Alvin Vogtle

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Alvin Ward Vogtle was born on October 21, 1918 in Birmingham, Alabama. He was nicknamed "Sammy from Alabamy", in reference to his home state of Alabama. Vogtle was the inspiration for the POW character portrayed by Steve McQueen in the movie The Great Escape. A Spitfire pilot, Vogtle was shot down and captured in North Africa, then moved to prison camps in Germany. He spent three years at camps including Stalag Luft III, Dulag Luft, Offlag XXI-B, Sagan, Nuremberg and Moosburg. He made five escape attempts and on the sixth try made it out to Switzerland in March 1945.

In May 1939, he was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Science and Literature from Auburn University and later studied law at the University of Alabama and the University of Virginia. He and his wife Kathryn Drennen raised three children; Kathryn, Alvin, and Anne-Moore. He was employed at Alabama Power, and rose through the ranks to become President and Chairman of the Board of Southern Company, one of the largest electric utility holding companies in the nation. Southern Company named a nuclear power plant in eastern Georgia the "Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant" in his honor.<!-- Year? -->


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