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John Vick, Author at The Andalusia Star-News

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John Vick: September 11, 2001 — Never Forget

20 Years Later This week’s column is dedicated to the 344 firefighters and paramedics and the 71 law enforcement officers who died on 9/11. May ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, September 10, 2021 2:39 pm

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John Vick: Thoughts about Afghanistan, Part 2

Author’s note: It has been an honor to listen to these brave patriots who put their lives on the line defending our country. Their courage ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, September 3, 2021 1:11 pm

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John Vick: Thoughts about Afghanistan, Part 1

The sudden recapture of Afghanistan by the Taliban has left many Americans angry and frustrated by the 20-year long war, the longest combat operation in ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, August 27, 2021 4:39 pm

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Randy Jack Taylor, Major, U.S. Army, Vietnam Helicopter Pilot, Distinguished Flying Cross

The Air Cavalry concept was created by the Army in 1965 when the 1st Cavalry Division [Airmobile] was organized. This new concept utilized the helicopter ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, August 20, 2021 5:01 pm

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Wesley E. Courson, 2nd Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Force, WWII Prisoner of War, conclusion

Conclusion – Liberation and War’s End Wesley Courson would spend 643 days as a prisoner of war before being liberated on April 29, 1945. It ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, August 13, 2021 4:31 pm

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John Brandon Givhan, 1st Lt., U.S. Army helicopter pilot, Vietnam War (wounded, medically retired)

Author’s note: The Conclusion of Wesley E. Courson’s story will appear next week. This week’s column is dedicated to 1st. Lt. John B. Givhan, Vietnam ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, August 6, 2021 2:48 pm

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Part 2: Wesley E. Courson, 2nd Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Force, WWII POW, Stalag Luft III

Stalag Luft III was one of the most infamous and well-known of the German Prisoner of War camps. It eventually housed some 10,949 POWs, including ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, July 30, 2021 3:29 pm

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Wesley E. Courson, 2nd Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Force, WWII Prisoner of War

Part 1 – Five Missions Over Germany Author’s note: The author wishes to thank Mrs. Mary Courson Kyzar and her son, Marc, for providing a ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, July 23, 2021 4:29 pm

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1st Lieutenant Harold H. Beasley, U.S. Army Air Force, WW II , KIA

(Editor’s Note: This week’s author is Robert Evers, a member of Covington Veterans Foundation.) First Lt. Harold H. Beasley of Andalusia was one of tens ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, July 16, 2021 1:02 pm

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Vick: What does Independence Day mean to you?

Our country just celebrated the 245th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This year was just another 4th of July celebration with ... Read more

by John Vick, Friday, July 9, 2021 4:22 pm

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