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as possible, stay near to). If they might reach them, or so, wait party again. friends to the day you might people who only does concern for for them. her sister and they you help the Social premium is $15.50. If she first estimated 1,600 GIs blinded during World War II. On April 19, 1945, about two weeks before Germany surrendered, Ivey was struck by shrapnel from an aerial rocket while riding on the back of a tank. "We were pulling out of Ansbach under the cover of darkness, and I got hit just at sunset," Ivey says. "The last pretty thing I saw was that sunset." Ironically, L.V. Barker of Saks was the litter carrier who carried Ivey to the aid station. Barker later told Ivey that shortly after he arrived on the scene he turned away from Ivey's motionless body, because his first duty was to the was a opening on a play," Ivey says. "Suddenly, I said, 'Here I am. I'm blind. But I have nothing to be ashamed of. Now get out of bed and be a blessing instead instead of a burden."' Ivey returned home to Piedmont where before the war he worked for Stan dard Coosa Thatcher. Textile Textile work was out, but Ivey retrained himself and until 1954 operated a newsstand and florist shop. In 1954, he entered Jacksonville Jacksonville State University and after graduating with a degree in secondary education education moved to Talladega where from 1959 until December December 1983 he worked at the E.H. Gentry Trade School of the Alabama Institute Institute for the Deaf and Blind. IVEY TAUGHT BASIC education, like Braille and mathematics, and - inde-pendentliving inde-pendentliving inde-pendentliving skills to people people who went blind later in life. "One, time,. I had a little boy from south Alabama," Ivey says.. "He was having trouble with arithmetic and I told him to use his fingers. "Every time, he was coming up with one or two more than I was. I couldn't understand it, until someone someone told me, 'Mr. Ivey, he's got six fingers on each hand." Ivey is one of four blind people in Piedmont. He says he returned because he and his wife Gladys still hive family here. At 64, he was somewhat reluctant to set down roots in a new place, considering the adjustment to the new streets, widened sidewalks and large, cement posts which came from urban renewal. Nevertheless, Ivey is already active in his church and is a member of Piedmont's Lion's Club.