Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Nathan Bedford Forrest III, Airman
Brigadier General N.B. Forrest, III, U.S. Army Air Force, was born in Memphis on April 7, 1905 and was the first American General Officer killed in combat against the nazis during World War II. He died while participating in a B-17 bomber raid on Kiel, Germany, June 13, 1943.
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A 1928 graduate of West Point, he served as Second Air Force Chief of Staff prior to transfer to the U.S. Eighth Air Force in England. He was the son of Memphians Nathan Bedford Forrest, II and Mattie Patton Forrest, and great-grandson of Confederate Lt. General Nathan Bedford Forrest. In 1949 his body was returned from Germany and reburied in Arlington National Cemetery.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 117.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 35° 8.329′ N, 90° 2.082′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Union Avenue (U.S. 79) west of South Dunlap Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in Health Sciences
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. N. B. Forrest Camp 215 Sons of Confederate Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker); Memphis City Hospital (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Benjamin Franklin Booth (about 700 feet away); Campbell Clinic (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elvis Presley and Sun Records / Sun Records (approx. 0.2 miles away); Russwood Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Lowenstein Mansion (approx. 0.3 miles away); The First Railroad in West Tennessee (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
Categories. • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 12, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 716 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on May 3, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 12, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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