HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- Veterans Day honors all those who served our country in the military, but on Thursday night, Madison County leaders took a moment to honor some of the best from this area. "It’s kind of like a welcoming home," says Lou Pamplin.
Each of the six recognized at the VBC, served in the Vietnam War and completed some act of courage, whether that was saving a brother in arms, or putting himself last and others first.
Their accomplishments could take pages of our website to describe. "It’s been a very eventful night and I’m deeply honored and humbled," says Pamplin.
Lou received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and the Purple Heart for his service. "Something I never expected to come. They mean a great deal to me," he says.
Richard Gray, Anthony Koszarsky, and Harold Stitt also received Purple Hearts during their tours. Johnny Davis and William Hougland round out the 2016 Induction Class.
"It’s quite an honor to stand with such great people, so it feels good," says Pamplin.
The awards brought out many emotions; pride, joy, even painful memories for Lou. "That’s been a part of me that I’ve tried to bury for quite a while and I’m just now coming to terms with it," he says.
So the next time you're in the Madison County Courthouse, stop and learn about these newly added heroes. "Not one I will forget for a long time," says Pamplin.