Tennessee Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Recognized for Service and Sacrifice

Wednesday, October 02, 2019 | 11:10am
Griffin, Jeremy_EDITED

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Courtney Rogers recognize the selfless service and sacrifice of U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Jeremy Griffin of Greenbrier. Griffin was killed in action on September 16, 2019 by small arms fire while his unit was engaged in combat operations in Wardak Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces (Airborne) and stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. He was 40-years-old at the time of the attack. 

“Jeremy was a Special Forces Soldier whose leadership, service and sacrifice will never be forgotten,” said Lee. “We are grieving alongside the Griffin family and extend our deepest condolences and prayers as we pause to recognize the ultimate sacrifice of this Tennessee hero.”

"We know that Sergeant First Class Griffin will be remembered in the hearts and minds of Tennesseans for his bravery and sacrifice,” said Rogers. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of this Tennessean who served his country for over 15 years.”

Griffin was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart for his service. He will also receive the Fallen Heroes medal from the State of Tennessee.

Griffin considered Clarksville home and was a graduate of Northeast High School.

Lee has declared a day of mourning from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in honor of Sergeant First Class Griffin’s ultimate sacrifice.

Griffin is survived by his wife, Amy, daughter Makayla, son Charles and his parents, Charles and Diana Griffin.