MURIEL S GROOMES
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HONORED ON PANEL 39W, LINE 8 OF THE WALL

MURIEL STANLEY GROOMES

WALL NAME

MURIEL S GROOMES

PANEL / LINE

39W/8

DATE OF BIRTH

09/11/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/02/1968

HOME OF RECORD

HAMPSTEAD

COUNTY OF RECORD

Carroll County

STATE

MD

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MURIEL STANLEY GROOMES
POSTED ON 11.1.2009
POSTED BY: Jerry Martin, Fox 2/3

Second Platoon

Max, It has been 41 yrs and
your laughter is still remembered. In the worst of times you were the best of us. We have grown old and you are forever young. Although the "Patrol" for you is done, ours goes on.
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POSTED ON 12.19.2004
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Muriel is buried at Arlington Nat Cem.
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POSTED ON 11.2.2003
POSTED BY: Donald Lytle

Thank you LCPL Groomes

Although we never met personally, I want to thank you Muriel Stanley Groomes, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!

Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Marine, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!

Again, thank you LCPL Muriel Stanley Groomes, for a job well done!

REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY MARINE FRIEND


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POSTED ON 12.17.2001
POSTED BY: Rodd Luna (SGT USAF 65-69)

A Remembrance from Ron Rydgren

The following is a letter sent to me from Ron Rydgren (USMC) about his friend Muriel (Max) Groomes.

____Rodney Luna (USAF)_________
Dear Rodney:
Thank you so much for remembering me on this Memorial day and for sharing your feelings. I too have tried to put a lot of my memories to rest.
Since 1987 I've been going to Vets Centers. I've been in combat groups and had individual counseling in all the cities in which Melody and I were
stationed.

Sometime I would like to share some memories with you. Today there is one in particular. Muriel Groomes (Max) was a young guy, about my age back
then, who was assigned to my squad and to my team (he and two others, with me as team leader). We became very close - I taught him all the roaps and
he called me big brother even though he was slightly older than I. Max would always give me the cigarettes he got in his rations and the rare
beers we would get. I would share packages from home with him. We both ended up on the hospital ship Sanctuary at the same time with malaria - good
break from the field Ha!

Max did really well, he learned fast and became a really good troop - level headed in tight situations. He did things my way cause that's how he had
learned. I went on R&R to Hawaii to see the wife & the kids (Becky and Yvonne Marie) and he went on search
and destroy patrols with our company. Max was one of two men killed by a hand detonated NVA claymore type mine - blew him in half.
When I heard I knew Max would have been walking in my place as team leader cause I had him take my place while I was gone.
I've visited Max on the wall several time and been to his grave in the Arlington cemetery. But he is one ghost I will never put to rest, even
though he is a friendly ghost. And, I know that he would want me to rest easy also.

Today, he should be remembered for what he gave so long ago. I won't ever forget him and I just wanted to share him with you.
Thank You My Old Friend
Ron

Ron went on and re-enlisted in the USAF and retired as a Lt Crnl. He never forgot
Max and the others.
Ron has sence passed on. I post this for Max & Ron. Two valliant Marines.

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POSTED ON 12.12.2001
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