COLUMBUS V GROSS
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HONORED ON PANEL 3W, LINE 45 OF THE WALL

COLUMBUS VIRGLE GROSS

WALL NAME

COLUMBUS V GROSS

PANEL / LINE

3W/45

DATE OF BIRTH

04/10/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/21/1971

HOME OF RECORD

RENSSELAER

COUNTY OF RECORD

Jasper County

STATE

IN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

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LEFT FOR COLUMBUS VIRGLE GROSS
POSTED ON 5.19.2022
POSTED BY: Phil "LT Mike" Maniscalco

YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!

Dear Sergeant Gross ~ You Are Not Forgotten!
With the upcoming anniversary (May 21st) of your passing, today I ran a mile with you in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace, dear brother.

Each year since September 2015, at the annual 5th Division Army reunion, members of the Society of the Fifth Division, U.S Army remember the 514 soldiers from the 1st Brigade, 5th Division, who were Killed in Action in Vietnam. You are among the soldiers remembered. You Are Not Forgotten!

Phil “LT Mike” Maniscalco
Society of the 5th Division, U.S. Army
Delta Company 1/11 Infantry
Vietnam Sept 1968- Sept 1969
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POSTED ON 2.13.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sgt Columbus Gross,
Thank you for your service as a Combat Engineer. 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 11.14.2016

Ground Casualty

Fire Support Base Charlie Two (FSB C-2) was located about 3 miles northeast of Cam Lo village in Quang Tri Province, RVN. It was operated by the 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized). On May 21, 1971 at 1735 hours, FSB C-2 started to receive 122mm rockets. At 102 pounds and 6 1/2 feet long, the projectiles had a range of over 6 miles and were equipped with time-delayed fuses. A total of 11 rockets landed within the perimeter of FSB C-2. The seventh rocket launched against the base hit at 1744 hours. It struck the Enlisted Men’s club bunker which at the time was occupied by an estimated 65-70 personnel. Even though the bunker was covered by four layers of sandbags and three feet of dirt, the rocket penetrated its protective barrier and exploded inside, causing it to collapse on those sheltered below. Rescue operations were begun immediately. All available personnel and equipment were requested and employed, and C/1-61 arrived from Quang Tri Combat Base as a reaction force at 2100 hours. Excavation rescue and dustoff (medical evacuation missions) activities finally ceased at approximately 0200 hours on May 22nd. The losses were devastating—30 killed and 33 wounded. Several units of the 1st Brigade sustained casualties in the bunker. The 61st Infantry was hit hardest, losing 18 men—60% of the 30 Americans KIA. A Company alone counted 13 killed; Headquarters Company, four; D Company, 1; and brigade HHC, two. The 7th Engineer Battalion’s A Company also saw five members perish in the rubble. A Company of the 77th Armor had one KIA, as did C Battery, 5th Battalion, 4th Artillery. Three batteries from the 8th, 26th and 65th Artillery, 108th Artillery Group, probably there for fire direction control, each had a KIA, too. The list of names of the soldiers killed in the attack at FSB C-2 included PFC Marcus E. Arneson, PFC Vincent M. Benedetti, SSGT James E. Boddie, SMAJ Charles M. Crawford, SGT Alvin C. Curry, SFC Thomas F. Delehant, PFC Joe F. Gayosso, SP4 Randall J. Glasspoole, SGT Columbus V. Gross, SGT Billy D. Herring, SP4 William H. Hjorth, SFC William C. Jennings, SP4 William M. Kennedy, SP4 Charles N. Kowalk, PFC Karl J. Lavallee, 1LT Robert B. Lecates, SP4 David B. Matykiewicz, SP5 Steven M. Mitchell, SP4 John H. Najmola, SSGT Bennie L. North, SSGT Leo C. Oatman, SP4 Jerome A. Olson, SP4 Osier L. Pruitt, PFC Alberto A. Ramierez, PFC William Saylor, PFC William T. Smith, SP4 J.C. Summerlin, CPT George T. Taylor, SP4 Kenneth G. Westerberg, and PFC William E. Wolfe. [Taken from digitaledition.qwinc.com and coffeltdatabase.org]
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POSTED ON 10.28.2015
POSTED BY: Thomas W Grafton,

The Society of the Fifth Division

Dear Columbus,
You Have Not Been Forgotten!

The Society of the Fifth Division, U.S. Army, during its 95th Annual Reunion in Pittsburgh, PA (Sept 10-14, 2015) , held a Reading of the Names Ceremony to honor the 514 Soldiers from the 5th Division that were Killed in Action during the War in Vietnam. Your Name Was Read Aloud Among Those Soldiers. You Have Not Been Forgotten! Rest in Peace, Dear Brother.

Thomas Grafton
Alpha company, 7th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division
Vietnam (1968-1969)

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POSTED ON 5.21.2015
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SGT Columbus Virgle Gross, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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