Medal of Honor recipient speaks at East Tenn. schools

4:27 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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A true military hero spoke at some schools in East Tennessee on Wednesday.

Medal of Honor recipient Bruce Crandall spoke at UT and Seymour Middle School.

Colonel Crandall earned the Medal of Honor for his service as a helicopter pilot during Vietnam. He reportedly flew into heavy enemy fire and evacuated more than 70 wounded U.S. troops. His bravery was re-told in a best-selling book and the Hollywood movie "We Were Soldiers."

Crandall says his main message is there are many ways to serve and be a hero.

"The idea of service, we want them to understand that can be in their community. Service doesn't mean being in the military. We want them to have heroes that are their family, their teachers. We want them to do things for the community that make it better," he said.

Crandall plans to visit UT again in a couple of years. The campus will host the Congressional Medal of Honor Convention in 2014.

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