World War II


Photo by Ron Burkett.

For his courage, Chuck Tompkins earned two Purple Hearts with cluster, the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals with cluster and a handful more. His name is listed on the Trussville Veterans Memorial. Read more


Dale Ridgeway

Photos by Ron Burkett.

Since childhood, Dale Ridgeway has been fascinated by the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of World War II. He knew his father, E.J. Ridgeway, fought in the Navy as a gunner’s mate in the war, but that was all he knew. Read more


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