Black Alumni Stories

Samuel “Skip” Vaughn ’76

I received my degree in journalism and went right to work as a news reporter for The Huntsville Times from 1976-80. I covered the police beat my last two years with the newspaper, including high profile cases like the Southwest Molester crimes and the city public workers strike in 1978.

In 1980, my government civil service career began when I became an Army public affairs specialist at Redstone Arsenal. I’ve always worked with the Redstone Rocket, the Army installation’s weekly newspaper. I serve as the editor and do much of the writing and take many of the photos every week. I’m among the 80 percent of the Redstone workers who are working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

My passion is sharing the stories of Vietnam veterans. At 65, I grew up during the Vietnam War era and I know what these brave men and women endured in fighting an unpopular war for our country. I have interviewed more than 265 Vietnam veterans since 2015 when we started our ongoing series, Vietnam Revisited, in the Redstone Rocket. Our website is www.theredstonerocket.com. My book, “Vietnam Revisited,” was published in July 2017 by Page Publishing of New York and is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other major outlets. I teach a class periodically in Huntsville for the continuous education series LearningQuest.

Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I reside in Huntsville with my wife, Janice, a high school English teacher, and our son, Cole, and daughter, Glorian. Glorian is a freshman at Samford University. We are blessed. I would love to have the opportunity to share my experiences with this generation of students at the world’s greatest institution of higher learning, my alma mater, Auburn University. War Eagle!