Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Lieutenant James Simmons Timothy

Marker ID:  
Location: 2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 8.861    W 086° 48.667
  36.14768333    -86.81111666
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None


This tree was planted
May 24th 1919 by the
Catholic Children of Nashville
in grateful memory of
Lieutenant James Simmons Timothy
of the 80th Company, 6th Regiment U.S.M.C.
who was killed in action at
Belleau Wood, France,
June 14th 1918, aged 25 years

He was first wounded while serving with the French in the Verdun Sector, Mar. 22, 1918. On the day of his death he took his company of two hundred men "over the top" and returned with only five. Later in the day he was killed by an enemy shell. Lieutenant Timothy was the first Tennessee officer to make the supreme sacrifice in the Great War for justice and humanity. His last words were, "Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my soul."

Strong in faith, no fear he knew,
this gallant Knight of God so true:
Pure, courageous, grand was he -
our hero son of Tennessee.

Erected by Catholic Children of Nashville.