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For Immediate Release

For more information contact:

Rhonda Davis

Director of Sales and Marketing

O: 251-433-2703 x107

C: 251-599-9384



Mobile, Alabama, July 13, 2016 – USS INDIANAPOLIS survivor and former U.S. Marine, Edgar Harrell, will speak on Saturday, July 30, marking the 71st anniversary of the sinking of the USS INDIANAPOLIS.  The event will begin at 1:00 p.m. and be held in the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion at Battleship Memorial Park.  

Harrell will be sharing his vivid first-hand account of the secret mission to deliver the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima and the horrific day that the USS INDIANAPOLIS was sunk.  Harrell is the author of “Out of the Depths,” a book recounting his personal experience of survival following the ship’s sinking.  There will be a book signing following his lecture. 

Last summer the new movie USS INDIANAPOLIS, staring Nichols Cage, was filmed aboard the USS ALABAMA and the USS DRUM.   The movie is set to be released this fall.

Battleship Memorial Park is located at 2703 Battleship Memorial Park.  The event is included with a regular admission ticket to the park.  Admission is free to children up to 5 years of age, $6 for children ages 6 to 11, and $15 for children 12 years of age through adults.  Active Duty Military personnel receive free admission.  The park is open 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., daily, with our last ticket sold at 5:00 p.m.   There is a $2 park entry fee.     

For more information please visit our facebook page at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, or call 251-433-2703.






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PHOTO CREDIT: John David Mercer

PHOTO CREDIT: John David Mercer

Come celebrate Independence Day with us.  Enjoy an evening of patriotic music, picnicking and fireworks at Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway.  Gates will open for on-field parking at 5:00 p.m.  Admission is $5 per car.    

This year’s event includes a rousing patriotic concert by the Mobile Symphonic Pops Band at 7:00 p.m. followed by the fireworks spectacular at 9:00 p.m.  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets.  No grills, alcoholic beverages or personal fireworks allowed. No chairs or tents allowed in paved parking lot.  The Galley, our snack bar, will be selling concessions on the grounds, including hotdogs and hamburgers.  The USS ALABAMA will be closed to the public during the event. 

If you are viewing the fireworks show from the water, the City of Mobile is asking that you stay 750 feet away from the fireworks barge and the USS ALABAMA.  Marine Police and the Mobile Fire Department will be strictly enforcing the safety zone. 

Battleship Memorial Park will be open on July 4th from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 pm. for tours.   

Life South Community Blood Services will be holding their annual July 4th Blood Drive from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Park.   

The Fourth of July Celebration is presented by the City of Mobile and Battleship Memorial Park.  

For more information contact the City of Mobile Office of Special Events at 251-208-1550.

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The USS ALABAMA Battleship Commission is hosting an Enlistment Ceremony and the dedication and unveiling of The Recruit, on Saturday, July 2, 10:00 a.m., in the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion at Battleship Memorial Park.  The Enlistment Ceremony will include the swearing in of new recruits representing all branches of the armed services.  This is a unique opportunity for the public to witness the most poignant moment in the life of our military service men and women, the moment they commit their life to the service of their country.  The ceremony will also feature Maj. John Jacobson, a 105 years-of-age veteran who served in WWII.  The Enlistment Ceremony will highlight our area’s most senior veteran and the most junior service men and women.  COL. Patrick H. Downing, USA (Ret) and chair of the USS ALABAMA Battleship Commission will administer the Oath of Enlistment.  The Spanish Fort High School Band will perform patriotic music for the event 

Following the Enlistment Ceremony, the Battleship Commission will dedicate and unveil The Recruit, the Recruitment Ceremony newest memorial to be installed at Battleship Memorial Park.  The Recruit, which has taken over 11 years to bring to fruition, will be installed adjacent to the gangway of the USS ALABAMA in an area that will soon become one of the most photographed sites in the park,. 

“The Recruit is a memorial unlike any other in our country,” stated COL. Patrick H. Downing.  “It is a memorial dedicated to everyone who ever wore the uniform of our armed forces.” 

Janet Cobb, Major General in the Army Reserve and executive director of Battleship Memorial Park added, “I took my Oath of Enlistment on May 4, 1974.  I remember very well how I felt when I raised my right hand.  The words changed my life legally, and eventually, in ways I never could have imagined.” 

