Blount County Veterans Affairs

Blount County Veterans Affairs Serving the Veterans of Blount County, TN. This page is for anyone who supports our Veterans!

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Two local programs tomorrow!
09/24/2021

Two local programs tomorrow!

The John Oliver Cabin Trail Ribbon Cutting & Luncheon has been rescheduled for this upcoming Tuesday, September 28. Plea...
09/23/2021

The John Oliver Cabin Trail Ribbon Cutting & Luncheon has been rescheduled for this upcoming Tuesday, September 28. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

The John Oliver Cabin Trail Ribbon Cutting & Luncheon has been rescheduled for this upcoming Tuesday, September 28. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

We had a great visit today with Veteran, Ralph Miller!Ralph was born and raised in Townsend, TN. He attended Porter High...
09/22/2021

We had a great visit today with Veteran, Ralph Miller!

Ralph was born and raised in Townsend, TN. He attended Porter High School and later earned his GED in the USMC. Ralph served briefly in the Army National Guard beginning in 1956. He entered the USMC in July, 1958 and he served as a Small Arms Technician. Ralph deployed to Thailand in 1959 to serve in an advisory role prior to the Vietnam War. He served in Thailand for approx. one year and then was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC. Ralph earned his Honorable Discharge from the USMC in July, 1962.

Ralph served as a police officer with the City of Atlanta Police Department from 1962-1974. He returned to Blount County and began serving in the Tennessee Air National Guard. He served as a mechanic in the motor pool with the 119th Tactical Control Squadron. Ralph also served with the Alcoa Police Department. While serving with the 119th, Ralph began working for British Tyre and Rubber Company (BTR). Ralph retired from the Tennessee Air National Guard in October, 1991. He retired from BTR in 1999. His final job was working with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office providing security to the entrance of Heritage High School. He spent four years with BCSO from 2017 to 2021.

Thank you, Ralph, for your military service in the Army National Guard, USMC and the Air National Guard! Thank you for serving in law enforcement with the City of Atlanta, the City of Alcoa, and with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office!!! We are very proud of you and are glad you are here in Blount County!!! We appreciate you!!!

We had a great visit today with Veteran, Ralph Miller!

Ralph was born and raised in Townsend, TN. He attended Porter High School and later earned his GED in the USMC. Ralph served briefly in the Army National Guard beginning in 1956. He entered the USMC in July, 1958 and he served as a Small Arms Technician. Ralph deployed to Thailand in 1959 to serve in an advisory role prior to the Vietnam War. He served in Thailand for approx. one year and then was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC. Ralph earned his Honorable Discharge from the USMC in July, 1962.

Ralph served as a police officer with the City of Atlanta Police Department from 1962-1974. He returned to Blount County and began serving in the Tennessee Air National Guard. He served as a mechanic in the motor pool with the 119th Tactical Control Squadron. Ralph also served with the Alcoa Police Department. While serving with the 119th, Ralph began working for British Tyre and Rubber Company (BTR). Ralph retired from the Tennessee Air National Guard in October, 1991. He retired from BTR in 1999. His final job was working with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office providing security to the entrance of Heritage High School. He spent four years with BCSO from 2017 to 2021.

Thank you, Ralph, for your military service in the Army National Guard, USMC and the Air National Guard! Thank you for serving in law enforcement with the City of Atlanta, the City of Alcoa, and with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office!!! We are very proud of you and are glad you are here in Blount County!!! We appreciate you!!!

Photos from 1st Special Forces Command - Airborne's post
09/21/2021

Photos from 1st Special Forces Command - Airborne's post

We are sad to learn that Army Veteran, Billy Ray Nuchols, Sr., recently passed away.Billy was born on May 15, 1933 in Ma...
09/21/2021

We are sad to learn that Army Veteran, Billy Ray Nuchols, Sr., recently passed away.

Billy was born on May 15, 1933 in Maryville, TN. He attended Maryville High School and was student when the Army called his name to serve during the Korean War. Billy entered the Army in July, 1953 and he served as a Field Wireman. During the Korean War, Billy helped hang communication wires for the Army. Billy received his Honorable Discharge in June, 1955.

Billy received a Quilt of Valor in 2018! Sadly, he passed away on September 18, 2021. He was 88 years old. Billy will be laid to rest at Russell’s Cemetery.

