Soldiers who drowned in Cumberland River honored

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A ceremony in Middle Tennessee has honored the memory of 21 soldiers who died on the Cumberland River while training for combat in World War II.

The Tennessean reports a crowd that included WWII re-enactors, Boy Scouts, American Legion members and a family member of one victim attended the ceremony Sunday on the banks of the Cumberland River at Averitts Ferry.

The soldiers died after boarding a small assault boat on the river after days of heavy rain. The boat overturned early on March 23, 1944 and 21 of the 23 men on board drowned.

The tragedy occurred during the last of seven training exercises conducted to simulate combat during the war.

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