NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder joins Tennesseans today in remembering Private First Class Frank Primm Jennings who has been missing in action for nearly 61 years. The Korean War Veteran’s remains arrived at the Nashville International Airport this morning.
Private Jennings was serving with “E” Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division in the United States Army when he went missing in South Korea on April 25, 1951. Jennings was posthumously promoted to Private First Class and awarded the Silver Star as well as the Purple Heart for his gallantry in action.
“It is comforting to know PFC Jennings will finally be laid to rest and his family will have the closure they deserve,” Grinder said. “We hope there will be a day when all of our service members currently missing in action will be recovered and brought back home.”
The Decaturville native graduated from Parsons High School and was only 19 years old when he went missing in South Korea.
According to the Jennings family, a Republic of Korea Army unit discovered a set of skeletal remains in October, 1986. However, relatives did not receive confirmation on the identification of PFC Jennings until December, 2011.
PFC Jennings will be buried at Jeanette Cemetery on Saturday April 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. CDT.
Jennings is survived by his sister Emily Ann Vise of Decaturville and brother Dr. William G. Jennings of Parsons as well as several nieces and nephews.