Remembering The BeginningPosted on 12/12/13 - by Wayne J FortierI remember the day we were all sworn in to the Marines under the 120 day delay program on the court house steps in Danbury, Ct. on Feb.26th, 1966. We were not even out of high school yet but we were now proud to be called United States Marines. My home base for my tour in Nam in 69 was at Quang Tri. Unknown to me was that one of my friends had been there before me and paid the ultimate sacrifice. I am proud of you, your Silver Star your so justly deserve and most of all to have you as my brother Marine. Semper FiMORE
Silver Star CitationPosted on 10/14/13 - by A Marine, Quang Tri, VietnamSilver StarMORE
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Gary C. Griswold (MCSN: 2289655), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action as an Assistant Machine Gunner with Company G, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in the Republic of Vietnam. On 14 October 1967 the battalion was assigned the mission of protecting a newly constructed bridge approximately 3000 meters south of Con Thien. The battalion came under heavy rocket and mortar attack, which was followed by a human wave assault of North Vietnamese soldiers. The enemy penetrated Company G's most forward position and was charging directly toward Private First Class Griswold's machine gun. The attack was a savage and vicious one, and the enemy had the machine gun pinpointed with heavy automatic weapons and rocket fire. With complete disregard for his own safety he exposed himself constantly while feeding ammunition to his gunner so as to deliver a heavy and accurate rate of fire on the enemy. The machine gun took a direct hit with rocket and automatic weapons fire wounding Private First Class Griswold and also putting the machine gun out of action. Although wounded, he refused to abandon his position, thus allowing other Marines of his company further time to prepare for the vicious battle yet to come. Again with complete disregard for his own personal safety he, along with this squad leader and gunner, attacked the oncoming enemy in fierce hand-to-hand combat, inflicting several casualties before he was mortally wounded by enemy automatic weapons fire. His courage, devotion to duty, and inspiring valor in the face of great personal risk were a major contribution to the success of Company G in continuing to defend its sector of the battalion perimeter. Private First Class Griswold reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps, and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Action Date: October 14, 1967
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Private First Class
Company: Company G
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Regiment: 4th Marines
Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 10/4/13 - by Curt CarterDear PFC Gary Clifford Griswold, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
We RememberPosted on 12/21/12 - by Robert Sage email@example.com
Gary is buried at Center Cemetery, Bethel,CT. SS PH
Thank you PFC GriswoldPosted on 8/13/03 - by Donald LytleAlthough we never met personally, I want to thank you Gary Clifford Griswold, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!MORE
Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Marine, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!
Again, thank you PFC G.C. Griswold, for a job exceptionally well done!
REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY MARINE FRIEND
US Marine, "Silver Star", S VietnamPosted on 5/23/00 - by Dave firstname.lastname@example.orgPFC Gary Griswold, USMC was killed in action near Con Thien/ bridge on October 14, 1967 while serving as an Assistant Machine Gunner with G Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. The machine gunner ( PFC Dave Hamilton) and Griswold were awarded the Silver Star Medal, posthumouslMORE
GreenWood Ave...Posted on 9/12/99 - by Joseph T. Avanzato email@example.comI knew Gary from high school, we grew up together in Bethel, Connecticut. I can remember seeing Gary in his Marine dress uniform walking around Greenwood Ave., Before he shipped out. We had talked about the marines and the military. I was going into the USAF the next year after graduation. I wanted to know everything, that he had done. He told me, he had done the right thing going into the marines and was proud, to be a Marine. I remember the day I was told about Gary losing his life in Viet Nam. It was a day before my 18th birthday. It was in a country that was so very far from Bethel, Connecticut. It did not seem possible that some day I would visit the same country as Gary. In July of 1999 I visited the Putman square under the statue of the WWI Doughboy there is a brick on the walkway to the statue with the veterans who served in the wars. As I stood by the brick with Gary's name on it. I drifted back to the time when Gary so proudly marched down Greenwood Ave. in his uniform. As proud as a Marine could be.MORE
Gary was a good brother and loving son. He was the 2nd of 8 children and the first son. He volunteered for the Marine Corps because he wanted to protect his country and because he was proud to be an American. He intrest included basketball, baseball, football, and track. He is truly missed by his friends and family.MORE
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.