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  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Feb 1, 2024

    Col Richard Thomas Aldridge: Age 57 Col Richard Thomas Aldridge served over 28 years in both the Active duty and Reserve components of the U.S. Air Force. His Active duty periods were from March 1989 to February 1999 and January 2002 to January 2005, and he served as an Air Force Reservist from February 1999 to January 2002 and January 2005 until his retirement in September 2016. Col Aldridge’s Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC) included: (1) Satellite Engineer, (2) Systems Engineer, (3)...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Feb 1, 2024

    Lt. Col Lee Forbes Aldridge: Age 82 Lt. Col Lee Aldridge served 33 years in the U.S. Air Force. His primary specialty was Acquisition Management Officer and Electronics Engineer, but he served in myriad other fields. He received the following medals, badges, citations and ribbons: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, Air Force Good...

  • Veterans' Birthdays for February 2024

    Martha Poole Simmons|Feb 1, 2024

    The following veterans have birthdays during February 2024. Joe Panza Feb. 2nd Dudley F. Christian Feb. 6th Anthony Baggiano Feb. 12th James H. Combs Feb. 15th Eugene F. Crooks Feb. 16th Karen S. Brantner Feb. 16th William L. Carl Feb. 17th Stephen M. Davis Feb. 21st Lee R. Knight Feb. 22nd Andrew E. Lindsey Feb. 25th...

  • City of Pike Road Honors Veterans

    Martha Poole Simmons|Feb 1, 2024

    The City of Pike Road held its 12th annual Veterans Appreciation Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park on November 5, 2023. Commemorative bricks with the names of 12 veterans and their branches of service were installed on the floor of the pavilion. The Capitol Sounds Band played patriotic music. The invocation and the benediction were given by the Rev. John Toney. The Pike Road Intermediate School SGA led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag, and the Pike Road Junior High School Show...

  • IN MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN HEROES

    Martha Poole Simmons|Feb 1, 2024

    1st Lt. John Osburn David served in the Korean War. He Passed away on January 26, 2024. Col Henry P. Fowler was a prisoner of war in the infamous Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam. He passed away on January 26, 2024. John F. Morrow - He drove a tank during the WWII Battle of the Bulge. He passed away on January 21, 2024...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Feb 1, 2024

    Private First Class William Lee Struthers: Age 92 Private First Class (PFC) William Lee Struthers served three years in the AL National Guard that was activated for combat service at Korea during the Korean War. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Truck Driver hauling munitions to the fronts. His Unit, the 252nd, National Guard Unit, the First Transportation Unit from Hamilton, AL, received the Presidential Unit Citation near Chuncheon, South Korea, and was cited for thwarting a...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jan 1, 2024

    Master Sergeant Ronnie Edwin Kinsfather: Age: 75 Master Sergeant (MSgt) Ronnie Edwin Kinsfather served 20 years and eight months in the United States Air Force. His Military Occupational Specialty Code (MOSC) was Telephone Plant Maintenance superintendent. His decorations, medals, badges, citations and campaign ribbons included: Air Force Commendation Medal with four Devices, Air Force Achievement Medal with one Device, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device with four Devices, Small...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jan 1, 2024

    Corporal Andrew Carnegie Nolin: Age 86 Corporal (Cpl) Andrew Carnegie Nolin served three years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and three years in the Marine Corps Reserve. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Motor Vehicle Operator. He received the Good Conduct Medal. Cpl Nolin was born August 22, 1937 to his parents, A. C. and Agnes Nolin at Montgomery, AL, where he was reared. After graduating from Lanier High School in 1955, Cpl Nolin attended Auburn University for two...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jan 1, 2024

    Petty Officer 2nd Class Samuel Brown: Age 61 Petty Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Samuel Brown served a total of 30 years in the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) including eight years on Active Duty and 22 years in the Reserve. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Storekeeper. He had skills in logistics, purchasing and contract management. He received the following medals, citations, awards and ribbons: Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal for search and rescue mission after Hurricane Katrina at...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Dec 1, 2023

    Ensign Cecil H. Prescott Jr.: Age 98 Ensign Cecil H. Prescott Jr. served three years on active duty with the U.S. Navy and two years with the U.S. Navy Reserve. His Military Occupational Specialty and ranks were Pharmacist Mate Third Class while on active duty and as Flight Surgeon with the Navy Reserve as Ensign. He received the following medals, awards, decorations and citations: Victory Medal, Atlantic-Pacific Medal and American Theater Medal. Ensign Prescott was born to his parents, Cecil...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Dec 1, 2023

    Major Timothy Lawrence Tormey: Age 47 Major Timothy Lawrence Tormey served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Helicopter Pilot and then Tilt-rotor Pilot. He flew the CH-46E helicopter and the MV-22B Osprey and served four tours in Iraq. He received the following medals, decorations, badges, citations and campaign ribbons: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal-Strike Flight eight), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Presidential...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Dec 1, 2023

    Petty officer Third Class Shanarik Deone McNeal: Age 42 Petty Officer Third Class (PO-3) Shanarik D. McNeal served four years in the United States Navy. His Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) was Aviation Ordinanceman. He received the National Defense Service Medal. PO-3 Shanarik was born November 14, 1981 at Los Angeles, CA, to his mother, Belinda Wilson and father George McNeal. After graduation from George Washington Preparatory School in June 1999, he volunteered and enlisted for service in...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Dec 1, 2023

