Bill Hicks, 52-year member of the Brazil American Legion Post 2, received the 2005 Distinguished Service Award during the 87th annual State Convention on July 9.
During the 1920s a store called Hicks Automotive was founded in Brazil. A youngster at the age of 11 started helping his father take care of the shop during World War II. That young fellow, during his early 20s, joined the American Legion Post 2 in Brazil.
Bill Hicks took over his father's store and retired in the '90s when his son, Troy, took over the store. After more than 60 years of service to the Clay County area, the store closed.
Bill, now 74 years old, has been an active member of the American Legion for 52 years. That is four years longer than he has been married to his wife, Sue Anne.
All these years of service and dedication have paid off. Bill received one of the 10 Indiana American Legion 2005 Distinguished Service Awards.
Over the years, he has held positions such as Post Commander (twice in his own right and once to fulfill a deceased comrade's position), District Commander, Vice Commander, Department Southern Vice Commander, Alternate National Executive Committeemen.
He has also been vice chairman of the Americanism Commission for more than 10 years, vice chairman of the Internal Affairs Commission for three years and has served a term as vice chairman of the Employment Committee.
Each year the National American Legion Convention is held. Bill has attended about 40 of the conventions that span across the U.S. from Boston to Los Angeles. He just returned from the 2005 National Convention held in Honolulu, Hawaii held from Aug. 8 - 25.
Bill and Sue Anne have one son, Troy, a daughter-in-law, Cindy, one grandson, Michael, and three great grandchildren, Canin, Breven and Jace.