Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Kiffin Yates Rockwell

Marker ID: THC 1C 20
Location: at the intersection of E. Broadway Street and Woodlawn Ave., Newport, TN
County: Cocke
Coordinates: N 35° 58.017    W 083° 11.302
  35.96695    -83.18836666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMNFY1


Born in a house 500 yards south, he attended W & L University and V.M.I. Enlisted in the French Foreign Legion, August, 1914: incapacitated for infantry service by wounds, May 1915. Transferring to the French Air Force, he helped found the Escadrille Lafayette. The first American aviator to down an enemy plane, May 18, 1916. Killed in aerial combat over Alsace, Sept. 23, 1916. He is buried in France.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.