Jackson Energy is sponsoring Jackson County Army veteran Jim Bryant on the September 21 Honor Flight Kentucky... Jim Bryant describes himself as “a country boy who found a home in the military.”
The 75-year-old Jackson County resident spent 22 years in the U.S. Army, from 1961 to 1982. His service included a tour of duty in Vietnam.
Bryant, who grew up in Jackson County, joined the Army when he was 17. Before basic training, his only trip out of Kentucky was to Ohio. “I read a lot and wanted to visit the places I read about,” said Bryant.
His service took him throughout the United States, five tours of duty in Germany and one year in Vietnam. He described an incident in Germany as one of the most harrowing of his career.
He and other members of the Third Armor Division spent two weeks with tanks lined up at the East German border during the Cuban Missle Crisis. Soviet tanks were on the other side of the border. “It was a tense situation,” he recalls.
Bryant retired as a Master Sergeant and eventually returned to Jackson County. He has spent much of the last few years helping to raise funds and support the Jackson County Veterans Memorial in downtown McKee.You can help welcome the veterans home on September 21 by attending the welcome home ceremony at Blue Grass Airport at 7:30 p.m.