Salute to veterans
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Edd Prickett of Wellington sat in his recliner and began to tell of events that would cause the strongest to become emotional. As a young man, Prickett answered the call to serve his country.

During the war, he was captured as a POW in Germany; he said they worked you all day just to break you. He recalled seeing other prisoners killed, wondering if he would be next. When you tell him thank you for serving, he simply replies, “That’s just what you do.” Pictured with Prickett are Jay Echols, Sheila Rogers, Hollie Hanvey, Jeannie McLain, Donna Honaker and Lynne Horn of Gentiva Home Health.

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PFC Ollie A. Stewart, born Apr 27, 1925. Inducted Nov. 23, 1943 at Fort McClellan, attended training at Camp Craft, S.C.

He was shipped to St. Lo, France, where he was severly wounded in action on July 31, 1944. He was hospitalized for the months, retrained one month, and sent to Gemany Nov. 16, 1944.

He was moved to the Belgium Bulge in support of pinned down troops, and seriously wounded on Jan. 13, 1945. After being hospitalized four months, he went back to his old division and was discharged Nov. 10, 1945.

He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Ribbon, ETO Ribbon with four Battle Stars, Bronze Star, Belgium

Fouraguerre, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII, Victory Medal, West Germany Clasp and two Purple Hearts with OLCs.

He married Ruby Burns on Aug 10, 1946, and has two daughters, Belinda and Teena, and three grandchildren, Cory, Amanda, and Morgan.

He still resides in Piedmont, and is proud to have served his country in the “Old Hickory Division.”

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Lt Col Art Sevelius, USA retired, resides in Chosea Springs after serving 25 years in the U.S. Army. His assignments included service in Korea as a rifle company commander and combat tours with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam. Other assignments include Academy of Health Science, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, as an instructor, operations officer for the 44th Medical Brigade at Fort Bragg, N.C. and deputy senior army advisor to the Alabama National Guard.

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William Nestor was 19 years old when he was stationed at Oahu in 1941 as a battery man with the Sea Coast Artillery. Today, he still recalls with great detail seeing planes attacking Pearl Harbor. He remembers seeing the rising sun on the planes and knowing who it was attacking our land. Today, he is no longer the young 19-year-old soldier, but the soldier still lives within. Pictured with Nestor are his wife and Amanda Petty, Andrea Smith and Lynne Horn of Gentiva Home Health.

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SFC Marla J. Gehman (nickname Micke), age 60, Oxford. Retired from the Army Reserve on Jan 1, 2012. First entered service on Jan 9, 1979. Total time in service 29 years, nine months and 14 days. Did eight years on active duty, six in various parts of Germany and two at Fort McClellan. Was deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for most of 2003. Last duty was as a Military Police Instructor.

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Michael I. Hanna, then 30 years old, Captain Army Medical Corps, taken in the freezing cold near the DMZ in Korea with the 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, February 1977. Hanna is now 65 years old and practicing internal medicine in Anniston.

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