Grigsby, Joe Walter, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Signal Corps
Last Primary MOS
31B-Field Communications Electronics Equipment Mechanic
Last MOS Group
Signal Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 31B, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Private First Class



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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kansas City
Last Address
Kansas City

Casualty Date
Feb 07, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Burns
Location
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Higbee Cemetery - Higbee, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
37E 083

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor3/4 Cav Association
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  1968, 3/4 Cav Association [Verified]


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  Tributes from Others: Jul 9, 2015  
   

Manuel Pino B/2/8th Cav 68-69
mpjr54@msn.com
Fellow Vietnam Army Vet
C Trp/3/4th Cav Rgt, 25th Inf Div

The young dead soldiers do not speak.
Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses:
who has not heard them?
They have a silence that speaks for them at night
and when the clock counts.
They say: We were young. We have died.
Remember us.
They say: We have done what we could
but until it is finished it is not done.
They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished
no one can know what our lives gave.
They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours,
they will mean what you make them.
They say: Whether our lives and our deaths were for
peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say,
it is you who must say this.
We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning.
We were young, they say. We have died; remember us.
by Archibald MacLeish,
1892-1982, American Poet

Aug 26, 2007
 
manny   g
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. "He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother”. Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless You for your Sacrifice!!!
Feb 7, 2007
 
Cynthia H
I have been wearing his POW bracelet since I graduated basic training on 26 March 99.HOOAH 11 Bravo!
Thursday, November 04, 2004
 
IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS HEROIC SOLDIER, A POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
PRIVATE FIRST CLASS

JOE WALTER GRIGSBY


who served with


TROOP C

3rd SQUADRON

4th CAVALRY REGIMENT

" PREPARED AND LOYAL "

25th INFANTRY DIVISION

" TROPIC LIGHTNING "


was a posthumous recipient of the


DISTINGUSIHED SERVICE CROSS

PURPLE HEART

NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL

VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL

REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN SERVICE MEDAL


and was entitled to wear the


COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE





THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL

AND THEN, AT LAST, IS MORTAL AFTER ALL





YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE







CITATION FOR AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS


The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, 9 July 1918 ( amended by act of 25 July 1963 ), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross ( Posthumously ) to Private First Class Joe Walter Grigsby ( ASN: RA-17747706 ), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Troop C, 3d Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division. Private First Class Grigsby distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 6 February 1968 as machine gunner of an armored personnel carrier on a reaction mission. An Infantry unit had been heavily engaged by a Viet Cong force, and Private Grigsby's troop was called to reinforce the beleaguered soldiers. As his vehicle arrived at the battle site, it received a direct hit by an enemy anti-tank rocket and burst into flames. Private Grigsby was wounded by flying shrapnel from the exploding rocket, but fearlessly remained on the burning personnel carrier and delivered a devastating hail of machine gun fire into hostile positions. As another track drew near to evacuate the casualties, he removed a seriously wounded crew member from his disabled vehicle and administered skillful first aid. He was assisting the casualty into the second personnel carrier when it was also struck by rocket fire. Private Grigsby, with his own body, unhesitatingly shielded his wounded comrade to protect him from the explosion and ravaging enemy small arms fusillade which followed. He was mortally wounded while gallantly and unselfishly placing the welfare of a fellow soldier above his own in the heat of battle. Private First Class Grigsby's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam

General Orders No. 2000 ( 2 May 1968 )




30 JULY 1999
Posted by: CLAY MARSTON
Email: CMARSTON@INTERLOG.COM
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Monday, December 28, 2009
 
We Remember
Joe is buried at Higbee Cemetery in Higbee,MO
Posted by: Robert Sage
Email: rsage@austin.rr.com

Sunday, January 4, 2009
 
Dear Joe
Hi Joe, I still have your POW bracelet, I have had it for 6 and a half years now, you will always be in my heart!
Posted by: Cynthia
Email: flygirl_flt253@hotmail.com

Thursday, October 13, 2005

   
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