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Medal of Honor Project heads to convention


The Medal of Honor Project is on the move.

Four students and two staff from the School of Journalism and Electronic Media will be in Gettysburg, Pa. from Thursday to Sunday to report from the 2013 Medal of Honor Convention.

JEM students Jake Thompson, Taylor Hathorn, Kyle Knell and Jackie DelPilar will document the 2013 convention before the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s flag is passed to Knoxville for the 2014 convention next September.

The students will interview Medal of Honor recipients, their families and a number of celebrities and dignitaries attending the convention.

“I haven’t even come close to packing for the convention, but we have plenty of questions written for Bruce Crandall, Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams, Wolf Blitzer, Sebastian Junger and many of the other amazing recipients and journalists that we are getting the opportunity to interview,” shares Hathorn on the project website.

The interviews and footage will be part of a documentary series produced by the Medal of Honor Project in cooperation with the host committee of the 2014 Knoxville Medal of Honor Convention. The documentaries will chronicle the 2014 convention, the history of the Medal of Honor in Tennessee and the stories of the wives and widows of Medal of Honor recipients. 

Nick Geidner, professor of journalism and director of the Medal of Honor Project, and Mike Wiseman, video specialist in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, will accompany the students to Gettysburg.

To learn more about the project and follow along as it unfolds, visit