Mt. Juliet police escort WWII veteran from airport to funeral home

Photo: WKRN

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – Mt. Juliet police provided an escort Wednesday for a World War II veteran who recently passed away at the age of 91.

Retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel John Wade Maxwell served from 1945 to 1970.

During a portion of that time, Maxwell, a Memphis native, his wife Mary Beth and their six children lived in Rutherford County while he was stationed at the Smyrna air base.

Col. John Wade Maxwell (Courtesy:  The Maxwell family)
Col. John Wade Maxwell (Courtesy: The Maxwell family)

Maxwell also earned a Distinguished Flying Cross for an emergency ammunition resupply mission flying a C130 during the Tet in March 1968.

Maxwell’s police escort began at the Nashville International Airport and ended at Sellars Funeral Home in Mt. Juliet.

Many people lined the streets with flags to pay their respects.

“All those folks out there with flags – I was so surprised,” Mary Beth Maxwell said. “It was so precious to me. I just thank you. You have no idea how much I thank you and all of these precious people.”

Col. Maxwell is survived by his wife, six children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

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