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Annual Jimmie Dyess Symposium

13th Annual Jimmie Dyess Symposium
Thursday, January 12, 2023
The recorded program is available on the Augusta Museum of History's YouTube Channel https://youtu.be/2iyZXhS7wzU 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The symposium was created and developed to recognize Marine Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Dyess's courage as both a citizen and a service member of the United States and to identify others who have shown similar valor or made civic contributions above and beyond the call of duty. This event supports six worthy causes. No other fundraising event in the CSRA has such a wide impact. 

Honorees for 2023 were local community leaders, Edward M. Gillespie and Pat Knox Hudson. Ed for his leadership as President of University Hospital, spearheading the development of Health Central Wellness, Brandon Wilde Senior Center, Walton Rehabilitation, and the University Health Care Foundation. Pat for her unwavering support of civil rights, education, and music in the Augusta area. ⁠

We also recognized Medal of Honor recipient, Gary Michael Rose. For his actions during the war, Rose was recommended for the Medal of Honor, but this was downgraded to the Distinguished Service Cross due to the classified nature of the mission in Laos. He was finally presented the Medal of Honor on 23 October 2017. In addition to the Medal of Honor, Rose is the recipient of two bronze stars and three purple hearts.

Presentation of Colors: North Augusta High School Junior ROTC⁠
Pledge of Allegiance: Ben Olmo, Eagle Scout, Troop 10⁠
Performance by Russell Joel Brown accompanied by Keith Shafer⁠ 

For more information on the Symposium, please contact the Museum at (706) 722-8454. 

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Augusta Museum of History to insure this event will continue for years to come.

Past Symposium Honorees

2023 - Recorded Session: https://youtu.be/2iyZXhS7wzU
Medal of Honor recipient Gary M. Rose
Edward M. Gillespie
Pat Knox Hudson

2022 - Recorded Session: 
https://youtu.be/hDHY8DoTSEE
Medal of Honor recipient Robert (Bob) Kerrey
Christine Miller Betts,
Patricia and Charles Moye 

2021 - Recorded Session: https://youtu.be/Jep5ZID_2OY
Medal of Honor recipient Gary M. Rose
Terry Elam
Doug Hastings

2020
Medal of Honor Recipient James E. Livingston
Gloria W. Norwood
Frederick P. Gehle

2019
Medal of Honor Recipient Melvin Morris
William S. "Billy" Morris III
Jane Howington

2018
Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel Roger H.C. Donlon
Coach Vincent J. Dooley
Barbara Dooley

2017
Medal of Honor Recipient Harold Arthur "Hal" Fritz
Beverly Barnhart
Theodore R. Britton, Jr.

2016
Medal of Honor Recipient Sammy L. Davis
Judy Woodruff
Julius S. Scott, Jr.

2015
Medal of Honor Recipient Barney Barnum
Susan E. Eisenhower
Brian and Neita Mulherin

2014
Medal of Honor Recipient Al Rascon
Ann Boardman
Dick Daniel

2013
Medal of Honor Recipient Tom Kelley
Governor Carl Sanders
Lou Brissie

2012
Medal of Honor Recipient Bruce Crandall
Congressman Doug Barnard

2011
Medal of Honor Recipient Jack Jacobs

MISSION OF THE JIMMIE DYESS SYMPOSIUM

I. To preserve and enhance the legacy of Marine Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Dyess, the only person to have received America's two highest awards for heroism, the Medal of Honor and the Carnegie Medal.

II. To salute outstanding Americans who, over a lifetime, have made major contributions to their nation, their community and their fellow citizens. The 2022 Dyess Symposium will be honoring the following individuals: Charles and Patricia Moye, Christine Miller-Betts, and Medal of Honor recipient Joseph Robert Kerrey.

III. To support the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation by drawing widespread attention to its mission of perpetuating the Medal of Honor's legacy through outreach and collaborate efforts.

IV. To highlight the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission and to give visibility to those who have received America's highest award for civilian heroism, the Carnegie Medal.

V. To welcome people from all over America who visit Augusta to attend this symposium and to meet and visit with the honorees.

VI. To lend public and financial support for the Augusta Museum of History. In this award-winning museum is a permanent exhibit which honors Jimmie Dyess. The large crystal exhibit of the Dyess Symposium is on permanent display at the museum. It features the three awards that Dyess received: the Medal of Honor, the Carnegie Medal and the Eagle Scout Award.

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