To every man or woman who has served our country, I offer heartfelt appreciation for your sacrifice. Our country can only remain great as long as there are men and women who are willing to make the sacrifices you have made. Thank you for showing us the way to patriotism and honor by your commitment and service.
All gave some...........some gave all........may we never forget.
|Ralph Fentress Newland|
11 Jun 1915 - 13 Feb 1998
European Theater, World War II
The Battle of the Bulge
After returning from Europe, he married and moved to Flint, MI. There he became a plumbers apprentice and earned entry into the union. He worked there until his retirement. Upon retirement, he and Aunt Mayena moved back to Tennessee, where both lived out the remainder of their lives.
|Van Patterson McDonald|
4 Nov 1932 - 20 Sept 2011
Sharp Shooter Team Leader
Post-Korean War Era
Daddy led a sharp shooter team (now known as sniper squads) in Germany and was offered a promotion to Sergeant and an entire squadron if he would re-enlist. He chose not to do so and return home to Tennessee and the farm where his family lived. He was notified of possible deployment to South Vietnam in February of 1957. He and Momma had planned to marry that month, but delayed their wedding until they knew if he would be deployed. They waited until March with no definite word from the military. They decided to go ahead with the wedding. Thankfully, he was never deployed.
|Brian Keith Eppers|
19 Mary 1980 -
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Brian (my nephew-in-love) enlisted in the Army after 9/11 with full knowledge that he would be deployed. He trained as a Medic and was deployed to Iraq in early 2005. He spent nearly a year there and returned home just before Christmas in December of that year.
I will never forget the look on his face, or that of his children, as they saw him for the first time when he returned home. Pure joy and absolute love shone from the face of Brian, my niece Katie and their children Alix and Jaden, as the kids ran across the parking lot to see their Daddy for the first time in almost a year.
Brian continues to serve with the U.S. Army as a Medical NCO, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Civil Support Team member. To say we are proud of him is a gross understatement.
|Caleb McDonald Watkins|
6 Mar 1991 -
TN Army National Guard
What roads lie ahead for Caleb, we do not know. He has so many plans for his future, realizing that the Army has first claim on his time and commitment. I cannot tell you how proud we were to stand in that auditorium and see him walk across that stage to receive the Top Gun award for his entire platoon!
Where he will go from here, only God knows. I have every confidence he will make his mark in this world; a mark for his God and his country.