Volunteer State War Era Veterans Honor Guard

Knoxville, Tennessee



American Hero Dying For Freedom

Isn't The Worst That Can Happen

Being Forgotten is! ...

"A Nation Reveals Itself Not Only By

The Men It Produces, But Also By The

Men It Honors. "

John F. Kennedy, President


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Website Updated Tuesday, 12 February 2019


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* If you need a copy of your DD-214: The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)

has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online.

 http://vetrecs.archives.gov/ or http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records


* VA Cemeteries Offering Pre-Need Eligibility Determinations


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has implemented this pre-need eligibility program so that Veterans, spouses and

dependent adult children may better prepare for burial in a VA national cemetery prior to the time of need. Interested individuals

may submit VA Form 40-10007, Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery, along

with a copy of supporting documentation of military service such as a DD214, if readily available, by: toll-free fax at 1-855-840-8299;

or mail to the  National Cemetery Scheduling Office, P.O. Box 510543, St. Louis, MO 63151.


VA is no longer accepting email submissions for VA Form 40-10007, Application for

Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery. We hope to

resume this service in the future. We are continuing to process applications via mail and fax.

Please mail to:
National Cemetery Scheduling Office
P.O. Box 510543
St. Louis, MO 63151

Or fax to:
Fax (toll-free): 1-855-840-8299

Download The Application (VA40-10007.pdf)


It's the Soldier,
not the reporter
Who has given us the freedom of the press.
It's the Soldier,
not the poet,
Who has given us the freedom of speech.
It's the Soldier,
not the politicians that ensures
Our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
It's the Soldier
who salutes the flag, 
who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag.


Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs

Colonel Many-Bears Griner


Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs

Tennessee Tower, 13th Floor

312 Rosa L. Parks Ave.

Nashville, Tennessee  37243-1102


Commissioner Grinder joined the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs after retiring from the Tennessee Army National Guard in Nashville where she served as

Director of Logistics while having previously served as the Director of Personnel, overseeing actions from the time an individual enlists in the National to the retirement

process. As Director of Logistics, Grinder supervised more than 340 personnel across the state activities, facilities, equipment and support mission requirements. She

was responsible for a more that $35 million budget and is a certified Defense Financial Manager, the Defense equivalent of a certified public accountant. "I am honored

to serve Governor Haslam, as well as the men and women who have served their country in the Armed Force in this capacity," Grinder said. "Although I will miss wearing

 the uniform, I will be able to continue my bond with service members, their families and survivors." Grinder holds a master's Degree in Strategic Studies from the Army

War College and a master's in Human Resource Management from the University of  Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a Bronze Star Medal recipient, and she is an Operations

Enduring Freedom combat veteran. Commissioner Grinder is a member of several military and veterans associations, including the Military Officers' Association, American

Legion and the Vietnam Veterans of America.



Here's to The Heroes Who Never Came Home

American grave sites in Europe


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A United States Marine Corps, KIA, 72 Years Ago on Betio, Tarawa,

 Medal of Honor Recipient Finally Comes Home to Knoxville, Tennessee.


Here's a video of the funeral for WWII Medal of Honor Recipient Alexander (Sandy) Bonnyman, Jr., USMC. He enlisted at the age of 35; he served as a Private on

Gradual Canal and received a battlefield commission in that campaign. At Tarawa, he was an engineer assigned to the Shore Party Unit when he was killed in 1943. 


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Coming Home

Colonel Jack Roger Harris returns to His Families Land

First Internment at New East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery - Governor John Sevier


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East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery -  (Lyons View)

5901 Lyons View Pike

Knoxville, Tennessee  37919

Phone: 865-577-3228

Fax: 865-573-3630

Cemetery full for new interments

Spouses of interned only


Find a Grave in the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery

 (Lyons View), Knoxville, Tennessee

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East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery


East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery - (Governor John Sevier)

2200 E. John Sevier Highway

Knoxville, Tennessee  37920

Phone: 865-577-3228

Fax: 865-573-3630


Find a grave in the  East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery

 (Governor John Sevier), Knoxville, Tennessee

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 East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery


Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery

7931 McCrory Lane

Nashville, Tennessee, 37221

Phone: 615-532-2238

Fax: 615-532-2241


Find a Grave in the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery,

 Nashville, Tennessee

 Click on Link Below

Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery


West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery

4000 Forest Hill-Irene Road

Memphis, Tennessee, 38125

Phone: 901-543-7005

Fax: 901-543-7141


Find a Grave in the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery,

Memphis, Tennessee

 Click on Link Below

West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery


National Cemeteries of Tennessee


Find a Grave in a Tennessee National Cemetery

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Tennessee National Cemeteries Transcriptions - Access ...


Only Confederate Buried in Knoxville, Tennessee, National Cemetery


The story behind this head stone is that the stone

was made with a pointed center top. This was to stop Yankee Soldiers from

setting on his stone.

(Folk-Lore or Truth?)


Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Video

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6 May, 2017

Two members of the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard lays a

Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at Arlington, Virginia


Chief Master Sergeant Gary Woolf and Sergeant Major Bob LeTellier

on the way to Arlington, Virginia

Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard Wreath


East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery (Governor John Sevier), Knoxville, Tennessee

with Christmas Wreath's


 "I Just Can't Keep From Crying' Sometimes"

Video takes a minute for Ann to start singing

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Created by Ann M Wolf




The Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard was founded in August of 1987 by Command Sergeant Major (Ret) Arnold R. Mullins, his wife Patricia L. Mullins and

Chief Master Sergeant Raymond Thomas. The primary purpose of the organization is to honor all East Tennessee honorably discharged veterans who have served

their country with honor in the United States Armed Services. The Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard is a non-profit, volunteer member organization.

The Honor Guard to date has operated from public support and private donations. We are chartered under the jurisdiction and laws of the State of Tennessee.


Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard



Since 1987 the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard has provided full military honors for over 5000 funerals for fallen comrades who have answered the Last

Roll Call. Volunteers in the Honor Guard have served an 18 county area of East Tennessee with full military honor ceremonies. Honor Guard volunteers visit

area schools, nursing homes, churches and civil organizations, with a flag ceremony and patriotic program, which teaches Americanism and Patriotism. Dedicated

members of the Honor Guard volunteers contribute over 30,000 volunteer-hours per year. Honorably discharged veterans in the East Tennessee area receive

proper full military honors at their funerals, if requested.  As a group of American military veterans, we have devoted our lives to the defense of this great country

and the freedoms we enjoy today, and are determined to honor them and fulfill the promises made.  By defending the freedoms and beliefs that we and our

fore fathers so strongly promote, our armed forces have protected and defended each and every citizen of this land. We are all able to go to sleep at night, secure

in the knowledge that we are free.  We can go about our daily lives without fear, thanks to the willingness of a group of men and women to stand in support and

sacrifice for what is right. In turn they ask for nothing more than the basic respect each of us deserves and the added honor owed to a person who willingly defends

another. Unfortunately even these basic returns are frequently denied, and our veterans end their lives alone and forgotten. Several years ago we organized in

protest to the regrettable occurrence of one of our brethren's silent burial - a burial which did not extend the honor and gratitude earned by the veteran in defense

of this country. We developed a charter and designed a goal that proposes to attend and extend distinguished regards, free of charge, at the burial of any honorably

discharged veteran having served in the armed forces.  The Veterans Honor Guard provides a vital service to families of deceased, eligible veterans by providing

full military honors that the veteran has earned, but cannot receive from the federal government because of budget constraints. 


Honor Guard Vehicle



When you see this vehicle on the road, please pause for a moment

and say "Thank You" to a Veteran who has answered the final call to duty.


War ERA Veteran Dates

World War II ERA Veteran - December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946

Korean War ERA Veteran - June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955

Vietnam War ERA - February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975

Gulf War (includes: Gulf War Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom)

08/02/1990 Open    


America's War Dead

1776 - 2016

83 Wars and Assorted Military Actions in the Past 214 Years

Reference: Veterans of Foreign Wars Magazine, May 2016, Vol. 103,  No. 8




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