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20th Special Forces Group Soldier from Shelby County killed while supporting Operation Enduring freedom

 

Staff Sergeant Stephen M. New killed in Afghanistan

20th Special Forces Group - Fort Bragg, NCNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder regretfully announce the loss of Tennessee soldier Sergeant Stephen Michael New of Bartlett. New has been posthumously promoted to Staff Sergeant.

New was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Jackson, Mississippi but deployed with 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. New was fatally shot during an attack on his unit in Kabul Province, Afghanistan on July 28th.

Staff Sergeant Stephen M. New

Staff Sergeant Stephen M. New

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One Man’s Medal: The Story of George Nishimura – Part 3

 
George Nishimura

George Nishimura

Clarksville, TN – George Nishimura was now half a world away from home, his family, and all that he had known, as a member of the United States Army, at Camp Shelby Mississippi. The trip had been long and hard, but they were ready to begin their training.

Thousands of Japanese-American men had joined the Army, and were ready to serve.

George and his fellow soldiers were joined at Camp Shelby by 1200 mainland volunteers from the relocation camps. They were called “Katonks” because of the sound their head made when hit, like the sound of a hollow coconut. «Read the rest of this article»

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One Man’s Medal: The Story of George Nishimura: Part 2

 

George NishimuraClarksville, TN – George Nishimura joined the United States Army at a time when America was at war.  This teenager did what thousands of Japanese-American men did at the time, to show their patriotism to the country that had been their home all of their lives.

George was at home when he heard all of the noise and commotion going on in the neighborhood.  He soon learned that guys coming home from Honolulu saw planes, Japanese planes, bombing Pearl Harbor.  When he turned on the radio he heard the announcer shouting, “Pearl Harbor is under attack!  This is not a drill!” «Read the rest of this article»

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One Man’s Medal: The story of George Nishimura

 
George Nishimura

George Nishimura

Clarksville, TN – George Kazuo Nishimura was an 18 year old teenager on December 7th, 1941.  He sat and watched the Japanese bombing of Wheeler Field during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  He had no idea what was going on until he read it in the paper.

He wondered, “Why?”

He would volunteer to serve in the United States Army like so many other Japanese American men, in the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

George Nishimura lives in Clarksville, and this week, he’ll be presented his bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony to honor the 90 year old veteran. «Read the rest of this article»

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90 Year Old Japanese-American Veteran to be honored Friday

 
George Nishimura

George Nishimura

Clarksville, TN – George Nishimura was born of Japanese parents on February 25th, 1923, in Hawaii. His father came to work in the sugar cane fields, as so many Japanese men had done before him.   When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, George was eighteen years old.  He would watch the second wave of attack and wonder, “What has happened?”

Thousands of Japanese-Americans volunteered to join the United States Army after the attack. President Roosevelt approved the formation of a separate unit comprised of these Japanese-Americans, also known as “Nisei,” or second generation, to be known as the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam recognizes five Veteran State Employees

 

The Seal of the State of TennesseeNashville TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston of the Tennessee Military Department today to recognize five veteran state employees and half a million Tennessee veterans of all ages and eras.  The Governor’s Veterans Day event was held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza in downtown Nashville.

Sergeant Frank C. Bell, Jr., began his military career in the United States Army in December 1952.  He is currently a member of the administrative staff of the Division of State Audit and is recognized for his military service to our country and impressive 47-year career with the State of Tennessee. «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU Military History Alum earns prestigious fellowship with U.S. Customs and Border Protection

 

Austin Peay State University

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Last year, Maj. Paul Witkowski of the United States Army was stationed on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border, trying to keep enemy combatants and supplies from passing through the region. It was a tricky assignment, given the province’s mountainous terrain and the absence of a fence or other obstruction between the two countries.

Later this summer, he’ll take what he learned in that war zone to Washington, D.C., where he’ll spend a year with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency as part of an Interagency Exchange Program fellowship. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Soldier succumbs to Combat Injuries

 

Specialist Jason Edens is killed in action in Afghanistan

The Seal of the State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder respectfully announce the loss of Tennessee soldier, Specialist Jason K. Edens of Franklin, TN.

Edens died on April 26th, in Bethesda, Maryland from wounds he sustained during an enemy attack on his unit in Laghman province in Afghanistan on April 15th. The 22-year old Williamson County native was an Infantryman assigned to 1st Squadron, 13th Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Specialist Jason K. Edens

Specialist Jason K. Edens

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Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognizes local World War II Veteran

 

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Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder has recognized a decorated World War II veteran who never received his medals.

Private First Class Henry Cathey served in the United States Army from November 1942 to September 1945, serving in Northern France, Central Europe, Ardennes, Rhineland and Normandy.  He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and earned the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal (with 1 silver star and 1 bronze star), the WWII Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. 

PFC Cathey never received his awards.  «Read the rest of this article»

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Marawara air assault combines Afghan-U.S. security efforts

 

by Bagram Media Center

Kunar Province, Afghanistan – A combined forces operation to search for weapons caches and insurgents, lead by the Afghan National Security Forces with Coalition forces support, continued in the Marawara district, today.

The operation had begun, with an air assault combined force of about 700 ANSF and Coalition forces, at 3:00am near the town of Daridam, June 27th. «Read the rest of this article»

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