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John Vick, Author at The Andalusia Star-News

Lifestyles

The story of Horace Gilbert Giddens, Jr. WO1, U.S. Army, 1st Air Cavalry, Vietnam, KIA

Warrant Officer Giddens was called Junior by his friends. One of his closest friends was fellow Warrant Officer Bill Gibson who had been with Junior ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, May 7, 2021 6:14 pm

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Ralph Gerald Dunn Jr.: U.S. Army Ranger, Vietnam KIA

On the Covington County Veterans Memorial, there are 20 names listed as Killed In Action during the Vietnam War. This week’s article will honor the ... Read more

by John Vick, Monday, May 3, 2021 10:10 am

Lifestyles

The story of John W. Kelley, Major, U.S. Army, 1st Air Cavalry Division, Vietnam

The Air Cavalry concept for the Army began in 1965 when the 1st Cavalry Division [Airmobile] was organized. Their purpose was to provide reconnaissance for ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, April 23, 2021 5:13 pm

Lifestyles

The story of Osmond Kelly Ingram, Gunners Mate First Class, U.S. Navy, WWI, Medal of Honor

The first U.S. Navy enlisted man to die in WW I was Gunners Mate First Class [GM1] Osmond Kelly Ingram of Pratt City, Alabama. The ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, April 16, 2021 4:37 pm

Lifestyles

The story of Sydney E. Manning, Corporal, U.S. Army, WW1, Medal of Honor

Only two native Alabamians were awarded the Medal of Honor during WW I. They were Army Corporal Sydney E. Manning and Navy Gunners Mate First ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, April 9, 2021 5:24 pm

Lifestyles

Ambush at Ap Nhi – The Heroism of Sergeant William W. Seay, U.S. Army Vietnam War – Medal of Honor Conclusion

On this week of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day, we salute all those who served and remember the fallen. This is the last of three articles ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, April 2, 2021 5:27 pm

Lifestyles

Ambush at Ap Nhi – The Heroism of Sergeant William W. Seay, U.S. Army Vietnam War – Medal of Honor Part 2

Author’s special note: Much of what is written below remained unknown for 40 years. Only through the dedication and determination of several of Sergeant William ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, March 26, 2021 4:53 pm

News

Witness to History: Corporal Charles L. Saunders

Mr. Charles Leonard Saunders was a great American soldier and member of The Greatest Generation. He died at his home in Troy, Alabama, on March ... Read more

by John Vick, Wednesday, March 24, 2021 10:20 am

Lifestyles

Ambush at Ap Nhi – The Heroism of Sergeant William W. Seay, U.S. Army Vietnam War – Medal of Honor Part 1

Sarah Lee has a vivid memory of the day she learned of her little brother’s death. She remembers, “I saw a green government car pull ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, March 19, 2021 4:20 pm

Lifestyles

The story of Sergeant Mathew Leonard, U.S. Army, Vietnam, Medal of Honor

We have no way of knowing the final thoughts of Platoon Sergeant Mathew Leonard as he sat propped against a tree for support, emptying his ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, March 12, 2021 4:33 pm

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