Alvis Lafayette Hicks was born into a Texas farming family. He enlisted in the army in 1918 and became part of Field Remount Squadron No. 332 of the Quartermaster Corps. The 332nd was stationed in Merignac, a suburb of Bordeaux, Gironde Departement, in the Aquitaine region of southwest France. The U.S. Army established Remount Depot #7 there to treat sick and injured horses and mules that were used to move supplies, munitions and wounded or deceased soldiers to nearby medical facilities. After the war, Alvis became a minister.