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OBITUARY - Rufus Grady Yancey

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OBITUARY - Rufus Grady Yancey

Posted: 1189653469000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Yancey
1 Sep 2007

Veterans honored in Titusville ceremony

TITUSVILLE — Two former servicemen were honored with medals for their military service.

U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney presented Richard “Dick” Weber with the Air Force Longevity Service Award and the National Defense Service Medal for his service in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1958.

After retiring from the Air Force, Weber moved to Titusville in 1963 to work for PanAmerican at Cape Canaveral.

Rufus Grady Yancey received four medals for his service in the U.S. Army: Honorable Service lapel, Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. His daughter Carol Yancey Weber of Titusville accepted the medals for her father, who died in 1990.

Yancey served two years in the Army where he had tours throughout Europe. While fighting in the Hurtgen Forest he was wounded and captured by German forces and taken as a prisoner of war on Nov. 16, 1944. He was free by American troops on April 16, 1945.

After the war, he returned to his job with the Georgia State Prison system in Columbus, Ga., where he retired as prison warden of Muscogee County, Ga.

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