County Veterans Memorial

County Courthouse
550 Main St
Jacksboro, Campbell County, Tennessee

Duty   Honor   Country   Freedom
on only need to remember
how it was earned
Campbell County
shall never forget her own
who served their country
in war and peace


World War I
World War II
2nd Taiwan Crisis
Global War On Terror


Campbell County Veterans Memorial
Dedicated Veterans Day
November 1993" 


"Dedicated to the memory of our comrades
of all wars who entered the service of
their country from Campbell County and those
who gave their lives on the field of honor
'That this nation, under God, shall have
a new birth of freedom - and that government
of the people, by the people, and for the people,
shall not perish from the Earth.
Presented by
the Campbell County posts of
The American Legin and
Spanish American War Veterans." 


Tour Notes

Losing a son to a foreign battlefield, or to the dark and cold ocean, is always a tragedy. But is it always the worst a family can face? No, sometiimes daughters are also involved in war and their own personal tragedies.

At the very end of the World War II honor roll I found Peter and Julia Zecchini. Julia was the fourth of eight Zecchini children, Tommy was the first of two boys and seven years younger than Julia Marie. Their father was an Italian immigrant, a miner who provided for his family in Jellico, TN.

Peter T. (Tommy) Zecchini, Jr. was about 19 when he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. When he drowned on 3 February 1943 he had attained the rate and rank of a Yeoman Third Class. He and 21 other Coasties were passengers aboard the USAT Dorchester, headiing to England and assignments involved with the Coast Guard effort to support the expected landings and invasion of France. The sinking of Dorchester was a huge loss for America, 675 died when the ship took a single German torpedo amidships.

Tommy's sister, LtJg Julia Marie Zecchini, had been in the US Navy for over three years when her little brother was killed. She had left home around 1935 to become a nurse, training at St Mary's Memorial Hospital in Knoxville. Ensign Zecchini accepted a commission in the Navy Nurse Corps in July 1940. Online records show she was enroute to Auckland, New Zealand, during Christmas and New Year of 1942 to serve with Navy Mobile Hospital Four. Internal Navy publications show Hospital Four had a capacity of 1,000 beds in 1943. I was unable to learn anything more of the hospital unit, or of Nurse Zecchini during her time aboard. I did find her death certificate from 8 October 1944 - her 29th birthday. Julia Zecchini had committed suicide and died that day at 8:50 A.M.

It isn't appropriate for me to reveal the rest of her story. It should be enough to state that service places many burdens upon those that wear our uniforms. Sometimes the Oath of Enlistment is an escape device, offering a new home and a new start for a problematic life. Sometimes the uniform, and all it represents, isn't enough to protect those that wear it.