Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Nathan Bedford Forrest III, Airman

Marker ID: THC 4E 117
Location: 799 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 8.329    W 090° 2.082
  35.13881666    -90.0347
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMF33


Brigadier General N.B. Forrest, III, U.S. Army Air Force, was born in Memphis on April 7, 1905 and was the was the first American General Officer killed in combat against the nazis during World War II. He died while participating in a B-17 bomber raid on Kiel, Germany, June 13, 1943.

A 1928 graduate of West Point, he served as Second Air Force Chief of Staff prior to transfer to the U.S. Eighth Air Force in England. He was the son of Memphians Nathan Bedford Forrest, II and Mattie Patton Forrest, and great-grandson of Confederate Lt. General Nathan Bedford Forrest. In 1949 his body was returned from Germany and reburied in Arlington National Cemetery.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.