Soldiers marry while on leave in East Tennessee

By: Gordon Boyd
By: Gordon Boyd

Knoxville (WVLT) - The headlines from Iraq are a big reason a Cumberland County girl and a California boy wanted a hitch in the army, but as of Tuesday night, they've signed up for a new hitch -- with each other.

Volunteer TV's Gordon Boyd tells us of a bond of love -- forged in war.

"I told her we was thinking about getting married," bride NaShay Green-Sunderland said.

Plenty of brides-to-be dream of coming home to an outdoor dream wedding, but Private First Class NaShay Green's charge to Mom would challenge time, and distance.

All this, planned in 20 days.

"We'd had planned a plain courthouse wedding," NaShay said.

Cumberland County's Gazebo's a go, but no one could know, how Jaton Fowler'd make it grow.

"We had to line up the car, we had one, but it fell through--every antique car I saw I pulled over," Jaton said.

"Right at the last minute, we had a few things that didn't work out -- but it all started falling into place," said Greg Fowler, the bride's stepfather.

Few Battle plans are this smooth. All Nathan knows, when he first sees NaShay:

"She looked great. I was just happy she showed up," groom Corporal Nathan Sunderland said.

Nathan's own Mom's barely met her new daughter in law.

"I came to Tennessee for Mother's Day and to stand up for NaShay and Nathan. Happy's Belated Mother's Day -- it's been great," Nathan's mother, Della Sunderland said.

Nathan's taking NaShay home to California for the briefest of honeymoons, but they'll finish their tour of Iraq--miles apart.

"Them being in the situation they're in, if, God forbid one of them wasn't to come back--they need memories, but, they deserve the best," Jaton said.

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  • by Michele H. Location: Crossville on Jun 9, 2008 at 12:31 PM
    Nashay you were beautiful. Congratulations on your marriage. I pray that you and Nathan will be blessed beyond measure. Remember to keep God #1 in you marriage and everything will work out!
  • by Janeil Location: Crossville, TN on Jun 9, 2008 at 02:53 AM
    My granddaughter was one of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen. I pray that she and Nathan have a marriage blessed by God.
  • by Stefanie Location: Scotland on May 21, 2008 at 12:08 PM
    Congratulations to the newly-weds from Scotland. Knowing Jaton as I do I felt sure she'd pull rabbits out of the hat but nothing could have prepared me for the exquisite ceremony. Well done EVERYONE. It was perfect!
  • by Joyce A England Location: Sparta, TN on May 17, 2008 at 12:34 PM
    Congratulations! NaShay and Nathan God Bless and Keep you both until I can meet you! Live for Jesus and All will be well with you!
  • by Wanda Bracy Location: Nashville on May 17, 2008 at 12:45 AM
    I know NaShay's grandparents are very pleased that she chose such a fine husband. Her mother must be the happiest to have her daughter beginning her life as a married soldier and fighting for all our country stands for. May God give them peace, happiness, love, honor and bring them safely home.
  • by Greg Location: Crossville on May 16, 2008 at 04:18 PM
    I Love my daughter very much and pray daily for her and her new Husband Nathan I think she was very beautiful and that she deserved the best her mother and I could give her!!!
  • by Jaton Location: Tennessee on May 16, 2008 at 10:41 AM
    The most beautiful soldier I have ever seen!
  • by RAM Location: TN on May 14, 2008 at 11:38 AM
    Out of the frying pan into the fire huh :)
  • by jackie Location: nevada on May 13, 2008 at 11:39 PM
    this was a nice piece was there any video?


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