One of 80 living Medal of Honor recipients, Crandall was in East Tennessee to promote the school program Character Counts.
The Oak Ridge-Knoxville area will also host the 2014 Medal of Honor Convention. Awarded the nation’s highest award for military valor, Crandall flew more than 900 combat missions during the Vietnam War. His bravery in rescuing wounded soldiers and bringing supplies to ground troops was memorialized in the book, We Were Soldiers Once … And Young, and in the film We Were Soldiers.
Joining Crandall at Y‑12’s History Center is ORNL’s Don Naab, left, Y‑12’s Ray Smith, and Deputy General Manager of WSI-Oak Ridge, Jim Rackstraw. Rackstraw served with Crandall in Vietnam.