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.)
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 Forrest Park. Union Avenue and U.S. Highways 51, 64, 70 & 79 are the same. Marker is at or near this postal address: 799 Madison Ave, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. N. B. Forrest Camp 215 Sons of Confederate Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker); Nathan Bedford Forrest (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); Elvis Presley and Sun Records / Sun Records (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lowenstein Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away); The First Railroad in West Tennessee (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Commercial Appeal / Publishing Locations (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
Categories. • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 12, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 665 times since then and 50 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.