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History 4720


During Spring semester 2015, five history students registered for a Special Topics in American History (4720A) began working on an archival project for the City of Griffin Archives, in Griffin, Georgia.  This three-credit course allowed students to work with committee members from the archives to fulfill the guidelines and criteria that was identified for the project.  Participating students will receive acknowledgment for their research in the final documentary.

This project began in 2014 when local military veterans and community and civic leaders in Spalding County, Georgia began working on a project to honor members of the United States military who lost their lives during war time.  The committee decided to research the names listed on war monuments throughout the city of Griffin.  The students’ goal was to identify and profile approximately twelve names from each year on the list and to provide information to committee members so they could then perform oral histories and interviews with surviving family members and friends of the deceased. The research and oral interviews will be compiled into a series of documentaries prepared in conjunction with students at Southern Crescent Technical College. 

Gordon State Students Help Honor Soldiers Killed in Action

Dr. Aiello's Archives class Spring 2015

Aiello, Boyd, Shedd, Grant, Fuentes, Dalton

Gordon State College students are among a group determined to honor and remember local service men and women who were killed in action from World War I to the present. The focus of the Griffin-based "Honor Our KIA" committee is to preserve not how each soldier died, but how they lived.

The two-part project involves Gordon students providing the research necessary to document the history of each soldier. Southern Crescent Technical College students are preserving the research through the development of a documentary.

A celebration of the project was held Sunday, May 24 at the Griffin Auditorium on East Taylor Street.  Participants included Gen. William J. Livsey, U.S. Army Ret. as well as the Griffin-Spalding Elementary School Honor Chorus which performed a medley of the hymns of each branch of the U.S. military.  Twenty plaques were dedicated honoring 19 men and one woman who died in service to the country, and families and friends of each lost soldier were recognized.  The program concluded with the song, “All Gave Some, Some Gave All,” followed by Taps played by Randy Rawlings.

Gordon State College students participating in the project include Pam Fuentes, Jennifer Grant, Savannah Boyd, Thomas Shedd and Scott Dalton. The students were part of Dr. Thomas Aiello’s spring semester history colloquium.