My name is William "Al" Grimes and I have filed on the Democratic ticket to represent the people of District 57 in the Missouri House of Representatives.
I was born in Butler in Bates County, and raised on farms in Urich (Henry County) area. I attended Urich Grade school and graduated from Sherwood High school in 1965. I graduated from University of Central Missouri earning a degree of Bachelor of Science in History. For a couple summers, I had the honor of working with my father, William Ivan Grimes, at Butler Manufacturing Company in Kansas City. I also worked at the General Motors Assembly Plant in Kansas City.
Thanks to the influence of the Selective Service Board, I volunteered to enlist in the U.S. Navy in 1970. My career in the Navy was challenging and deeply rewarding. While assigned to the staff of Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group EIGHT, Charleston, South Carolina, I was deployed on the battleship USS IOWA, the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY, and the Aegis cruiser USS TICONDEROGA. Underway throughput the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea so often - we jokingly called our homeport a port visit. While assigned to the staff of Commander Amphibious Group ONE, Okinawa, Japan, I was deployed on amphibious landing ships the USS DUBUQUE, USS CLEVELAND, USS JUNEAU, and the flag ship of the Seventh Fleet, USS BLUE RIDGE. The commands mission was to plan, participate and conduct training exercises with our allies.
Shore duties included: Senior enlisted aide to Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, who is considered by naval historians as the most famous admiral in modern Naval history for development of the naval nuclear power program. I was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for meritorious service by demonstrating "unfailing good judgment, extraordinary professionalism, and total devotion to duty." Perhaps my most unique duty station was assignment to the staff of Vice President of the United States which I was awarded the Joint Service Commendation medal for exceptionally meritorious service. Additional shore duties include the Inspector General's office on the staff of the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet/Commander in Chief Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia; staff of Commander Naval Telecommunications Command, Washington D.C., and administrative support for the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit, Idaho Falls, Idaho.
I also served overseas on the staff of Commander in Chief Southern Forces, Naples, Italy/Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, London, England, and on the staff of Commander U.S. Naval Forces Mariana Islands/Commander in Chief Pacific Representative Guam and the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands, Guam.
Due to the unexpected death of my Father, my last duty station was on the staff Commander Naval Base, San Francisco, California. I decided to retire after 23 years to assist my Mother during her difficult transition. I was twice elected Mayor of Urich, temporary Commander of American Legion Post #371, and one of the original founders serving as Co-Chairman of the Urich Inter-Church Council, a nonprofit community betterment organization. Because of the deteriorating health of my mother, Ruth M. Grimes, I had to resign to provide full time health care. I am a father of two children (girl and boy) and grandfather to four grandchildren (2 girls, 2 boys). Baptized Presbyterian.