We send our sincere condolences to his family. We were very proud of his service in the Army and the Korean War. May he rest in peace.

We are sad to learn that Army Veteran, Billy Ray Nuchols, Sr., recently passed away.

Billy was born on May 15, 1933 in Maryville, TN. He attended Maryville High School and was student when the Army called his name to serve during the Korean War. Billy entered the Army in July, 1953 and he served as a Field Wireman. During the Korean War, Billy helped hang communication wires for the Army. Billy received his Honorable Discharge in June, 1955.

Billy received a Quilt of Valor in 2018! Sadly, he passed away on September 18, 2021. He was 88 years old. Billy will be laid to rest at Russell’s Cemetery.

We send our sincere condolences to his family. We were very proud of his service in the Army and the Korean War. May he rest in peace.

09/20/2021

This coming Saturday morning our VFW post will be hosting another Veterans Breakfast. Please see attached flier and pass onto your veteran friends

We are sad to learn that Army Veteran, Victor Lones, recently passed away.Victor was born on October 22, 1943 in Blount ...
09/17/2021

We are sad to learn that Army Veteran, Victor Lones, recently passed away.

Victor was born on October 22, 1943 in Blount County, TN. He graduated from Walland High School in 1961 and began working for the Blount County Highway Department until he received his draft notice in 1965. Victor entered the US Army in August, 1965 and he served as a Heavy Equipment Operator with the 86th Engineer Battalion. He served in Vietnam in 1966-1967. Victor received his Honorable Discharge in August, 1967 after returning from Vietnam.

He was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church and Alcoa’s 25 Year Club. Sadly, Victor passed away on September 13, 2021. He will be laid to rest at Grandview Pavilion.

We send our sincere condolences to his family. We were very proud of Victor and his service in the Army and the Vietnam War. May he rest in peace.

We are sad to learn that Army Veteran, Victor Lones, recently passed away.

Victor was born on October 22, 1943 in Blount County, TN. He graduated from Walland High School in 1961 and began working for the Blount County Highway Department until he received his draft notice in 1965. Victor entered the US Army in August, 1965 and he served as a Heavy Equipment Operator with the 86th Engineer Battalion. He served in Vietnam in 1966-1967. Victor received his Honorable Discharge in August, 1967 after returning from Vietnam.

He was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church and Alcoa’s 25 Year Club. Sadly, Victor passed away on September 13, 2021. He will be laid to rest at Grandview Pavilion.

We send our sincere condolences to his family. We were very proud of Victor and his service in the Army and the Vietnam War. May he rest in peace.

Timeline Photos
09/17/2021

Timeline Photos

On this day in 1979, Prisoner of War/Missing In Action (POW/MIA) Day was declared a national day of remembrance by Congress. POW/MIA Recognition Day recognizes personnel who served as prisoners of war and those who have been declared missing in action. According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, 83,114 Americans who fought in conflicts from World War II to present day are still missing. To learn more about the stories of POWs/MIAs and the history of POW/MIA day, please visit https://bit.ly/39h15NT. We honor the service of POW/MIA Veterans.

We had a great visit today with Army Veteran, Landrith Gass!Landrith is 89 years old! He was born and raised in Greene C...
09/16/2021

We had a great visit today with Army Veteran, Landrith Gass!

Landrith is 89 years old! He was born and raised in Greene County, TN and he attended Baileyton School. Landrith was drafted into the Army in February, 1953 and during the Korean War. He completed basic training at Camp Pickett, VA. Landrith served as a tank crew member and he also worked in field maintenance in the Army. He served in Korea in 1954. Landrith received his Honorable Discharge in February, 1955.

After serving in the Army, Landrith returned to Greene County and worked in Heavy Construction. He moved to Blount County about two years ago.

Thank you, Landrith, for your service in the Army and the Korean War. We are very proud of you and glad you are here in Blount County!!! We appreciate you!!!

We had a great visit today with Army Veteran, Landrith Gass!

Landrith is 89 years old! He was born and raised in Greene County, TN and he attended Baileyton School. Landrith was drafted into the Army in February, 1953 and during the Korean War. He completed basic training at Camp Pickett, VA. Landrith served as a tank crew member and he also worked in field maintenance in the Army. He served in Korea in 1954. Landrith received his Honorable Discharge in February, 1955.

