From the front page of The Press’ Tuesday, June 11, 1991 edition:
James “Bo” Galey of Greenfield thought nothing of leading a convoy of fuel-carrying tanker trunks through a mine field in Iraq in the early days of the Persian Gulf ground war.
But someone else did. For his action, Galey, 26, has been awarded the Bronze Star. He becomes the first member of Dresden’s 1174th National Guard Transportation Company to receive a medal for bravery in battle.
The convoy had to leave a road already cleared of mines to let other trucks pass. So that meant the vehicles had to move off the road into windswept sand which hid personnel mines, deadly devices that look like off-white soft drink cans.
Galey, a mechanic with the 1174th, was in a lead vehicle of the convoy. Caught up carrying out his mission – supplying the Army’s 1st Infantry Division with more fuel – he volunteered to enter the mined area, leading the trucks safely off the road by spotting the location of the mines, which had been partially exposed because of rain.
He learned of his medal last weekend, when company commander Capt. Stephen Warrilow announced it at a Greenfield celebration for the 1174th and other war veterans.
Galey said he was surprised at the announcement. “I felt great,” he said.
“Everyone (in the 1174th) deserves one because they worked so hard,” the solider said.
He doesn’t remember what prompted him to volunteer to lead the convoy. “We were sort of stuck there. I wanted to get the fuel there (to the 1st Infantry) as quick as I could,” Galey said. “I was walking carefully and looking at every step I made.”
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In other news reported in The Press throughout June 1991, we find that:
• Mrs. Laura Osborne entertained the Greenfield Cumberland Presbyterian Women on June 6 in her home on Melrose Street. Mrs. James Job presided over the meeting.
• Lance Gardner, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Gardner of Sidonia, made the honor roll for the Spring semester at Bethel College.
• In hopes of improving its fire rating and lowering its citizens’ insurance, Greenfield recently acquired the first of two new fire vehicles. Fire Chief Bill Dudley and the city sought to replace its 1944 pumper with a newer model for the past 10 years. The recent purchase of a 1982 International was expected to enable Greenfield firefighters to pump nearly 1,700 gallons of water in just over a minute.
• The Spring Semester Academic Dean’s List at the University of Tennessee at Martin included 143 students from Weakley County. Students from Sharon making the list included Scott Wayne Avery, Lea Ann Sims Crowe, Karen Lynne Edwards, Ronald James Gilbert, Alisa Lynn Gordon, Melissa Marcum Roberts, Jason Todd Shanes, Jeffery Scott Shanes and James Rodney Simmons.
• Greenfield Mayor Mike Biggs, a high school teacher and nursery owner, announced he was seeking a third term as mayor.
• Tommy Boroughs, Suezane Speight and Larry Standridge had recently been honored for completion of the West Tennessee WestStar leadership program.
• Three high school students from Weakley County had recently won honors at the 9th annual English Proficiency Exam. Winners were Laura Trentham of Martin, Lori Elam of Sharon and Molly Graves of Martin.
• Sandra Ogg, daughter of Jack and Cathy Ogg of Martin and formerly an active Weakley County 4-H’er, had recently received the Golightly Internship.
• Jeffrey Charles Harding, a 1986 graduate of Westview High School, recently graduated with high honors from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with the degree of bachelor of science in chemical engineering.
• Jennifer Grooms, a student at Greenfield High School, recently visited Gongressman John Tanner at his office in Washington while visiting there.
• Laken Nicole Craddock celebrated her first birthday June 12 with a party at her home with her parents, Tammy and Ronnie Craddock, and friends and relatives.
• Three Peoples Bank employees recently earned their General Banking Diplomas through Bethel College’s study group of American Institute of Banking. Pat Moon, Lisa Finney and Amy Scarbrough each completed 18 credit hours of study.
• A photo of the 1991 directors of the Weakley County Farm Bureau was published in The Press. Included in the photo were Steve Tuck, Jack Vincent, Mike Brundige, Steve McDaniel, James Bynum, Ronnie Yeargin, John Freeman, David Oliver, Kevin Paschall, Phil Carr, Jerry McMaster, Kenneth Moore, Bentley Robinson, Eugene Killebrew, Bobby Ward, Charles Ross, Eddie Simmons, Treal Doughty, Gene Rogers, Richard Pearson, Bill Sinclair, James Paschall, Elmer Counce, Woodrow Collier, A.B. Reed, president James Denton Bell, Gerald Caldwell, Larry Fowler, Gary Hall, Keith Fowler and Emory Bradley.
• WCMT’s Paul Tinkle and Bonnie Dellinger recently presented the Secretary of the Year Award to Connie Cantrell, the secretary to University of Tennessee at Martin Chancellor Margaret Perry.
• Paula Greer, R.N.C., recently joined the staff of Martin Medical Center.
• Tommy Malone, a graduate of Greenfield High School, was selected as the 1991 Mr. Tennessee Male America. He was selected from among 23 contestants to represent the state in the national Mr. Male America Competition later in the year.
• A 1985 Lincoln owned by Mrs. Willard Rooks of University Street in Martin was totaled when the wind blew a tree across it during high winds and heavy rain.
• Kevin Paschall of Gleason was chosen as Weakley County’s Outstanding Young Farmer, with Randy Davis of Dresden chosen as an alternate.
• Weakley County delegates to the 45th annual Volunteer Girls State at Middle Tennessee State University included Holly Crowe of Gleason, Amy Wiley of Sharon, Gena Crawford of Dresden, Jennifer Phelps of McKenzie, Jennifer Dudley of Dresden, Karen Featherstone of Greenfield and Christie Cogburn of Greenfield.
• Between 230 and 270 employees of Union City’s Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company plant were to be laid off indefinitely, company officials announced. Layoffs were also occurring at other Goodyear plants in Gadsden, Ala., and Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada, the company said.
(Published in The Press on 6.6.13)