NJ National Guardsman Dies of COVID-19, First Death in Military
The first member of any branch of the American military to die from coronavirus was a member of the New Jersey National Guard, according to the Defense Department.
New Jersey National Guardsman and Army Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok had tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalized in Pennsylvania on March 21. He died at the hospital on Saturday.
"I'm heartbroken by the loss of @NJNationalGuard Captain Douglas Linn Hickok to coronavirus," Murphy tweeted Monday. "He was a drilling guardsman and physician's assistant ...Our thoughts are with his wife, children, and their family."'
A member of Hickok's family told Military.com that he had been living most recently in Pennsylvania. He was 57.
In a statement, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said..
"Today is a sad day for the Department of Defense as we have lost our first American service member - active, reserve or Guard - to Coronavirus.
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 news of this loss strengthens our resolve to work ever more closely with our interagency partners to stop the spread of COVID-19."
Source: NBC News