Nashville, Tennessee: Bronze Bust of First American Killed in Vietnam

The owner of the Ernest Tubb Record Shop honors a soldier from his home town, killed in Vietnam in 1961.

Ernest Tubb Record Shop

417 Broadway, Nashville, TN
Ernest Tubb Record Shop. Downtown, on the south side of Broadway, midway between 4th Ave. N. and 5th Ave. N. Look for the neon sign shaped like a guitar.
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Bronze Bust of First American Killed in Vietnam

The record shop is no longer here. Apparently they moved downtown on Broadway. So we were told by the Tacky Turtle vintage market place.

[JJoubert, 05/13/2017]

Thanks! We've updated the location info.

Tour bus.

Bronze Bust of First American Killed in Vietnam

The bust is only one of the many cool things in the store. Ernest Tubb's bus is in the store, along with autographed memorabilia. People are friendly and expect the photo seekers.

[Darren And Donna, 06/27/2014]

The tour bus displayed is a 1964 Silver Eagle, AKA Ernest Tubb's Green Hornet.

First American killed in Vietnam bust.

Bronze Bust of First American Killed in Vietnam

David McCormick owns the chain of Ernest Tubb Record Shops. His hometown is Livingston, Tennessee, the same as James T. Davis, who was killed on December 22, 1961. Davis was known for years as the first American soldier killed in Vietnam; Livingston even erected a monument in his memory.

Later research, however, showed that Davis technically wasn't the first American soldier killed in Vietnam -- but McCormick apparently was unaware of it. To mark the 50th anniversary of Davis's death, McCormick commissioned a bronze bust of Davis, which is displayed in the Ernest Tubb Record Shop near the Grand Old Opry. It was sculpted by Bill Rains, who McCormick had commissioned earlier to make a full-size bronze Ernest Tubb, which also stands in the record shop.

[ Team, 04/10/2012]

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