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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Roy Moore fires up MARC meeting

November 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, Republican Senate Candidate Roy Moore was the keynote speaker at the Mid Alabama Republican Club meeting in Birmingham. Moore denied the Washington Post allegations that he sexually abused a 14-year-old girl in 1979.

“Now I want to address something that some people have come here to hear about,” Moore said in front of 50 or so supporters, turning his attention to the media who came to Alabama to report on this. “Shortly after becoming the Republican nominee for the United States Senate, the Washington Post began an attack on the Foundation for Moral Law, on my wife, and on me. For weeks, we read about my salary which they distorted, about taxes where they said we were paid money we never got. But we endured that.”

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Congressman Jim Martin has died

October 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, former U.S. Rep. James Douglas “Jim” Martin has died.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement, “Congressman Jim Martin was a great asset to our state. He lived a long life dedicated to serving Alabama in various roles. He was elected to Congress as a Republican in 1965 for one term until 1967. At the time, he was the first Republican elected to that role in over 70 years. Prior to his time in Washington, Congressman Martin was an Army veteran and served under General Patton in World War II.”

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Speaker Joe McCorquodale has died

April 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives had a moment of silence for former Speaker of the House Joe McCorquodale (D) who passed away early on Tuesday.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) wrote in a statement: “Many Alabamians are saddened to learn of the sudden death of Joe C. McCorquodale, former Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives. I counted him as a friend, a mentor, and a colleague. Mr. Speaker was a man of principle who truly loved and served this State. When he hired me as the House Reading Clerk he gave me wise advice he said, ‘Never, ever lie. If you tell one lie, you’ll forget and will tell another. Soon you will be caught up in lies.’ I assured him I understood and would never do so. To this day his advice resonates with me.”
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Potential site selection in Macon County for high-tech manufacturing facility

April 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 29, 2017, it was announced that Tuskegee, Alabama has been selected by DRS Technologies as the potential site of an aircraft production facility to build the T-100 trainer creating up to 750 jobs.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced today that Leonardo, a global aerospace and defense firm will cite their new advanced assembly center at Tuskegee’s Moton Field if the company’s T-100 jet trainer wins a US Air Force competition for a next-generation training aircraft.
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OSS veterans awarded Congressional Gold Medal

December 20, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) announced that the veterans of the World War II-era Office of Strategic Services had been awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for their service to the country.

Sen. Shelby said in a statement, “I’m pleased to report that a bill was signed into law yesterday that will honor veterans of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the predecessor to the CIA, with a Congressional Gold Medal. I’m a proud cosponsor of this legislation to recognize the heroic contributions of the OSS’ members during World War II.”
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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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Todd May Appointed Marshall Space Flight Center Director

February 2, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, February 1, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden named Todd May as the director of the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

May was appointed Marshall deputy director in August 2015 and has been serving as acting director since the Nov. 13, 2015 retirement of Patrick Scheuermann.

Bolden said in a statement, “Todd’s experience and leadership have been invaluable to the agency, especially as we have embarked on designing, building and testing the Space Launch System, a critical part of NASA’s journey to Mars.” “He brings his expert program management and leadership skills and sense of mission to this new role, and I look forward to having him at the helm of Marshall.”
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Marshall Dedicated 55 Years Ago

September 9, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

marshallOn September 8, 1960 the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville was dedicated firmly establishing Alabama in the forefront of space exploration.

Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) said in a statement on Facebook, “On this day 55 years ago, President Eisenhower dedicated the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. The center has been at the forefront of America’s space and science exploration ever since. Happy Anniversary.”
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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.

 

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