"Not only was Bo an outstanding soldier, he was a father and a very, very dear friend of mine," Sgt. First Class Kenneth Stephens said at Hicks' funeral. "[He] loved his kids more than anything."
Stephens is stationed in Ohio, but he dropped everything to travel to Greer to honor Hicks.
"He was the kind of person who said not what's in this for me but what's in me for this," said Chaplain Steve Shugart.
Hicks leaves behind two children, ages six and seven. In honor of Hicks, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley ordered all flags be flown at half-staff Wednesday.
Hicks was also honored in Washington, when Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC 4th District, included Hicks' sacrifice during a speech on the House floor.
"The decisions we make in this assembly have real-life, eternal consequences," Gowdy said. "May we strive to make the service and sacrifice of Bo Hicks meaningful. May he look down and say it was worth it."
Gowdy returned to the Upstate on Monday to pay his respects when Hicks' body arrived home.
Hicks was buried with full military honors at the Wood Memorial Park on Gap Greek Road in Duncan.
Twenty-three-year-old Spc. Joseph Richardson, of Arkansas, was killed in the same attacks as Hicks. Both men were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, KS.
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