John Vick, Author at The Andalusia Star-News

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Allan M. Cory, Colonel, U.S. Army, WWII Japanese Prisoner of War – Part 1

This is the beginning of the remarkable story of an American hero, Colonel Allan Murray Cory, Sr., a U.S. Army officer who was captured by ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, December 2, 2022 3:30 pm

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Why we need veterans stories

When we formed the Covington Veterans Foundation, we adopted the motto, “A soldier never dies until he is forgotten.” The author has tried to keep ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, November 25, 2022 2:30 pm

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Jack Ammons, Sergeant, U.S. Army, 25th Infantry Division, Vietnam

It happened on Good Friday in Alaska, March 27, 1964, at 5:36 p.m. local time. Jack Ammons recalled, “I just knew we were being attacked by ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, November 18, 2022 3:30 pm

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Charles E. Turner, Lieutenant, U.S. Naval Aviator, Vietnam TWA Captain

The young Navy pilot was over the city of Vinh, North Vietnam, preparing to drop his bombs on the railroad marshalling yards below. He recalled, ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, November 11, 2022 2:30 pm

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Claude W. Pike, SC3C, U.S. Navy, D-Day Veteran, WWII

The author and the citizens of Covington County lost a dear friend with the passing of Claude Pike on October 31, 2022. Claude was a ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, November 4, 2022 2:30 pm

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Veterans Day began in Alabama 75 years ago

From 1918 until 1947, the United States of America, like many of its Allies, celebrated Armistice Day. The holiday marked the anniversary of the armistice, ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, October 28, 2022 4:00 pm

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Timothy L Worley Master Sergeant, Alabama National Guard, Operation Iraqi Freedom

Master Sergeant Timothy L. Worley was a member of the Alabama National Guard, 158th Maintenance Company out of Tallassee, Alabama, that landed at Camp Buehring, ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, October 21, 2022 2:30 pm

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Dentist or Doctor? On Iwo Jima, He Was Both: William G. King, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy Dental Corps, WWII Part 2

Continuing with the story of Lt. William G. King, another member of The Greatest Generation: “My best friend was a foxhole,” recalled Lt. William G. ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, October 14, 2022 4:30 pm

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Dentist or Doctor? On Iwo Jima, He Was Both: William G. King, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy Dental Corps, WWII Part 1

Somehow, the young man from Luverne, Alabama, had not envisioned himself on the black, volcanic rock of an island called Iwo Jima when he graduated ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, October 7, 2022 2:30 pm

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A Mother’s Day Surprise – Mallory G. “Gregg” Berry, Sergeant, U.S. Army, Vietnam

For most men like Gregg Berry, Mother’s Day was always special, but the one in Vietnam on May 10, 1970, would be remembered a long ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, September 30, 2022 2:30 pm

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