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John Vick, Author at The Andalusia Star-News

Lifestyles

The story of Sergeant Willie J. Locke, Jr. USMC Vietnam Veteran

Willie Locke and Mortar Squad #8 were busy pumping round after round into the oncoming North Vietnamese assault. Willie suddenly found himself blown several yards ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, February 26, 2021 5:07 pm

News

Remembering John Fletcher Jones: Veteran, lawyer, family man

Andalusia has lost another member of The Greatest Generation, with the passing of John Fletcher Jones on February 20, 2021. Mr. Jones was a native ... Read more

by John Vick, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 4:38 pm

Lifestyles

The story of Sergeant Ola. L. Mize, U.S. Army, Korea, Medal of Honor

The soldier finally made his way back to his unit’s command post and tried to give his report. Standing there with his uniform in tatters, ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, February 19, 2021 3:23 pm

Lifestyles

The story of Private First Class Alford Lee McLaughlin, USMC, Korea, Medal of Honor

Pfc. Alford L. McLaughlin had volunteered for his second continuous duty assignment in Korea when, on the night of September 4-5, 1952, he became a ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, February 12, 2021 5:37 pm

Lifestyles

The story of Private First-Class John D. New, USMC WWII Medal of Honor

Pfc. John D. New was a member of The Old Breed. That title was given to the first division-sized, amphibious striking force in the U.S. ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, February 5, 2021 3:23 pm

Lifestyles

The story of Private George Watson, U.S. Army WWII Medal of Honor

In 1993, the U.S. Army commissioned a study by Shaw University in North Carolina to determine if black soldiers who had received the Distinguished Service ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, January 29, 2021 4:18 pm

COLUMN -- FEATURE SPOT

Auschwitz – Never Forget

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the most infamous of Nazi death camps, Auschwitz. The camp is more properly ... Read more

by John Vick, Wednesday, January 27, 2021 4:59 pm

Lifestyles

The story of Staff Sergeant Paul L. Bolden, U.S Army, WWII Medal of Honor

Sergeant Bolden and others who have received our nation’s highest honor, appear superhuman while preforming seemingly impossible deeds. The truth is that these heroes were ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, January 22, 2021 10:41 pm

Lifestyles

The story of Sergeant Ross F. Gray, USMC “The Deacon” WWII Medal of Honor

The “Deacon” was an unlikely candidate for the Medal of Honor. Ross Franklin Gray earned that nickname from his fellow Marines for his quiet, shy ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, January 15, 2021 4:11 pm

Lifestyles

“One Man Army”: The story of Sergeant Jake Lindsey, U.S. Army WWII, Medal of Honor

Deep into the Huertgen Forest, the ground was frozen and the temperature was near zero. It was November 16, 1944, and Sgt. Jake Lindsey, already ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, January 8, 2021 5:40 pm

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