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Fallen Greer soldier honored, laid to rest

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A photo of Sgt. Bo Hicks on display at his Greer funeral. (Nov. 28, 2012/FOX Carolina) A photo of Sgt. Bo Hicks on display at his Greer funeral. (Nov. 28, 2012/FOX Carolina)

An Upstate hero was honored and remembered for giving his life in service to this country when he was laid to rest on Wednesday.

Sgt. Channing "Bo" Hicks' funeral was held at Fairview Baptist Church in Greer. Family and friends took time to pay their respects to Hicks, a man they said lived to serve.

The pictures of Hicks from a kid to a young man show a person who always wanted to be a soldier. Right after the terror attacks on 9/11, Hicks told his family he wanted to join the Army.

As soon as he finished at Greer High School, Hicks headed to basic training. His commitment was unwavering, he even volunteered for a third tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Yet on Nov. 16, Hicks was killed when his unit was attacked with explosives and small arms fire.

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"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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