Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee

Cooper Statement on Repatriation of Mexican-American War Remains

Sep 27, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today issued a statement on a repatriation ceremony in which the remains of some members of a Tennessee militia will be returned to America 169 years after the Mexican-American War.

For some time, Cooper and his staff – in consultation with the Mexican government and researchers at Middle Tennessee State University – have been working to bring home the remains of Tennessee veterans who fought in the Battle of Monterrey.

“Whether it’s a recent war or a war fought more than a century ago, Tennesseans never forget their bravest citizens,” Rep. Cooper said. “Our fallen veterans always need to come home.”

The Mexican-American War was fought from 1846-47. The conflict led to America adding territory that later would become seven states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Due to votes in Washington, Cooper is unable to attend Wednesday’s ceremony at Dover Air Force Base, but his Defense Fellow Maj. Donavan Laskey will be in attendance.