A soldier from Greer was killed in Afghanistan on Friday when his unit was attacked by enemy forces, according to the Department of Defense.
US Army Sgt. Channing B. Hicks, 24, of Greer and US Army Spc. Joseph A. Richardson of Booneville, Ark., 23, died Friday in Paktika province. The soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, at Fort Riley, Kan.
Officials say the men died from injuries they suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.
Hicks, known as "Bo" to family and friends, grew up in Greer and graduated from Greer High School in 2006, where he played football. Greer High School athletic director Travis Perry knew Bo Hicks and grew up with Hicks' father, Chan Hicks Sr.
"He was really a fine young man," Perry said Sunday. "He was always, Yes, sir. No, sir.' He was a quiet kid and didn't play a whole lot, but he played for our scout team and found a way to contribute. He was part of the foundation of our team, helping the other players prepare for the games each week."
Perry said he spoke to Hicks' father early Saturday. The family left early Sunday morning for Dover, Md., to meet the plane carrying Hicks' body back to the United States.
"They're having a really hard time with it, as can be expected," Perry said. "He made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. It's a loss for our whole country."
Hicks' younger brother, John, is a star senior linebacker with the Greer High School football team. Perry said John Hicks looked up to his older brother.
During the weekend, friends and family posted on Bo Hicks' Facebook page, sharing their memories, including four-wheeling and fishing with him. They hailed the 24-year-old as a hero.
John Hicks also shared his feelings about his brother on Facebook and thanked everyone for their thoughts and prayers for his family.
"I also wanted to say that my brother was a good man, he served our country well and did it with pride," John Hicks wrote. "He was not just my brother but my best friend and my hero. I could talk to him about girls, fights, and Friday night football games. There will never be a moment forgotten with Bo. R.I.P. Bo Hicks. I love you."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.