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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An important piece of American history has docked in Gulf Shores.
Replicas of the same ship Christopher Columbus sailed are in Gulf Shores until Wednesday, and you can climb aboard. Crews on the Pinta and Nina ships, the only replicas to tour the U.S, have let down their sails to give tours of the ship Christopher Columbus used to sail the ocean blue in 1492.
FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - Demolition is underway on the old Point Clear School. The school building burned in January of 2014 and has since become a hazard. Zelda Calloway stopped by one last time on Thursday, March 03, 2016 to say goodbye to a big part of her history. Calloway and her two brother went to school at the Point Clear School in the 1940s and she has many fond memories.
GULF SHORES, AL. – On Thursday, March 3 at 1 p.m. the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will arrive in Gulf Shores. The ships will be docked at Lulu’s Homeport Marina, 200 E. 25th Ave. until their departure early Wednesday morning March 9.