Alabama officials remember Vietnam POW, ex-Sen. Denton
Alabama officials are remembering former Alabama Sen. Jeremiah Denton and his contributions in the Senate and the military.
Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead says Denton was a groundbreaker for the Republican Party when he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980 because Democrats had held both of Alabama's Senate seats for many decades.
Denton was defeated six years later by Sen. Richard Shelby. Shelby says Denton will long be remembered for his service to America and as a hero of the Vietnam War, where he was a prisoner of war for more than seven years.
U.S. Rep. Martha Roby of Montgomery calls Denton "a true American hero." She says she hopes every Alabamian will take a moment to remember Denton's story and share it with their children.