Local author wins gold medal

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Crestview author Phillip Stewart won an award for a research guide on the National Archives and Records Administration’s film archives.

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Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM.

CRESTVIEW — In August, local author Phillip Stewart took time out of his busy research schedule to accept an award from the Society of American Archivists.

Now, Stewart’s “Battlefilm: U.S. Army Signal Corps Motion Pictures of the Great War” has added another medal to his honors. His book was selected as the 2012 Branson Stars and Flags Book Award Program’s gold medalist in the Technical Reference category.

The Reeds Spring, Md.-based awards recognize achievement in military-themed books in categories that also include autobiography, nonfiction anthologies, historical fiction, inspirational and children’s books.

“For the first time in book form, there is concise information about the surviving motion pictures that were taken during what was known then as the Great War, over 90 years ago,” award facilitator Nancy Smith stated in a press release. “This, the second edition of ‘Battlefilm,’ details 488 film titles that cover America’s part in this conflict. Each of the 993 reels of action is described using data gathered from actual Army records.”

The Stars and Flags Book Awards contest was established five years ago to promote books with a military connection.

“Many of the judges are veterans themselves, and others include historians, teachers and avid readers,” the release stated.

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