CHARLES E GRADOVILLE
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HONORED ON PANEL 21E, LINE 112 OF THE WALL

CHARLES EDWARD GRADOVILLE

WALL NAME

CHARLES E GRADOVILLE

PANEL / LINE

21E/112

DATE OF BIRTH

08/13/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/16/1967

HOME OF RECORD

CEDAR RAPIDS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Linn County

STATE

IA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CHARLES EDWARD GRADOVILLE
POSTED ON 1.19.2019
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Misadventure (Friendly fire)

LCPL Charles E. Gradoville was a rifleman serving with M Company, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. On June 16, 1967, M Company was in the third day of a search and destroy mission one-mile northeast of Con Thien (Hill 158) in Quang Tri, Province, RVN. Called Operation Cimarron, the Company was operating in tandem with other Battalion Companies, moving from west to east in an attempt to capture or destroy enemy forces. Late in the afternoon, one of the M60 machine gunners test fired his weapon, sending several seconds of fire downrange. Company M’s position suddenly received two major caliber, flat-trajectory rounds from an unknown position. One of the rounds struck Gradoville in the head, killing him instantly. It was later surmised that the incoming shells were due to tank friendly fire. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Command Chronology for June 1967; and from “For some, the war never ended.” Muscatine Journal (Muscatine, IA), May 27, 2007]
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POSTED ON 1.17.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lcpl Charles Gradoville,
Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 8.13.2017
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Lance Corporal Charles Edward Gradoville, Served with Company M, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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POSTED ON 6.16.2015
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LCPL Charles Edward Gradoville, 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
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POSTED ON 6.3.2015
POSTED BY: Bill Armstrong

Wonderful Guy and Hero

I remember the summer baseball team in '63 with all you Regis guys...you, Wagoner, Fitzpatrick, Krecji and how you accepted this Wash guy into your circle.
But what I will NEVER forget is picking you up hitch hiking thru Ames a few years later, and you telling me that you were doing a little tour before going to Vietnam Nam. I recall being nervous for you. I was in CO for the summer and my grandmother mailed me a clipping with the awful news. It was not comprehensible. I think of all of these things often and thought you should know!
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