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Medal of Honor

The Projects

Often when the Medal of Honor is awarded to a member of the U.S. Army, Army.mil produces a new microsite in a massive team effort. The page templates have evolved over time and often include a "Battlescape" that depicts the actions involved.

What I Did

I've been in involved in multiple Medal of Honor projects. Most recently I assisted with the Staff Sgt. Giunta and Sgt. 1st Class Petry battlescapes. I also designed and built the Maj. Crandall site in 2007, for which I produced supporting posters for print and display around the Pentagon.

What I Learned

Medal of Honor sites are huge undertakings for Army.mil and are always tremendous feats of teamwork. I've strengthened my team coordination abilities through participation in these projects, and my storytelling skills through the battlescapes.

Medal of Honor: Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta battlescape screenshot

I created the images for the Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta battlescape using tactical drawings of the battleground that we were provided.

screenshot of the Sergeant First Class Leroy A. Petry battlescape

I conceptualized and laid out the Sergeant First Class Leroy A. Petry battlescape, which took more of a graphic story-telling approach at my suggestion. I performed Photoshop adjustments and visual enhancements on the 3D renders created by William Deacon. The rest of this site is another great John Heiner design, who also developed it.

screenshot of an Army.mil battlescape graphic on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

We were all excited to see our work make it onto The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. It's always great to see your work go places.

Medal of Honor: Major Bruce P. Crandall screenshot

This is the landing page of the Medal of Honor site I finished back in 2007. Maj. Crandall's story is extremely inspiring and I was lucky enough to shake his hand after his Pentagon ceremony. I was pleased to find my poster for this project in AAA World Magazine behind NBC news anchor Brian Williams.