|Columbia Military Academy Gate|
One afternoon in late September, two of the old friends, Dan and Walker, came to the campground for a late afternoon cookout and visit. A week or so later, on a Saturday afternoon, another friend, Bob and his wife Kim, drove out for a visit and took Wayne to lunch. I think he enjoyed these get-together a great deal. Wayne has always been sentimental, but more so as he ages. Sadly, I didn't take photos of him with either of these friends. I'm sorry about that.
In early October Wayne was received a phone call asking if he'd like to attend a special award in the making at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. Seems another of the CMA alumni would be the recipient of the U.S. Army's Silver Star for service in Vietnam during 1969. Wayne and several other of the local CMA cadets would attend the ceremony for their friend, Phil Fikes, together. Rather than attempt to include all the very important facts surrounding the award, the circumstances and the man, I will include a link to the local news coverage. It is Here
|Retired 1st Lt. Phillip B. Fikes (right) and U.S. Army Four Star General Dennis L. Via|
|Phil and his wife, Frances.|
|Columbia Military Academy alumni, Bob, Dan, Wayne, Walker and Johnny attended|
the ceremony to award the Silver Star to their old friend and schoolmate.
|God Bless America|