Al-Qaeda operatives hijacked four commercial airliners, crashing them into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. A fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Close to three thousand people die in the attacks. Although Afghanistan is the base for al-Qaeda, none of the nineteen hijackers are Afghan […]
“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” —General Douglas MacArthur Of the seven conflicts the ETVMA chronicles and memorializes, one yet remains unresolved with no final peace treaty in place. More than 36,000 American troops were killed […]
The infamous sinking of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35) resulted in the greatest single loss of life in American naval history, with approximately 300 crew members going down with the ship and another 580 dying in the water from dehydration, exposure, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks. Only 317 of its original crew of 1,196 survived the […]
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The almost 400-page book is available from the University of Tennessee Press, local bookstores, or Amazon. It showcases the stories of over 300 service members and their families, documented with public records, obituaries, and family recollections. In these pages, readers will find the accounts of each of East Tennessee’s 14 Medal of Honor recipients, along […]
Private explorers found the U.S.S. Grayback beneath 1,400 feet of water after realizing that a mistranslated Japanese war record had pointed searchers in the wrong direction. See New York Times story. Motor Machinist’s Mate, Second Class Richard Ernest Corum, Service Number 2957872 was aboard the Grayback.
In the valley of Second Creek, just west of the busy commercial district of Knoxville, they stand silent and vigilant. Stone sentinels in platoon strength parade on an acre of grass amidst an industrious, noisy city. Arrayed in two squads in military precision, the ranks of granite stones, each twelve feet high, a foot deep […]
Lance Corporal Estel Huskey was the first Sevier County casualty of the Vietnam War. He was killed in action in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam on May 4, 1966. He served with the Third Marine Division and was from Sevierville, TN.
Corporal James Trenton Jones, from East Tennessee, served with the 117th Infantry during World War I. During his valiant service he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross; the United States second highest medal for valor that can be given to a soldier in the Army. Tragically he died at age 32 in 1930. […]