Turnace Hartwell Brown, Odell Clark and Sydney Richard Mauldin are among 16 Gold Star soldiers featured in “Gold Star Soldiers of the Korean War from Dale County, Alabama,” a publication researched and compiled by Dale County natives Berta Blackwell, Kay Kingsley and Donna Snell.
They suggest—half laughing—that their story be titled “A tale of two Chris’s.”
The subtitle, then, should be “service above self” because the combat veterans with nearly 50 years’ military service between them—and same first name— continue to serve as civilian business owners.
“I still love serving my community in any way that I can,” said retired Col. Ricky Snellgrove with a smile as he reflected on a 32-year military career serving his community and his country.
Col. (ret.) Teresa Townsend was commissioned into the U.S. Army in 1985 through Tuskegee Institute’s (University) Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Over her 30 year military career, she served in a myriad of command and staff positions in the both the regular Army and U.S. Army Reserve.
Dustin Weeks joined the Air Force Reserves out of Maxwell Air Force Base in 2008, and was part of the 357 Airlift Squadron after already establishing his career as an A&P mechanic working on helicopters. Weeks wanted to serve his country and to travel.
A program in honor of our military and veterans, sponsored bt the Zion Chapel Elementary SGA and Senior High Beta Club, will be held at 9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 8, at Zion Chapel Green Memorial Stadium.
“That’s him,” James Harris says with a smile as he points to a photo of his nephew who was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in the Virgin Islands Army National Guard in June.
“I give God all the glory of putting me in and bringing me through the military,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Donna Brion. “If it wasn’t for him, I would not have made it through. He carried me through so much. He just put that on my heart to go in the National Guard. It was all guidance from the Lord.”
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class (Ret.) John Miller served 20 years and 13 days in the military. He was taken all over the world, which he said was a “blessing” for a guy from Athens, Ga.
The Enterprise and Daleville area is home to many, many United States military veterans from all branches of service.
The following is a list of some of those veterans who are being paid tribute this week as Veterans Day 2019 is celebrated.
J L Weeks was about 11 years old when his older brother joined the Navy, needing his father’s permission, to serve in World War II. In 1953, he was inspired to join the Navy during the Korean War at 19 and have his own adventure in the military.
Charles Weeks decided he wanted to join the Navy before he was old enough to enlist himself. After trying for months to convince his father to approve his enlistment at 17, Weeks started his journey around the world.
The year 1952 was pivotal in the life of Donald Vosel.
The Bridgeville, Penn., native married his high school sweetheart in January, graduated from Penn State in June and was drafted into the Army in September.
In the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ drive to help improve lives of veterans through health care discovery and innovation, a team led by VA researchers recently identified three genetic mutations that govern cholesterol levels, which could lead to the development of new drugs to treat cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
George Malcolm Sansbury was 15 years old when he enlisted in the United States Army.
The Daleville teen lied about his age to enlist in the military one month before the United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917.
U.S. Army Capt. (Ret.) George Heneveld looks at the wall of his office—or his “man cave” as he calls it—filled with corvettes and memories from his days as a pilot for the 25th Aviation Battalion, where he piloted C-Model Hueys and AH-1 Cobras.
“I’m what most Southerners would refer to as a D*** Yankee,” said Army CW4 (Ret.) James “Jim” Gillhouse. “I’m not from here, the military transported me here and I chose to stay.”
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is commemorating National Family Caregivers Month this November by honoring the service of 5.5 million family members and friends who have dedicated their lives to providing much-needed care for chronically ill, injured or disabled veterans.
Hope and Jerry Lucas’ paths were seemingly destined to cross. From matching moles on their wrists, to March birthdays they had much in common from the start. If life was a puzzle they were the pieces. What brought them together, after knowing their story, seems like more than coincidence.
Scotty Johnson served in the United States Army for 38 years, working in communications, safety and as a pilot. He said he couldn’t imagine his life without the military.
Chief Warrant Officer Tammy Richmond and former Staff Sgt. Sam O’Neal Boswell have been named the Grand Marshalls for the 2017 Veterans Day Parade to be held Thursday, Nov. 9.
“I don’t consider myself a hero, I’m just a patriot.”
That is how Lance Gieselmann described himself to those attending a recent Enterprise High School Quarterback Club meeting.
On Saturday April 22, at the home of Leon and Joyce Moore, a celebration took place to commemorate the years of service in the military that Leon Moore participated in as his 87th birthday was also celebrated.
Just mention the word veteran and most people think of a soldier who has served in our country’s armed forces.
Veterans will be honored on Nov. 11 with a holiday recognizing their contribution to our freedoms. We salute their sacrifices and owe them a debt of gratitude for their service.
In these grim days a seaman’s work is no fishing trip, no Sunday picnic, no moonlight excursion with soft music. It’s not a job for chicken-hearted fellows. It’s for men with guts and good red blood. It’s hard work with danger in it,” states a narrator in a 1943 United States War Shipping Administration recruitment film. Now, 88-year-old multi-service veteran, Sherman Travis Key, will tell you that he agrees with that sentiment, even if he didn’t know those facts as a teen recruit in the Merchant Marines.
If you start something, finish it. If you never finish anything, you never accomplish anything.”
That is the main advice Carl Gibes has to share with those who ask the 100-year-old for life lessons learned.
Corkey Richards did not lead the easiest live growing up in New Brockton.
He did not have a car, so he had to walk everywhere he went. He even had to walk to school just to participate in extracurricular activities like football.
To meet 89-year-old George Ernest Caldwell today is to meet a man of great knowledge and experience in the world and one who said he just did his job, no matter where he was or which war he was serving in. Yes, which war. Caldwell served in three major wars.
When the names Max and Elaine Roberts are mentioned most think of the couple’s selfless service to fellow veterans.
The Enterprise couple has been honored nationally multiple times but say that what they do for others is simply “giving back.”
Frederick Warren spent his life pushed to attend school and further his education. During a break from school, he was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War.
The Purple Heart Trail was created as a symbolic linking of entities across the nation that pays tribute to veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart medal.