World War II veteran honored

Published 3:34 pm Tuesday, May 29, 2018

All gave some. Some gave all.

On Monday, Memorial Day, the American Legion Post 79 honored 91-year-old World War II veteran and former Escambia County Sheriff Scotty Byrne with a plaque acknowledging his 60 years of continuous membership to the post.

Joe Dozier and others gathered to celebrate Bryne’s accomplishment.

Bryne’s sons, Brad and Chip, spoke for the older Byrne saying he joined the military at the age of 16.

“He lied about his age,” Chip said. “His birthday is June 30 and he told them it was April 30. Back then, they didn’t check.”

Scotty was deployed to North Africa and Italy during the war as part of the 88th Division Blue Devils in World War II.

He was injured in the war and received a Purple Heart.

He returned to Brewton and finished his secondary education at T.R. Miller and played football.

Byrne went on to be a two-sport athlete at the University of Southern Mississippi, and later became the first athlete in the school’s history to be inducted into the hall of fame for both sports.