Fallen Hero: Colonel(Ret) Jesse Millard Whitten

Debary, FL

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Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation. 

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks in August 26 , 2021, and moved on to his heavenly home. Colonel Jesse Millard Whitten, age 78, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within the 31st RAOC and HQ STARC, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.  Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.


Jesse Millard Whitten, 78 of DeBary, Florida passed away on August 26, 2021. He was born on January 13, 1943 in Grenada, Mississippi to Leland C. Whitten and Frances Tilghman. Jesse graduated from West Point  in 1965. Jesse served in the United States Army as a pilot during the Vietnam War before working in Construction as a Professional Civil Engineer. He is survived by his wife Connie. Grandchildren Hawk and Hayleigh. Son and daughter in law Harry and Hope. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.