For years the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Center has operated honouring the military and spanning the years from the days of the revolution till now. Exhibits telling the stories of the veterans, with an emphasis on the Medal of Honor recipients and with close attention to those connected with the state are throughout the premises.
Regular visitors to this blog have read of the first Medals of Honor back in 1863. These went to some 19 union men who seized the train engine called the General and a few box cars and set off in enemy territory to destroy bridges and telegraph lines, disrupt the flow of trains and supplies and hopefully cut the days the war would last. Chattanooga played a role in that historic event, as do its displays within the MOH Center.
The center is named after Tech Sergeant C. Coolidge, a MOH recipient from WW11. It is unknown if he is related to the former President of the same name. But never the less the center gives honourable mention to the President including the display of images.
Below we see the President presenting the Medal of Honor first to Commander Richard Byrd and then Mechanic Floyd Bennett at the White House after their flight over Canada to the North Pole in and 1926.
It has been said that the badge reflected the Purple Heart wood of the musket, and the cloth in the shape of a heart, again due to the fondness the men held in their very weapon of the day. Only a handful of these clothe patches...or badges were awarded. The paperwork coming with the medal came to a Montrealer as noted in a past blog. But it is not known if he also got the clothe badge.
Getting back to the museum, its many many artifacts, exhibits and more having probably outgrown their current location. For years they have been planing a new facility, expected to occupy some 19,000 square feet and to have its opening in February of next year.
As I looked over the news announcements I discovered a sketch of the new facility...
Great information has just come in and added to my own collected over the years. This needs some touch ups, and so I will end this brief intro to the "George" story for today.
While I announced recently that I will only be doing blogs twice a month now, I will bring you a special blog next Sunday and tell you all about George.
Hope to see you then,