Ward Honors USS Chilton at Jemison Veterans Event

USS CHILTON PROCLAMATION

 

Whereas citizens of Chilton County Alabama have served with honor and distinction as members of the Armed Forces of the United States of America; and

 

Whereas 106 residents of Chilton County gave their lives in service to the United States and their fellow citizens during the First World War, the Second World War, Korea, Southeast Asia, Lebanon and Iraq; and

 

Whereas members of Chilton County’s Greatest Generation responded to the call to service during the Second World War; and

 

Whereas, 53 residents of Chilton County sacrificed their lives in service to the United States and their fellow citizens during the Second World War; and  

 

Whereas civilian residents of Chilton County supported the effort to defeat the Axis Powers thorough numerous community activities, especially the purchase of War Savings Bonds; and 

 

Whereas the citizens of Chilton County were honored for their efforts by having a Bayfield Class Attack Transport Ship named in their honor; and

 

Whereas APA-38 was commissioned the USS Chilton on 7 December 1943; and

 

Whereas the USS Chilton and crew served with honor and distinction as Flag Ship of Transport Squadron 17 in support of military assault operations during the invasion of Okinawa and evacuated casualties from that combat zone; and 

 

Whereas the USS Chilton and crew survived multiple direct hits by Japanese kamikaze aircraft during this engagement; and

 

Whereas the USS Chilton and crew continued to serve with honor and distinction following the war, participating in support of the Bay of Pigs Operation, the blockade of Cuba during the Thirteen Days of October 1962, and as a member of Task Force 180 in  support of the Apollo 10 space mission; and 

 

Whereas the USS Chilton was decommissioned in July 1972 after three decades of service to the citizens of the United States of America; and

 

Whereas the Commissioning Bell of the USS Chilton is the sole remaining artifact of this proud vessel;

 

Be it proclaimed that the Commissioning Bell of the USS Chilton is hereby dedicated in honor of those citizens of Chilton County Alabama who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the United States of America and their fellow citizens.   

 

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