ROBERT S GRAUSTEIN
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 99 OF THE WALL

ROBERT STEWART GRAUSTEIN

WALL NAME

ROBERT S GRAUSTEIN

PANEL / LINE

1W/99

DATE OF BIRTH

09/29/1939

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/21/1972

HOME OF RECORD

FRYEBURG

COUNTY OF RECORD

Oxford County

STATE

ME

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

LCDR

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT STEWART GRAUSTEIN
POSTED ON 1.21.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear LCdr Robert Graustein,
Thank you for your service as an Unrestricted Line Officer (Pilot) on the U.S.S. SARATOGA. I am glad you were identified in 1986. Welcome Home. 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 4.20.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of LCDR Robert S. Graustein

Final Mission of LCDR Robert S. Graustein
LCDR Robert S. Graustein and LCDR Barton S. Wade were a members of Attack Squadron 75 (VA-75), Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3), aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60). On December 21, 1972, they comprised the crew of a U.S. Navy Grumman A-6A Intruder (#152946) attack aircraft on a combat mission to attack airfields at Haiphong and Kien An in North Vietnam. Approximately six miles southwest of Haiphong, their Intruder was destroyed by an airborne explosion after being hit by ground fire. When Graustein and Wade failed to return from their mission, it was assumed that they had been lost in the target area, and the crew was placed in Missing in Action (MIA) status. None of the American POWs repatriated in February and March of 1973 had any knowledge of the two men, and they were continued in MIA status until the Secretary of the Navy approved a Presumptive Findings of Death for Graustein on March 3, 1975, and for Wade on August 24, 1976. On March 7, 1986, the U.S. government announced that the remains of the two air crewmen were among a group of remains turned over by the Vietnamese government on December 4, 1985. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, usnamemorialhall.org, and aviation-safety.net]
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POSTED ON 11.20.2017
POSTED BY: Crystal Kee

Wishing you was here

Hello grandfather my grandmother told me so much about you I wish you was here
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POSTED ON 12.19.2015
POSTED BY: RADM Grady L. Jackson, USN (Ret)

A real professional Naval Aviator

Bob, was Operations Officer of the VA-75 Sunday Punchers when he and Bart Wade went missing after a strike on Kien Ann Airfield near Haiphong. I had flown some combat missions with Bob after my pilot, CO VA-75 CDR Charles M. Earnest was killed on 28 Nov 1972. Bob was a consummate professional Naval Officer, pilot and family man. His wife and family can stand tall and proud for the legacy Bob left for their children and grandchildren, which he never met.

As a side note, I took over as Ops Officer after Bob was killed and shortly thereafter Kien Ann Airfield was on target list again. LT JJ Miller and I took that target assignment, however we attacked from the back door and laid down a perfect string of MK-82's Snake eyes across the runway with very little AAA and one SA-2 missile being fired.
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POSTED ON 12.15.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LCDR Robert Stewart Graustein, 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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