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Honoring our Heroes

Brigadier General Trent H. Edwards: Age 53 Brigadier General Trent H. Edwards served 30 years in the United States Air Force. His Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) was Financial Management and...

 

Honoring Our Heroes

Col James Edwin Salminen: Age 79 Colonel James Edwin Salminen is a United States veteran who served 27 years in the U.S. Air Force, and his Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) was pilot and...

 

Honoring our Heroes

MAJ Ell White II & SGM Lenora White Major Ell White II Major Ell White II served 25 years, 11 months, and 11 days in the U.S. military including over four years in the Navy, over five years in...

 

Honoring our Heroes

Happy 101st Birthday, Helen Lattal! A 101st Birthday Drive-by Parade for Helen Lattal, a WWII WAC, was held January 4, 2021, in front of the Central-East AL Chapter of the American Red Cross. The...

 

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Brig Gen Lawrence H. Stevenson: Age 73 Brig Gen Lawrence H. Stevenson serviced 30 years in the United States Air Force. He served as the Vice Commander, Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air...

 

Honoring Our Heroes

Romay Catherine Davis – 101st Birthday Parade in Her Honor! On November 4th, over 120 people participated in the 101st Birthday Drive-by Parade honoring the WWII WAC, Romay Catherine Davis....

 

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COL Edgar Leslie Smith III: Age 77 COL Edgar L. Smith is a highly decorated U.S. Army veteran who served 27 years in active duty including two tours in Vietnam as well as deployments to Germany and...

 

Honoring our Heroes

MSgt. Jimmy F. Meacham: Age 84 MSgt. Jimmy F. Meacham served 42 years in the U.S. military including four years in the regular Air Force, 18 years in the Air Force Reserves and 20 years in the AL Air...

 

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Major LeonArd Norman: Age 71   Major LeonArd Norman not only valiantly served for four years in the U. S. Army, he also served 25.5 years as a policeman in Montgomery, AL, where he earned the rank...

 

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Col. Joseph Edward Boyett, Jr.: 84 Col. Joseph E. Boyett Jr. served 25 years in the United States Air Force in military logistics. As an operations research scientist, he created models to...

 

Honoring our Heroes

John L. Cannady, Jr.: Age 62 John L. Cannady, Jr. served in the United States Air Force for 22 years and seven months. He received the following medals and awards: AF Meritorious Service Medal, AF...

 

Honoring our Heroes

Eugene Thomas Beasley: Age 95 Eugene Thomas Beasley is a WWII veteran who served as a signal man in the U. S. Navy aboard the USS North Carolina (BB-55) in the Pacific Theater. On September 15, 1942,...

 

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Brigadier General Marvin Kent Speigner: Age 96 Brigadier General (BG) Marvin Kent Speigner served in the U. S. Army for 35 years. His medals and awards are: Combat Infantry Medal, Asiatic Pacific...

 

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Walter Mabry Whetstone Sr. Age 100 Walter Mabry Whetstone Sr. at 100 years of age is the oldest living WWII veteran in Elmore County, AL, as of February 16, 2020. He served in the Army in the...

 

Honoring Our Heros

Adrian Jack Lively ~ 79 Adrian Jack Lively served 20 years in the U. S. Air Force as a radar technician and as an air-traffic controller. During 11.5 years of that service, he served four overseas...

 

Honoring Our Heros

Romay Catherine Davis: 100 Romay Catherine Davis served two years and four months in the Women’s Army Corps (WACS) during World War II. She was born October 29, 1919, to her parents, Fairfax and...

 

Patriotic Ceremony for Veteran's Funerals

• Veterans are entitled to a patriotic ceremony at their funerals. • Families should take a copy of the veteran’s DD214 discharge papers to the funeral home and ask for an honor guard to...

 

Honoring our Heros

Robert Shafton Kohn ~ 97 Robert Shafton Kohn served in combat in the U. S. Army’s Infantry for 52 days in the WWII Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of the Rhineland under General George Patton in...

 

Honoring Our Heros

Thomas Daniel Davis ~ 99 Thomas Daniel Davis is a 99 year-old United States veteran who completed 30 years of military service in two branches, namely, the U. S. Navy for 10 years and the U. S....

 

Honoring Our Heros

John F. Morrow ~ 97 Battle of the Bulge Hero John F. Morrow is a 97 year-old WWII veteran who served as a U. S. Army tank driver in the liberation of Belgium, Holland, France and Germany. Lt. General...

 

Honoring Our Heros

William Ellis Duncan ~ 96 William (Bill) Ellis Duncan is a 96-year-old World War II veteran who served for three years during 1943–1946 in the United States Army Quartermaster Corps and...

 

Honoring Our Heros

Lt. Col. George C. Winn 95 Lt. Col. George C. Winn is a distinguished veteran of three wars, namely, WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War serving 31-plus years with three years in the U.S. Navy...

 

Honoring Our Heroes

Jacob Thomas Chesnutt, Jr. For three years during WWII, Thomas Chesnutt served as a 1st Class Petty Officer radar technician on the destroyer, U.S.S. Fletcher (DD 445) which was named for World War I-...

 

Honoring Our Heroes

John Lakeos John Lakeos served in the U. S. Air Force for 24 years reaching the rank of Master Sergeant. His M.O. was aircrew pararescue/recovery technician. John went to S.E. Asia, flew helicopters...

 

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Dr. Donald E. Hayhurst Dr. Don Hayhurst landed on Omaha Beach with a U. S. Army tank recovery unit about 10 days after the initial landing and invasion of the Allies. Although his unit was supposed to...

 

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