The Recruit is an 8-foot tall bronze statue created by Mobile sculptor and veteran Casey Downing, Jr

“The design of The Recruit represents all modern wars and all branches of the military, with dress that reflects clothing styles from the 20th and early 21st centuries,” explained Downing.  “The inspiration of The Recruit is based on the moment when I took the oath in 1967.  It is a transitional point.  Everyone is still dressed in civilian clothes. “ 

Downing designed the statue by sculpting in clay and then creating the mold.  The mold of the statue was then cast in bronze at the Fairhope Foundry by Corey Swindle.  “I am honored to design The Recruit and grateful to the Battleship Commission for letting me take part in this wonderful project,” Downing continued. It is an addition to Battleship Memorial Park that means the world to me personally.”    

The Enlistment Ceremony is open to the public.  Everyone who has served in the military or has family members who have served is most cordially invited to attend.  The event is free of charge. 

For more information contact Battleship Memorial Park at 251-433-2703 or email us at info@ussalabama.com.  Battleship Memorial Park is located at 2703 Battleship Parkway.  The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. daily, with our last ticket of the day sold at 5:00 p.m.

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For more information contact:

Paula Edmondson

South Alabama Representative

Blue Star Salute Foundation, Inc. 



Blue Star Foundation Plans Armed Forces Day Events

MOBILE, ALABAMA, MAY 5, 2016 – The Blue Star Salute Foundation, Inc. will hold Alabama’s 12th annual Blue Star Salute Celebration on Saturday, May 21, Armed Forces Day, at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway.  This is the fourth year that Mobile will host the state-wide celebration.  The events will focus on honoring those Alabamians who serve, have served, and those who have fallen in military service.

The Blue Star Salute events are free of charge and the public is invited to attend.  There is a $2 park service fee per car to enter Battleship Memorial Park.       

Schedule of events:

Tuesday, May 17, 3:00 p.m. – The Wall That Heals arrives at Battleship Memorial

 Park under motorcycle escort. 

Thursday, May 19, 8:00 a.m. – The Wall That Heals opens to the public for viewing.

Thursday, May 19, 10:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremony – The Wall That Heals. 

Friday, May 20, 1:00 p.m. – Reading of the Names of Alabama’s Fallen on The Wall 

That Heals -  9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial stage.

Friday, May 20, 8:00 p.m. – Candlelight Ceremony – The Wall That Heals. 

Saturday, May 21, 7:00 a.m. – Alabama’s Fallen Heroes 5K Run and Walk and I-Mile

 Fun Run, with awards presented at 8:45 a.m. 

    Saturday, May 21, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Displays, children’s activities and food

 vendors open. 

Saturday, May 21, 10:00 a.m. – Blue Star Salute Foundation Celebration including 

 presentation of colors on horseback by Buffalo Soldiers, music by Alabama 151st National 

Guard Band, vocals by Robert Robinson, keynote speaker Gen. Chuck Horner, USAF (Ret.),

 Iwo Jima Flag Raising reenactment, and more.

Saturday, May 21, 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Entertainment by the musical group Homeland.

Saturday, May 21, 1:00 p.m. – Gold Star Memorial Service for Alabama’s Fallen 

Heroes – 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial stage.

Sunday, May 22, 5:00 p.m. – Closing Ceremony - The Wall That Heals.   

    On-line registration for the Blue Star Salute Memorial 5k Run/Walk and Fun Run is available at https://bluestarsalutefallenheroes5k2016.eventbrite.com through 4:00 a.m. on May 20.  Registration forms can be picked up at McCoy’s Outdoor, Run-N-Tri, and Fleet Feet in Mobile and Running Wild in Fairhope.  Runners can run in honor of an Alabamian who is currently serving in the military or in memory of someone who has served.  Names will be imprinted on each runner’s bib.  Packet pickup will be held at Port City Pacers Office on Friday, May 20 from noon to 6:00 p.m.  Proceeds from the run benefit the Blue Star Salute Foundation, Inc. and the families they serve.  

For more information visit our website at http://bluestarsalute.org or our facebook page at www.facebook.com/bluestar.salute




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USS Indianapolis Filming

USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park is proud to be the principal filming location of USS INDIANAPOLIS: Men of Courage starring Nicolas Cage & directed by Mario Van Peebles. Look for the film May 2016 from Hannibal Classics.

USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park is proud to be the principal filming location of USS INDIANAPOLIS: Men of Courage starring Nicolas Cage & directed by Mario Van Peebles. Look for the film May 2016 from Hannibal Classics.