After serving in the Army, Landrith returned to Greene County and worked in Heavy Construction. He moved to Blount County about two years ago.

Thank you, Landrith, for your service in the Army and the Korean War. We are very proud of you and glad you are here in Blount County!!! We appreciate you!!!

You may remember Bailey Hasty who raised money last year for our Veterans Food Pantry. She is an amazing young lady here...
09/16/2021

You may remember Bailey Hasty who raised money last year for our Veterans Food Pantry. She is an amazing young lady here in Blount County and is currently in her Junior Class at Maryville High School! This year she hopes to raise money for Smoky Mountain Service Dogs

Bailey’s father, Mark Hasty, is a USMC Veteran and a Firefighter with the Maryville Fire Department! He served in Iraq in 2005 with Delta Company, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion in Knoxville. Thank you, Mark, for your service in the USMC and now as a Firefighter!

Here is information from Bailey Hasty….
This year I have the opportunity to represent the MHS Junior Class in this year’s homecoming court. Each representative is asked to raise funds for their selected nonprofit. I am thrilled to announce that I am supporting the Smoky Mountain Service Dogs!!! My goal is to provide a local, wounded Veteran with a mobility assistance dog. Please consider giving to this organization. I am very excited to make a big impact in a Veteran’s life in hopes to enhance their day to day activities.
Donation options:
1) I can pick up cash or check made out to Smoky Mountain Service Dogs
2) Venmo tabhasty0314
3) Paypal ***Be sure to type BAILEY in the Special instructions to Seller to ensure she was the referral*** https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=3TQG42UWCN2WG&fbclid=IwAR2lVXIJRkjqmTtQ7iqJAkpPdte0rVCRdMZzL-X54vqUnpWcuwSMsgo5hNU&Z3JncnB0=

You may remember Bailey Hasty who raised money last year for our Veterans Food Pantry. She is an amazing young lady here in Blount County and is currently in her Junior Class at Maryville High School! This year she hopes to raise money for Smoky Mountain Service Dogs

Bailey’s father, Mark Hasty, is a USMC Veteran and a Firefighter with the Maryville Fire Department! He served in Iraq in 2005 with Delta Company, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion in Knoxville. Thank you, Mark, for your service in the USMC and now as a Firefighter!

Here is information from Bailey Hasty….
This year I have the opportunity to represent the MHS Junior Class in this year’s homecoming court. Each representative is asked to raise funds for their selected nonprofit. I am thrilled to announce that I am supporting the Smoky Mountain Service Dogs!!! My goal is to provide a local, wounded Veteran with a mobility assistance dog. Please consider giving to this organization. I am very excited to make a big impact in a Veteran’s life in hopes to enhance their day to day activities.
Donation options:
1) I can pick up cash or check made out to Smoky Mountain Service Dogs
2) Venmo tabhasty0314
3) Paypal ***Be sure to type BAILEY in the Special instructions to Seller to ensure she was the referral*** https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=3TQG42UWCN2WG&fbclid=IwAR2lVXIJRkjqmTtQ7iqJAkpPdte0rVCRdMZzL-X54vqUnpWcuwSMsgo5hNU&Z3JncnB0=

09/16/2021
The Knoxville Vet Center put on a wonderful outreach program this morning for some of the Veterans and spouses they serv...
09/14/2021

The Knoxville Vet Center put on a wonderful outreach program this morning for some of the Veterans and spouses they serve in Blount County. Thank you to Melaine Hickman and Lyle Allen of the Knoxville Vet Center for coordination of this program and also to Ron Coffin who is retired from the Knoxville Vet Center.

Today’s speakers included Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell, Phyllis Crisp of the Register of Deeds Office, Gaye Hasty of the Blount County Clerk’s Office, Annette Storie of the Blount County Trustee’s Office, Mark Hasty of the Maryville Fire Department, Pam Speed of the Blount County Senior Outreach Program, Michael Knowles of the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, Lewis Boehlien from Rural Metro Ambulance Service, and Ron Coffin. I was also proud to be a speaker too!

Thank you Knoxville Vet Center for another wonderful outreach program for our Veterans!

09/13/2021
A few additional pictures from the 9/11 remembrance ceremony this morning at the Blount County Courthouse. A great progr...
09/11/2021

A few additional pictures from the 9/11 remembrance ceremony this morning at the Blount County Courthouse. A great program with many wonderful speakers. Thank you to all of our police officers and firefighters for serving our community. Never Forget the ones who gave their lives on this day 20 years ago.

