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JOSEPH PATRICK GRUGAN


is honored on Panel 2E, Line 20 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of CPL Joseph P. Grugan

    Posted on 12/23/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On June 26, 1965 at 0720 hours an M48 Patton tank from A Company, 3rd Tank Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, plunged into a deep hole in a South Vietnam river with the loss of five U.S. Marines drowned. The accident occurred north of Da Nang, about 2½ miles west of Tuy Loan Bridge, when the tank plunged into a 12-foot drop-off while fording a river. Three other men escaped from the tank, which was leading a column. The tank was later recovered the same day at 1815 hours. The lost Marines included 1LT Robert A. Butz, SGT Arthur B Eustace Jr., CPL Joseph P. Grugan, CPL Frederick J. Schwanger, and CPL George P. Zupancic. A Company members who witnessed this incident noted that 1LT Butz could have easily survived the accident (one marine mentioned he saw Butz on the bank of the river), but lost his life attempting to rescue his fellow tankers. [Taken from usmctanker.us and coffeltdatabase.org]
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  • Semper Fi, Corporal.

    Posted on 6/26/14 - by A Marine, USMC, Vietnam
  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 6/26/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

    Dear CPL Joseph Patrick Grugan, sir



    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



    Curt Carter


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  • The Philadelphia Inquirer - July 4, 1965

    Posted on 11/9/05 - by Jim McIlhenney christianamacks@comcast.net
    GRUGAN,-Suddenly, on June 26,
    1965, of 1221 S. 54th st., CORPORAL
    JOSEPH P. GRUGAN, U.S.M.C., son
    of Joseph and Catherine Glacken Gru-
    gan. Relatives and friends invited to
    funeral Tues. morning, 8:30 o'clock,
    Thomas F. Reagan Funeral Home,
    53rd and Chester ave, Solemn Mass of
    Requiem, 10 A.M., Church of the
    Most Blessed Sacrament. Holy Commu-
    nion may be received at this Mass.
    Int. S.S. Peter & Paul Cem. Friends
    may call Mon. eve.
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  • Do not stand at my grave and weep

    Posted on 7/1/05 - by Bob Ross
    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.

    Mary Frye – 1932

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