On Wednesday morning, the entire student body of Dauphin Island Elementary School walked down the sidewalk along Bienville Boulevard, begging the drivers of three semi-trailer trucks from Ducky Johnson House Movers to honk their horns. The historic Little Red School House was slowly and carefully being transported one mile east from the beach to its new home across from Town Hall.
Local historian Margaret Childress Long has already written the definitive history of Orange Beach, releasing “The Best Place to Be – The Story of Orange Beach, Alabama” with co-author Michael D. Shipler in April of 2006.
She and Shipler have now added the perfect companion to that loving ode to local history, “Orange Beach, Alabama – A Pictorial History.’’
“Only a few of those heroes remain,” USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park director Janet Cobb says of Pearl Harbor survivors, but the park will hold a special ceremony commemorating the attack on Wednesday.
More than 2,390 Americans lost their lives on Dec. 7, 1941 when Japanese bombers attacked the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Those actions propelled America into World War II, a conflict which claimed the lives of some 400,000 U.S. soldiers.
Dozens of Alabamians were among those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor, including two brothers from DeKalb County and a Birmingham man considered by some to be the first state resident to die in the conflict.
Here are some of their stories:
A survivor of the USS Indianapolis sank by a Japanese submarine in World War II is scheduled to speak at two events Wednesday in the Pensacola area.
The Indianapolis and its crew of 1,196 went down July 30, 1945, but the Navy did not know about the sinking until survivors were spotted by a plane three days later. Many of the initial survivors were killed by dehydration, sharks or exposure to the elements before the rescue.
A somber ceremony Thursday morning at the scene of a tragedy that happened 23 years ago.
It was the Amtrak Sunset Limited train disaster.
47 passengers and crew members were killed when the pilot of a tugboat that was pushing a barge, rammed the “Big Bayou Canot” railroad bridge.
A memorial boat tour was held Thursday morning.
A slow boat ride from Blakely State Park takes passengers to place where tragedy shattered the night 23 years ago.
A tug boat captain lost in the fog and darkness pushes his barge into a train trestle moving the tracks just enough to cause the Sunset Limited to derail.
A famed Vietnam-era Navy fighter squadron will reunite in Pensacola on Saturday to share a unique story about their tribute to a fallen colleague and the woman who helped boost their morale during their long combat deployments.
On September 12th, 1979 Hurricane Frederic made landfall on Dauphin Island as a strong Category three storm with sustained winds nearing 130 miles per hour. For days forecasters watched Fredric grow into a monster as it plowed across the Gulf developing an eye 50 miles wide. Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier was 18 years-old at the time, and Frederic is seared in his memory.
Like so many other cities across the nation, the City of Fairhope paused to pay their respects to the victims of September 11th.
“What the enemy meant for evil, God has turned it where the nation came together and pitched in and we all did things that needed to be done,” said Chief Joe Petties, Fairhope Police.
News 5’s Bill Riales visits with Charles Phillipp, who grew up in one history-intensive area; Spanish Fort, Alabama.
Phillip has been collecting old photos of long-gone attractions in Spanish Fort and along the Causeway.
The hometown of former Alabama quarterback Ken Stabler will honor the quarterback’s recent hall of fame induction during a football game at his alma mater on Friday night.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame and Ford Motor Company will pay tribute to the NFL legend at halftime of the Foley High School football game on Friday night. The ‘Hometown Hall of Famer’ program honors the hometown roots of the greatest heroes of the game with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.
OBA Editor Note: We’ve checked and confirmed with the Stabler Family that this is the official Kenny Stabler Facebook page.
The “Pro Football Hall of Fame” is paying tribute to NFL legend Kenny “The Snake” Stabler Friday at his alma mater, Foley High School.
It’s all part of the “Hometown Hall of Famer” program.
It’s a national program that honors the hometown roots of the greatest heroes of the game.
Ham Wilson hadn’t heard from his grandfather in days. Any other week and this wouldn’t have been unusual. When Pappy was at his house on Ono Island, using the telephone wasn’t very high on his list of priorities. If it wasn’t necessary, Pappy didn’t want it.
But Hurricane Frederic was the real deal. As soon as the storm dissipated across the Alabama skies, Ham loaded up his car with gas cans and set out from Birmingham to find Pappy, following behind people clearing the roads with chainsaws.
via Pioneering Ono.
Quarterback Ken Stabler’s long wait to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame ended on Saturday night when the Snake was enshrined with seven other men in a ceremony in Canton, Ohio.
Stabler completed his 15-season NFL career in 1984 and had been a finalist for the Hall of Fame three times before earning election in February as a nominee of the Veterans Committee.
But the 32-year gap between his final game and entrance into the Hall of Fame was too long. While his epic performances in NFL games so famous they have names – the Holy Roller, Sea of Hands and Ghost to the Post, for instance – live on, Stabler succumbed to colon cancer on July 8, 2015.
