This playground honors Captain Vincent Hickman (1933-1964), a soldier from Brooklyn, who served as a pilot in the Korean War (1950-1953), and lost his life while fighting during the Vietnam War (1964-1975).
Raised in Flatlands, Brooklyn, Vincent Hickman attended St. Francis Xavier High School in Manhattan. Graduating high school in 1951, Hickman joined the United States Air Force to serve in the Korean War. At the war’s end, Captain Hickman returned home and enrolled in Fordham University. Graduating in 1956 with a B.S. in History, Captain Hickman returned to the Air Force. In January 1964, Captain Hickman was sent overseas to assist in the United States efforts on behalf of the southern-based Republic of Vietnam.