The last military personnel from Warren County to die during World War Two is coming home to McMinnville for burial with full military honors on April 11.
Fireman Third Class Warren H. Crim, U.S. Navy, age 20, serving aboard the USS Oklahoma stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as that Naval base was attacked on December 7, 1941, was killed when his ship was hit by between five and eight torpedoes from Japanese planes causing the ship to list and capsize. Along with Warren, 428 others of the 1,353 officers and crew died in the attack.
From December 1941 to June 1944 recovery of the dead was conducted with 394 marked as unknowns, being buried in 1949.
Crim was among that number. In June of 2015 the “unknowns” were exhumed as part of DNA testing to help bring them home.
Fireman Third Class Warren H. Crim was accounted for on Dec. 17, 2018. Through the efforts of family working with the Navy, Warren County's last son to have served and died in World War Two is finally coming home.
According to B. Bruce Atnip, Board Member of the Heritage Alliance of McMinnville and Warren County, and representative for the family of Warren H. Crim, the late sailor’s motorcade will be coming from Nashville airport down I-24 through Manchester up Highway 56 (Manchester Hwy) toward McMinnville to Gardens of Memory Cemetery on April 11. The time of the motorcade has not yet been announced.