Grant, Thomas, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B40-Infantry Platoon Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division (Heavy Armored)
Service Years
1947 - 1967

Sergeant First Class


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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
1930
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Orangeburg, SC
Last Address
Plainfield, NJ

Casualty Date
Dec 08, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
31E 064 / Sect 511,1 Site 2157

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Drill Sergeant Badge Drill Sergeant Campaign Hat (Male)


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1947, Basic Training (Fort Dix, NJ), A/1
 Unit Assignments
2nd Infantry Division1st Battalion, 9th Infantry RegimentPOW/MIAHQ, US Army Training Center (Infantry) Fort Dix, NJ
1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment (Airmobile) 1st Cavalry Division1st Cavalry Division (Unit of Action)
  1949-1950, 4745, 2nd Infantry Division
  1949-1950, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment/HHC
  1950-1953, POW/MIA
  1964-1967, HHC, HQ Army Training Center (Staff) Fort Dix, NJ
  1967-1967, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment (Airmobile) 1st Cavalry Division/C Company
  1967-1967, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division (Heavy Armored)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
  1950-1951 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
  1951-1952 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Prisoner of War Medal

The Prisoner of War Medal

Private First Class Thomas Grant (ASN: RA-14275733), United States Army, was held as a Prisoner of War after he was captured during the Korean War on 26 November 1950 and was held until his release on 8 August 1953 after the signing of the Armistice.

 

   
Comments/Citation
 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.

   
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