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Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs


Colonel Many-Bears Grinder


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.





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

 Finally Comes Home to Knoxville, Tennessee (Video)


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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Old 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 OLD East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery (Lyons View), Knoxville, Tennessee


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East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery


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


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 East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery


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 TN Veterans Cemetery (John Sevier Highway) Buries First Veteran




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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


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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


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West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery


National Cemeteries of Tennessee

Find a Grave in a Tennessee National Cemetery


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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 Lure ?)







Unknown Soldier Tomb Video


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Ann M. Wolf - "I Just Can't Keep From Crying' Sometimes" Video

takes a minute for Ann to start singing


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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.



Charter Members of the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard (August, 1987)




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    


Americas Wars

Reference: Air Force Sergeants Association Magazine, Page 42, January/February issue 2015

American Revolution (1775-1783)

Total U.S. Service members1                                      217,000

Battle Deaths                                                                   4,435

Non-mortal Wounding                                                      6,188

War of 1812 (1812-1815)

Total U.S. Service members                                        286,730

Battle Deaths                                                                   2,260

Non-mortal Wounding                                                     4,505

Indian Wars (approx. 1817-1898)

Total U.S. Service members (VA estimate)                106,000

Battle Deaths (VA estimate)                                           1,000

Mexican War (1846-1848)

Total U.S. Service members                                          78,718

Battle Deaths                                                                    1,733

Other Deaths in Service                                                 11,550

Non-mortal Wounding                                                       4,152

Civil War (1861-1865)

Total U.S. Service members (Union)                       2,213,363

Battle Deaths (Union)                                                 140,414

Other Deaths in Service (Union)                                224,097

Non-mortal Wounding (Union)                                    281,881

Total Service members (Conf.) 2                             1,050,000

Battle Deaths (Confederate) 3                                      74,524

Other Deaths in Service (Confederate) 3, 4                  59,297

Non-mortal Wounding (Confederate)                       Unknown

Spanish-American War (1898-1902)

Total U.S. Service members (Worldwide)                  306,760

Battle Deaths                                                                     385

Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)                         2,061

Non-mortal Wounding                                                     1,662

World War I (1917-1918)

Total U.S. Service members (Worldwide)               4,734,991

Battle Deaths                                                                53,402

Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)                      63,114

Non-mortal Wounding                                                204,002

Living Veterans                                                                     0

World War II (1941 –1945)

Total U.S. Service members (Worldwide)             16,112,566

Battle Deaths                                                              291,557

Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)                    113,842

Non-mortal Wounding                                                671,846

Living Veterans 5                                                    1,462,802

Korean War (1950-1953)

Total U.S. Service members (Worldwide)               5,720,000

Battle Deaths                                                                33,741

Other Deaths (In Theater)                                             2,833

Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)                       17,672

Non-mortal Wounding                                                 103,284

Living Veterans                                                        2,100,735

Vietnam War (1964-1975)

Total U.S. Service members (Worldwide)               8,744,000

Deployed to Southeast Asia                                     3,403,000

Battle Deaths                                                                47,434

Other Deaths (In Theater)                                           10,785

Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)                      32,000

Non-mortal Wounding                                                153,303

Living Veterans                                                       7,247,414

Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991)

Total U.S. Service members (Worldwide)               2,322,000

Deployed to Gulf                                                         694,550

Battle Deaths                                                                     148

Other Deaths (In Theater)                                                235

Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)                        1,590

Non-mortal Wounding                                                       467

Living Veterans 5, 6                                                 2,244,583


Global War on Terror (Oct 2001 - )


 America’s Wars Total (1775 -1991)

U.S. Military Service during Wartime                   43,185,893

Battle Deaths                                                              653,708

Other Deaths (In Theater)                                           14,560

Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)                    525,930

Non-mortal Wounding                                             1,447,281

Living War Veterans                                             17,835,000

Living Veterans (Periods of War & Peace)           23,698,000


1. Exact number is unknown. Posted figure is the median of estimated range from

   184,000 – 250,000.

2. Exact number is unknown. Posted figure is median of estimated range from 600,000 – 1,500,000.

3. Death figures are based on incomplete returns.

4. Does not include 26,000 to 31,000 who died in Union prisons. 

5. Estimate based upon new population projection methodology.

6. VA estimate does not include those still on active duty and may include veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Global War on Terror (GWOT), including Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) are ongoing conflicts. 




Updated Tuesday, 21 November, 2015


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