hicks was a very special Marine. He was the oldest of eleven children. Still 3 months shy of being 20 he gave his life for every American. He was from a very large family - 8 brothers 2 sisters and very close to his mother Vivian and father Johnie Carmack. He is loved and missed every day. When he was in Vietnam he called home and talked to everyone and he talked to my pregnant mother. He asked her if she would name her baby after him because he did not think he was coming home. He said he was in a lot of bad stuff over there. Well, I am very proud to carry his name and wear his ring and dogtags. He is one of my heros I never met. If anyone who looks at this knew him or served with him please e-mail me.
We will never for get you, Carman.
Carman K. Hicks was a boot camp buddy, who I was with all the way up to his death. I remember some of the funny moments we shared in boot camp and many days in Vietnam especially on "Hill 65" near Dia Loc.
In late April 1967 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines headed into one of the fiercest battles in all of the Vietnam War. We all had experienced the horror, fear and reality of real battles against the North Vietnamese Army during those 17 days in the jungles around Khe Sanh. It was either kill or be killed. The training in boot camp was used to its fullest. On the 12th of May at the air strip at Khe Sanh a Marine friend of mine informed me that Carman was killed on May 9th. He said that his new M-16 had jammed and the enemy ran down and shot him. The news put me into an angry and extremely emotional dishearting mood. I was so sad and so very depressed that all I wanted to do was to go back up into the jungle hills again and kill every NVA soldier I could find. The memories of those 17 days at Khe Sanh are still with me to this day.
When you hear that the "Good Die Young", you are talking about Carman. He was a "Marine's Marine" and his picture will always remain above my desk as my reminder of Vietnam and the loss of just a truly great and inspiring man. "Semper Fi" Carman, from your old buddy Fred Hellmann
From a fellow Marine in his unit,
I can remember the name Carman Hicks but I cannot place the face.
I was in Foxtrot Company 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines and was there that terrible day. Yes, many Marines had trouble with the new M-16s - that was the cause of many deaths that day.
From a fellow Marine,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe Khe Sanh Combat Base sat in a valley just south of the western end of the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Vietnam, and was overlooked by peaks rising as high as 2500 feet to the north, west, and southwest. The infamous "Hill Fights" in and on the mountains surrounding the combat base began in early 1967 and eventually grew into the seige of the combat base in 1968. The fighting in the spring of 1967 had two diametrically opposed objectives:
The meeting engagement on the hillside quickly grew into a full-fledged battle fought in difficult terrain largely covered in six-foot-tall elephant grass. By the time the fight ended, Fox 2/3 had lost 22 Marines and 2 Navy Corpsmen, with many more wounded - and the NVA had withdrawn back into the jungles and tall grasses.
With one exception the Marines of Fox 2/3 brought out their dead and wounded: the body of Private Robert J Todd could not be found in the elephant grass. The dead were
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Carman L. Carmack
7 Aug 2004
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 08/09/2005