Tennessee had nine Congressional Medal of Honor recipients during World War II. One of them was Charles McGaha of Grainger County.
McGaha was fighting in the Philippines and crossed a road under a hail of bullets to save an injured comrade. Injured himself, he returned to his men, then removed another wounded soldier. Then he carried a third man to safety, and finally collapsed from loss of blood and exhaustion.
The story doesn't end there. Charles McGaha survived the war but was stabbed to death in a taxi cab in Columbus, Georgia in 1984. Today there is a small section of road in Columbus named for this Tennessee hero.
Grainger is also the only county in Tennessee named for a woman.
Mary Grainger Blount was the wife of William Blount, who was governor of the Territory South of the Ohio River. Before Tennessee became a state in 1796, it was part of this territory.