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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.

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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.