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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.
On episodes five and six of the American Valor podcast, we spoke to Mr. Lou Bernardi, Assistant Baseball Coach at the Merchant Marine Academy and Mr. Bob DiBiasio, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs of the Cleveland Indians. Lou and Bob both serve on the Board of Directors of the Act of Valor Foundation. Hear them share stories and lessons on their careers in baseball. Thank you for speaking on the podcast, Mr. Bernardi and Mr. DiBiasio!
We are excited to release our sixth episode of the American Valor podcast, in which the podcast team of Nathaniel Cameron, Tyler Buchholz, and Colin Kirk sit down with the Cleveland Indians’ Mr. Bob DiBiasio. Bob serves on the Act of Valor Foundation Board of Directors, where his experience and connections within the baseball industry are invaluable to the Foundation. Mr. DiBiasio is the host of the popular “Indians Alumni Round-table Show” on SportsTime Ohio, as well as “Tribe Tales,” a where-are-they-now segment that airs pre-game every Sunday on the Indians Radio Network. The group discusses Bob’s personal friendship with Bob Feller, his 30 plus year career in Major League Baseball, including currently serving as the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for the Cleveland Indians, as well as Mr. DiBiasio’s lifelong commitment to his community.