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Published on Jan 31, 2014
WYEA's Veteran of the Month for February is John L. Horton of Sylacauga. The program is sponsored by Radney-Smith Funeral Home with the assistance of American Legion Post 45. At age 17, Mr. Horton was anxious to serve in the military and attempted to enlist in the U.S. Navy, but he was unable to pass an eye test due to an accident that earlier damaged one eye. When he received a draft notice after turning 18, he reported to Fort McClellan -- and passed the eye test by looking through space between the fingers covering his bad eye. Initially assigned to the U.S. Army Air Corps, he went to California, then Hawaii, Guam, Saipan, and finally Iwo Jima where he was stationed at the base of Mount Suribachi. Corporal Horton served with the 524th Aircraft Warning and Control Squadron as a radio repairman, maintaining equipment for communications between islands in the South Pacific. Military veterans deserve our deepest respect, recognition, and admiration for the decision they made to serve, defend, and protect our country, and the opportunity to share some of their stories is an honor. Pictured with Mr. Horton is Erin Martin of WYEA's business development team.