Anyone who has studied Alabama history knows about the fall of Mobile during the Second Great Depression. The stand down of the police. The riots. The looting. The uncontrolled fires. Decades of corrupt government left the city ripe for the kind of chaos and death that occurred in many of America’s larger cities in that time. What saved Mobile in the end was also what had always made it great. The Port of Mobile. The Aeroplex. The various shipyards. Mobile was the center of trade and production for both the civilian and military industries, and the various yards and industrial parks in the region simply could not allow the riots and looting to destroy their infrastructure. They had been hiring retired veterans for their private security for decades, and when the looters and rioters came to burn it all down, the security teams saved one of the richest and most important concentrations of industrial and economic might in Alabama.