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Chuck Patton and Committee Bring National POW Exhibit to Reece Museum

Chuck Patton

Charles “Chuck” Patton, as Chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Standing Committee, was instrumental in bringing the “Victory from Within” traveling exhibit to East Tennessee State University.  The 1,200 square foot traveling exhibit is based on the thematic organization of the National POW Museum – Capture, Prison Life, Those Who Wait, and Freedom.  It is sponsored by the Andersonville National Historic Site and was completed in the fall of 2013.  The intent of this exhibit is to introduce the public to the prisoner of war story.

The national exhibit is on display from July 16 to September 18 at ETSU’s Reece Museum.  Patton indicates visitors experience the themes of the National POW Museum and are introduced to the families of the captives.  "It also has a family side too, on what the family of POWs have experienced while waiting on their loved ones, because sometimes they didn't know if they were alive or dead," Patton said.  The exhibit’s presence at ETSU was report on WCYB in the feature “Learn about the life of a POW at ETSU exhibit.” 

Chuck Patton is an Executive Aide in the Department of Environmental Health in the College of Public Health. Prior to his arrival at ETSU, he served as a U. S. Marine for 23 years and retired from the military in 2001 as a Master Sergeant.  The Veterans’ Affairs Standing Committee which was formed to address the issues and concerns of veterans enrolled or working at ETSU; to raise awareness of veterans on campus; to sponsor/co-sponsor a recognition for veterans on special occasions and to be a source of information for Students. Staff, and Faculty veterans and persons interested in veterans' affairs at ETSU; and to facilitate outreach to regional military affiliated organizations.

 

"It also has a family side too, on what the family of POWs have experienced while waiting on their loved ones, because sometimes they didn't know if they were alive or dead."

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