Calhoun County, Alabama

2009 Veterans Day

The Calhoun County Commission wished to show their gratitude by recognizing some of our local veterans who served our Country so proudly. The Commission thanks all the men and women who have served (and are serving) our Country, and have asked for nothing in return.


Jimm Hibbitts

James E. "Jim" Hibbitts U. S. Army Major (Ret) served with the Army from 1961 to 1982. Jim served with varied units in numerous roles during his distinguished career including A Company 2nd of the 7th Cavalry 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Jim received three Bronze Stars one with a "V" device of Valor for uncommon heroism under fire while engaging and defeating a superior force in the Republic of VietNam at Landing Zone 4.
Jim has been a resident of Calhoun County since 1977, he has been a successful businessman since retiring from military service in 1982.

Command Sergeant Major George L. Murray, enlisted in the Army in 1939, and was assigned to the 1st Separate Chemical Battalion in Hawaii. After experiencing the attack on Pearl Harbor, he attended Chemical Officer Candidate School, and was commissioned in the Chemical Warfare Service. He served with the 86th Chemical Mortar Battalion in Europe at the Hurtgen Forest battle on the Belgium/German border; Ardennes Campaign and the Battle of the Bulge. He received numerous medals including the Bronze Star and the Korean Service Medal.

George Murray

Arnold Jones

Arnold Edgar Jones served in the 45th Division, 179th Infantry, Company I, 3rd Battalion as a rifleman. He fought in Italy, France and Germany (where he remained until the end of the war). Mr. Jones heard General Patton's speech when he told his men to "hit them with everything you got, and when you have nothing left to hit them with, put some sh__ in a sock and hit 'em with that". Mr. Jones received the Silver Star for Valor.

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