John Vick, Author at The Andalusia Star-News

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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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A Most Decorated American Warrior: Colonel Robert L. Howard, U.S. Army Special Forces, Vietnam Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star Part 1

It is difficult to reduce to human qualities, the exploits, courage and valor of the most decorated American soldier to serve in the Vietnam War ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, March 25, 2022 4:30 pm

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America’s Veterans Day started in Alabama

This Veterans Day, November 11, 2022, will mark the 75th anniversary of this historic and patriotic event. The very first Veterans Day was organized in Alabama ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, March 18, 2022 4:30 pm

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Clyde O. Combs, Quartermaster Second Class, U.S. Navy, PT Boat, WW II Conclusion

The author’s first contact with Clyde Combs came in January 2021, after a friend, Norman Hobson, received a letter addressed, “To Max Maloy Foreman, or ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, March 11, 2022 4:30 pm

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Clyde O. Combs, Quartermaster Second Class, U.S. Navy, PT Boat, WWII Part 1

“Living legend” is a description, often overused, to describe someone who has made an impact upon our country. In the case of WW II veteran, ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, March 4, 2022 4:30 pm

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