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Averitts Ferry Ceremony March 23, 2014

On a chilly yet sunny day, perhaps a few more than 100 souls ventured out to a remote
section (in Trousdale County, Tennessee) of the Cumberland River, 10 miles north of Lebanon,
at Averitt's Ferry, to honor 21 U. S. Army veterans of World War II, who perished in that river,
seventy years ago this very day. The sister of one of the fallen was on hand along with several
dignitaries from Wilson County, who assisted retired U. S. Army Colonel Jerry Mc Farland, and
author Woody McMillan (author of In the Presence of Soldiers http://
tennesseemaneuvers.wordpress.com/about/), to honor the 21 soldiers who drown
attempting a cross of the river on a stormy night in early Spring of 1944. Assisted by the Boy
Scouts of America, and a contingent of active U. S. Army reservists, and led by the crisp and
elegantly attired Honor Guard of the American Legion Post 281, of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, all
paid their respects to the memory of these brave lads who died on maneuvers that fateful
night.
Young men (19 to 28 years of age) sent to war because of evil aggression overseas, from 10
different states, went into the Cumberland to make a river assault, and perished. The last
victim was pulled from the Cumberland River at the Broadway area of downtown Nashville,
one month later, and 81 nautical miles from where he first went into the cold and swollen
river. The National Anthem, Taps and a volley of honoring fire By American Legion, Tyler
Cates Post 281, aided the somber ceremony. Honoring veterans is never out of fashion. We
owe so very much to veterans of all branches of the U. S. armed forces, who offered their life
in harm's way, for the preservation of peace for America. This ceremony was a perfect
example of how America can remember..!

Richard Huffman
PIO, Tyler Cates American Legion Post 281 Mt Juliet, TN