WWII vet sees dreams fulfilled

Willam Posey, left, with his brother, Richard, sees his Marine Corps dress blues for the first time as he attends his book signing at Parnell Memorial Library May 7. (Reporter photo/Christine Boatwright)

By CHRISTINE BOATRWIGHT / Staff Writer

MONTEVALLO – As William A. Posey walked into Parnell Memorial Library, U.S. military veterans, family and community members alike stood in honor of the World War II veteran.

On May 7, Posey had a dream fulfilled.

Posey, who was born in Back Creek and now lives in Montevallo, had written a book in 1979 about his WWII experiences, but never had the book published. His book, titled “Dress Blues,” concludes with, “I am proud to be able to say, ‘I was a Marine,’ though I never did get those blasted dress blues!”

When he told his Southern Care Hospice nurse, Ollie Munford, about his book and his desire to see it published, she took the manuscript to Mara Tierce, community relations director of Southern Care in Clanton.

“Ollie came in and said, ‘Mara, we need to get this published,’” Tierce said.

Following the discussion, Tierce met Dixon Brooke Jr., president and CEO of EBSCO Industries, at a South Shelby Chamber of Commerce luncheon. When she mentioned the book, Brooke told Tierce to contact his assistant. In the end, EBSCO published Posey’s book for family members, then printed a second time as word spread.

The cover of Posey's book, "Dress Blues."

Tierce then got in touch with Robert Horton, public information officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She invited Horton to a book signing she set up for Posey in Montevallo, but their conversation led to something more.