A youth shortened by war

Local veteran came of age during Vietnam War

Steven P. Amick

Steven P. Amick

Editor's Note: Author Jeremy Amick is the nephew of Steven Amick and is public affairs officer for the Silver Star Families of America.

During the Vietnam War, the mettle of many young citizens — often barely out of high school — was tested in what remains a controversial conflict in our nation’s history.

Local veteran Steven P. Amick recognizes the sacrifices he and his fellow veterans made during the war, and remains proud of the tumultuous journey that delivered him to adulthood.

Born in 1947, Amick was raised in the Dixon area until his parents moved to Jefferson City during his sophomore year of high school. After graduating from Jefferson City High School in 1965, he enrolled in classes at Lincoln University.

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“I attended class for about six weeks,” said Amick, “and decided it wasn’t for me.”


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