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Pentagon to highlight Moss’ story on TV

West Hall grad, Afghan war hero to be featured on Web

POSTED: March 5, 2008 5:01 a.m.

OAKWOOD -- The Pentagon Channel spent nearly a day at West Hall High School last week researching a story about Army Spc. Channing Moss, who survived a rocket-propelled grenade attack two years ago while serving in Afghanistan.

Moss, a West Hall alumnus, and two other people will be featured on the channel's monthly documentary series, "Recon," which tells stories of "extreme survival," said Jim Schaefer, special projects producer for the channel.

"We spent most of the day at West Hall High to gather material that relates both to Channing's pre-Army days and to his postinjury recovery," Schaefer said. He didn't cite a specific time the show would air.

Schaefer did say that "Recon" is a 30-minute program, with a new episode aired monthly.
"We've been in hiatus since
December because of technical problems but will return with new shows in the spring," he said.

According to the channel's Web site, the channel broadcasts military news and information for the 2.6 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Moss was seriously injured in southeastern Afghanistan on March 16, 2006, when he was traveling in a group of five Humvees along the Pakistani border. As a gunner, Moss was positioned atop a Humvee when Afghan insurgents attacked the caravan. A rocket-propelled grenade entered the Humvee through the windshield and pierced Moss' body but failed to detonate.

Following six surgeries and intensive physical therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Moss recently moved to Fort Gordon near Augusta with his wife, Lorena, and two young daughters.

Moss has been honored for his service by schools and government offices across Hall County, including Oakwood Mayor Lamar Scroggs, who declared Nov. 2 "Channing Moss Day" last fall.

Moss' alma mater, West Hall High School, dedicated its new Spartan Weight Training Facility to the former West Hall linebacker.


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