- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

OZARK, Ala. (AP) - For two retired soldiers who served the country around the globe in two different eras, the world is actually smaller than one might think.

World War II veteran Bill Murray Sr., 91, and Vietnam War veteran Deryl Nestor and his wife Lora, both 79, were among the first retirees to move into the Allen Heights residential area on Fort Rucker that was recently made available to military retirees and federal civilian employees.

Murray received the keys to his home at the Allen Heights Community Center at Fort Rucker last week, while the Nestors recently completed moving in.

Murray and the Nestors said they were neighbors in a Dothan senior living community before deciding to move together to Fort Rucker. Mr. Nestor said he first met Murray’s son, Bill Murray Jr. of Enterprise, in the 1980s while Murray Jr. was serving in the Army at Fort Rucker and Nestor was an instructor.

Murray Jr. said his father moved from North Carolina to Dothan about two years ago and happened to mention that a guy named Deryl Nestor was his neighbor. Mrs. Nestor said that is when an inseparable friendship began.

“(Murray) told me one evening at a supper meal about what Fort Rucker was doing and the next morning I was up finding out how to get here - we couldn’t let him come without us,” Mrs. Nestor said, smiling.

“Being here is like coming home. We came here in 1966. We’d never lived on Fort Rucker while (Mr. Nestor) was stationed here, but I do feel like we’re back home.”

Mr. Nestor said the convenience of living at Fort Rucker eases the driving the couple did weekly for appointments at Lyster Army Health Clinic.

“We picked up all our medicine on post. Sometimes I’d have to come get lab work,” he said.

Murray Sr. said his full independence, the opportunity to live closer to his son and the chance to shop regularly at the commissary were reasons why he could not wait to make the move.

“This will be a better lifestyle than I’ve been accustomed to the last couple years. I get to eat when I want to, cook what I want, and I’m gonna use that golf course,” Murray Sr. said.

“And I’ll probably be watching him,” Mr. Nestor added.

Mrs. Nestor said she hopes to “win some friends” she can go to an exercise room with in the Allen Heights community.

Brandon Masters, regional public affairs manager for Corvias Military Living, said several two to four-bedroom floor plans are still available in Allen Heights for retirees and civilian workers. Pricing ranges from $875 for a two-bedroom home to $1,050 for a four-bedroom home, with various pricing in between depending on the floor plan type.

The prices include utilities, lawn care, fenced yards, 24-hour maintenance, access to Corvias’ community centers and pools.

Masters said Fort Rucker is among about 20 of 34 privatized Army projects that have opened their installations to community retirees and federal civilian employees.

Corvias is a privately-owned company that was awarded the 50-year military housing contract in 2006.

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Information from: The Dothan Eagle, https://www.dothaneagle.com

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