Today is Pearl Harbor Day

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Today is Dec. 7 and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is asking that all Alabamians lower our flags today in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which precipitated the United States’ entry into World War II.

“At the request of the President, I am directing flags to be displayed at half-staff on Thursday, December 7, 2017, to honor and remember our military members who heroically fought at Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941,”  Ivey said. “Seventy-six years ago, Japanese fighter planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, destroying much of our Pacific Fleet and killing more than 2,400 Americans. The flags should remain lowered at half-staff until sunset on Thursday,”

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Palmer Helps Deceased Auburn Grad Get WWII Distinguished Service Cross for Role in D-Day Battle

May 27, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) announced on Wednesday, May 25 that his efforts to get Alabama native, First Lieutenant Melvin Spruiell long overdue recognition for his part in the World War II D-Day Invasion of Europe.

Congressman Gary Palmer said in a statement, “I was proud to assist a hero receive a much overdue high honor. My NDAA amendment awarded Alabama native First Lieutenant Melvin Spruiell the Distinguished Service Cross for his acts of valor during World War II. Mr. Spruiell was killed acting as a forward observer for the 101st Airborne Division at Normandy. His immediate two superiors were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and they, in turn, recommended that Mr. Spruiell receive one for his actions on June 10- 11, 1944.”
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Alabama Congressional Leaders Reflect on Anniversary of D-Day

June 8, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, June 6, was the 71st anniversary of the D-Day landings in which 155,000 allied troops invaded 50 miles of heavily defended beach to free Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II.  Many of Alabama’s leaders paused to remember the sacrifices of those brave men that day.

US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) said in a written statement, “71 years ago today heroes stormed the beaches of Normandy to fight for the future of humanity. We owe them a debt we can never pay. What we can do is remember them and honor their amazing courage and sacrifice.”

US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) said in his own statement, “There are still those among us that served on that fateful day.  Men like Sherwin Callander of Madison, Alabama, age 95, who joined the Navy in 1939 and whose ship was on its way to Pearl Harbor when it was attacked.  He was later part of the landing on Utah Beach on D-Day. Additionally, men like Nathan Smith, a Marine who made four landings in the South Pacific and was wounded on the fourth day of Iwo Jima, and Carl Cooper, also a Marine who fought in the Battle of Okinawa. Let us remember heroes like them on this day, thank them for their service, and remember the spirit in which they served.  If America is to live up to its potential and remain as a beacon of freedom, it will be in large part because we remember the values that men like these fought for, and still represent today.”

US Representative Robert Aderholt said, “71 years ago today, brave, but I’m sure very frightened, young men stormed the beaches of Normandy. Seven decades later, their bravery and their sacrifice is not forgotten.”

Congressman Palmer wrote, “Seventy one years ago, the invasion of Normandy marked the beginning of the end of the Nazi regime; a regime which represented one of the greatest threats to peace and freedom in history. This was made possible because thousands of brave men chose to fight, bleed and die for their country, and for the cause of freedom.  The D-Day invasion claimed the lives of 2,499 Americans, while 1,914 from our allied nations also paid the ultimate price.  Since we have remembered their victory for so many years, it is easy to forget that at the time, victory was not inevitable.  While the leader of the invasion, General Dwight Eisenhower, famously said ‘We will accept nothing less than full victory,’ history also tells us that he had written a letter taking full responsibility in the event of defeat.  Their sacrifice was not made because they knew they would win.  It was made because they knew their cause was right, and that peace and freedom are worth the price.”

World War II was the largest and costliest war in human history to date.

 

Bentley Announces 350 Automotive Jobs in Tuscaloosa

September 24, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) announced that Purico Group and Bolta Werke GmbH were building their first U.S. production facility in Tuscaloosa.

The two sister companies announced at a news conference that they will invest $39.5 million into the facility creating over 350 new jobs by 2016. The Bolta Werke GmbH facility will produce parts for automotive manufacturers, including Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Vance and Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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Bentley In Germany Seeking To Recruit More Aerospace Jobs To Alabama

November 29, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) and Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield (R) are in Germany working to bring more aviation jobs to the state of Alabama.

On Wednesday, Gov. Bentley addressed the Aviation Forum 2012 in Hamburg as part of their continued effort to recruit more aerospace jobs to the state of Alabama.
Gov. Bentley said, “With Airbus building its first U.S.-based production facility in Mobile, the entire state is poised for growth. Suppliers can benefit from the same positive business climate that helped us attract Airbus. We’re ready to work with companies and partner with them to bring even more jobs to Alabama.”
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