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Medal of Honor Video

Thomas “Lawton” Smith II grew up in Cairo, Georgia. After high school, he focused on outdoor activities like whitewater rafting and conservation trail work. Re then worked for the USDA trying to get rid of a moth using biological control in Florida. While studying at Montana State, he worked on fire and occupancy surveys of the Mexican Spotted Owl in Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks. Lawton joined the US Marine Corps in 2012. After MOS school at Defense Information School (DINFOS) at Fort Meade, MD, he received his MOS as a 4671, Combat Videographer. I spent the rest of my enlistment with Headquarters Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installation East.

Now, Lawton is currently studying Biology at CFCC with plans to transfer to UNCW in the Spring of 2024. I hope to add a film major as well. The game plan is to make nature documentaries or work in a lab.

I was lucky enough to do a small production piece for the Medal of Honor recipients. I was an LCpl and was put in charge of filming the visit of USMC Col. Rarvey Barnum (Ret.) and US Army Maj. Drew D. Dix (Ret.) as they visited Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune. It was an amazing opportunity to interview the men as they interacted with Marines and Sailors.

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