Lee to commemorate three service members – TNJTNJ
Governor Bill Lee is to honor three service members at a memorial service on Friday morning.
Here is the press release from the Department of Veterans Services:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Tennessee Department of Veteran Services Commissioner Tommy Baker and Tennessee Military Department Adjutant General Major General Jeff Holmes will honor three servicemen who gave the ultimate sacrifice at the State’s Annual Memorial Day Service on Friday, May 28 at 10:30 a.m. CDT at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.
U.S. Army First Class Sgt Jeremy Wayne Griffin de Greenbrier was killed in action on September 16, 2019 while conducting combat operations in Wardak province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was 41 years old. Griffin was a special forces communications sergeant with 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group who joined the military in 2004. He was on his fourth combat tour after completing three other combat trips to Iraq and in Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Private First Class Oliver Jeffers de Huntsville was killed in action on November 10, 1944 during combat in the Hürtgen Forest in Germany. After the war ended, authorities were unable to recover or identify Jeffers’ remains, and he was declared unrecoverable in 1951. While investigating unresolved American losses in the Hürtgen area, historians have discovered a set of unidentified remains in the Ardennes American Cemetery. which may have belonged to Jeffers. In April 2018, his remains were exhumed and positively identified on April 23, 2020. Jeffers was interred in Huntsville, TN on October 7, 2020.
United States Navy Fireman Third Class Warren H. Crim of McMinnville was killed on December 7, 1941 aboard the USS Oklahoma, while moored in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The unidentified remains of Crim were then buried in the cemeteries of Halawa or Nu’uanu in Hawaii between 1941 and 1944 and remained there until June 2015, when the Assistant Secretary of Defense led the exhumation of the remains. unidentified associated with the USS Oklahoma. Crim was identified on December 8, 2017 and was laid to rest in Smartt, TN on October 24, 2020.