We will never forget
09/11/2021

We will never forget

We will never forget

09/10/2021
We had a great visit today with Army Veteran, Bobby Riddle!Bobby was born and raised in Blount County! He graduated from...
09/09/2021

We had a great visit today with Army Veteran, Bobby Riddle!

Bobby was born and raised in Blount County! He graduated from Walland High School in 1965. Bobby was drafted into the Army in May, 1966. He served with 1st Administration Company, 1st Infantry Division. Bobby was a courier in Vietnam for the 1st Infantry Division in 1966-1967. His job required him to fly on a Huey Helicopter in Vietnam every day and deliver confidential material. Bobby received the Air Medal for actively participating in more than 25 aerial missions over hostile territory in support of counterinsurgency operations. He actually flew on over 300 aerial flights for the 1st Infantry Division in the year he was in Vietnam. Bobby received his Honorable Discharge in May, 1968.

Thank you, Bobby, for your service in the Army and the Vietnam War! We are very proud of you and glad you are here in Blount County!!! Welcome Home!!!

We had a great visit today with Army Veteran, Bobby Riddle!

Bobby was born and raised in Blount County! He graduated from Walland High School in 1965. Bobby was drafted into the Army in May, 1966. He served with 1st Administration Company, 1st Infantry Division. Bobby was a courier in Vietnam for the 1st Infantry Division in 1966-1967. His job required him to fly on a Huey Helicopter in Vietnam every day and deliver confidential material. Bobby received the Air Medal for actively participating in more than 25 aerial missions over hostile territory in support of counterinsurgency operations. He actually flew on over 300 aerial flights for the 1st Infantry Division in the year he was in Vietnam. Bobby received his Honorable Discharge in May, 1968.

Thank you, Bobby, for your service in the Army and the Vietnam War! We are very proud of you and glad you are here in Blount County!!! Welcome Home!!!

Updated information
09/08/2021

Updated information

The body of Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tenn, will arrive at the McGhee Tyson Airport tomorrow, September 9th at 10:30 am.

The convoy es**rting him to Mynatt Funeral Home in Halls will utilize the route as follows; Alcoa Hwy to 275E to I75N to Emory Rd. It is requested if you’re out on the road tomorrow to please pull over to the right and allow this es**rt to come through without any problems. If you want to show support as it comes through, Sevier Heights Baptist or Green Acres Flea Market on Alcoa Hwy is a good place to park. For the Emory Road path, you would not want to hinder the flow of traffic, so plan accordingly for that.

Saturday you can line the road from Mynatts in Halls to Gibbs High School. It’s a good time to show how great Knoxville and Knox County is by showering SSgt Knauss and his family with respect and honor.

The Knauss family will hold a private service for the family on Friday. Saturday at 5:30pm, the public is welcome to gather with the family to express condolences at Gibbs High School ball field.

https://www.wbir.com/mobile/article/news/national/military-news/east-tn-soldier-posthumously-awarded-purple-heart-public-memorial-for-him-to-be-held-at-gibbs-hs-saturday/51-9200921f-48d7-46db-8d06-7ec55ea2d341

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305 Court St
Maryville, TN
37804

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Monday 8am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8am - 4:30pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm

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Thank you for all the great work you do and caring for our vets like all of you do. May God to continue to bless Blount County with your service.
Mane Support Pancake Breakfast Saturday, June 19 8-10 am Proceeds go to "The Beth Dukes Arena for Hope, Healing & Learning"
WWII Veteran Sgt John W ADAMS - 774th TANK Battalion I am looking for descendants/family of WWII Veteran Sgt John W ADAMS, born November 28, 1916, deceased July 2, 1969, buried at Bethel Church Cemetery, Snead, Blount County, Alabama. Upon his enlistment in 1942 he was a resident of Clarence, Blount County. He served with the 774th Tank Battalion in Europe. Wounded in action on March 14, 1945, in Germany. I would like to exchange information about the military service of this Veteran with his family. If you are related to this soldier, then please contact me. Best regards, Willem Doms US 774th Tank Battalion History Group
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In honor of our VIETNAM VETERANS, we say... THANK YOU & pray God's blessings over you & your families! 🥰
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