Going Back ("G.B.") Chiltoskey is a full-blood
Cherokee recognized by the Smithsonian and European museums as one
of the world's best woodcarvers. He also spent over 25 years with
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers working on classified projects.
G.B. Chiltoskey is shown (left) working on the Landing Ship Tank.
He made the terrain maps for the Invasions of Normandy and North
Africa, helped design the Landing Ship Tank (LST), and the tank
mounted portable bridge (below).
One of his last public apearances was as a Mohican Elder in the
motion picture "The Last Of The Mohicans".
Tennessee native T/Sgt. Charles Coolidge took a handful of new recruits
and directed a four-day battle against a superior German force.
During the battle, Coolidge dueled two tanks with a rifle, stopped
a German attack alone with only two cases of grenades, and stopped
a German attempt to turn the flank of his battallion. T/Sgt. Charles
Coolidge received a Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions.
He is the only living Tennessee Medal of Honor recipient and now
resides in Chattanooga.
the Battle for Italy, Cleveland, Tennessee native Sgt. Paul Huff
drew enemy fire away from a pinned unit when he charged 350 yards
through an enemy mine field, silenced a machine gun nest, and used
the captured weapon to draw enemy fire from another location to
determine its strength. Huff's action led to 27 enemy enemy kills
and 21 German Prisoners. Huff's actions earned the Bradley County
native the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Despite suffering wounds to his face and legs, S/Sgt. Vernon McGarity
rescued several wounded soldiers under fire. With a small squad
of men and against superior German forces, McGarity made a stand
that turned into a two-day battle. He and his men were captured
when they ran out of ammunition. McGarity received the Congressional
Medal of Honor for his actions under fire.
In the Philippines against 5 Japanese tanks supported by 10 machine
guns and a platoon of infantry, Cocke County native M/Sgt. Charles
McGaha pushed through a steel curtain of bullets to retrieve two
wounded soldiers in his unit and rally his men to a new position.
McGaha was shot twice in the incident and collapsed only after moving
his men to safety. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor
for his actions.
Harry S. Truman / Msgt. Charles McGaha photo
courtesy of Jamie P. Holt
(Left to right) Charles Coolidge, Paul
B. Huff, Charlie Morris, Vernon McGarity, Charles McGaha.
Morris is the only M.O.H. Recipient not from Tennessee.
Picture taken at Belle Meade Country Club.
All pictures courtesy of
The National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History
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