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  • Huey A. "Tom" Thompson

    Huey A. “Tom” Thompson was a first sergeant in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam. He was born Feb. 20, 1947, and died March 17, 2011.

    He received several medals including the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

    He is the father of Huey A. Thompson and Gary A. Thompson; and grandfather of Heath and Kendalyn Thompson, and Kaitlyn and Draigen Thompson.

  • James W. McDowell

    James W. McDowell served in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant.

    He enlisted July 1935 in the Alabama National Guard. He joined the army in November 1940 and served through July 1945. He was overseas in the Pacific campaign for more than a year.

    He won several awards including Expert Marksman with Carbine, Good Conduct Medal, Army National Guard Component Medal, American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and Alabama National Guard Faithful Service Medal.

  • Daniel R. Stith

    Daniel R. Stith (May 5, 1911 to Jan. 8, 1984) was a World War II veteran.

    He began active duty on Jan. 6, 1943 with Co. 49th Engineering Combat Regiment at Camp Carson, Colorado.

    During his basic training there, the temperature dropped to 21 degrees below zero. Stith contracted frostbite and pneumonia and was sent to the camp hospital. He was soon shipped out where he would finish his basic training on the battlefield.

    He was pinned down in a foxhole for nearly two weeks, and ate bugs and spiders to stay alive.

  • Orville C. Gowen

    Orville C. Gowen Sr. served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1953. The fireman apprentice served aboard the USS Pine Island, one of the 13 ships that were part of Operation Highjump, officially titled “The United States Navy Antarctic Developments Program 1946-47.”

    Operation Highjump was a Navy operation organized by Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd Jr. in 1946. Task Force 68 included 4,700 men, 13 ships and multiple aircraft. The primary mission of Operation Highjump was to establish the Antarctic research base Little America IV.

  • Paul Roark

    Paul Roark dropped out of high school in 1950 to enlist in the U.S. Army after his brother Harold was drafted. He was in his second year of school.

    The brothers went to Fort Knox in January for training. The weather was 15 degrees below zero.

    After eight weeks of training they were shipped to Korea – where the temperature was minus 15 degrees. The brothers were sent to the front lines about five miles apart.

    Harold was killed.

    Paul’s younger brother David was drafted in 1968 and was sent to Vietnam a couple of years.

  • Charles R. Hazle

    Charles R. Hazle served 1952 to 1954 during the Korean Conflict.

    He received a Bronze Star.

  • Major Edwin H. McDowell

    Major Edwin H. McDowell served in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps from March 1965 to April 1986. He spent time in Korea, Vietnam and Germany.

  • Coming Home: The best part of war

    Gerald T. Harris served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1970. He was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, pulling him away from his farm job, where he earned $5 per day.

    Though he didn’t make much as a farmer, he proved to be very dedicated in everything he did. According to Harris, his boss once told him that he was the only employee he felt he could trust.

  • Gulf War

    Mike Abell, gunnery sergeant, retired, served 1975-1997. He is a Gulf War veteran with 22 years of service. 

  • Vietnam Era

    Rob Hutchins served as a radio telephone operator (RTO) with the U.S. Army, 25th Infantry Division in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, from July 1969 to July 1970.

    He retired as LaRue County Extension 4-H Agent and now works in the LaRue Circuit Clerk’s office.