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Obituary - Bud E. Sikes

     Maj (Ret) Bud E. Sikes, 73, died Sunday, May 16, 2010, at this home in Cataula, GA.  He was born in Cobbtown on the family farm to Foy Preach Sikes and Estelle Sikes.  He left school at age 15 and enlisted in the Army in 1952.  After basic and Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Dix, NJ, he was sent to Korea as a rifleman, Barman.  He served as a Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant in I Company, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.  He was also promoted to Sergeant First Class in 1953 at age 17, which was youngest first sergeant during the War.
     Again in Vietnam, he served as a Platoon Sergeant, Platoon Leader, and First Sergeant with Companies Alpha, Bravo and Charlie, 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment.  He was also the First Sergeant of the 1st Admin Company, 1st Infantry Division during 1966 to 1968.  During his enlisted service, he served in eery NCO leadership position in Combat and Garrison at Company and Battalion level, including two tours in the USAIS Ranger Department at the Florida Ranger Camp, Field 7, as a Lane Instructor.
     Mr. Sikes was commissioned a Captain of Infantry while attending OCS in 1968, after serving as class president.  His first assignment as an officer was assistant Brigade S3,197th Infantry, Fort Benning, GA.  Later he returned to Vietnam where he served as a Rifle Company Commander, C Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division and subsequently, as Senior Battalion advisor to 21st RVN Division.  Returning to Fort Benning, he served as Commander of the 41st Airborne Battalion, TSD.  This was followed with duties as the S1, S3 and XO of the 408th Support Battalion.  Major Sikes' last command was the Commander of the 10 Battalion, Infantry Training Brigade.
    After this assignment, he was reassigned as training officer in the Office Assistant Secretary Defense, and Pentagon, Washington, DC.
    In January, 1981, Major Sikes signed a contract with Vinnell to work with the Saudi Arabian National Guard.  His duties included two years as the Principal Instructor of the Command and General Staff Branch, two years as Senior Battalion advisor to the 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade and two years as the Director of the Installation.  Completing six years of service with SANG, he entered Federal Civil Service in 1988 at Fort Benning.  His assignments include Chief, Training Division, DPTM until 1993 and his current assignment as Chief, Management Support Division, Adjutant General Directorate for the U.S. Army Infantry Center in Fort Benning.
     His education includes a Bachelor in Science from Troy State University n Troy, AL.  His military education as a Non-commissioned Officer, he attended the 2nd Infantry Division Academy, the 3rd Infantry Division Academy, and the 7th Army Academy.  He completed Ranger and Airborne Schools and the Jungle Warfare Course.  As an Officer, he completed the Command and General Staff College, Infantry Officers Basic and Advanced Courses.
     His awards include three Silver Stars, Seven Bronze Stars with Valor, five Purple Hearts, seven Air Medals, two army Commendation Medals with Valor, two Combat Infantryman's Badges, Ranger Tab, Master parachutist Badge and Civilian Service Award.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Eva Milhous and three brothers, Eustace Foy Sikes, Tyner Sikes and Paul Sikes.  Survivors are a son, Joshua (Jay) Sikes of Cataula and a daughter, Katherine (Kat) Sikes-Rowell and her husband, Rance, of Cumming; a sister, Evelyn "Pretty" Lassister of Carrollton, four brothers, Howard Sikes, Foy P. "Sharkey" Sikes Jr., Williard "Mann" Sikes, all of Cobbtown and Rayford "Bully" Sikes of Hagan; two step grandsons, Blake and Zachary Rowell of Cumming; and his former wife Melanie Sikes-Breckner of Foley, AL.
     Funeral services will be helf Friday, May 21, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. in the Kennedy Funeral Homens, Cobbtown Chapel with burial in the Sunlight Cemetery.  Full Military Honors will be observed.  Visitation will be thursday evening 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
     Kennedy Funeral Homes Cobbtown Chapel.

Published in Columbus (GA) Ledger-Enquirer on May 18, 2010

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