Lee to memorialize three service members

Gov. Bill Lee speaks to reporters after a bill signing ceremony in Nashville on May 24, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee is scheduled to honor three service members at a Memorial Day service on Friday morning.

Here’s the release from the Department of Veterans Services:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Tommy Baker and Tennessee Military Department Adjutant General, Major General Jeff Holmes will honor three service members 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.

United States Army Sergeant First Class Jeremy Wayne Griffin of 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 Army in 2004. He was on his fourth combat tour after completing three other combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

United States Army Private First Class Oliver Jeffers of Huntsville was killed in action November 10, 1944 during combat in the Hürtgen Forest of Germany. Following the end of the war, officials were unable to recover or identify Jeffers’ remains, and he was declared non-recoverable in 1951. While studying unresolved American losses in the Hürtgen area, historians discovered a set of unidentified remains in the Ardennes American Cemetery that possibly belonged to Jeffers. In April 2018 his remains were disinterred and were positively identified April 23, 2020. Jeffers was laid to rest in Huntsville, TN October 7, 2020.

United States Navy Fireman Third Class Warren H. Crim of McMinnville was killed December 7, 1941 aboard the USS Oklahoma, while moored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Crim’s unidentified remains were subsequently interred in either the Halawa or Nu’uanu cemeteries in Hawaii between 1941 and 1944 and remained there until June 2015, when the Deputy Secretary of Defense directed the disinterment of unidentified remains associated with the USS Oklahoma. Crim was identified December 8, 2017 and was laid to rest in Smartt, TN October 24, 2020.

19 Responses to Lee to memorialize three service members

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    James White says:

    Bring Our Troops Home from Every Nation; End Foreign Aid to Every Nation.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      You’ve got the right idea James, but just a little too isolationist for my taste. I’d say end nation building immediately. Foreign aid to friends only and we’re friends with whomever wants to be friends with us rather than Red China or Russia no matter how closely the foreign leader is a modern day version of Thomas Jefferson. Wars in backwaters to be fought with U.S. troops using overwhelming force with easily obtainable objectives to be achieved in a strictly limited time frame. Support for friendly foreign combatants (e.g. Saudi Arabia) fighting wars involving U. S. interests where necessary. Call it an American foreign policy by Americans for Americans.

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        Cryan says:

        I wonder why all of our recent “wars” involving US interests “by Americans for Americans” mostly benefited British Petroleum (BP).

        Are you a queen lover, Stuart? Please tell us your thoughts on Prince Harry. You’re a tool of Fox News and Facebook.

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        MARLE says:

        What was our interest in Vietnam, Stuart? I am guessing you supported the war there. We have more US bases in 87 countries than the next 7 largest military powers in the world COMBINED. I bet we wouldn’t agree that China has enough “Chinese Interests” around the globe for that sort of presence even thought they are the #2 economic power and gaining.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Yes indeed I supported the Vietnam war but not the way the liberals fought the war but I knew the liberals were incapable of fighting that war, indeed any war against Communism, any other way because they always, to one extent or another had a certain sympathy with communists and the communist world view of oppressed and oppressors that we see in leftists today.

        Our interest in Vietnam was the same as our interests all over the world at the time which was to stop communist aggression. All those wasteful bases and deployments are mostly undertakings in nation building which we should stop immediately. Install friendly dictators where we have an interest and leave the place alone.

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          MARLE says:

          “stop communist aggression”. I think it was a bit more complicated that that. Our bases are spy operations and we’re not going to close them. You can’t rule the world if you don’t know what’s going on in every corner of the world.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          No need to rule the world. As far as I’m concerned we are slowly losing the ability to rule ourselves. Our vital interests lie in a few places, that’s where our emphasis should be. Prop up friendly dictators in other places if we can do so on the cheap. Leave the rest of the world alone and stop picking needless fights with other nations.

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            James White says:

            One word, Cuba?

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            MARLE says:

            Of course we can’t rule the world….tell that to the politicians you support who can’t get enough of funding our military AND their desire to have 87 bases around the world to the tune of spending more that any other industrialized nation on earth. The reason we do what we’ve done is that the politicians YOU donate to keep approving budgets and Pentagon nominations that set these policies.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Anxiously awaiting the MARLE slate of endorsements to see it (a) they get elected or at least come close, and (b) how zealous they are if elected in slashing the defense budget and reducing Americas presence in foreign countries.

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            Stuart, we installed the Shah in Iran in his position, just like you suggested and where did that get the US? We are still regretting that move. You have a strange sense of foreign affairs and your idea of diplomacy is to bribe the locals. This translates into how you conservatives would like to run our country here at home and it will not pass the test.

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        James White says:

        Stuart, we should OBEY the constitution. No undeclared wars. We have not won any ‘war’ since the last declared war, WWII.
        Stuart, it was and is the United States that build our enemies in Russia and China. We should not give our taxes paid money to ANY foreign nation as one could be friends one and enemy the next; but foreign aid to any one is Unconstitutional.

        Obey the constitution and things would be MUCH better.

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    Cryan says:

    No Vietnam vets? It’s just like girls’ sports; they don’t give a damn until Fox News can conjure up some fear about cancelling Christmas or some shit.

    #ForgottenVets #Vietnam

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

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    Republicans just successfully blocked the Democratic attempt to further dramatize and magnify the January 6th violent trespassing by convening some idiotic “Capitol Riot Commission.” In the Senate vote there were six Republicans who voted with the Democrats including Rod “Lamar” Portman (Heritage-59%) one of the four retirees of 2021 who are the subject of the 3 1/2 Lamars Retirement Project. Conservatives have their candidate to replace Portman in Josh Mandel who has been endorsed by the Club for Growth.

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      Cryan says:

      JD Vance will be the nominee. Josh Mandel will sign his political career’s death certificate if he defies Donald John Trump.

      Trump inherited unfathomable wealth yet declared bankruptcy six times. His one attempt at running a public corporation went belly up. His ventures in casinos, vodka, steak and universities were huge failures. Incredibly, his business legacy will be far better than his political one, except in the case of trolling Republican Primaries and the Heritage Club for Growth.

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      Cryan says:

      🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨
      Marsha voted PNV on the January 6 Commission!!! She couldn’t take a stand one way or the other. Boy, what a spine she has!!!!
      🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨

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    Eddie White says:

    Sad to watch the National Memorial Day Concert become just another piece of artillery for the politically correct crowd in Washington DC

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