6 Tennesseans who died in military service honored

6 Tennesseans who died in military service honored

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NASHVILLE (WATE) - Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston of the Tennessee Military Department paid tribute Friday to six Tennesseans who gave their lives in the service of their country, include one who was previously missing in action for several decades.

Haslam presented surviving family members with the Honor and Remember Flag and an Iris which is the official state flower.

Warrant Officer One Sean W. Mullen of Adams, Tenn. was killed on June 2, 2013 by an improvised explosive device (IED) while conducting combat operations in the Nimroz Province of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  The 39-year old soldier was serving with Company Bravo, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Fort Campbell.  Chief Warrant Officer-2 Anthony Deluzio served with Mullen and received the presentation on behalf of the Mullen family.

Staff Sergeant Stephen M. New of Bartlett was fatally shot during an attack on his unit in Kabul Province, Afghanistan on July 28, 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  The 29-year old Memphis native 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.  William New received the presentation on behalf of his son.  

Major Howard Andre, Jr. of Memphis was a member of a two man flight crew on a night armed reconnaissance mission when their A-26A Invader aircraft crashed in Xiangkhoang Province, Laos during the Vietnam War on July 8, 1969.  Andre’s remains were unaccounted for until April 2013.  The United States Air Force pilot was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on September 23, 2013.  He was 34-years old when his plane crashed.  

Staff Sergeant Daniel Lee of Crossville was fatally shot while on patrol on January 15, 2014 in the vicinity of Wazghar Parwan Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  The 28-year old soldier was serving with Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  Robert and Donna Lee received the presentation on behalf of their nephew.

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Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods of Clarksville was among eight service members killed in a plane crash on October 24, 1964 and was the first Tennessean to be declared missing in action (MIA) leading up to the Vietnam War.  Woods was serving with the 5th Special Forces Group based out of Fort Campbell.  The United States Army Staff Sergeant was aboard a C-123 Provider aircraft that crashed when it was struck by enemy fire while resupplying the U.S. Special Forces camp at Bu Prang, Vietnam.  Lisa Szymanski, Steven Woods and Deborah Secriskey received the presentation on behalf of their father.    

The governor declared May 23, 2014 as Gold Star Family Day and formally presented the proclamation to Gold Star Mom Joyce Mount of Franklin, Tenn. Her son Warrant Officer One Judson Mount was seriously injured in 2008 when his convoy vehicle was struck by an IED in Iraq. He died five months later after enduring 13 surgeries.

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