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is honored on Panel 7W, Line 51 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • An American Hero

    Posted on 9/7/18 - 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.
  • Final Mission of SFC Dwaine U. McGriff

    Posted on 1/4/18 - by
    SFC Dwaine U. McGriff was a construction equipment repairer serving with the 984th Engineering Battalion. On September 7, 1970, SFC McGriff was 34. He had just begun his second one-year tour of duty. That day, his unit was attacked mortars and recoilless rifle fire. McGriff was wounded in the attack and was evacuated to the 12th Evacuation Hospital in Cu Chi. His left leg was so badly mangled that he eventually lost it. He had to lie flat on his back for two years after coming back to the States, his wife, Anna, recalled in an interview. He had lost so much thigh tissue that he could not have a prosthesis. So, he used crutches. His wife knew when he was in agony. "He would scrunch up his face," she said. "But he would never tell you." He had dozens of operations, some to take skin from healthy parts of his body and attach it to the wound area. In 1974, he developed problems with his stomach, so serious that a nylon mesh was installed to rebuild much of it. He was in and out of hospitals, so often that doctors and nurses regarded him as a friend. He contracted hepatitis. He had liver and kidney problems. For the last six years of his life, he lay in bed. He died on January 7, 1999, at the age of 63. "He lived 28 years and four months after being wounded," his wife said. "He was here for a reason." The years of pain were not without their joys, she was quick to say. Her husband did some woodworking and lots of reading. Best of all, he got to watch his kids grow up. His children Dwaine and Lynda were grade-schoolers when their father was wounded. "We were blessed, the way the Lord worked it all out," Mrs. McGriff said. His name was added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in May 2003. [Taken from,, and]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 9/7/15 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SFC Dwaine Usry McGriff, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • We Remember

    Posted on 7/10/11 - by Robert Sage
    Dwaine is buried at Cullman City Cemetery, Cullman, Cullman County,AL. PH
  • A Photo of Dwaine McGriff

    Posted on 12/13/10 - by
    Here is a photo of Dwaine McGriff, alone with one of his wife, Anna, at the time his name was added to the Wall. An article about Dwaine and others can be found here: http:www.mishalov.comvietnam20veterans20memorial.html
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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.