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Memories of Bob Feller: a Lifetime of Service with the USS Alabama’s Bill Tunnell

Mr. Bill Tunnell served as the Executive Director of USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park until 2015, a total of 19 years. Bill oversaw the maintenance and expansion of one of the last remaining Battleship museums left in the world. Over the course of his career, Bill met and spoke personally with National Baseball Hall of Famer and proud veteran of the United States Navy, Chief Petty Officer Bob Feller, developing a personal relationship with Mr. Feller. Mr. Tunnell was honored to speak at Mr. Feller’s memorial service in 2010.

Mr. Tunnell shares stories and lessons of the USS Alabama battleship, including service to country, America’s military, and the incredible life and legacy of Chief Petty Officer Bob Feller. Some values of those who served on the ship include comradeship, brotherhood, and patriotism. Bill exclaims a job and life very well done for Bob Feller.

The Battleship Memorial Park has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors each year since 1965: “More than fifteen million visitors later and a statewide economic impact approaching one billion dollars, the Park is easily the most recognizable symbol of the State of Alabama. Dedicated to all Alabama Citizens who have worn the uniform of all branches of the United States Armed Forces, the Park’s numerous artifacts, exhibits, and displays all point to the fact that the Park is America’s most unique military attraction” (ussalabama.com).

Bill Tunnell attended the University of the South, majoring in history with an emphasis on American History. Bill has served in various business roles throughout his career. Tunnell was named “Honorary Veteran” by the South Alabama Veterans Council and was the first inductee into the Alabama Tourism Hall of Fame.

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Vice Admiral Jay Donnelly: Submarines, Service to Others and Valor

Vice Admiral Donnelly speaks about what it means to be part of a three generation Naval family and the values he developed at the Naval Academy: integrity, honor and service above one’s self. Learn about life on a submarine and the rationale behind the decisions to allow women to serve in the submarine force and the elimination of smoking on submarines.

Vice Admiral Donnelly encourages young people to start their career in the military because it prepares one for success in life. Military service is an opportunity to develop self-discipline, teamwork and the other skills critical for success in any field: communication, leadership, integrity, doing things right and doing hard things well.

For Vice Admiral Donnelly, valor is the application of sacrifice and service to others in a time of great peril. To live with valor means to act with valor.

Donnelly lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife of 39 years. They have three married children who each became naval officers following college. They are happily accumulating grandchildren.

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Dr. CJ Mitchell on Navy and Leadership

15th Force Master Chief of the United States Navy Reserve Dr. CJ Mitchell speaks about the meaning and theory of leadership on the most recent episode of the American Valor Podcast. Additionally, he speaks about his love for the game of baseball, his experience in the United States Navy, including as the highest ranking enlisted person in the Navy Reserve, and his passion for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation, the combination of Major League Baseball and the United States military.

Dr. CJ Mitchell’s four pillars of leadership for business people, parents and students include:

1. Look them in the eye and tell them the truth.

2. Together we achieve more.

3. Leaders must first hold themselves accountable to a high standard, and then hold their teammates to a high standard.

4. Leaders must be able to communicate a vision.

Listen here: https://actofvaloraward.org/american-valor-podcast/

Mitch Harris: Naval Officer to Major League Baseball Pitcher

Mitch Harris, the second United States Naval Academy graduate to play Major League Baseball, speaks with Nathaniel Cameron, Tyler Buchholz, and Colin Kirk of the American Valor Podcast. The team discusses Mitch’s adjustment to life at the Naval Academy, maintaining his baseball skills while serving five years in the U.S. Navy, including three deployments before playing Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015. Listeners will be inspired and entertained in learning Mitch’s life story and thoughts, including commitment to self, work ethic, attention to detail, striving towards one’s goals, pitchers hitting and playing against the best players in the world.

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Baseball and Military on the American Valor Podcast

Recently on the American Valor Podcast: coach Paul Kostacopoulos, Reds legend Johnny Bench and the 70th Secretary of the Navy the Honorable John H. Dalton. Future episodes include Naval Academy graduate and former Cardinals pitcher Mitch Harris, the 15th Force Master Chief of the Navy Reserve CJ Mitchell, Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda and Vice Admiral Jay Donnelly! Released every other Monday, the American Valor Podcast can be found on most podcast platforms.

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American Valor Podcast: the 70th Secretary of the Navy the Honorable John H. Dalton

On the American Valor Podcast, the 70th Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable John H. Dalton, reflects in depth on his life growing up in Louisiana, attending the United States Naval Academy, serving as an Officer in the Navy, working in private business and in government service. Mr. Dalton speaks about the challenging times he has faced in life as well as the positive attitude and support allowing him to persevere and grow. Mr. Dalton, embodying the Navy’s values of honor, courage and commitment, speaks about the significance of service and the importance of character in leadership. Mr. Dalton provides listeners with three simple constants to provide guidance and assurance throughout life: faith…family…and friends.

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Retired MLB Pitcher Brad Ziegler and Naval Academy Head Baseball Coach Paul Kostacopoulos: American Valor Podcast

The American Valor Podcast team was recently honored to converse with retired MLB pitcher Mr. Brad Ziegler and the head baseball coach of the United States Naval Academy baseball program Mr. Paul Kostacopoulos. Brad and Paul spoke about their careers in baseball, including how they got started in the game, what they have experienced and learned throughout their journeys and what led them to be involved with the military. Mr. Ziegler created Pastime for Patriots to honor service men and women; he was the MLB Bob Feller Act of Valor Award recipient in 2016. Mr. Kostacopoulos is the second-winningest head coach in Naval Academy baseball history. The Navy baseball program has earned five-straight Patriot League regular season titles under his guidance. Thank you to Mr. Ziegler and Mr. Kostacopoulos for your support! We release new podcasts every other Monday. Stay tuned for our conversation with Hall of Famer and 2018 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award recipient Mr. Johnny Bench.

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American Valor Podcast: United States Naval Academy Head Baseball Coach Paul Kostacopoulos

In our eighth episode of the American Valor podcast, Nathaniel Cameron and Colin Kirk talk to United States Naval Academy Head Baseball Coach Paul Kostacopoulos. The team discusses Coach Kostacopoulous’ start in baseball and his journey to become the youngest Division I baseball head coach, leading him to become the second most winningest coach in Naval Academy baseball history. Coach Kostacopoulos discusses his respect for the Midshipmen who balance duty to country, stringent academics and Division I athletics. Coach Kostacopoulos discusses what is required of the United States Naval Academy baseball player as well as his coaching philosophy and definitions of leadership and valor.

 

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American Valor Patriot Program at National Baseball Hall of Fame

Thank you to the National Baseball Hall of Fame for the opportunity to be part of a great day at Doubleday Field this past Saturday, July 20th! Act of Valor President Peter Fertig, Retired Command Sergeant Major and Education Committee Chair Steve Curtis and USMC Gunnery Sergeant and 2018 Jerry Coleman Award winner  John Rose spoke about Bob Feller and the 37 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame to serve during World War II. Thank you to everyone who was a part of the special day.

Congratulations to US Navy Pitcher Mr. Noah Song for being drafted by the Boston Red Sox

Congratulations to Navy pitcher Mr. Noah Song on being selected by the Boston Red Sox in today’s 2019 MLB draft:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/06/04/red-sox-pick-navys-noah-song-no-mlb-draft-academys-highest-selection/