On March 22, eight Cub Scouts from Pack 339, sponsor by the Chipley Kiwanis Club, toured and then spent the night aboard the Battleship USS Alabama in Mobile, Ala. Led by their Cubmaster, Coy Pennington, the Scouts explored the ship from bow to stern and learned about life on this historic “Battlewagon” as she served in World War II. The Scouts also explored the submarine USS DRUM, which ranked eighth among all U.S. Navy subs for the amount of enemy shipping tonnage she sank. The aviation enthusiasts in the group were thrilled as they viewed over 20 aircraft on the grounds of the Park and in the Indoor Aircraft Pavilion dedicated to the 28 Medal of Honor recipients from Alabama. The USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park is dedicated to Alabamians who served in all branches of the military and is an independent agency of the State of Alabama.
The trip has enabled the Cub Scouts to better understand and appreciate the contributions made by military personnel in times of conflict when America’s basic values of liberty and freedom were threatened.