A Glimpse at the First-Ever Documentary About the Medal of Honor

As host to this year’s Medal of Honor Convention, Knoxville plays an exciting role in shaping the history and legacy of our nation’s highest award for valor in combat. There are many plans in place to make the convention something to remember, but one of the most talked-about undertakings is the production of a one-of-a-kind documentary: “Medal of Honor: The History.”

The Knoxville Medal of Honor convention is creating an hour-long documentary as its legacy project and will be a gift to the Medal of Honor recipients. What’s so unique? This documentary is the first-ever documentary created solely on the history of the Medal of Honor. Led by Ed Hooper, the project is in its final stages inside a Knoxville production house, RIVR Media.

“It was an incredible undertaking,” said Ed Hooper, historian, author and journalist, in an interview with WBIR. “I knew the story was going to be a monster sort of to tell. We ended up spending a year and a half doing this and collecting information from America, Europe and Asia.”

Throughout the process, Hooper and a team of five, have uncovered rare documents and pictures as old as the Civil War and have revealed fascinating finds around the medal’s complex history. Traveling around the country to find documentation to support historical facts, the team creating the film made unbelievable discoveries and unveiled never before heard stories.

“The fact of the matter is 90 percent of this documentary is something no one has seen before,” Hooper said.

Don’t miss your chance to see the documentary premiering in Knoxville on March 31st. Tickets are on sale now; click here to purchase tickets. The event takes place at the Regal Riviera 8 downtown; click here for a sneak peek.