We asked our readers to send us information about local veterans worthy of recognition in the Honoring Our Veterans special section. Here are all of the nominees and the tributes from those who nominated them.
Commissioned at Auburn University, James A. "Jim" Buford, who grew up in Chambers County, became a captain in the U.S. Army and served in the …
Ambers Hanson, 95, of Auburn, is the last living member of his nine-man crew that flew bombing missions in a B-17 Flying Fortress known as "Ba…
William Sanders was a gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber crew during the war. He came close to completing his 35-mission tour, until mission No. 34.
Army Capt. Sherri Reese of Opelika "is worthy of this tribute because she is the epitome of a national hero that resides in Opelika," accordin…
He joined the Army at the age of 16 during the final stanzas of World War II, became an officer during the Korean War, was highly decorated in…
Auburn University graduate Michael Horsefield is the son of a Naval aviator. He wanted to be a jet pilot since he was 5 years old and saw the …
Taking command of a unit in battle conditions is a tremendous responsibility, and James Alan Norwood did so during his service in Vietnam.
Lee Kelley left his home in Cusseta immediately after high school to join the United States Marine Corps in 1966 and trained for combat as a t…
Army Lt. Col. Howard Deane was shot down three times and wounded twice during his 20 years of military service, but one of his fights was the …
Rollie Chester was raised in Camp Hill. He entered the Army at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1965 as a second lieutenant and finished first in his…
After being one of the first three African-American students to integrate Auburn High School, Morris E. Lewis served his country valiantly in …
James F. Lacy went from graduating as a young lieutenant at Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) in 1954 to earning a Ph.D at…
A 1959 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Col. William A. Luther Jr. of Opelika served 26 years in the military.
Air Force Col. Robert Bradshaw of Roanoke, formerly of Auburn, served a highly decorated 30 years, including a variety of dangerous wartime mi…
Robyn Bianchi Westbrook has never forgotten her fellow veterans and service members. After serving in Operation Iraqqi Freedom and Enduring Fr…
The snow-covered campus of Penn State University can be described as the polar opposite of the hot marshland of Vietnam. However, for Thomas D…
From a graduate school classroom to the marshes of Vietnam, James Hairston’s world was rapidly changed in 1970.
When lacking a life direction, the Marines provided a purpose and path for Frank Walters. Walters joined the service in September 1968 at the …
Bennie Adkins was not the first brave soldier who mustered the courage needed to escape the Army’s confines of Fort Benning, Georgia, and cros…
Orrin “Boody” Brown will turn 98 on April 4 and still looks like he could climb into the bombardier’s seat of a B-24 bomber much as he did in …