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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WRCB-TV) - Another award for a hometown hero. In the park which bears his name, Charles Coolidge was presented the Medal of Honor flag on Friday. He was awarded the country's highest honor back in 1945 for gallantry while in combat in France, during WWII.

"I would encourage every Tennessean to go online and read the citation of how Mr. Coolidge won the Medal of Honor," said Maj. Gen. Max Haston, leader of Friday's ceremony.

As a young Technical Sergeant, Coolidge lead a small group of US soldiers against a Germany infantry company, superior in number and firepower, and held the line for four days.

The Medal of Honor flag was developed in 2002 and is just the latest in a lifetime of accolades. "Well, I think it's nice that they done it," said Coolidge. "I mean, it just another thing; this has been going on since 1945 when I got home."

You can't imagine what they got on in `45," Coolidge explained. "I came home on leave before I got out and everybody was so nice and everybody was sending food to the house."

The Major General is also the Adjunct General of the state of Tennessee. Coolidge is the fourth Medal of Honor recipient he has been able to meet and said it never gets old. "To be near these men," he said, "to understand what they've done, to shake their hands, for anyone in the military or any citizen of this country, it's a privilege and an honor."

Charles Coolidge is one of only two living Tennesseans who possess the Medal of Honor. He is 89 years old.

The flag is light blue and bears 13 stars, fashioned after the ribbon to which the medal is attached. It honors the more than 3,400 recipients of the nation's highest honor.

By: Greg Glover
Anchor/Reporter
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