The Medal of Honor Project is proud to announce that our students’ work has been honored by both the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists and the East Tennessee Historical Society. The Medal of Honor Project was given an award of excellence for being the best blog in the East Tennessee region by the...Read more →
President Obama awarded Kyle J. White the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Sgt. White received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Platoon Radio Telephone Operator assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on November 9, 2007. Including Sgt. White there are 78 living Medal of Honor recipients, seven of which were awarded the medal for actions in Afghanistan.
We are so excited to have one of our students, Annie Carr, on today’s Honor Air flight. Annie is documenting the trip of John Staley, an East Tennessee World War II veteran. Mr. Staley’s first look at World War II was landing on the beaches of Normandy during D-Day. Here’s Mr. Staley discussing the experience.
Annie will be using the footage from our interview with Mr. Staley and her coverage of the trip to DC to create a mini-documentary.
Medal of Honor: The History, a documentary, premiered Monday, March 31 at Regal Rivera theatre in downtown Knoxville. The 2014 Medal of Honor convention commissioned Knoxville-based Rivr Media to create the 44-minute documentary. The premiere was attended by Medal of Honor recipients Hershel “Woody” Williams and Sammy Davis, the Knoxville and Knox County mayors, organizers of 2014 convention and more than 500 people from the Knoxville community.
Taylor Hathorn, journalism and electronic media fourth-year, sat down with Medal of Honor recipient Chief Warrant Officer (Ret.) Hershel “Woody” Williams when he was in Knoxville on March 31. Williams earned his medal for actions in the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. He is the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from that battle and one of seven living Medal of Honor recipients from World War II.
Students and faculty from the Medal of Honor Project visited Washington, D.C. Monday and Tuesday to cover a private screening of the documentary, Medal of Honor: The History. The event was hosted by Justice Samuel Alito at the United States Supreme Court. Joe Thompson and Chris Coyne, co-chairs of the Knoxville convention commissioned Knoxville-based...Read more →
A couple months, a few JEM students went out to McGhee Tyson Airport to cover the return of Honor Air flight 15. It was an amazing experience to see over 1,000 people welcome home the World War II and Korean War veterans whom went on the flight.This time we are going to raise the...Read more →
President Barack Obama will award 24 Medals of Honor in a White House ceremony Tuesday. The ceremony will be the largest of its kind, since World War II. The Valor 24 recipients are individuals from previous wars – World War II, Korea, and Vietnam – who due to prejudice or politics were not originally...Read more →
The Marine Corps Times is reporting that former Marine Kyle Carpenter will be awarded the Medal of Honor. The award stems from actions in Afghanistan when Carpenter was a 21-year-old lance corporal. According to reports, Carpenter dove on a grenade, saving the life of a fellow Marine. Carpenter was seriously wounded in the explosion, breaking...Read more →