By Sonia Isotov
Today, which would have been fallen war hero Kraig Vickers’s 37th birthday, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa has issues a proclamation in his honor.
On August 6, Vickers was among 30 service men that were killed when a Chinook-42 helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.
The proclamation reads, “WHERAS, Kraig is remembered for his bravery and fearlessness in defending his country, as being a loving husband for his wife and father to his children, as someone who made everyone around him laugh well and often, a fierce competitor on the football field and the wrestling mat; and as a loyal friend and teammate who would sacrifice all to help someone in need…”
Kraig Vickers was the son of Robert Sr. and Mary Vickers of Camp Maui, Kokomo, born on August 11, 1974, at Castle Hospital in Kailua, Oahu. He was a star high school football player and wrestler for Maui High School and graduated in 1992. He went on to play college football for Evangel College in Missouri on a partial scholarship. And later, enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he had a successful 15 year career as a bomb disposal technician on U.S. Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal team, and assisted with many Special Forces teams.