Soldier Honored: Stephen D. Bicknell
Branch of Service: Army
Army Private First-Class Stephen D. Bicknell, of Prattville, Alabama, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His father was a Technical Sergeant in the Air Force. PFC Bicknell was a professional, competent and proficient paratrooper who joined the Army in 2006, shortly after leaving college. He married on July 6, 2006, and a month later, he was deployed to Iraq. On October 15, 2006 in Samarra, Iraq, PFC Bicknell died of injuries sustained when two land mines detonated near his Humvee, also killing a fellow soldier. He was six weeks shy of his 20th birthday.
Stephen Bicknell was a standout quarterback and a 2005 graduate of Prattville High School. He received a scholarship to play football for the Tigers of the University of West Alabama but came to find that college was not what he expected it to be, so he left to enlist in the Army.
In honor of wounds he received as a result of hostile actions, PFC Bicknell was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart as well as the Bronze Star Medal. He also received the Army Good Conduct Medal. PFC Bicknell was very family oriented and put others needs before his own. He was a devoted husband, father-to-be, son, brother, teammate and friend. PFC Bicknell left behind his wife and the baby they were expecting.
Their son is a recipient of the Folds of Honor Children’s Fund scholarship.