Thomas Grant was born in Orangeburg, SC, where he attended Wilkinson High School. His home of record was Plainfield, NJ.
He entered the Army when he was seventeen. He completed his basic training at Fort Dix and later served at Fort Lewis, WA.
Grant was captured in North Korea in November 1950, He served 32 months in a prisoner of war camp (camp Pyok-Dong) in North Korea, and was returned to US control in August 1953.
When he returned to the United States, he re-enlisted.
Prior to Vietnam, he trained troops at Fort Dix for 3 years.
"The whole time he was fighting I felt there was a hammer over my head ready to strike at any moment," said Mrs. Junell Grant in the Newark Star Ledger, March 10, 1965.
Mrs. Grant learned of her husband's death on her daughter's 10th birthday.
He left behind a wife, Junell, and three children, Cynthia, Kim and Steven, along with his parents, a brother and two sisters.
Sources: NARA, Junell Grant Williamson (widow) and NJVVMF.