Macon County honored SP4 Jimmy Dale Hesson on Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 by naming the bridge over Long Fork Creek on State Route 52, also known as Highway 52 East in Macon County, as the SP4 Jimmy Dale Hesson Memorial Bridge.
Hesson was born on July 16, 1946, in Macon County. He was the son of the late Robert and Inez Hesson of Lafayette.
Hesson was drafted into the United States Armed Services and assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment as SP4 Jimmy Dale Hesson.
SP4 Hesson died in combat in his service of his country on January 21, 1967 in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam with cause of death being listed as Small Arms/AW.
At the time of his death SP4 Hesson was 20 years old. He is still missed and remembered by his family, friends, and community. Hesson was the first person in Macon County to lose his life in the Vietnam War.
Hesson was honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 14E, Line 62. During his service, SP4 Hesson earned decorations such as; the Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
The Macon County Legislative Body met in regular session on March 21, 2016 to request the 109th General Assembly of the State of Tennessee to issue a Resolution to designate and name the Long Fork Creek Bridge in Honor of Hesson.
Pat Russell, Hesson’s sister, stated, “The family would like to especially thank Jimmy Glover, Mayor Steve Jones, Senator Mae Beavers and Representative Kelly Keisling in getting this accomplished.”