Wiregrass Leaders Remember Congressman Bill Dickinson

Dothan, AL (WSFA) -- Retired army Colonel Don Marnon remembers Congressman Bill Dickinson for his dedication to the military and the wiregrass.

"We've lost a real outstanding citizen when we lost Bill, may god bless him," said Col. Marnon.

Col. Marnon was the garrison commander at Fort Rucker from 1984 to 1987.

He says congressman Dickinson was a true champion for Fort Rucker.

"You knew that it was good news for Fort Rucker because boy, I can't emphasize enough the support that he (Dickinson) gave to us," said Col. Marnon.

Dickinson was a member of the house armed services committee for most of his years in the congress.

A supporter of military funding, he worked hard to secure money for bases and posts throughout the state of Alabama.

"When the Vietnam War was ongoing, he was very visible with the military installation in the region.  He was very active in support of the military in our region," said Thomas Harrison, Executive Director for the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce.

Col. Marnon says when he first met Dickinson it was like he had known him for years.

Whether it was a business matter or personal issue, the congressman was always there.

"Because boy he really took care of us while we were there," said Col. Marnon.

Col. Marnon says even to this day, he can't drive onto Fort Rucker without thinking of the congressman and his legacy.

Reporter: Daniel Curtis