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Brothers retire after long careers with Corps

VICKSBURG — Brothers Bobby and Billy Stokes have a combined total of 80 years of service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg.

Now, the two Vicksburg natives are retiring.

WLBT-TV reports that the Stokes brothers are retiring from the River Operations Branch of the Corps’ Vicksburg district.

Bobby Stokes first worked with the Corps as a tying tool mechanic with the Mat Sinking Unit, which works to distribute concrete mat squares on river banks. His current position is Supervisory Facility Manager in the Maintenance Section of the River Operations Branch. He has over 38 years of service.

“It has been a great experience working for the Vicksburg District while doing a lot of different things and meeting a lot of people,” Bobby Stokes said.

Billy Stokes began his career with the District as a winchman on the Mat Sinking Unit. Now, he is a revetment operations assistant on the unit. He has worked for the Corps for over 42 years.

“It has been an enjoyable journey, and I have made friends that will last forever,” said Billy Stokes.

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