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Honoring our Service Men and Women

April 20, 2016
By Nashville Christian School

On April 15th, the Nashville Christian baseball team wore their RED, WHITE and BLUE uniforms and honored friends and family who have served or are currently serving in the military. All of our special guests were presented and introduced before the start of the game against Mt. Juliet Christian Academy. Each was given a special commemorative “Salute to the Troops” NCS t-shirt.

After the invocation, everyone turned to the flag for the national anthem, a powerful image of what they stand for and the freedom they risk their lives to protect. We then took a moment of silence to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty.

To great cheers from the crowd, Smokey White, an alumni grandparent, volunteer and special friend of NCS, threw out the first pitch. The baseball families then served the military and their families a wonderful dinner. It was a beautiful day for baseball and celebrating our service men and women. See below all those who were honored:

Ronnie Bennett – Army 1968-1970, Grandfather to Kyle Travis – Served in Vietnam

George Carney – US Army 1971-1999 - Retired Lt. Col with Purple Heart

Rex Dorris – US Marine Corps 1983-1987, Father to Nathaniel Dorris

Bobby Downey – US Army 1961-1963, Grandfather to Austin Bishop – Served in Germany

Randy DuBois – US Navy

Jody Duncan – US Marine Corps 2000-2005, NCS alumni - Combat Veteran and served as infantry fireteam leader

Jerry Gilchrist – US Air Force 1969-1973, Father to Harrison Gilchrist – Vietnam Veteran Air Rescue Recovery – Pararescue 

Curtis Groves – Marine Corps, NCS alumni

Kevin Hopkins – US Army 1983-1987 – Uncle to Noah Thompson

Tim Jarrell – Army Forces 1989–1997, Father to Hayden Jarrell

Donnie Keeton aka Popi – Navy 1951-1955, Father to our Mrs. Connie Jo Shelton, President of NCS and former head football coach at NCS - Served on the U.S.S. Shelton db 790 and served off the coast of North Korea in the Korean War 

Matthew Kinnard  - Navy, currently serving as Petty Officer, 2nd class, US Navy, Brother of Chad Kinnard, NCS alumni - Assigned to the US Decatur, a Navy Destroyer based in San Diego, California

Andrew Liberty – US Army – Cold War, was at the rise of the Berlin Wall 1972-1976

Wayne Marlin – Army Reserve 1966-1972, Grandfather to Stetson Marlin

Aric McClintock – 2010 - present

Nick McCabee – 2010 – present

Jason Overbay – 2nd Marine Corps – NCS alumni

Mark Phillips – Army Military Police 1986-1989 – Stationed at Fort Campbell 101st Airborne Division

Bates Southhall – WWII Veteran Army 1944-1945, Great-great uncle to Stetson Marlin - Served in the 36th Infantry 142nd Regimen Company G and was a Corporal.  He served in Italy from 1944 to 1945 and was a Prisoner of War in the Bosges Mountains of Colmar, Germany from Sept. 30, 1944 thru April 12, 1945, was present on D-Day

Carl Tinsley – WWII Veteran Army 1943-1945, Great-grandfather to Bryce Collier - Served in South Pacific on Tarawa Island and Makin Island, was present on D-Day

Leonard Walker – Army Reserve 1964-1970, Grandfather to Brady and Ben Simpson

Justin Watkins – Army National Guard 2007 – present, NCS alumni

Kirby Watkins – Army National Guard, NCS alumni

Margaret D. Weatherman – Colonel for the Air Force Legal Operations Agency and currently serves as an adjunct professor for the Air Force Judge Advocates School Staff Officer Course, NCS alumna 

Smokey White – Army Airborne 1958-1962 – 82nd Division and 101st Airborne Division

Michael Wilson – Army, NCS alumni – deployed to Iraq once and Afghanistan twice – played baseball at NCS as 3rd baseman and outfielder


From Mt. Juliet Christian Academy:

Jimmy Alford – US Army and US Marine Corp. – coach of Mt. Juliet baseball team

Jim Green – Army

Tish Samuels – US Navy 1994-1998

Tay Samuels – US Air Force 1992 -2009

Salute the Troops from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.



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