KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A bridge was dedicated Wednesday morning in East Knox County in honor of a local soldier who was killed during the Vietnam War.
Sgt. Jesse Coffey was born in 1936 and served in Company A 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Mech., 25th Division, United States Army during the war in Vietnam.
Sgt. Coffey was killed in action on April 1, 1966 and buried at the U.S. National Cemetery in Knoxville with full military honors.
A bridge at mile marker 25 on the northbound/eastbound side of Rutledge Pike was dedicated in his honor Wednesday morning.
“I’m just proud that it’s finally happening. The Vietnam veterans came home and got a very raw deal when they came back. I’m glad to see stuff like this happening for all of them, not just for my dad. I think this means a lot to all of them,” said Sgt. Coffey’s son Rick.
Rick Coffey says the location is appropriate because his father’s family’s property bordered the creek which the bridge goes over.