One of the few remaining survivors of the USS Indianapolis spoke today at Battleship Park. You first heard from Edgar Harrell in a story we shared with you Friday on News 5.
Survivor is too small a word to describe Edgar Harrell. He stood in front of dozens of people today at Battleship Park going into excruciating detail about what it was like having to survive for several days in shark-infested waters.
FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - It’s been 71 years since the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, but 91-year-old Edgar Harrell can still remember seeing the ship for the first time.
“Not hardly as big as the Alabama, some 70 feet shorter – but it as big and when I saw that. I thought my, my, my – what a big ship. We could win the war with that,” said Harrell.
In a weird way, World War II survivor Edgar Harrell’s visit to Mobile this weekend has allowed him to stand once again on the decks of the USS Indianapolis, the ship whose sinking in 1945 plunged him into one of the most horrible experiences in U.S. Navy history.Harrell, now 91, was one of 39 Marines aboard the Indianapolis in July 1945, when it cruised on a secret mission to deliver atomic bomb components to a Pacific island air base. A few days after making the delivery, in the early morning hours of July 30, it was ripped apart by Japanese torpedoes. The 880 or so men not killed in the sinking were thrown into a four-day ordeal of sharks, starvation and thirst; only 317 survived.
A survivor of one of the most harrowing incidents in U.S. naval history, the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, will speak Saturday at USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park.
In July 1945, the USS Indianapolis carried out a top-secret mission to deliver atomic bomb components to the island of Tinian, prior to the air mission that would drop “Little Boy” on Hiroshima. Several days later, traveling without escort, she suffered devastating torpedo strikes from a Japanese submarine and sank within minutes. According to a historical website dedicated to the ship, about 900 of its crew of 1,196 made it into the water. Shark attacks began at sunrise and continued for nearly five days, until rescuers arrived. Only 317 survived.
A 94-year-old pilot was one of the veterans who flew in the Blue Angels pre-show.
Red James was a marine pilot in World War II and the Korean War.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — The University of West Florida Archaeology Institute will be spending the summer digging in a Pensacola neighborhood looking for artifacts left behind by the first “long-term settlement.”
News 5 has learned the producers of USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage are now targeting Veterans Day (November 11) for the film’s release.
Originally, the film’s producers were hoping to release it for the Memorial Day weekend but they are now looking for the November release date. The film stars Nicolas Cage and was shot in Mobile, Alabama.
GULF SHORES, AL – The Memorial Holiday week will launch in grand musical style on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. with a concert by the U.S. Army’s “Pershing’s Own” Woodwind Quintet in the sanctuary at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, 1900 Gulf Shores Parkway.
News 5 has received a special copy of the full-length trailer for “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,” the World War II epic filmed in Mobile and Baldwin counties last year.
The film, starring Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore and Thomas Jane, is considered the biggest to ever be shot in Mobile.
The trailer is lengthy at three and a half minutes, telling the story of “the worst naval disaster in American history.”
ELSANOR, Alabama — Residents have been given more time to save the original Elsanor School building after school officials confirmed this past week that new classrooms slated for construction beginning this summer would be built at a different location on campus.
If you were planning on doing any business with the state of Alabama today, you will need to reschedule.
Today is Confederate Memorial Day in Alabama, meaning state offices and courts are closed in honor of those who fought and died for the Confederacy during the Civil War. The day is marked by a handful of celebrations around Southern states but only Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi designate the last Monday in April as Confederate Memorial Day. Six other states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas – celebrate similar events at various times during the year.
The woods around the Haunted Masonic Lodge in Daphne, Alabama are not haunted by the spirits called upon by the weirdly rumored rituals that go along with masonic conspiracy, but by a man and his brother involved in a devastating accident. A group of Union soldiers were transporting supplies when they were ambushed by a group of Confederates. The wounded were taken to a shelter, but one man that was shot in the head was unresponsive to those trying to help him.
FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - FOX 10 News is following efforts to preserve a historic cemetery in Fairhope.
The cemetery is located at 724 S. Mobile Street.
It is believed to be a historical African American cemetery, known as Tatumville Cemetery.
Many of the headstones have been removed or covered up.
ELSANOR, Alabama — Crowded between portables down a dead-end road behind Elsanor School sits an almost forgotten building that has served Baldwin County school students for over a century. The building has aged during its long existence and must be either moved or torn down when the new classrooms at Elsanor Elementary are constructed in the near future.
Commercial fishing in South Baldwin County is a multi-million dollar industry with market demands for shrimp, oysters, and fish exceeding the supply. It is an industry with eye appeal and atmosphere as one watches a shrimp trawler glide in waters of Bon Secour River or the Intercoastal Canal. Artists try to translate on canvas the peaceful fleet of shrimp boats docked, their nets drying in the sun. A photographer tries to capture on film the strength of a shrimp boat with rigs spread like majestic wings pulling the nets in waters of the Gulf of Mexico.