    Master Sergeant Paul Robert Williamson: Age 75 Maser Sergeant (MSgt) Paul Robert Williamson served 22 years in the United States Marine Corps. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Cobol Programmer and Small Computer Systems Specialist. Prior to these, his MOS included Field Radio Operator, Communications and Recruiting. MSgt Williamson is a highly decorated Marine who demonstrated great valor and received two Purple Hearts while serving in Vietnam. In addition, he received the...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Nov 1, 2023

    Col Win E. DePoorter: Age 89 Col Win E. DePoorter served 28 years in the United States Air Force. He held the rank of Colonel for the last 10 years of his active duty service and was a Command Pilot with over 6500 hours of flying time. He flew a record of 657 combat missions in the A-1 Skyraider, of which 23 were in support of search and rescue operations in North Vietnam. His military decorations include two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, 29 Air Medals,...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Nov 1, 2023

    Specialist Henry Craig Jenkins: Age 69 Specialist (SPC) Henry Craig Jenkins served six years in the U.S. Military including three years of active duty in the U.S. Army and three years in the U.S. Army Reserve. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Law Enforce - ment and Corrections. He received the following medals, awards, decorations and citations: National Defense Medal, Expert Rifleman Marksman Badge, 45 Caliber Piston Badge and Good Conduct Medal. SPC Jenkins was born 1954 at...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Nov 1, 2023

    Lt Col Stephen Montgomery Davis: Age 57 Lt Col Stephen M. Davis served 20 years in the United States Air Force. His Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC) were engineer and program manager throughout his military career. He worked as Acquisition Manager for 11 years, as Executive Officer above Wing Level for one year and Development Engineer for eight years. Lt Col Davis received the following medals, decorations, citations, and awards: Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Air Forc...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Oct 1, 2023

    The valiant veteran, Col Henry P. Fowler, served 26 years in the united States Air Force. As a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, he was shot down, captured and survived six years as a POW in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. His Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) was fighter pilot and Staff Judge Advocate. His 19 medals, decorations, ribbons and citations included: Silver Stars (two), the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Hearts (two) and Air Medals (three). He was selected as...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Oct 1, 2023

    COL MICHAEL VERNE CHURCH: AGE 74 Col Michael Verne Church served 30 years in the United States Army. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Light Infantry. His medals, awards, citations, and decorations included: Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2nd award), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Award (4th award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Oct 1, 2023

    TECH SERGEANT KENNETH ALLEN JACKSON Tech Sergeant (TSgt) Kenneth Allen Jackson served four years on active duty with the United States Air Force and 20 years in the Alabama Air Force National Guard. His Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) was Administrative Specialist. He received the following medals, decorations and awards: Air Force Good Conduct Award, Outstanding Unit Award, National Defense Service Award and Small Arms Expert Marksman Medal. TSgt Jackson was born December 23, 1944 to his...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Oct 1, 2023

    IN MEMORY OF: EVERETT K. COLE March 7, 1949 - September 1, 2023 Lance Corporal (Ret.) Everett K. Cole left this world suddenly on Friday evening, 9/1/2023. He was 74 years old. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Alice Law Cole, daughters Tina Cole Campbell, Meloney (Eric) Gwin, and Helen Diboll as well as grandchildren, nieces, great nieces, nephews, uncle and cousins. He was a man who loved his family, friends and his country. He enjoyed being a Marine and loved God. A Celebration was held...

  • Honoring our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Sep 1, 2023

    Captain Jerry L. Gantt, Naval Aviator Captain Jerry L. Gantt served five years on active duty in the U.S. Navy and 25 years in the Naval Air Reserve. His Navy Designator was 1325, Naval Flight Officer. His military medals, decorations and awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with gold star, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy "E" Ribbon (five awards), National Defense Medal with bronze star, Humanitarian Service Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service...

  • Honoring our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Sep 1, 2023

    1st Sgt. Sandra Dee Lucas 1st Sgt. Sandra Lucas served 20 years in the U.S. military including four years in the Navy reaching the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class and 16 years in the Alabama Army National Guard. Her Navy Enlisted was a Specialist (46S). Some of her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with Triple Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Navy Achievement...

  • Honoring our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Sep 1, 2023

    LtCol Mark Stephen Barnhart: Age 69 LtCol Mark Stephen Barnhart served 26.5 years in the United States Marine Corps. He served as a Naval Flight Officer flying F-4 Phantoms and F/A-18D Hornets with 3900 flight hours in fighter jets. His major squadron billets included Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer and Commanding Officer. LtCol Barnhart was the director of day one flight training (Aviation Preflight Indoctrination) for the Naval Aviation Schools Command at Naval Air Station...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Aug 1, 2023

    Specialist Antonio Renard Whetstone: Age 38 Specialist (SPC) Antonio Renard Whetstone served three years and 11 months in the U.S. Army. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was truck driver in motor transport. His medals, awards, citations and decorations included: Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (4th award), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device, Combat Action Badge, Driver and Mechanic with Driver-wheeled vehicles...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Aug 1, 2023

    Master Sergeant Thomas Charles Ford: Age: 84 Master Sergeant (MSgt) Thomas Charles Ford served 20 years in the United States Air Force, and his Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) was medical technician. He received the Good Conduct Medal three times, the Unit Citation and the Meritorious Service Medal. MSgt Ford was born October 21, 1938 to his parents, Thomas Edward and Julia Ford at Antigo, Wisconsin. Although he dropped out of high school at age 18 and entered military service, he received a...

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