Wicker, Ronald Duane

Brick Inscription

RONALD DUANE WICKER
US ARMY 4th INF DIV
VIETNAM 1966-1967


Brick Location

Walk-south


Honored by:

Debra Wicker

 

4th Infantry Division

 

Ronald D. Wicker was born on December 24, 1946 in Newberry, South Carolina.  His family moved to Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1949 and he graduated high school there in 1965. After high school, Ron volunteered for the draft and on December 1, 1965, he was sent to Fort Jackson Reception Station in Columbia, South Carolina.  After a week there, he was sent to Fort Lewis, Washington, where he completed Basic and Advanced Infantry Training with the 4th Infantry Division and assigned to the 124th Signal Battalion as a Communication Center Specialist. 

 On September 7, 1966, he was shipped by troop carrier and landed in Qui Nhon, Republic of Vietnam 21 days later.  A beach landing was made and the trucks convoyed to the central highlands at Pleiku to the newly created 4th ID base camp (Camp Enari) Ron served there for 6 months assisting in establishing the camp and communications.  He was then assigned to the 4th Infantry Division Communication Center as a Cryptographic Accountant and served in that position until he was sent back to Fort Lewis, Washington on September 7, 1967.

 He then separated from the Army and was in the Inactive Reserve until he was discharged from the Army on November 30, 1971.  Ron was honorably discharged as a SP/4 and received the Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, O/S Bar and SPS M-14.

 Ron is now living in Kinston, North Carolina with his wife, Debra.  He has three sons, Michael D. Wicker who served in the US Army and currently resides in Rock Hill, SC;  Kevin Wicker, who is a teacher and resides in Wilmington, NC; and Robert (Robbie) Braxton, who resides in Virginia Beach, VA, currently serving in the US Navy Seabees.  Ron also has 2 grandchildren, Benjamin Royce Wicker and Keaton Wade Braxton.