On This Day In Alabama History: Former Southern Company President Alvin Vogtle Was Born

| October 21, 2019 @ 5:01 am

By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

Alvin Vogtle, born in Birmingham on Oct. 21, 1918, graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in 1939 and went on to study law at the University of Alabama and the University of Virginia.

At the start of World War II, Vogtle, already a trained pilot, joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and was given the nickname, “Sammy from Alabammy.” He flew 35 missions. On the final mission in January 1943, Vogtle ran out of gas and went down under fire over North Africa, where he was taken prisoner and sent to camps in Germany.

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