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Then it was noon and I had one class to go: American History 225 with Victor Hicken. It would be one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. Victor Hicken WAS American history. It oozed from every pore of his body. We lived the American Civil War through the reflective eyes of this splendid educator. From Bull Run to Vicksburg to the burning of Atlanta, he took us with him. You could cut the emotion in the classroom with a knife when he spoke of Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomatox. You were there. Victor Hicken knew about war: knew about it first hand, as only a veteran could. You see, a mere 22 years earlier, he had been part of the original assault force on Dog Green sector, Omaha Beach, D-Day, June 6, 1944. Vic Hicken knew how to teach history."
     Memories of Professor Victor Hicken from The Western Alumni News, Winter 1998 By Gordon Taylor, Associate Vice President, Western Illinois University

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