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Roy Knighton and his five brothers didn't consider themselves a military family, but with 45 years of service between them and his father, Johnny, it is hard to dispute their service to the country. Roy served in the Army's Ready Reserve, and other members of the family served in World War I and Vietnam. Roy holds a photo showing his brothers.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The Knightons are what you’d call a military family. Together, the family’s patriarch, the late Johnny Knighton, and his six sons represent 45 years of service, spanning from World War I through the Vietnam War. “I didn’t consider us a military family at the time,” said Roy Knighton, […]

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Michael Stafford learned to play golf at Okolona Country Club, and the course has become a second home since he lost his left leg below the knee in Iraq.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal OKOLONA – At one time in his life, Michael Stafford was forced to play golf. He worked for his brother, who had a standing game, and Stafford was expected to participate each week. “He gave me a set of clubs and I played with him and I hated it,” […]

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Four of Van Bristow's children recently visited what's left of American Legion Post 49 to see cartoons their dad had drawn in the 1960s. Pictured, from left, are Melissa Miley, Vance Bristow, Becky Whitenton and Leigh Puckett. Not pictured are Robert Bristow and Betsy Walsh.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Some pieces left behind by artist Van Bristow aren’t long for this world. During the 1960s, Bristow took his tools to the downstairs of American Legion Post 49, where he painted cartoon characters that had represented the U.S. military over the years. Most would recognize Beetle Bailey, […]

Maj. Gen. Augustus "Leon" Collins, center, adjutant general of Mississippi, is greeted after a talk at a Veterans Appreciation Ceremony on Thursday in Booneville.                      

By Lena Mitchell Daily Journal Corinth Bureau BOONEVILLE – Tributes to the heroic service of the nation’s veterans began this week with words of appreciation from the adjutant general of Mississippi to veterans in his Booneville hometown. Maj. Gen. Augustus “Leon” Collins was the guest speaker at a luncheon for veterans presented by the city […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – A retired Vietnam veteran will be the key speaker at the Veterans Day Memorial ceremony in Tupelo on Tuesday. Larry Dykes of New Albany spent two years in the 36th Combat Engineers during the Vietnam War. He left the military and moved for the next decade before returning […]

By Cathy Wood Special to the Journal CORINTH – More than 150 years later, and near the same spot where a train probably took 19-year-old Rienzi farmer Samuel L. Neely to war, he was honored posthumously as the only Confederate soldier named to the Roll of Honor five times. About 50 people, plus four grandsons […]

By Lena Mitchell Daily Journal Corinth Bureau CORINTH – The Crossroads Museum will host special guests Sunday afternoon who will conduct a dedication ceremony to honor the Civil War’s only five-time recipient of the Roll of Honor. The Col. W.P. Rogers Camp No. 321 of Sons of Confederate Veterans will have a public ceremony at […]

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Jack Reed Jr., left, presents a check for more than $1,300 to Lou Remmers. The money, which is from the sale of Remmers' book, "Reflections on Murky Water: My Vietnam Chronicle," was promptly applied to the effort to build a 60 percent replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at Veterans Park.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – An author and a bookstore joined forces to move forward a plan to build a 60 percent replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. At the Reed’s Gum Tree Bookstore on Thursday, Jack Reed Jr., president of R.W. Reed Co., presented a check for $1,372.56 to Lou […]

By Robert Burns National Security Writer WASHINGTON – It’s less punchy than previous nicknames for U.S. conflicts in the Middle East – remember Operation Desert Storm and its thunderous attacks against Saddam Hussein? – but the Pentagon has finally named its fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria: Operation Inherent Resolve. The naming, […]