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Mobile, AL (July 7, 2014) – On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at 10:00 am, in the Aircraft Pavilion at Battleship Memorial Park, the Battleship Commission will host a Memorial Celebration, to remember former US Senator, War Hero, and Retired Rear Admiral Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr. The Battleship Commission is also dedicating this day, July 15, 2014, as “Denton Day”. Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr., a Mobile native, died peacefully on March 28, 2014, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, surrounded by family. The event is being held on what would have been his 90th birthday. 

In 2008, a KA-6D INTRUDER aircraft, bearing the Admiral’s name, was dedicated to Admiral Denton by the USS ALABAMA Battleship Commission. This plane is identical to the plane the Admiral flew in the mid-60’s prior to his capture and imprisonment by the North Vietnamese. The INTRUDER is on display in the Aircraft Pavilion at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park and for the Memorial Celebration, a special Jeremiah Denton exhibit will be set up along with the aircraft. 

Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr. was born on July 15, 1924, in Mobile, Alabama. He attended McGill Institute, Spring Hill College, and the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1946. His 34-year naval career included service on a variety of ships, in many types of aircraft. He was credited with revolutionizing the way the Navy deployed its ships. Denton conceived a revolutionary fleet deployment concept, nicknamed “Haystack”, subsequently implemented by the Pentagon. In June 1965, he began a combat tour in Vietnam as prospective Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron Seventy-Five. On July 18, 1965, Denton was leading a group of twenty-eight aircraft from the USS INDEPENDENCE in an attack on enemy installations near Thanh Hoa, when he was shot down and captured by local North Vietnamese troops. He spent the next seven years and seven months as a prisoner of war, suffering severe mistreatment and becoming the first US military captive to be subjected to four years of solitary confinement. Denton was released on February 12, 1973 and continued his military service until 1977 when he retired and returned to Mobile. Denton was elected to the United States Senate in November 1980 and served until 1987. Denton has been awarded many distinguished honors and awards, three honorary degrees, and lifetime memberships in many national organizations.

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MOBILE, AL – The former crewmen of the Submarine USS DRUM (SS-228) are back in Mobile for their annual reunion. The group has been gathering at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park for over forty years, for their annual reunion. 
The USS DRUM is named for a large sea-bass found off the North Atlantic Coast. The USS DRUM was launched in May of 1941 at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, New Hampshire and commissioned November 1, 1941. With a crew of 72 men, the DRUM conducted 13 war patrols and was awarded 12 battle stars for WWII service. The GATO class submarine is credited with sinking 15 ships, a total of 80,580 tons of enemy shipping, eighth highest of all US submarines in total Japanese tonnage sunk. The DRUM was decommissioned on February 16, 1946. 

“It takes a special man to go down under the sea with the risk of not ever returning. These heroes, not only brought our sub through WWII but have been returning for over 40 years to see their boat,” said Battleship Memorial Park Executive Director, Bill Tunnell. 
Submarine DRUM was donated to the USS ALABAMA Battleship Commission in April of 1969. She was towed to Mobile arriving May 18, 1969. The boat’s sponsor is Mrs. Jolane Edwards, wife of Congressman Jack Edwards and was dedicated and opened to the public on July 4, 1969. The USS DRUM is the oldest Gato Class submarine on display in the United States. 

On Saturday, June 14th, at 11:00 am, there will be a special memorial service held in the Aircraft Pavilion followed by an invitation only luncheon.

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Mobile, AL - Seventy years after the Battle of the Bulge, Andrew J. Cooper, 94, of Gulf Shores, will receive a Bronze Star for his actions in World War II. 

The prestigious award will be pinned on Mr. Cooper during a ceremony on Thursday, May 22nd at 6:00pm at American Legion Post 44, 6781 State Highway 59 in Gulf Shores. 

On June 18, 1944, then Staff Sergeant Cooper was recognized for meritorious service in active ground combat with the 90th Infantry Division, 3rd Army at the Battle of La Haye-du-Puits-Mont Castre Forest in Normandy, France. Paperwork for this award was lost for years and only recently found. Cooper served for three years and received a Purple Heart after his participation in D-Day. 

A former banker, Cooper has been active in many civic and veterans groups. A past Chairman and the first Commissioner Emeritus of the USS ALABAMA Battleship Commission, he served four years in the Alabama State Legislature, served as State Commander of the American Legion (Alabama), and National Vice-Commander of the American Legion. He also served four years on the Alabama State Board of Veterans Affairs. 

Mr. Cooper and his wife, Mary Agnes, moved to Gulf Shores from Troy, Alabama in 1973, becoming President and CEO of the former State Bank of the Gulf, which merged with AmSouth. He retired in 1984.