Last US Iraq War Death Was 23-Year-Old NC Soldier

The U.S. military's departure from Iraqi soil has left the city of Greensboro, N.C. with a sad distinction: It was home to the last U.S. soldier to die fighting in that war.

David Emanuel Hickman was killed on Nov. 14 in Baghdad, when a homemade bomb exploded during a patrol by his unit. The 23-year-old soldier was buried last month after a large ceremony packed with family and friends.

The final U.S. death toll from nearly nine years of war is 4,487 killed. More than 32,000 were wounded during the war, which began in 2003 and toppled the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein.

Logan Trainum, a friend of Hickman's, spoke with the soldier a week before he died, and says Hickman was looking forward to coming home.

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  • by Glad Its Over!! Location: Washington on Dec 20, 2011 at 11:29 AM
    Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for us, Jesus Christ, and the American Soldier. One died for our soul and the other died for our freedom. Thank you for all you have done!! God bring comfort and peace to his family and all those involved in the the war!! God Bless America!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2011 at 06:49 PM
    Thank you, you are a hero.
  • by retiredvet on Dec 19, 2011 at 07:23 AM
    Rest in Peace trooper! You will not be forgotten
  • by Larry Location: Greenville Nc on Dec 19, 2011 at 06:48 AM
    Rest in Peace......and Thank You!!!
  • by Kelly Location: Greenville on Dec 19, 2011 at 05:51 AM
    God bless you, brother, and your family and friends as well. Thank you for your service to this great country. May you rest in peace.
  • by Biker Dude Location: warming by the fire on Dec 18, 2011 at 08:59 PM
    I hope there is some comfort somewhere for this soldiers family. Thank you for paying the price of freedom love and respect.
  • by Sandra Location: Chesapeake, Va on Dec 18, 2011 at 06:44 PM
    My prayer are with the family of this young man stay strong. love a mother and wife of soldier
  • by Me Location: Bayboro on Dec 18, 2011 at 05:43 PM
    It is a pure shame that there are not many comments about this young man. He gave all. We should thank him and his family. Seems we can comment of someone who commits a crime but not much for a fallen Hero.
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      by 40some on Dec 18, 2011 at 09:38 PM in reply to Me
      Yep, you should be monitoring the board and telling people what they should comment on. How do you carry around that ego?
      • reply
        by me on Dec 19, 2011 at 07:14 AM in reply to 40some
        A lot better than you can carry your attitude.
  • by Retired Enlisted Marine on Dec 18, 2011 at 04:48 PM
    Semper fidelis, thank you for your service to our country. My prayers are with you and your family.
  • by Me, too Location: Henrico, NC on Dec 18, 2011 at 03:15 PM
    Thanks from me, too. No man can give more.
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