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FEATURED ARTIFACTS, UNIFORMS, & PEOPLE

WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THE ARTIFACTS DONATED AND LOANED TO THE MUSEUM BY OUR GENEROUS COMMUNITY

Basil Addison Williams

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Basil Addison Williams served during the Korean War as a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was reported as Missing in Action on November 26, 1950. He was declared Missing in Action and declared deceased on December 31, 1953, and posthumously promoted to the rank of Corporal. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing, at the Honolulu Memorial and also at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

War Carrier Pigeon in Maidenform Vest

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During World War I and II, carrier pigeons were used to transport messages back to their home coop behind the lines.

The pigeon vest was designed and manufactured by the brassiere company, Maidenform. In addition to the pigeon vest, Maidenform also made parachutes.

Comments from James W. Anderson

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Retired from the U.S. Air Force, having served in south Asia, 1967-68.

He lives in Talladega.

​"TALLADEGA -- There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in recent years. The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 59 years since the first casualty....

Fire Bell from 1st Talladega Firetruck

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Billy Miller generously loaned this fire bell to the Hall of Heroes. It has been a treasured part of the Miller family for decades. Mr. Miller, a member of the Talladega Fire Department for four years, was for 16 years connected with the City Police Department, part of which time he was assistant police chief. The City presented him with the bell from Talladega's first fire truck, and the bell hung on a pole on his property.

WWI Trench Bugle

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The museum draws light to a World War I trench bugle found after a building fire near town.

Thank you to Douglas Whaley for loaning this beautiful artifact to the Hall of Heroes!

The inscription reads:

"JW York & Sons
Grand Rapids, MC
Chicago Depot
SPEC-1152
8-27-1918"