Virus Kills First National Guardsman: ‘My father was very loyal to his country and devoted to God’

“My father was very loyal to his country and devoted to God,” Shandrea Hickok said about National Guard Army Captain Douglas Linn Hickok, who died on Monday, the first death for the regiment from the Corona Virus.

Hickok, 57, a Physician’s Assistant in the New Jersey National Guard, battled the virus for a week before succumbing to complications from the disease.

The death was announced by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy at a press conference on Monday.

The governor said he was “heartbroken by the loss.”

In a letter sent to Gov Murphy, Defense Secretary Esper wrote, “This is a stinging loss for our military community, and our condolences go out to his family, friends, civilian co-workers and the entire National Guard community.”

“The men and women of the National Guard are Citizen-Soldiers that stand ready to serve their communities as we fight COVID-19.”

Hickock loved boating and baseball, supported the Boy Scouts and was devoted to “family traditions,” his daughter said.

The patch of the New Jersey National Guard.

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