Tipton County Veteran of the Month

Rudolph Boykin was born on October 4, 1919 in Brighton, Tennessee.  He was married to Annie Sue and had a daughter, Louise, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army on April 28, 1944.  Leaving his young family behind, he was initially transported from Covington to Tullahoma.  After spending a few days there he was sent on to Ft. Benning, Georgia where he remained for a few weeks of training before being assigned to Camp Plauche, Louisiana.  More training in Slidell followed before he was assigned as a ”Longshore Soldier” in Seattle, Washington.  There he was a truck driver who was responsible for on-loading and off-loading ships.  Although the description is simple, his job was not.  He was one of thousands of soldiers who guarded our seaports and on and off loaded crucial war materials, holding the fate of the war effort in their extremely capable hands.  After spending time at Ft. Lewis, he transferred overseas to the 847 Port Company in Nagasaki, Japan.  His company traveled extensively, working ports on various islands in Japanese theater.  After approximately 2 years there, he returned to the U.S. to Ft. Smith, Arkansas where he was honorably discharged.  Rudolph felt fortunate that he never had to see combat.

After his discharge, he returned to his home in Covington, Tennessee, where he was employed by the City of Covington for 38 years.  His 47 year marriage to Annie Sue produced fourteen children:  8 boys and 6 girls.  Some years after the loss of the love of his life, Rudolph was blessed with marriage to Dolly in 1994.  They have been happily married for 22 years.  Rudolph is Chairman of Deacons at Greater St. John Baptist Church in Covington.  He was nominated for Veteran of the Month by John McBride.