Meet our sixth Hero, Army SFC. Ofren Arrechaga. Sgt. Arrechaga married Seana Minikhiem on September 1, 2007 and shortly thereafter deployed to Iraq for the third time. When he returned home for R&R he and Seana welcomed the birth of their new son Alston into the world on March 28, 2008. Ofren then returned to [...]
Sgt. Franz Walkup
Sgt. Walkup graduated from high school in 2007. He then attended Motlow Community College for one semester. After the death of his brother, 1 Lt. Frank Bland Walkup in June 2007, Franz decided to join the military service. Sgt. Walkup did his basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and his AIT in Fire Support at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Sgt. Walkup was then deployed to Iraq for Operation New Dawn in 2010 where he performed the duties of FO/RTG. Sgt. Walkup was subsequently assigned to the 503rd Infantry Regiment and 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat team where he performed the duties of a Forward Observer when he was injured in combat. On September 29, 2012 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, he received injuries sustained from five gunshot wounds from Afghan National Army soldiers.
When Franz recovered from his injuries, he attended Gunsmith School in Denver. He graduated in October of 2016, moved back to his hometown of Woodbury, TN and is now enrolled in machinist school. We are proud and honored Sgt. Walkup is one of our JCS/Nashville Heroes.
Sgt. Walkup received the Purple Heart for his injuries sustained in Afghanistan, four Army Commendation Medals. One Army Achievement Medal, one Air Force Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal 2010-2011, Afghanistan Campaign Medal 2012, Combat Action Badge and Airborne Wings.
Keep up with Franz
We have been trying for sometime to get Jeremy admitted to the wonderful VA nursing home in Clarksville which is only 20 minutes from his parents’ home. Thanks to our Tennessee Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, Many-Bears Grinder, Jeremy is now there and doing so well. It is a state of the art facility with all […]
JCS/Nashville would like to thank Home Lift for their due diligence and exceptional service in building and installing a custom curved stairway lift for our 5th Hero, CW3 Jeremy Miller. Due to severe breathing problems, CW3 Miller had extreme difficulty ascending his stairway in his home. In fact, his wife, Cindy had to literally push [...]
Phoenix Textiles employees raised money to adopt two JCS families for Christmas. Phoenix has been a frequent supporter of JCS and our local heroes. This past Christmas the employees "paid" to decorate a Christmas tree in the office. That money was used to purchase gifts for two families. Thank you Phoenix employees for your continued [...]
KF Landscape crews provided free labor to help local JCS Hero remove shrubs and ornamental grass from his yard. Thank KF for your support of our Heroes.
A benefit was held Saturday September 9 at the Arnold VFW Post 2593. With an attendance of more than 250, the mostly Cleveland High School alums, danced, took 50/50 and raffle chances and bid on Silent Auction items to raise money for the Joshua Chamberlain Society. Through the efforts of the SSGT Ron Bozikis Memorial [...]
Phoenix Textile Employees Do It Again! Local O'Fallon company Phoenix Textiles, thru it's employees, raised over $1,800 dollars to help purchase a trailer for JCS hero Michael Shuster. Michael has been renting a trailer every couple of weeks to haul his mower to his moms house to mow for her. He is hoping with this [...]
McCarthy Building Company's "Heart Hats" have been working at the family home of Sgt. Michael Shuster for the last week. This group of volunteers was comprised of IT Department workers from all over the country. The team helped in finishing the basement, fixing and painting walls, replacing light fixtures and fans, and various other "to [...]
Elks Lodge #9 Second Annual BBQ Contest On Saturday, May 20th, the Elks Lodge hosted its second annual BBQ contest to benefit JCS. JCS has been the benefactor of several fundraisers by this lodge. We are grateful for the support of the Veterans Committee, and the members of Lodge #9. Thank you for your commitment to [...]
A local St. Louis company, Patriot Sunrooms, stepped up in a big way to support a JCS Hero. On Saturday, employees of Patriot Sunrooms volunteered to install all new windows, storm doors, and gutter guards in Josh Eckhoffs house. They also power washed the home and planted flowers. The materials and labor were generously donated. […]