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Museum Foundation to Host Annual Naval Aviation Symposium

April 13, 2017

The National Naval Aviation Museum opens its doors for another exciting glimpse into the history and future of Naval Aviation at the Museum Foundation’s Annual Symposium, May 10-12. The three-day event will feature a golf tournament on Wed., May 10, followed by panels and special events on Thurs., May 11, and Fri., May 12.

via Museum Foundation to Host Annual Naval Aviation Symposium.

The most notorious person from each of Alabama’s 67 counties | AL.com

March 09, 2017

Baldwin County

Railroad Bill, legendary outlaw, ca. 1856-1896

The legend of Railroad Bill began in the winter of 1894 when railroad employees began noticing a vagrant illegally riding the trains on the L&N Railroad line in southern Alabama near the Florida line. Bill eluded them, hijacking a train car in the process. This incident initiated a manhunt after the railroad detectives gathered a posse and began tracking the man they were now calling Railroad Bill. In 1896 Railroad Bill met his demise in front of Ward’s General Store in Atmore.

via The most notorious person from each of Alabama’s 67 counties | AL.com.

Dauphin Island’s Little Red School House makes one-mile trip to new home | AL.com

December 09, 2016

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.

via Dauphin Island’s Little Red School House makes one-mile trip to new home | AL.com.

Childress-Long to sign copies of “Orange Beach – A Pictorial History” at St. Charles Gifts on Dec. 17 – Mullet Wrapper

December 08, 2016

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.’’

via Childress-Long to sign copies of “Orange Beach – A Pictorial History” at St. Charles Gifts on Dec. 17 – Mullet Wrapper.

Alabamians who died at Pearl Harbor: Remembering events of Dec. 7, 1941 | AL.com

December 07, 2016

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:

via Alabamians who died at Pearl Harbor: Remembering events of Dec. 7, 1941 | AL.com.

USS Indianapolis survivor to share story

December 06, 2016

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.

via USS Indianapolis survivor to share story.

Remembering the 23rd anniversary of the Sunset Limited disaster – FOX10 News | WALA

September 23, 2016

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.

via Remembering the 23rd anniversary of the Sunset Limited disaster – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Anniversary of Hurricane Frederic – FOX10 News | WALA

September 13, 2016

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.

via Anniversary of Hurricane Frederic – FOX10 News | WALA.

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City of Fairhope pauses to remember victims of September 11th – FOX10 News | WALA

September 12, 2016

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.

via City of Fairhope pauses to remember victims of September 11th – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Ken Stabler to be Honored at Halftime of Foley High School Game on Friday

August 19, 2016

Kenny Stabler

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.

via Ken Stabler to be Honored at Halftime of Foley High School Game on Friday.

NFL, Alabama football legend Ken Stabler to be honored – FOX10 News | WALA

August 19, 2016

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.

via NFL, Alabama football legend Ken Stabler to be honored – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Pioneering Ono

August 12, 2016

Ono Island

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.

Ken Stabler gets tearful induction into Pro Football Hall of Fame | AL.com

August 07, 2016

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.

via Ken Stabler gets tearful induction into Pro Football Hall of Fame | AL.com.

USS Indianapolis Survivor Compels Crowd at Battleship Park

July 31, 2016

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.

via USS Indianapolis Survivor Compels Crowd at Battleship Park.

USS Indianapolis survivor shares his story – FOX10 News | WALA

July 30, 2016

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.

via USS Indianapolis survivor shares his story – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

USS Indianapolis survivor: ‘You’ve got to struggle to live’ | AL.com

July 30, 2016

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.

via USS Indianapolis survivor: ‘You’ve got to struggle to live’ | AL.com.

USS Indianapolis survivor to speak Saturday at Battleship Park | AL.com

July 29, 2016

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.

via USS Indianapolis survivor to speak Saturday at Battleship Park | AL.com.

New Release Date for USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

May 29, 2016

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.

via New Release Date for USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage.

U.S. Army’s Woodwind Quintet to open Memorial Day festivities in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 24, 2016

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.

via U.S. Army’s Woodwind Quintet to open Memorial Day festivities in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

WATCH: Official Trailer for “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage”

May 06, 2016

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.”

via WATCH: Official Trailer for “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage”.

Residents given more time to save original Elsanor School building – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 26, 2016

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.

via Residents given more time to save original Elsanor School building – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

State offices closed today. Why? It’s Confederate Memorial Day | AL.com

April 25, 2016

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.

via State offices closed today. Why? It’s Confederate Memorial Day | AL.com.

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