“The awards don’t mean that much. What’s really the most important thing in my life, looking back on it, was an opportunity to serve America, its families, and its youth, and to make a difference with my life.”
Those are the words of retired four-star Gen. John Wickham, who dedicated 37 years of his life serving his country in the United States Army, and whose influence continues to resound in those who now wear a uniform.
Though Wickham doesn’t much concern himself with his numerous military awards, the list is too extensive, and too much a reflection of his patriotism to be ignored.
In his rise through the ranks, Wickham, now an Oro Valley resident, was awarded the Silver Star twice for battlefield valor, a Bronze Star for valor, a Purple Heart, 11 Air Medals, four Legions of Merit, eight Distinguished Service Medals, a Combat Infantry Badge, an Expert Infantryman Badge, a Parachutist Badge, and 21 foreign decorations. Wickham was also named by the Army Times as one of the 10 leaders to most change the Army. He was also presented with the Distinguished Graduate Award in 2005, and a year later, the Doughboy Award, which recognizes an individual’s outstanding contributions to the Army.
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