Grant, Joseph Xavier, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 1542, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment/A Company
Service Years
1958 - 1966



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Casualty Info
Home Town
Arlington, MA
Last Address
Arlington, MA

Casualty Date
Nov 13, 1966
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12E 067 / Section 30, Grave 1648-2

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Infantry Shoulder Cord

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryMedal of Honor
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
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 Unit Assignments
25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment
  1966-1966, 1542, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1966-1966, 1542, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment/A Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
 Colleges Attended 
Boston College
  1957-1961, Boston College
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Rank and organization: Captain (then 1st Lt.), U.S. Army, Company A, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 13 November 1966. Entered service at: Boston, Mass. Born: 28 March 1940, Cambridge, Mass. G.O. No.: 4, 29 January 1968. 
Medal of Honor Citation: 

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Company A was participating in a search and destroy operation when the leading platoon made contact with the enemy and a fierce fire-fight ensued. Capt. Grant was ordered to disengage the 2 remaining platoons and to maneuver them to envelop and destroy the enemy. After beginning their movement, the platoons encountered intense enemy automatic weapons and mortar fire from the front and flank. Capt. Grant was ordered to deploy the platoons in a defensive position. As this action was underway, the enemy attacked, using "human wave'' assaults, in an attempt to literally overwhelm Capt. Grant's force. In a magnificent display of courage and leadership, Capt. Grant moved under intense fire along the hastily formed defensive line repositioning soldiers to fill gaps created by the mounting casualties and inspiring and directing the efforts of his men to successfully repel the determined enemy onslaught. Seeing a platoon leader wounded, Capt. Grant hastened to his aid, in the face of the mass of fire of the entire enemy force, and moved him to a more secure position. During this action, Capt. Grant was wounded in the shoulder. Refusing medical treatment, he returned to the forward part of the perimeter, where he continued to lead and to inspire his men by his own indomitable example. While attempting to evacuate a wounded soldier, he was pinned down by fire from an enemy machinegun. With a supply of hand grenades, he crawled forward under a withering hail of fire and knocked out the machinegun, killing the crew, after which he moved the wounded man to safety. Learning that several other wounded men were pinned down by enemy fire forward of his position, Capt. Grant disregarded his painful wound and led 5 men across the fire-swept open ground to effect a rescue. Following return of the wounded men to the perimeter, a concentration of mortar fire landed in their midst and Capt. Grant was killed instantly. His heroic actions saved the lives of a number of his comrades and enabled the task force to repulse the vicious assaults and defeat the enemy. Capt. Grant's actions reflect great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the finest traditions of the U.S. Army. 

Secretary of the Army Stanley R. Resor presented the Medal of Honor posthumously Nov. 20, 1967 to the widow of U.S. Army CPT Joseph X. Grant for his conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action in Vietnam at the cost of his life.

Secretary Resor, acting for the President, and in the name of Congress, presented the Nations highest award for valor to Mrs. Bok Soon Grant of Brooklyn, N.Y., during ceremonies at the Pentagon.  CPT Grant was buried in Section 30 [SITE 1648-2] of Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington, Virginia.

Medal of Honor
January 1, 1968. "Tropic Lightning News," an authorized publication of the 25th Infantry Division, Vol 3, No. 1. states that CPT Grant originally enlisted in the Army as a Private in 1958 and later attended and graduated from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia in April 1964.  The article also states, "Grant, the 14th U.S. Army serviceman to receive the Medal of Honor for action in Vietnam, and was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts."

May 29, 2005. Local News.  Veterans will dedicate a memorial tomorrow in honor of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Joseph X. Grant at the intersection of Appleton Street and Massachusetts Avenue. The dedication will take place at 12:30 p.m. Grant, an Army captain, grew up in Arlington and graduated from Matignon High School in Cambridge. He was killed in action in Vietnam on Nov. 13, 1966 and was awarded the medal of honor in January 1967. The country's highest award, the medal is given for gallantry in combat above and beyond the call of duty. 

In 1975 the Grant Library, named for CPT Grant, was built at a cost of over $1 million at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Vietnam Wall Panel coords 12E 067
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