GRAINGER COUNTY


Medal of Honor recipients Charles Coolidge, Paul Huff, Charlie Morris, Vernon McGarity and Charles McGaha
PHOTO: MedalofHonor.com
County Seat: Rutledge
Tennessee had seven 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 tragically 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.


The Grainger County Courthouse
GraingerCounty 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 Tennessee territory (before Tennessee became a state, it was a territory).