John Vick, Author at The Andalusia Star-News

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Loy Ray Morgan, Tech Five, U.S. Army, WW II

As father and son headed out from their hotel to the Normandy beaches, an older French lady stepped forward and asked in her broken English, ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, June 24, 2022 3:30 pm

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James D. Tadlock, Captain, U.S. Navy [Ret], Vietnam On Losing an Old Friend

Jimmy Tadlock and the author often shared “sea stories” about our years serving as Surface Warfare Officers aboard U.S. Navy destroyers. Becoming a good ship-handler ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, June 17, 2022 4:30 pm

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D-Day 78 Years Ago: The Beginning of the End

Our younger generation has not been taught what a momentous day that was, June 6, 1944. The United States had been at war for about ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, June 10, 2022 1:00 pm

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Cullen R. Hugghins, Ensign, U.S. Merchant Marine, KIA, WWII

Deep beneath the emerald-blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, just north of the U.S. Virgin Islands, lies the rusting hulk of the U.S. merchant ship, ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, May 27, 2022 4:00 pm

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Victory in Europe Day – May 8, 1945: The Defeat of Nazi Germany in WWII

This past Sunday marked the 77th anniversary of V E Day. Coincidentally, Mother’s Day fell on May 8 also. Mothers received the love and attention ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, May 13, 2022 4:30 pm

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An Airman in a Sailor Suit: Charles R. Lowman, Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Corps, WWII

When the author first interviewed the late Charles R. Lowman in 2017, he stated, “You know, I spent the better part of two years in ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, May 6, 2022 4:30 pm

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Operation Ivory Soap: Alabama’s best kept secret of WWII

In researching a future article about the late Charles R. Loman, a WW II veteran and leader in our community, I came across Operation Ivory ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, April 29, 2022 4:00 pm

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Saved by a Fiddle Max Walker, Fireman First Class, U.S. Navy, USS Randolph [CV-15], WW II

John Maxwell [Max] Walker was born December 21, 1913 in Goshen, Alabama, and was the seventh of ten children. His parents were William R. and ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, April 15, 2022 4:30 pm

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A Most Decorated American Warrior Colonel Robert L. Howard, U.S. Army Special Forces, Vietnam Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star Conclusion

The war in Vietnam was not lost in the field, nor was it lost on the front pages of the New York Times or the ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, April 8, 2022 4:30 pm

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A Most Decorated American Warrior Colonel Robert L. Howard, U.S. Army Special Forces, Vietnam Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star Part 2

To further describe the “larger than life” soldier, Robert L. Howard, the author would like to quote a contemporary of his, Major John L. Plaster, ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, April 1, 2022 4:30 pm

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