First US Military Member Dies of COVID-19

| March 31, 2020

The Stars & Stripes reports the first death of a US Military member as a result of Coronavirus.

A member of the New Jersey National Guard died Saturday after a weeklong battle with the coronavirus, service officials announced Monday. He is the first service member to die from the virus.

Army Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok was a drilling Guardsman and physician assistant originally from Jackson, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday in a news conference. Though Hickok was a member of the New Jersey National Guard, the father of four resided in Pennsylvania and died at a hospital in that state, Murphy said.

Previous to this, a death of a dependent, a government civilian and a contractor were reported, but this is the first death of someone in uniform.

Category: Coronavirus, COVID-19

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  1. MI Ranger says:

    Being a Physicians Assistant he likely was acting as GP for many people and got exposed. Ashamed we are losing so many to this Chinese attack on capitalism and the west.
    Saw a TED talk from Bill Gates in 2015 predicting this challenge. Conservative leaders had been trying to prepare their States to meet something like this since the MERS/SARS scares but their Liberal successors saw it as a waste of money that could be better used to support their efforts. Amazing to see how resources were available but squandered prior to this event. Will America learn from this or go back to living under a rock?!!

  2. AW1Ed says:

    Fair winds and following seas, Capt. Hickok.

  3. Skippy says:

    Rest well sir


  4. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    Rest In Peace, Sir.

  5. ChipNASA says:

    I would assume that the dear Captain was in good health otherwise.
    This is a little bit disconcerting to say the least.
    It truly makes me concerned for the rest of us, because it was my understanding that the elderly are the infirmed with other previous underlying conditions were at risk. That appears to not be the case.

    • Fyrfighter says:

      Age / underlying conditions are definitely factors, though like any disease, some people are just more susceptible to it. In addition, it doesn’t mention his age, but he looks to be in his 50-60’s. We also don’t know if he was a smoker, but that is definitely a risk factor as well.

      • Green Thumb says:

        He also looked somewhat overweight in the picture (obesity is a huge determinate of personal health).

        This is a war with this virus. Make no mistake about it.

        He probably came in contact with the contagion in the field. To that end, CPT Hickok did not die like a pussy. He died a Soldier’s death. He died in the line of duty and as an honorable man.

        Rest well, CPT.

  6. Skyjumper says:

    Rest in peace, Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok.
    You served this country unselfishly.

    Now for my rant. (You can delete this if you deem this is not the place nor the time, Admin).

    During a recent appearance on Meet the Press, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio de Blasio claimed the National Guard wasn’t the military.

    He says, “You have National Guard, you do not have the American military” deployed in NYC.


    • OldSoldier54 says:

      It’s de Blasio. He was asleep when brains were being passed out and as such, is a complete waste of time, water, and oxygen.

  7. Club Manager, USA ret. says:

    What have I missed. I thought if someone showed symptoms, which are apparently similiar to the flu, they can get tested. I don’t think COVID-19 sneaks up on you. So how can someone succumb to COVID-19 that quickly? I’ve been out conducting an election but taking precautions. If I feel any symptom coming on, I’ll beat feet to the hospital for a test. I have to go out tomorrow for essentials, i.e., a driveway washer on sale with an additional 20 percent, and am running low on French wines and a cheese. I will take precautions.

    • Hondo says:

      The 2019 Chinese Coronavirus (Newspeak version: Covid-19) often causes pneumonia. Pneumonia can be deadly quite quickly, especially if one waits too long to seek treatment.

      Case in point: the creator of the Muppets, Jim Henson, got sick and developed pneumonia. He sought medical care too late, waiting until about 2 hrs after he awoke at 2AM with shortness of breath and coughing up blood.

      Henson died while hospitalized at a major hospital in NYC within 24 hours of going to the emergency room in spite of highly aggressive treatment. He had developed a serious case of bacterial pneumonia (strep). Toxic shock syndrome due to bacterial toxins from his bacterial pneumonia infection was the official cause of death.

      Henson had been feeling poorly for nearly 2 weeks at the time of his death, but had not sought medical care. Reportedly he even initially resisted going to the ER when he woke up coughing up blood and short of breath, but agreed to go to the ER about 2 hrs later.

      Henson was 53 when he died.

      Regarding the article: RIP, CPT Hickock.