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Vickery's Bridge

 
 
Vickery's Bridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
1. Vickery's Bridge Marker
Inscription. From September 5 to September 9, 1950 Lt. Grady Vickery was assigned to defend the Namji-Ri Bridge crossing the Nam River. The bridge had been defended by Vickery's considerably reinforced platoon. Numerous attempts to blow the bridge by the North Koreans was thwarted by Vickery's Platoon. They inflicted heavy enemy casualties. On September 9, 1950, he had troops on both sides of the bridge. At about 6-7 AM they heard this plane overhead. He made a pass over the bridge, circled and dropped a bomb that missed. He made another pass and dropped a bomb on the Center Span. They had defended the bridge for five days and our Air Force blew it up by mistake.

This event is written in numerous history books of the Korean War, with pictures of Lt. Grady Vickery and Corporal Carroll Vogles, also pictures of the bridge. Vickery retired from the Army in 1960 with the rank of Captain. He is a member of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association. He was the first president and the one with the vision for this memorial.

Although this bridge does not resemble the Namji-Ri Bridge, it is named in his honor.
 
Location. 30° 41.019′ N, 88° 1.056′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Click for map. Marker is at or near
Vickery's Bridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
2. Vickery's Bridge Marker
this postal address: 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile AL 36601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. An Unheralded Breed of Soldier (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); B-52D "Stratofortress" (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Horace O. Davis (approx. 0.2 miles away); Memorial to USS Herring (SS-233) (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Submarine Lookout Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Take Her Down!" (approx. 0.2 miles away); United States Ship Alabama (BB-60) (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mobile.
 
Categories. War, Korean
 
Vickery's Bridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
3. Vickery's Bridge Marker
Vickery's Bridge ~Korean War Memorials Photo, Click for full size
By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
4. Vickery's Bridge ~Korean War Memorials
Korean Memorials Photo, Click for full size
By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
5. Korean Memorials
Korean War Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Brandon Fletcher, July 10, 2011
6. Korean War Memorial
Korean War Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Brandon Fletcher, July 10, 2011
7. Korean War Memorial
Korean War Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Brandon Fletcher, July 10, 2011
8. Korean War Memorial
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 656 times since then. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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