Fick, Leroy Gilbert, SFC

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
4745-Light Weapons Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1951-1952, 1st Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne)
Service Years
1950 - 1952


Ranger
Sergeant First Class


One Service Stripe



Five Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1927
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Bleiberville, TX
Last Address
Conroe, TX

Date of Passing
May 31, 2005
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION 8-EE ROW 27 SITE 2

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 75th Ranger Regiment


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Last Known Activity

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Wanda Fick of Conroe; sons, Mark Fick and wife Brooke, Terry Fick and wife, Janet, all of Montgomery; sisters, Elsie Zalesky of Houston and Otillia Franke of West Virginia; grandchildren, Benjamin Fick and wife Keri of Austin, Amy Swanson and husband Tim of Montgomery, Collins Dyer-Pitts and fiancé Matthew Haynie of Montgomery, Walker and Virginia Fick of Montgomery; great grandchildren Hayley, Hannah, and Leroy Fick of Austin, Emily, Ally, and Ella Swanson of Montgomery. Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends survive.

During World War II, Leroy Fick worked at Brown Shipyard in Houston as a welder, working at night and attending school during the day. After that, Leroy served in the Merchant Marines during World War II, where he had a chance to see numerous distant and exotic places. One of his assigned ships was the USS Eagle, a square rigged sailing vessel, which is still sailing today. He also served on various Liberty ships. After the war, Leroy was given the opportunity to ride in a German army staff car and toured parts of war torn Russia.

After coming home, Leroy made his living as a carpenter, a skill he learned from his father and grandfather, until he volunteered for the U. S. Army during the Korean War and served from 1950 to 1952.

Following basic training, Leroy volunteered to be a member of the U.S. Army Rangers (10th Ranger Infantry Company) and then the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team. He received training for both of these at Fort Benning, Georgia, becoming a member of the first Airborne Ranger outfit in its history. Afterward, Leroy went to Korea where his Ranger Company was involved in numerous dangerous, high-risk operations, many of which were behind enemy lines.

While in combat, Leroy earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. He was most proud of his Combat Infantryman Badge earned by those infantrymen who satisfactorily perform their duties and are personally present and under fire, engaged in sustained active ground combat.

Leroy earned the Silver Star when he was behind enemy lines during an action near Kaesong, Korea, then as a member of the1st Ranger Company. Leroy took command of his unit when the commanding lieutenant was severely wounded. Leroy, with the help of another soldier, carried him for 17 miles back to the U. S. lines (the Kansas line), not knowing if he was alive or dead. Leroy left the Army at the rank of Sergeant 1st Class.

After leaving the Army, Leroy worked in construction first as a carpenter and then a builder in Houston and Conroe where he raised his family. He built many homes and commercial buildings and established a solid reputation for his extensive knowledge of construction. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed the outdoors, especially the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Leroy’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a special joy to him. Leroy believed in and lived commitment, both to his family and to his country that he so loved. He believed in eternal life through Jesus Christ.

   
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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Parachutist (Basic)

 
 Unit Assignments
US Merchant MarinesArmy Ranger School187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team1st Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne)
  1944-1945, US Merchant Marines
  1950-1950, Army Ranger School
  1950-1952, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team
  1951-1952, 1st Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 WWII - American Theater
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1945-1945 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
  1950-1951 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Operation Tomahawk
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  1951-1952 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
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