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The Best of Gamma Chapter: Our Veterans!In preparation for next month’s Veterans Day (Nov. 11), we have begun compiling a list of our Gamma Chapter veterans and their stories. We have only scratched the surface. We need your help to build our list, tell the stories and pay tribute to these true Gentlemen of Honor. Please review the list below and leave your comments in the box at the bottom. Help us tell the stories and feel free to leave your notes of gratitude to these brothers willing to sacrifice for the protection of our freedoms. If you have longer stories and photos to send, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Albert C. “Clyde” Spinks ’34 — U.S. Air Force (WWII)

Retired Lt. Col.

Captain, Adjutant. Helped open the school in 1941 as the Post Adjutant. He stayed until 1943. Was transferred to Spence A.F.B., Moultrie, Ga., discharged in 1946 and became a stock broker and took other jobs and ran stores. Lived in Decatur, Ga. Passed away in 2013 at the age of 99.

Harry W. Trimble ’36 — U.S. Air Force (WWII/KOREAN WAR/VIETNAM WAR)

Harry “was a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel with 28 years of service including service in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. He was a 1941 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, and was a member of Swamp Fox Chapter of Retired Officers Association … “ CLICK HERE to read his obituary.

Wilmot Benjamin “Buddy” Ouzts, Jr. ’42 —U.S. ARMY (WWII)

Mr. Ouzts was an Army Veteran of WWII serving as a reconnaissance officer, then known as the “Alamo Scouts”, in the Pacific Theatre. Among many of his service accolades were the Bronze Star Medal and the “Special Forces Shoulder Tab” awarded in 1988 for his distinguished service with the Alamo Scouts. Mr. Ouzts joined the National Guard in 1949 and was instrumental in the creation of the Sandersville Unit from which he retired in 1979 as a Lt. Colonel. CLICK HERE to read his obituary.

John H. Mobley II ’47 —U.S. Air Force (peacetime)

Captain in the JAG Corps of the U.S. Air Force.

CLICK HERE to read his obituary.

Edgar David ’49 — U.S. Army (KOREA/VIETNAM WARS)

His twenty-year military career in the United States Army included war time tours in both Korea and Vietnam. He earned The Master Parachutist Badge, The Combat Infantryman Badge with Star, The Ranger Tab, The Air Medal, The Korean Service Medal, The Vietnam service Medal, The Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and The Vietnamese Parachutist Badge. In the Korean War he was a Heavy Mortar Platoon Leader. In Vietnam he served as both a Detachment Commander and Senior Army Advisor in the 5th Special Forces Group (the Green Berets). He was an Airborne and Ranger Instructor at Fort Benning, GA when he met his wife of 48 years, Marie Alston David. Later he taught mountain and arctic survival skills in Colorado and Alaska, where he also served as the U. S. Army Communications Advisor for the state of Alaska. He returned to the “lower 48” to serve as a Professor of Military Science at Georgia Tech and Ouachita Baptist University and an instructor with the 82nd Airborne Division in Ft. Bragg, NC. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1971. CLICK HERE to read his obituary.

Judge Irwin W. Stolz ’51 — U.S. Army (KOREAN WAR)

In 1952, during the Korean War, Stolz was drafted into the Army where he became part of the 82nd Airborne Division in Ft. Bragg, N.C. Here, he coached the Third Army Division's swim team to the All- Army Championship with one team member breaking the 100-meter breaststroke record. CLICK HERE for a full alumni profile about Judge Stolz.

Col. Merritt B. Pound Jr. ’52 — U.S. Air Force (VIETNAM, peacetime)

A career Air Force officer and pilot, Colonel Pound culminated his 28-year military career in1983 as the commander of the University of Georgia's Air Force ROTC detachment and professor of aerospace studies. As one of the Georgia Bulldogs biggest fans, he missed only six games since his retirement in 1983. During the Vietnam War, while stationed in Japan, Colonel Pound hitchhiked via Army planes to Georgia's 1966 Cotton Bowl game against SMU and the 1967 Liberty Bowl against N.C. State in Memphis, Tenn. CLICK HERE to read his obituary.

Norman S. Laird ’59 — U.S. Air Force

Retired Lt. Col.

William W. “Will” Kidd ’60 —U.S. Army (VIETNAM WAR)

“He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965, achieving the rank of captain.” CLICK HERE to read his obituary.

James T. Fordham ’61 — U.S. Marine Corps (VIETNAM)

Chester A. Lowe Jr. ’61 — U.S. Air Force (VIETNAM/peacetime)

“Mr. Lowe retired from the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel. He served 22 years in positions of increasing responsibility, culminating as Chief, Maintenance and Engineering, Special Mission Detachment, Air Force Logistics Command, for a highly sensitive, nationally tasked, reconnaissance weapons system, and as Deputy Chief, Engineering and Reliability Branch, Electronic Warfare Management Division, Directorate of Materiel Management, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins AFB, Georgia.”

Wiliam C. “Bill” Huff ’63 — U.S. Marine Corps (VIETNAM WAR)

“The owner of William Huff Interiors in Columbus, Huff is an accidental interior designer. In fact, this Vietnam veteran who saw combat from 1966 to 1967 delights in telling people he’s probably the only captain from the Marine Corps to go into the decorating business.” CLICK HERE to read a 2008 story on Brother Huff in GeorgiaTrend magazine.

Barry D. Smith ’77 — U.S. Navy

Retired Captain / Pilot

Neal S. Linch ’84 — U.S. Air Force

Former USAF aircraft commander and instructor. Currently a first officer for United Airlines.

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