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This is a Great Place to Visit in Birmingham, Alabama to pay respect to Veterans

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A few months ago, I stopped at the Veteran’s Memorial at the Liberty Park Exit of Interstate 459 to look again for relatives who lost their lives during wars.


I am a member of a family that had many males; therefore, my family supplied a lot of manpower for World War II and the Korean Conflict (I prefer to use the word “War” for that one!).

After his death a few years ago, I learned that one uncle, Silas Hamrick, had served in General Patton’s Army. Uncle Silas’ death was not during his years in the Military. I have heard many people comment about their loved ones not discussing their years in war. Uncle Silas was one of those.

Vet Names at Veterans Memorial Park

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Remember those who gave their lives for my freedom

Even though I had been to the Veteran’s Memorial two times previously, I wanted to observe again the names of an uncle and three cousins who gave their lives for my freedom during World War II.

Uncertainty of Uncle A. V’s status hung like a cloud

In her dementia years, my Mother was still asking about her brother, A.V. Perry, whose plane was shot down in Germany. Uncle A.V. was first reported as Missing in Action. This was a very traumatic experience for Mother, her parents and siblings. I was very young at the time; but remember all of us gathering at my Grandparents’ home to mourn together.

For several years, the uncertainty of Uncle A.V.’s status hung like a cloud over the family. Later Uncle A.V.’s remains were found and returned home for burial. His casket was accompanied by a member of the Armed Forces. The family went through another period of mourning. This was almost like losing the same person two times.

The names of twin cousins of my Dad, Charles Hamrick, Jr. and James Hamrick from East Lake are at the Memorial. The name of another cousin of my Father, Doyce Hamrick, from Calhoun County, is also there.

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Thank a Veteran

Even though I don’t remember those cousins, I do remember my Uncle A.V. I was able to show these names to Mother when we were aboard the Battleship USS Alabama in Mobile and again at our Veteran’s Memorial.

Be sure to thank a Veteran for his/her sacrifice for you!

 

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About Inez McCollum

Inez McCollum grew up in Etowah County.  Married Mack McCollum, a BI-vocational minister.  Moved to Birmingham to work while he worked and went to Howard College/Samford University.  Inez and Mack had three sons, Jay, Joe and John.  They bought their first home in what is now Hoover.  Inez continues to be active in Shades Mountain Baptist Church and some of the civic organizations in Hoover.  Inez also enjoys reading, travel and spending time with friends.

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10 comments

  1. Jean Moore Sanderson

    You can find a similar place in Cave Springs, Georgia (just across the Alabama line) on Highway 411. They have a walkway around their town square with pavers which contain the name of the men who have served from the area. It is a beautiful walk. The boyscouts in Alabama in Birmingham, have a similar walkway with the names of the eagle scouts from Alabama. Every town needs this walkway in the main square.

  2. Donald Little

    Atmore has a memorial if front of city hall with paver bricks of local veterans.
    Also Uriah has a memorial at the intersection of Hwy 21 and Hwy 59.

  3. Are all Alabama war veterans on the wall? My brother was in Vietnam, my father was in WWII, and two of my great uncle’s were in WWI.

  4. Tina Whitfield Echols

    They will be having a service today at 2:00 to honor our Veterans. Those that are still living, those that have passed away and those who gave all they had in battle. It is a beautiful place to visit.

  5. Steve Bryant

    We, here in Andalusia, Al, also have a very nice Veteran’s Park with Engraved Brick Paver’s as a foot-path, saluting those both alive & dead from this area who serve & have served. There is a POW Memorial, a KIA & a MOH Memorial. Beautiful anytime of year.

  6. Mike Deason

    My profile picture this weekend is of one of those men on the walls of the memorial, an uncle I never had the honor of knowing, PFC Charles Leo Deason, U. S. Army, KIA November 30, 1950 at the Battle of the Chongchon River near Kuni-Ri, North Korea. His name from the Alabama Veteran’s Memorial is superimposed on it.

  7. The correct term is “Korean War”. Several years ago Congress passed a bill declaring it a war and NOT a conflict. About time.

  8. “Jefferson County’s Honor Roll in WWI” . . .

    The Rainbow Viaduct – Alabama Historical Marker (21st St. S. viaduct)
    “Dedicated to the Brave Men of the 167th Infantry who fought to Preserve Our Freedom
    West Side Marker –
    On May 10, 1919, soon after its completion, this 21st Street Viaduct was named the Rainbow Viaduct in tribute to Alabama’s famous 167th Infantry of the Rainbow Division, renowned for Bravery and Honor. The 167th was the Nation’s only regiment in World War 1 referred to by its home state — “The Alabama,” made up of men from throughout Alabama, including a large number from Birmingham, this regiment had to its credit the following brave deeds,among countless others:

    * Advanced farthest into German lines — to Sedan.
    * Took the first German prisoners captured by Americans.
    * Only Rainbow Regiment to achieve two Honor Medals.
    * Fought in trenches two days longer than any other American Regiment.

    The only Southern Regiment in the First Army at occupation on Rhine, the 167th fought in the Battles of Lineville, Baccarat, Esperance – Sousain, Champagne,Marce, Red Cross Farm, following Chateau – Thierry, Aisne – Marne, Essey -Paunes, Meuse – Argonne, Seban.”

    “Roll Of Honor – East Side Marker
    This Rainbow Viaduct is Dedicated to the Memory of the Jefferson County Members of the 167th Infantry, Rainbow Division of Whom the Following were Killed in Action or Died of Wounds in the World War 1914 – 1918

    Joe Atwood • Andrew Bailey • Sam Barr • Louis A. Burger • Usury Burnett • Carl Canoles • WM. Churchwell • Jas. W. Cornett • Harry P. Couch • Wilbur T. Crowder • Carl Evatt • Attle A. Fred • Jas. C. Farleyerick • Walter Hammett • Braxton Harville • Elmus Hayes • Emile Henckell • Mortimer H. Jordan • Bishop M. Lee • Worth Lewis • Chas. Sherr • John H. Skinner • Bernie B. Loveman • Walter L. Moore • Judge E. Morgan • Robert L. Morton • Wilfred Niles • Harry Parkman • Fred Rogers • Newton M. Roy • Austin Ruff • Benj. Rutstein • Royal Seay • Theo. E. Sims • Handos Sinnott • Bernice Speaks • Clarence Swindle • Herman G. Syphurs • Stanley Warble • Will F. Wheeler • D. F. Wilson • Oscar Woods • Bruce Nolan • John D. O’Neal”

    The Heritage of Jefferson County, Alabama. 2002. p. 9. Abstracted by Caroline Horton (Braxton B. Harvill was my paternal gt. uncle.)

    “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal Braxton B. Harville (ASN: 97973), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company K, 167th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F., near Landres-et-St. Georges, France, 15 October 1918. During the attack on the Cote-de-Chatillon corporal Harville volunteered and with utter disregard of his own personal danger went forward alone crawling until he reached a position where he could enfilade an enemy machine-gun nest which was holding up the advance. While continuing on his mission and firing on the enemy next he was knocked down twice by enemy fire, but each time he arose and continued moving forward, until he was killed by a machine-gun bullet when about 50 yards from the nest.”
    Source: War Department General Orders; http://www.homeofheroes.com/moh/war/12_wwi.html

  9. Angela Williams

    Michael Eckert for when your parents go to Birmingham.

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