Vince Dooley’s career as a national-championship winning coach at Georgia made him a hero to many. However, Dooley stood alongside heroes of a different sort Saturday when he was inducted into the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Johns Creek.
Dooley, who served in active duty in the Marine Corp for two years after graduating Auburn in 1954, and in reserve service until 1967, was enshrined for a “lifetime of selfless service to others” according to a commendation read during the ceremony by State Senator Ed Harbison from Columbus.
Other inductees included eight veterans who won the Bronze Star Medal for valor, six who won the Silver Star, five who were awarded with Purple Hearts, three who earned Distinguished Flying Crosses, three who earned Prisoner of War Medals, two who were killed in action, one winner of the Navy Seal Trident and one NASA astronaut.
Dooley was characteristically humble to be included in the group.
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