Alabama Veterans Memorial Foundation
The Alabama Veterans Memorial Park
The Veterans Day step stone dedication ceremony and tribute to veterans will be held on Sunday, November 5 to commemorate Veterans Day 2023. The deadline for ordering step stones is October 2, 2023.
The Story of John Bruce Beveridge, Korean War Casualty:
John Bruce Beveridge was born and raised in Bay Minette, Alabama. He was called Sonny by his family and friends. After high school he attended Marian Military Institute and later married Velma Black. Velma was pregnant with their first child when Beveridge was sent to Korea. On September 8, 1951, he was wounded in intense fighting and was not able to be rescued in time to save his life.
He was the only member of the Bay Minette-based 711th Battery B killed during the Korean War. His daughter, Brucie Beveridge (Mancuso), was born after his death.
Fifty years ago the National Guard Armory where he served was named in his honor and later the Armory was replaced with a fire station also named in his honor and the 711th Battery.
His name is listed on the Hall of Honor Walls at the Alabama Veterans Memorial Park under Korean War and Baldwin County.