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    Governor Haslam Proclaims POW/MIA Recognition Week; Seven Service Members Recovered and Returned Since 2011
    Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 08:00 am

  • NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced September 19-25, 2014 as POW/MIA Recognition Week. Since 2011, the remains of seven Tennessee service members who previously listed as Missing In Action (MIA) were recovered and returned to their country.

    Specialist Marvin Phillips went missing on September 26, 1966 while serving with the United States Army in Vietnam. The Palmer native was laid to rest at Palmer Cemetery in Grundy County on September 26, 2011.

    Private First Class Frank Jennings went missing on April 25, 1951 while serving with the United States Army in Korea. The Decaturville native was laid to rest at Jeanette Cemetery in Decatur County on April 14, 2012. [More...]

    Veteran Suicides on the Rise in Tennessee
    Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 01:20 pm

  • NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Douglas Varney and Tennessee Department Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced the number of suicides by Veterans increased from 197 in 2012 to 214 in 2013.

    September is National Suicide Prevention Month which is an initiative to raise awareness about the tragic trend and the resources available to offer support.

    "Sadly, our brave men and women who once served in uniform may struggle with thoughts of suicide and thoughts of giving up," Varney said. "They must always know they are never alone."[More...]

Cecil Harris
PFC Cecil Harris went missing January 2, 1945
    Shelbyville Soldier Missing for Nearly 70 Years will be Laid to Rest
    Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 09:07 am

  • NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of Private First Class Cecil E. Harris of Shelbyville. Harris was serving with the 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division on January 2, 1945 when his platoon was holding a defensive position in Dambach, France near the German border during World War II. The platoon came under attack and had to make a hasty withdrawal. When the platoon was able to regroup, fellow soldiers realized PFC Harris was missing. He was 19 years old.

    The United States Army Graves Registration Command (AGRC) investigated Harris' loss with no success. In September 2013, an official from the American Battle Monuments Commission notified the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) that a French national had located the possible grave of an American serviceman in the Alsace Region of France, near the city of Dambach. The grave was on a hilltop, under a large rock with a crude engraving of a cross and the letter "H". [More...]



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