“I will always have you in my thoughts for the rest of my days,” said Jones of Hizon. “I love you man!”
Hizon was a good friend to everyone he knew, said U.S. Army Spc. Joshua Gonzales of Olath, Kan.
“I will always think of him as the happy and cheerful person he was… and I’m going to miss him dearly,” said Gonzales. “I love you, fool.”
“You’re a warrior and will always be in my heart,” said Contrall. “Love you fool!”
“Fool” is a term of endearment used among some of the soldiers.
Hizon’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal with star device, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge.