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John Vick, Author at The Andalusia Star-News

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

Lifestyles

The story of Cecil H. Bolton, 1st Lieutenant, U.S. Army WWII, Medal of Honor

The night of November 2, 1944 would long be remembered by the young weapons platoon leader of Easy [E] Company of the 413th Infantry Regiment. ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, January 1, 2021 11:00 pm

COLUMN -- FEATURE SPOT

COLUMN: The Angel of Bastogne-1944

This column has always been about veterans, mostly local and usually with an Alabama connection. As our country fights through this pandemic, we have come ... Read more

by John Vick, Monday, December 28, 2020 8:41 am

Lifestyles

Happy 100th Birthday Pvt. T. J. Boothe, U.S, Army WWII

Mr. T. J. Boothe says he never dreamed he would live to be 100. He was born 100 years ago this December 18, in the ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, December 18, 2020 3:48 pm

Lifestyles

“A day of infamy” The Attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

The U.S. Army had established the Aircraft Warning Service [AWS] in 1939, but the new SCR-270 radar system did not become operational until July 1941. ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, December 11, 2020 3:47 pm

Lifestyles

The story of Wilson D. Watson, Pfc. USMC, WWII, Medal of Honor

Hell on earth found its home on a tiny, sulfurous island in the Pacific Ocean during a 36-day battle in 1945. The Battle for Iwo ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, December 4, 2020 5:47 pm

Lifestyles

The story of Col. Jack L. Treadwell, U.S. Army, WWII, Medal of Honor

The 25-year-old Lieutenant found his unit pinned down near the Siegfried Line in Germany. The German defense consisted of interlocking trenches and concrete bunkers known ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, November 27, 2020 3:31 pm

Lifestyles

The story of Colonel Charles W. Davis, U.S. Army, WWII, Medal of Honor

Combat tactics was taught by the Allied and Axis powers during WW II. What couldn’t be taught was the individual heroism often exhibited by the ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, November 20, 2020 4:45 pm

Lifestyles

The story of Pfc. LaFelt Brannon, U.S. Army, WWII

Covington Veterans Foundation is proud to salute all veterans this week of Veterans Day 2020. It is an honor and a pleasure to share the ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, November 13, 2020 9:50 pm

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