Military Notebook: Cox makes big donation to 21st Century Partnership

December 21, 2013 

Cox Communications gave the 21st Century Partnership a nice Christmas present Thursday.

Lynn Murphey, executive director of operations for Cox Middle Georgia, presented the group with a check for $50,000.

The partnership is a group of business and community leaders who advocate for Robins Air Force Base.

“We get how important this institution is to this region, to this state, and we get how important it is to our country’s national defense,” Murphey told the group before presenting both an oversized check and one that could be deposited at the bank. “We want to help you help other people get it as well.”

Ga. Military Hall of Fame inducts 18

Eighteen people, including Macon’s only Medal of Honor recipient, made up the inaugural class of the Georgia Military Hall of Fame inducted Nov. 22.

The ceremony was held at the Doubletree Hotel in Columbus, according to a release.

The class included Rodney Davis of Macon, who was killed in Vietnam when he jumped on a grenade to save his fellow Marines.

He was among seven Medal of Honor recipients inducted. The others were retired Air Force Col. Joe Jackson of Newnan; Marine Maj. Stephen Wesley Pless, also a Newnan native; Gen. Raymond Gilbert Davis, a Korean War Marine from Fitzgerald; Maj. Henry Elrod, a Marine pilot from Ashburn; Hilliard Wilbanks, an Air Force captain from Cornelia; and George Leland from Savannah, who served in the Civil War.

Others inducted were Sgt. 1st Class Johnny Calhoun, retired Army Col. Ralph Puckett, retired Army Master Sgt. Vincent Melillo, Navy sailor Wendall Leon Jones, retired Army Maj. Gen. David L. Grange, Army Col. Ben Purcell, retired Army Sgt. Maj. William Connelly and Army Capt. Tommy Clack, retired Army Lt. Col. Allan Imes, retired Brig. Gen. Pete Wheeler, from Albany, and Army Capt. John Phillip Yates.

Each inductee, or surviving family members, was presented with an engraved medal and other awards.

“Georgia is one of the states with the highest numbers of veterans living within its borders,” said retired Army Col. Paul Longgrear, the hall’s director. “This program enables us to reach across all branches of military service to honor Georgia’s Veterans.”

New members will be inducted into the hall each November.

For more information about the Georgia Military Hall of Fame, go to

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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