PATRICK M GRELLA
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HONORED ON PANEL 17W, LINE 96 OF THE WALL

PATRICK MARTIN GRELLA

WALL NAME

PATRICK M GRELLA

PANEL / LINE

17W/96

DATE OF BIRTH

07/03/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH TUY

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/20/1969

HOME OF RECORD

WHEELING

COUNTY OF RECORD

Ohio County

STATE

WV

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR PATRICK MARTIN GRELLA
POSTED ON 5.29.2017
POSTED BY: Michael & Kathleen Grella

Love

Hi, Patrick, younger brother and hero...
Despite our faith in the joy and glory and wonder of your life with God, despite your joy in being with mom and dad and all our loved ones, we miss you and hold you in fondest memory. Thank you for the sacrifice of your life. We love you and hope with God's grace to see you when our time to leave this world and go to the God who created us arrives.
Mike and Kathleen
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POSTED ON 6.14.2016
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Sergeant Patrick Martin Grella, Served with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Montani Semper Liberi !
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POSTED ON 5.27.2016
POSTED BY: Thomas R. Westfall

My Classmate, fellow veteran and friend

Pat we approach another Memorial Day and we will feel the sting of your loss again. I have never forgotten you or how we sat in class at Wheeling Central and often talked as we tried to figure life out. I was in Okinawa with the 895th MP Company when I saw your name on the weekly list of casualties in RVN and I was overwhelmed by your loss. When I drive past our high school I think of you as a young man, when I attend a ceremony I think of how much your family and our community lost when we lost you in service to our country. We talk about your at our reunions, we think of you often. You are missed by so many.
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POSTED ON 11.8.2015
POSTED BY: Michael a. Grella

My Dear Brother

God love you, Pat, for your great sacrifice. You remain in our hearts and our memories of you are at times so very vivid and alive. So many things could be said, but for now let it suffice that we love you and remember you with loving hearts. I truly believe that you are rejoicing now with the Good God who loves you more than we can ever know in this world. Pray that all of us, mom and dad, your six brothers and three sisters, and all your relatives and friends, will someday join you in our Heavenly Home where there will be no more war, no more violence, and no more tears. WE LOVE YOU, PAT!
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POSTED ON 8.9.2014
POSTED BY: Dennis J. Burckhard 165 Legacy Dr. Advance, N.C. 27006

Remembering Pat

My name is Dennis Burckhard. I was born and raised in North Dakota and in 2012 I moved to North Carolina. I was sent to Vietnam in July of 1969 and assigned to SGT Grella"s squad as an M-79 grenade launcher operator. He was a SGT and I was a PFC, we immediately became close friends and called each other by first name-every one else referred to me as "STONEY". Pat took me under his wing and taught me how to survive in the jungle. Early on, while on patrol, he yelled out at me and pulled me to the ground during a sniper attack. that's when I realized that I was in a real war. We shared many hazardous helicopter trips, foxholes, meals, and even memories of life at home. On Oct. 20, 1969 we were climbing our third very high hill with dense under brush in seven days. Once on top we would chop down the trees and clear brush to allow helicopter landings for resupplies and medical evacuations. During a break about half way up the hill, Pat and I were sharing a can of peaches when small arms gunfire erupted. Pat was hit and I was shot through the side of the face. We were evacuated by helicopter using jungle penetrating ropes and baskets and then flown to base camp in Phan Thiet. There I received Last Rites and learned that Pat had passed away. I then began a 5 month recovery period in Bien Hoa, Japan, and eventually Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver, Co. I still think about Pat almost every day-he is probably the best friend I ever had and someday we will say hello again. It's been almost 45 years since our ordeal but memories of our great friendship will never be gone.
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