Rickie D. Sparks





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SparksSergeant Rickie D. Sparks was born on July 26, 1947 in Beecher City, Illinois to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Sparks from Manchester, Michigan.  Rickie is a 1965 graduate of Clinton High School in Clinton, Michigan where he played varsity basketball and football. He entered the Army on September 1, 1965 and completed his Basic Training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He completed his advanced training at Fort Polk, Louisianna.

Sergeant Sparks began his tour of duty in Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam on February 20, 1967 serving as an Armor Reconnaissance Specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Rickie was killed on November 18, 1967 as a result of multiple fragmentation wounds.

Rickie D. Sparks is survived by his parents, a wife, and three brothers. He is resting in the Riverside Cemetery in Clinton, Michigan. Rickie's name is listed on the Vietnam Memorial in Ypsilanti Township under Manchester. His name also appears on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC on Panel 30E Line 019.

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A Friend That's Never Forgotten - Thursday, July 14, 2005

I served with Rickie in the 2nd/16th Inf., 1st. Inf. Div. Recon Plt.  I was the battalion radio operator in the field.  Rickie was a good friend and a good soldier.  We shared many hot days in the field on search and destroy missions.  Shared c-rats also pulled listening post duty, and ambushes together.  A good man lost before his time.  I still think of him a lot, and all the guys I served with in the nam.  He will never be forgotten. - James Myrick - Alabama

The Sparks Family - Thursday, September 13, 2001

To an uncle I never got to meet. Your life was taken while defending our great nation before I ever had a chance to meet the man that everyone had talked so highly about.  You were a son, a brother, and a father who will be deeply missed. - Scott Sparks, Oklahoma

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