Coleman Parrish grew up in Graham, Ga., a town so small that it only needed one caution light on its streets. He was only 18 when he was draft…

Coleman Parrish grew up in Graham, Ga., a town so small that it only needed one caution light on its streets. He was only 18 when he was draft…

Joining the United States Air Force was a small act of teenage defiance for William (Bill) Massey, Jr. After declaring something along the lin…

Perhaps it is accurate to say that Joe Walters’ entire life could be set to music. His goal in life was to become a Baptist minister. His musi…

In 1948, while the draft was still very much a part of young men’s lives, Eden, N.C. native Joseph G. Neal decided to take part in determining…

James L. Jackson, Jr. attended college until he had to leave school to work. That gave him the opportunity to “volunteer to be drafted” into t…

After graduating from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, Neal Steiner headed for the next step in journey into adulthood in 1967: the United S…

Atlanta native David Chesnut served his country in ways that were unique among 2016 Honor Flight Veterans. Born in 1918, he reached the custom…

When Brooklyn, N.Y. native son Robert Alotta enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1964, he expected to be sent to Vietnam. In fact, h…

Atlanta native W. Fred Teal entered the United States Navy in 1944, a week before his 18th birthday. He was trained as a radio and communicati…

Toledo, Ohio native Irving “Lou” Essick served in the United States Army from Aug. 4, 1942 to Sept. 4, 1945, two days after the Japanese surre…

Franklin Larry Hill was out of school in 1966, starting adult life in his hometown of Patterson, Ga., when he was drafted into the United Stat…

Thanks to the United States Air Force, Douglas Alexander occasionally dreams in Mandarin Chinese. Sometimes, he even answers his wife’s questi…

At age 22, Pittsburgh native Joseph Connolly chose to serve his county when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1963. He served w…

Jacksonville, Fla. native Lewis McMullen learned the meaning of hard work early in life. He balanced two after school jobs with his studies, a…

When Raymond Ganas moved to Brunswick in 1959 at age 11, his home was close enough to the old Brunswick Air Park to allow him to ride his bike…

When World War II started, everyone in Atlanta native William E. “Gene” Broadwell’s ROTC class at Georgia Tech was declared apprentice seamen,…

Meridian, Mississippi native Charles Heiden always planned to be a Marine. He joined the reserves in high school, and when he graduated in 194…

When Baxley native James Kent was drafted in 1968, his plans to attend Lincoln Business College were replaced with a trip to Vietnam, courtesy…

Brunswick resident Wayne Doke, planned to join the Army after graduating from Glynn Academy in 1967. After basic training at Fort. Benning in …

When James Langford, Sr. graduated from high school in Waycross, he joined the United States Air Force in 1952. Five young men from the same t…

When Preston Joseph Blanchard, known to all as “Frenchie,” was 19 years old, he was a self-proclaimed “wild child” in his native Harvey, La.; …

Young Steven Ford had planned to get an associates degree in drafting and design and start a career when Uncle Sam announced that he was neede…

Jesup, native James Armstrong contemplated a career in the military as he enlisted in the United States Army in 1967, and headed to Fort Benni…

In 1959, when Somerville, Massachusetts, native Frank Thomas was looking for work, jobs were extremely difficult for young men to come by. His…

Dennis M. Owens grew up in Fresno, Calif., and graduated from McLean High School. In 1963 he enlisted in the United States Navy, attended Boot…

After college, star athlete Ed Gossage graduated from Georgia Tech, he joined the United States Army in 1954, and was sent to Fort Benning, Ga…

Brunswick native Charles Maxwell joined the United States Army as a 2nd lieutenant in April 1961, after completing his degree at the Universit…

William Denny Hill Jr. planned to work his way through college by taking night classes while keeping a daytime job. He stayed out of college f…

Blackshear, Ga. native son Hazel Roberson enlisted in the United States Navy in March 1943, while still in high school. After basic training i…

When Waycross native Terry Griffin was only 17 years old, he convinced his sister to sign for him to join the United States Army. The initial …