On this day in Alabama history: William Nichols critically wounded

On this day in Alabama history: William Nichols critically wounded
Congressman William Flynt Nichols (1918-1988) represented Alabama in the U.S. Congress for 20 years. A veteran of World War II, Nichols championed military and veterans causes in Washington. He was a long-time resident of Sylacauga. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, U.S. Congress)

November 10, 1944

William Flynt Nichols served in the U.S. House of Representatives for two decades. The decorated war veteran, civic leader, businessman and former Alabama lawmaker was dedicated to military veterans and defense policy. He was known for co-authoring the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986, which reformed the U.S. military’s command structure. Born in 1919 on a small farm near Becker, Mississippi, Nichols moved with his family to Sylacauga as an infant. He played football at the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) and participated in military officer training. He entered the Army in 1942 as a second lieutenant during World War II, serving as a gunnery officer. On Nov. 10, 1944, he was critically wounded by a mine and his left leg was amputated above the knee. Nichols died of a heart attack at his office in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 13, 1988. The following year, the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs named its state veterans home in Alexander City after Nichols, who helped secure funding for the facility.

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