USS Greeneville sailors celebrate 20th anniversary of the name

GREENEVILLE, TN (WJHL) – The former soldiers of the USS Greeneville reunited Friday to celebrate the twenty year anniversary of the name.

In February 1996 the United States Navy commissioned the name USS Greeneville after a long campaign from local residents, Greeneville Industries and government officials to name the submarine after the town.

In 2001 the USS Greeneville collided with the Japanese fishing boat Ehime Maru, in the Pacific Ocean just south of Hawaii. Nine people aboard the Japanese ship were killed. Retired U.S. Navy Commander Scott Waddle was the commanding officer of the ship when it collided.

The General Morgan Inn in Downtown Greeneville hosted Friday’s reception. It is the first of multiple events this weekend for the former sailors as they celebrate the twenty year anniversary of the name.

The sailors will also be participating in the Astros baseball game and Greeneville’s Fourth of July parade on Monday among other things.

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