George Hickey

1:56 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Senator Paul Presents Medals to Family of Deceased Air Force Veteran

U.S. Senator Rand Paul presented military service medals to Colonel George Hickey, son of Airman 1st Class Billy Hickey in a ceremony in Bowling Green.
Credit Lisa Autry

Decades later, the family of a Kentucky native and military veteran finally has the medals honoring his service.  Airman First Class Billy Hickey was a Korean War veteran who was held for nearly three years as a prisoner of war. 

U.S. Senator Rand Paul presented the medals to his son Colonel George Hickey in Bowling Green Monday.

“I never was able to get these medals and I'm very glad the senator was able to get them for me," said Hickey. 

Col. George Hickey was presented the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal & Silver Star Attachment, and the United Nations Service Medal.

Senator Paul, whose family has a history in the Air Force, said being able to present the medals was gratifying.

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