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is honored on Panel 1E, Line 92 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • An American Hero

    Posted on 8/28/18 - by Janice Current
    Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
  • Navy Cross (WWII)

    Posted on 2/18/17 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Robert Woodrow Grove
    Date of birth: March 1, 1917
    Date of death: February 16, 1965
    Place of Birth: Tennessee, Spencer
    Home of record: Pikeville Tennessee
    Status: KIA

    Robert Grove earned the Navy Cross in World War II, and was Killed in Action as a Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant on February 16, 1965, during the Vietnam War, in actions that earned him a Silver Star.

    Navy Cross

    Awarded for actions during the World War II

    The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal Robert Woodrow Grove (MCSN: 306455), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Machine Gunner in Company I, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division in action against enemy Japanese forces at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, on 27 December 1943. When a numerically superior enemy force attacked the positions of his company and succeeded in penetrating the lines, Corporal Grove courageously led a squad of men to the point of the break-through and, armed with his own sub-machine gun and that of one of his casualties, fearlessly charged a light and heavy Japanese machine gun, destroying or wounding the crews of both and capturing the valuable weapons. Corporal Grove's valiant conduct and inspiring leadership contributed materially to the success of our forces in repulsing the hostile attack and re-establishing the lines and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

    General Orders: SPOT AWARD, Commander, 7th Fleet: Serial 0689 (SofN Signed September 30, 1944)

    Action Date: December 27, 1943

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Corporal

    Company: Company I

    Battalion: 2d Battalion

    Regiment: 7th Marines (Rein.)

    Division: 1st Marine Division
  • Gunny Grove

    Posted on 1/8/16 - by Vance D Powell
    Gunny was my Gunnery Sgt. in 64. Was a tough no nonsense Marine! I was barely a few months out of boot camp. I too was in Vietnam 65, 66, 67. He made his mark on me! I will always remember him and how he made me a good Marine!
  • I am seeking any stories or photos of my Great Uncle Robert Grove

    Posted on 4/11/15 - by Barb Lipsi
    This is my Great Uncle Robert Grove. He was my Grandpa's older brother. Even though he died before I was born I grew up listening to stories about him. My Pa spoke of him often and missed him very much. One of the few times I saw my Pa with tears in his eyes was when he told me about the rubbing that he got of Robert's name on the wall. I would love for anyone who served with him to please contact me. I would like to write down more about him for future generations.
  • My uncle

    Posted on 4/10/15 - by Anna LaVerne Grove
    Robert Grove was my uncle. He would come home to Tennessee where he was born. He would cut a pole from a small sapling tree and carry it around with several of us nieces and nephews hang on it. He would swing us around on it. We would hang on it like a bunch of monkeys. I remember him standing in our living room the night he left for Vietnam after serving almost 30 years as a Marine and telling dad it would probably be his last tour of duty as he was going to retire but really hate the thought. Guess he never did as he was killed in Vietnam. He often sent me dolls from other countries. I still have two. He one sent me a Mister Potato Head for my birthday. I thought he was the best.
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