Kearny Mesa – The American Legion Post 460 at Kearny Mesa is named after Albert J. Hickman, a pilot who saved hundreds at the expense of his life when a plane broke down in 1959.
Station 460 commanding officer Brian Tram said pilot Hickman made the ultimate sacrifice.
Pilot Hickman was 21 when the plane got out of control on its way back to home base at Miramar.
Hickman realized he was heading to Hawthorne Elementary School in Claremont and decided to fly the plane.
âI didn’t know what would happen to the plane if it escaped, but he’s a hero,â Tram said.
According to Post 460, Hickman was too close to the ground to jump and died in the crash, saving hundreds of lives.
âWhen we held the dedication ceremony on Mount Soledad, one of the little girls was there to pay tribute to the girl on the playground.
Hickman Elementary School in Miramesa is named after the pilot and the website says, “Our school remembers its sacrifices, honors and seeks to carry on its heroic legacy.”
Pilot Hickman crashed on December 4E 1959; Part of the plane is inside the post.
âA group of aeronautical archaeologists said it must have been part of the plane left behind, but we found part of the cockpit,â Trum said.
Pilot Hickman received the “Navy and Marine Corps” medal, the most heroic medal in non-combat.
This Memorial Day weekend, the tram hopes Americans can pay their respects to the deceased hero.
âI just want you to think of all the people who have never been home.
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