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Medal of Honor Museum fundraiser to feature Gen. B.B. Bell March 7

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Medal of Honor Museum volunteer Fred Headrick, of the 1st Army 3rd Armor Division, shows his Company Commander Elmer Hovland’s helmet that is on display inside the museum. During World War II, a sniper shot Hovland’s helmet while he was wearing it on March 6, 1944 in Cologne, Germany. Hovland is still alive today to tell about it. Photo by Katie Ward

The National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History, inside Northgate Mall, is hosting its annual fundraiser and awards banquet March 7 at 6 p.m. at the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Retired United States Army Gen. B.B. Bell, who spent 39 years in the military including serving 15 years overseas, is the guest speaker for the event. He retired a few months ago to Ooltewah.

“The Medal of Honor Museum fundraiser pays the museum’s bills,” said Patty Parks, volunteer executive director of the MOHM. “The Medal of Honor Museum has more medals of honor on display than any other museum in the nation.”

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To RSVP to the fundraiser, call 394-0710 or 698-4511 or visit the National Medal of Honor Museum of Military HistoryWeb site.

The fundraiser will feature a silent auction showcasing military-themed handmade quilts, original artwork and dinners at local restaurants.

The Medal of Honor Museum archives are housed at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga.

“The Medal of Honor Museum is focused on cleaning and repairing artifacts from the few years of storage in the combustion building,” Parks said. “The archives are not open to the public, but we desperately need volunteers to help with cleaning and preservation.”

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