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.