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Grainger Co. bridge memorializes fallen soldier

Friends, family, and officials dedicated an East Tennessee bridge to memorialize a fallen soldier from Grainger County.

The bridge, located at mile marker 35 on Rutledge Pike, now has a new name, Sgt. Jesse J. Coffey Memorial Bridge. Sgt. Coffey was killed in action while serving in South Vietnam in April 1966,

Knox County officials and Sgt. Coffey's surviving family members attended the ceremony. Coffey's son, Rick, said he's glad his family has the community's support.

"Just proud that it is finally happening. The Vietnam veterans got a very raw deal when they got back," said Rick Coffey. "I'm glad to see stuff like this for all of them, not just for my dad. I think this means a lot to them."

Sgt. Coffey was buried with full military honors at the U.S. National Cemetery in Knoxville.


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