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Florence native honored at the Madison County Courthouse…

Florence, Alabama native Sidney E. Lyons, Jr. is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. He began his military career after receiving his commission through the ROTC program at the University of Tennessee. He has served as a scout master with the Boy Scouts of America and is himself, an Eagle Scout. Sid has lived in Huntsville since 1997 and his current interest is as an artist and sculptor. His art focus is on Native Americans and military scenes. He is married and has two children.

On June 19, 1967, he received the Silver Star for Gallantry in action while serving with Troop D, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry, 9th Infantry Division in the Republic of Vietnam. After learning that two of his unit’s helicopters had been shot down and ground forces were critically low on ammunition he loaded a helicopter with a re-supply of ammunition and braved a murderous barrage of enemy fire to land and unload the supplies. He then hovered his aircraft along the front line and extracted seriously wounded men until his aircraft could not possibly hold any more men. This action saved the lives of many of the engaged ground forces and the two downed aircrews. Sid was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and two awards of the Air Medal with Valor during his service in Vietnam.

  Sidney E Lyons Jr       





Sidney E. LYONS, Jr.

 SILVER STAR MEDAL, Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal with Valor (2 awards)

Thomas W Dunn also on the Madison County Hall of Heroes…

  in the Madison County, Alabama Courthouse.

THOMAS W. DUNN was born in Sheffield, Alabama.



Thomas W. Dunn is a native Alabamian and was raised in Huntsville. Living in Huntsville,
his family moved to Colbert County for a temporary job of three months and during their

stay Tom was born prematurely and only weighed 1 pound 4 ounces at birth. In 1963 he

enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at age 17.

On January 20th 1970, while serving with the First Marine Division in the Republic of

Vietnam, Staff Sergeant Thomas W. Dunn coordinated a joint unit operation of US Marines

and South Koreans in the search of a tunnel complex that was reported to be occupied by

Viet Cong cadre. Upon locating the enemy tunnel site he observed an enemy solider

entering a cave. He fearlessly approached the cave entrance and demanded the soldier’s

surrender. Three enemy soldiers emerged from the cave and were captured by Staff

Sergeant Dunn. Unwilling to risk the lives of his comrades, Staff Sergeant Dunn then

entered the cave alone to search for additional enemy forces. In his search he located vast

quantities of enemy grenades and ammunition, all of which were destroyed by allied

forces. SSGT Dunn, 3rd CIT, continued to distinguish himself by his exemplary

performance of duty which was instrumental in the apprehension of several important

members of the Viet Cong Infrastructure, the

destruction of two major Viet Cong headquarters, and the neutralization of enemy attempts

to control the local populace.

For his heroic actions Thomas W. Dunn was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor.