Ensign Paul Hickman was a former crewmember on the USS Victory.
In 2362, while still serving on the Victory, Hickman, along with Susanna Leijten, Geordi La Forge, Emilita Mendez and Anthony Brevelle, was part of an away team investigating the disappearance of a science team on Tarchannen III. In the years following the mission, Hickman married and had two children.
While on the planet, the entire team was infected with an alien DNA that compelled them to return to the planet five years later.
Lieutenant Hickman later stole a shuttlecraft to return to the planet and was killed when his shuttle was destroyed in the atmosphere. (TNG: "Identity Crisis")