Aug. 10, 1943, in The Star: The USS George Ingram, a destroyer named for a Calhoun County sailor killed at Pearl Harbor, was commissioned today at 2 p.m. in Hingham, Mass. The vessel had been christened early this summer by Mrs. James Ingram, mother of George. Born in Rockmart, Ga., in February 1918, George was moved with his family to Eastaboga when quite young. He attended Eastaboga and Lincoln schools until he reached the 11th grade, at which time he volunteered his services to the Navy. Examiners turned him down due to the condition of his teeth, but a couple of years later he volunteered again and was accepted in March 1941.
Aug. 10, 1993, in The Star: A chartered bus loaded mostly with young folks, 41 passengers in all, pulled out of the parking lot at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Anniston shortly after 7 this morning on a 28-hour journey to Denver to greet Pope John Paul II. Before departing, impish 16-year-olds Patrick Winn and Peter Del Valle declared their mission is to “steal the pope’s hat.” Explained Del Valle, “We need the hat. It cures migraine headaches.” Brother and sister Matt and Erin Porter, both teenagers, are going, as is Chris Reich, the Anniston museum director who’s an adult chaperone for the trip. “For a lot of us who were born and raised as Catholics, it’s not just a spiritual experience, but also an exploration of our heritage,” said Reich.