He is my heroPosted on 8/24/15 - by Patricia Stevensi wore LTC Grubb's POW bracelet in high school. For many years I did not know what happened to him. Finding he died in captivity broke my heart. We can not let these brave soldiers fade from America's memory. Thank you for serving our country and making the ultimate sacrifice.MORE
MY POW/MIA Bracelet, Springsteen's "The Wall" and American HeroesPosted on 5/31/14 - by HazyDavyI came here today due to Bruce Springsteen's song, "The Wall," that he did several times recently on his 2014 tour and he dedicated to 2 Vietnam soldiers that he knew as teenagers in bands back in Freehold, NJ in 1967.MORE
One was LCPL Barton E. Haynes, who died in Quang Tri province on 10/22/67. Both he and Springsteen were in the band, The Castiles, before Haynes went to Vietnam.
The other was SSGT Walter A. Cichon, who was in the band, The Motifs, and who schooled Bruce on playing guitar, before Cichon went to Vietnam and went MIA on 3/30/68 in Kontum province.
Watching Springsteen's official YouTube video of "The Wall" done in Charlotte on 4/19/04, where he talks about those 2 but goes more universal about that war and its effects that linger still, got me thinking back to when, as a young middle school student i got and wore a POW/MIA bracelet, as so many other students did then. I forget how one got them back then - in the mail back? - but it meant something big
Anyway, that got me intrigued as to whether I still had it. Sp, today I checked in an old box of kid stuff I've kept all these years and there it was -> "LT COL W.N. "NEWK' GRUBB - USAF 26 JAN 1966".
So, I came here today to find out more about LTC Grubb and it's certainly been an honor to learn about him and to have got his bracelet 40 some years ago and to still have it.
I was also greatly surprised to see so many others who also had his bracelet.
As someone else said, I too would be happy to return it to a family descendant if they contact me via email.
Until then, I will now proudly wear it again to honor the life of LTCOL Grubb and to commerate his service and ultimate sacrifice to his country on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Next time I go to The Wall, I will definitely have to find him on there and think about all that.
40 years ago todayPosted on 4/4/14 - by Kevyn S.Col Grubb, 40 years today your long journey home finally came with your burial in ANC.MORE
Your wife, Evelyn, helped bring the POW/MIA issue to highest levels of domestic and international concerns, to make sure that those that served and were captured or missing weren't forgotten.
Thank you both for your service to this country.
Two heroesPosted on 12/20/13 - by Angela OcchialiniI have had this hero's bracelet for over 40 years and have prayed for him and his family since. About 10 years ago, I did a net search and found out sadly that he had died in captivity and his remains returned. Today I found more of his story on the Arlington site and also just learned of the heroic work his wife did on behalf of POW/MIA's. I continue to pray for your family. I will never forget your sacrifice!MORE
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 12/19/13 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear LTC Wilmer Newlin Grubb, 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
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.