Friends, family remember fallen Knoxville sailor

Friends, family remember fallen Knoxville sailor

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Officials dedicated a large anchor monument in honor of Christopher Eugene Watts. Officials dedicated a large anchor monument in honor of Christopher Eugene Watts.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Friends and family remembered a fallen Knoxville sailor on Saturday.

Officials dedicated a large anchor monument in honor of Christopher Eugene Watts.

The event was held at the Navy Operational Support Center on Alcoa Highway.

Petty Officer Watts lost his life in April of 2004, when he and six other sailors intercepted a suicide bomber headed for an Iraqi oil terminal.

"We miss him. He leaves a hole in your heart.  He had a lot of good friends and family members. We all talk about him. It's like he's still in our midst at times," said Brinda Rainwater, his mother.

Military officials say Watts' selfless efforts prevented massive civilian casualties to both Iraqis and Americans.

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