U.S. Army Colonel William A. Brinkley was born in Madisonville, KY. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1991 and worked as a research analyst for Huntsville area defense contractors. He was awarded the Silver Star Medal for Gallantry in Action and the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in action on May 27, 1969 while serving in the Republic of Vietnam. When enemy forces attacked his unit, he assumed command of the task force and attacked the enemy positions. Although wounded by a direct hit on his armored vehicle, he continued to press the attack by manning his turret machine gun until the enemy fled the battlefield. During his latter years, William A. Brinkley was a resident of the Tut Fann State Veterans Home. While living at Tut Fann he had a passion for assisting other residents. He encouraged them daily and helped many of them complete necessary Veteran’s Administration forms and documents. After a lengthy illness, Colonel Brinkley passed away on September 14, 2007.