North High School Wall of Honor
Richard Warren Hickman
Class of August, 1960
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953.
Richard graduated from the North High class of August, 1960. He was inducted into the US Army on June 7, 1945. At the time of his enlistment, his next of kin was Mr.and Mrs. J.W. Hickman, 2101 61st Street, Des Moines, IA. His service number was 17604527.
Richard Warren Hickman
Year x Rank x Status
August, 1960 x x x Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
x US Army Reserve x Three years. HQ&HQ Company; 372nd Engineer Group; Fort Des Moines, IA.
x US Army/IA
Air National Guard
x Five years. In charge of a shift of Air Policemen responsible for the security of stored weapons.
date x Student x Unversity of Nebraska/Omaha
27 years
x Career x 27 years with North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
1999 x United Nations
International Police
x Kosovo. United Nations through the Department of State. Liaison Officer to the American Military. Chief of Investigations. Regional Commander in the American area.
Early 2003 x x x Graduate of FBI National Academy, returned home and worked for FBI on various assignments to include background checks, etc.
x Iraq/Civilian x Civilian with III Corp in Iraq; Senior law enforcement officer
Present x Civilian x Teaching criminal justice courses at Omaha Community College.
Three years in the Army Reserve followed by five years of full time service with the Iowa Air National Guard in Des Moines. The only trivia that might be noteworthy is from 1965 through much of 1969 I was a Sergeant in charge of a shift of Air Policemen responsible for the security of nuclear weapons stored at the Des Moines Air Base. A Top Secret thing at the time, we guarded Genie Air-2 air to air missiles that contained a 1.5 kilo ton nuclear warhead. The Genies were suppose to be utilized by the F-89 Scorpion aircraft then in use by the Des Moines Air National Guard unit. In case of attack by Russian bombers the F-89's were suppose to intercept them over northern Iowa or southern Minnesota and shoot down the Russian hoards with an atomic blast. The theory was that such a low yield explosion would not harm people on the ground if detonated at high altitude. Whatever....

After receiving my BS Degree from the University of Nebraska in Omaha I completed a 27-year career with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation -mostly chasing/playing cowboys and Indians in Western North Dakota. I retired and joined the United Nations International Police where I was with the advance party to enter Kosovo just after the bombing halt in 1999. Serving first as Liaison Officer to the American Military, later as Chief of Investigations, and occasionally as Regional Commander in the American area. My unit investigated almost 100 homicides the first nine months we were operational.

Returning home in early 2003, and being a graduate of the FBI National Academy, I went to work part-time for the FBI as an investigator conducting background investigations on FBI employment applicants, and other federal applicants and appointees as needed. This work has taken me to both the East and West coasts where I've met some very interesting and important people.

I took the winter of 2006-2007 off and went to Iraq as a senior law enforcement advisor on the commanding Generals staff. Back in uniform they put me on a DC-10 at Fort Hood, Texas with 300 young soldiers on the long flight to Baghdad. I observed my 65th birthday on that airplane.

As of today (07/19/10), I'm still working for the FBI and also teach criminal justice courses part-time at Omaha's Community College.

United Nations International Police

Richard Hickman/Saddam's chair in his Palace
Richard Warren Hickman
Iowa Air National Guard

US Army

US Army Reserve

III Corps Patch
United Nations Kosovo Medal with six clusters; Kosovo Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal

United Nations Kosovo Medal with six clusters;
Kosovo Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal
(1) The World War II Army Enlistment Records contain information on more than nine million indivdual enlistments. These records can be found online at

(3) The comprehensive list of names from North High's 1893-2018 graduation classes are from Claradell Shedd's North Des Moines High School website. The names of North High School graduates can be found online at: http:/www./ Richard Warren Hickman's 1960 class page is:
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