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Vickery's Bridge

 
 
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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.
 
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By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
2. Vickery's Bridge Marker
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marker is listed in this topic list: War, Korean. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1971.
 
Location. 30° 41.019′ N, 88° 1.056′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile AL 36601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tank M48A1 (within shouting 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); The Fallen Guardians Monument (about 600 feet away); Tristan de Luna y Arellano (approx. 0.2 miles away); Horace O. Davis (approx. 0.2 miles away); Memorial to USS Herring (SS-233) (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobile.
 
Vickery's Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
3. Vickery's Bridge Marker
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By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
4. Vickery's Bridge ~Korean War Memorials
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By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
5. Korean Memorials
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By Brandon Fletcher, July 10, 2011
6. Korean War Memorial
Korean War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 10, 2011
7. Korean War Memorial
Korean War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 10, 2011
8. Korean War Memorial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 948 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on July 21, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 12, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   6, 7, 8. submitted on August 16, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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