Between active and reserve duty, Dr. Crawford spent a combined 33 years in the U.S. Navy. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Iraq. He is a recipient of the Navy Commendation Medal and a retired captain.
Crawford is the first African-American to ever graduate from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He was director of orthopaedic surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for 29 years. He subsequently was awarded endowed chairs in pediatric orthopaedics and spinal surgery, and the Crawford Spine Center is dedicated in his name.
This year's student speaker is Kevin Malott, whose 10 years of active duty in the U.S. Army included deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea. Now an Army reservist, Malott plans to graduate from UC with a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership. He plans to return to active duty and deploy to Cuba next year.
The American Legion Post 530 Honor Guard will conclude the ceremony with three volleys of rifle fire, and buglers stationed in Tangeman University Center will play “Taps.”
Veterans in attendance will be presented with a commemorative gift following the ceremony.
UC's ceremony will be held in advance of the national Veterans Day observance on Monday, Nov. 11, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918. The event is free and open to the community.
For more information, contact Veterans Programs & Services at 513-556-6811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured image: The American Legion Post 530 Honor Guard fires a volley during the 21-gun salute at the conclusion of the 2018 Veterans Day observance ceremony. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services