Public to get preview of Medal of Honor museum plans this week

Keith Hardison is the director of the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Museum.

Organizers of the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center will unveil the museum's new design Thursday next door to the Tennessee Aquarium, a much-anticipated event years in the making. But one of the most significant artifacts in its possession will not be unveiled quite yet.

The center is named for Charles H. Coolidge, a Signal Mountain resident who is the second oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, for his heroism in World War II. On Tuesday, museum organizers said they received original footage in December of Coolidge receiving his Medal of Honor on a bombed-out airfield near Dornstadt, Germany, on June 18, 1945, just months after the end of World War II in Europe. Coolidge was awarded the nation's highest military honor for his valor in battle on Oct.