SAMMIE GRIFFIN
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HONORED ON PANEL 4E, LINE 23 OF THE WALL

SAMMIE GRIFFIN

WALL NAME

SAMMIE GRIFFIN

PANEL / LINE

4E/23

DATE OF BIRTH

04/04/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/18/1965

HOME OF RECORD

PHILADELPHIA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Philadelphia County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR SAMMIE GRIFFIN
POSTED ON 9.6.2016
POSTED BY: Chelsea Johnson

Your Great Niece

Uncle Sammie, I never met you but I feel like i knew you so well through your sister, my grandmother Daisy Watson (Griffin). She loved you so much and talked about how she would play with you as a baby in South Carolina. I want to thank you for your sacrifice in a war that was barely understood even by the Government here in the USA. I wish I could've met you.
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POSTED ON 12.18.2014
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Thank You

Thank you PFC Griffin for your courage in dangerous times, in a dangerous place.
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POSTED ON 11.13.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PFC Sammie Griffin, 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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POSTED ON 2.18.2008
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

The Philadelphia Inquirer - December 27, 1965

2 From Phila. Area

GIS PAY TRIBUTE TO FIVE HEROES SLAIN IN COMBAT
by Al Chang

BIEN HOA, Vietnam, Dec. 26 (AP).
All five had died like heroes, and their buddies paid tribute to them Sunday.
I remember them, too. I remembered Sgt. Robert A. Gray, from Fayetteville, N.C., a slug in his chest, looking up at another sergeant just before he died and muttering "you ugly E-7." E-7 is a rank.
Gray was preparing to lob a smoke grenade to show the aircraft our position when he got hit.
Then there was Pfc. Daniel J. Guilmet, from Seattle, Wash., killed while moving a litter through the dense jungle to a wounded man.
Pfc. Sammie Griffin, from Philadelphia, the point man in a squad, hit by gunfire, was the first man to die.
Pfc. Richard W. Peterson, from West Covina, Calif., picked up a grenade thrown by the Vietcong and was heaving it back when it exploded in his hand.
Lt. Joseph P. Yatsko, from Levittown, Pa., was hit by a .50 caliber slug as his reconnaissance platoon made contact with the Vietcong.
(Yatsko, 23, became known as "Christmas officer" of his outfit when he wrote a letter that touched off a campaign to send Yule greetings to GIs in Vietnam. He was killed Dec. 18 about 40 miles from Saigon. He will be buried Monday in the National Cemetery in Beverly, N.J.)


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POSTED ON 2.18.2008
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

The Philadelphia Inquirer - December 24, 1965

PHILA. SOLDIER SLAIN

Another area man was named in the latest Defense Department list of fatalities. He was Amry Pfc. Sammie Griffin, 18, of 2417 N. Philip St.
Pfc. Griffin enlisted last year after graduating from Addison High School.
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