John Vick, Author at The Andalusia Star-News

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Charles B. Mathews, Major, U.S. Air Force Pilot, Korea Head of Air Armaments, NATO International Staff, Brussels, Belgium

The author lost a friend and the nation lost a great patriot with the passing of Charles B. Mathews, Major U.S. Air Force [Ret.] on ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, November 26, 2021 4:00 pm

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Larry W. Godwin, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Artillery, Vietnam

Larry W. Godwin agreed to share his story, not so much to tell about what happened to him in Vietnam but to share the feelings of ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, November 19, 2021 4:30 pm

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Why we honor veterans

America honored her veterans this week. According to Pew Research, there are about 19 million veterans in the country today, which is less than 10 ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, November 12, 2021 3:00 pm

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Robert D. Smithart, Corporal, U.S. Army, Truck Driver, Vietnam

Corporal Robert Smithart remembers stepping off the plane at Ton Son Nhut airbase in Vietnam, “As we were unloading the new troops, there were body ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, November 5, 2021 4:30 pm

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Friends for Life – CWO David Burns and CWO Glynn Broom, Helicopter Pilots, Vietnam

Two friends now live just a few miles apart near the community of Loango, Covington County, Alabama. How did two men, one from Holland, Michigan, ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, October 29, 2021 3:15 pm

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Jimmie Joe Hassell, CWO4, U.S. Army, Helicopter Medevac Pilot, Vietnam Distinguished Flying Cross

Some of the details of Jimmie Joe Hassell’s military service are lacking but his service in Vietnam was notable and worthy of remembering. Jimmie Joe ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, October 22, 2021 10:15 am

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The Vietnam War – Heroes Within a Divided Nation

As a special note, Covington Veterans Foundation will be bringing the Traveling Vietnam Wall to Andalusia at a date to be announced in 2022. The ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, October 15, 2021 12:22 pm

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Joseph M. Mikel, CWO4, U.S. Army, Helicopter Pilot, Vietnam Veteran Distinguished Flying Cross

It was getting late, almost dark, when the pilot of the H-21 gently eased the nose-gear of his helicopter against the hill in front. The ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, October 8, 2021 11:27 am

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William Watts Avant, 1st Lieutenant, U.S Army Combat Engineer, WW II Veteran

Bill Avant always wanted to fly. Ever since he had traveled to see the air shows in Birmingham, Alabama, in the late 1930s, he had ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, September 24, 2021 4:39 pm

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Marcus Randolph Kyzar, Major, U.S. Army Air Force, WW II, and U.S. Air Force Veteran

Randolph Kyzar was one of at least two Andalusia High School graduates to fly The Hump during WW II, the other being Dempsey Albritton [see ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, September 17, 2021 12:11 pm

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