JOHN W GROOVER
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HONORED ON PANEL 5E, LINE 33 OF THE WALL

JOHN WILLIAM O GROOVER

WALL NAME

JOHN W GROOVER

PANEL / LINE

5E/33

DATE OF BIRTH

02/21/1940

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/14/1966

HOME OF RECORD

FARMINGTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Oakland County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN WILLIAM O GROOVER
POSTED ON 11.18.2023

Final Mission of SGT John W. O. Groover

The 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry “Bobcats” were sent to Vietnam in January 1966, assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. The 1/5 Infantry was a mechanized unit utilizing M113 armored personnel carriers and Patton M48A3 tanks. During its first three months in country, the 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division with the attached 1/5 Infantry was engaged in continuous ground combat against the Viet Cong (VC) to secure a base of operations for itself near Tan An Hoi in the Cu Chi District of Hau Nghia Provence, RVN. On the early morning of February 14, 1966, A Company, 1/5 Infantry prepared to depart its base camp and move across the Ben Muong waterway on a dismounted Reconnaissance in Force of the area beyond the stream. A densely jungled rubber plantation honey-combed with Viet Cong tunnels and overrun by snipers, it was known to American GIs as "Hell's Half Acre." The Bobcats crossed their line of departure at 6:30 AM. Three hours later, they were making slow but steady progress on the sweep, destroying thatch-roofed huts and tunnels and confiscating rice caches. By 11:00 AM, they had sustained ten wounded. Shortly after, two Chicom Claymores anti-personnel mines were command detonated by the VC, killing eight and wounding three. The lost personnel included (from A-1/5 Inf) CPT William A. Hoos Jr., SSG Gene C. Milligan, SP4 Walter N. Ammons, and PFC Ira C. Boggs Jr.; (from C Btry, 1st Bn, 8th Arty Rgt) Forward Observers SGT John W. O. Groover and PFC Bobby J. Braswell; and (from 25th Admin Co, 25th Inf Div) journalist PFC Terry J. Reed; also killed was Canagarathan “Charles” Chellappah, a photojournalist with the Associated Press. His final roll of film captured dramatic photographs of wounded soldiers being treated after the first Claymore explosion. He died in the subsequent blast. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, virtualwall.org, and wikipedia.org; Image: Photo of injured Americans taken by Charles Chellappah moments before his death.]
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POSTED ON 9.10.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. We should be forever thankful for the sacrifices of you and so many others to ensure the freedoms we so often take for granted.
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POSTED ON 4.6.2022
POSTED BY: Johnathan Groover

He Was My Great Grandpa

Obviously I've never met him but it was cool to find out he was my grand father. Thank you for your service.
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POSTED ON 2.21.2020
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Sergeant John William O. Groover, Served with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 8th Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 2.12.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sgt John Groover,
Thank you for your service as a Cannon Fire Direction Specialist. Your 79th birthday is soon, happy birthday. 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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