THOMAS R GROVER
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HONORED ON PANEL 33W, LINE 40 OF THE WALL

THOMAS ROY GROVER

WALL NAME

THOMAS R GROVER

PANEL / LINE

33W/40

DATE OF BIRTH

08/22/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DUONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/02/1969

HOME OF RECORD

TRENTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Mercer County

STATE

NJ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR THOMAS ROY GROVER
POSTED ON 6.3.1999
POSTED BY: Mike

Far from Village Road East

I was a childhood friend of Tom's. We both grew up in a small town just outside Princeton, NJ. It was a small village, Dutch Neck, surrounded by numerous farms growing potatos, tomatoes, corn, wheat and soy beans. Tom grew up on his family's farm just about a half mile from the center of Dutch Neck. He lived on Village Road East. During the 50's and early 60's when were growing up, the area was vitually unchanged from the 30's and 40's when our parents grew up there. It was a close community, everyone knew everyone else. Summers were long and the farms were bustling with activity all season long. The air was always scented with the smell of the earth as potatos were being dug, the smell of tomato vines when the picking was on, or of wheat from the combines. In the middle of all this, Tom always helped out on the farm. Tom had a wonderful family... some especially nice parents. One year his mother was Den Mother to our Cub Scout pack. It was always fun to go to the farm... a great house and a very welcoming home. My first ride on a school bus was the short ride from the Dutch Neck school to the end of the long lane up to Tom's house. Tom was a friend I saw almost everyday through grammar school... and occasionally when we moved on to different high schools. I didn't see much of Tom after that, but I didn't have to... he was always there, he was part of home itself. Until of course, the day I was told he'd been killed in Viet Nam. The war became very real and personal for me that day. How tragic that such a nice person, from such a nice family would have to die so far from the farm on Village Road East. But he did and I am sure the people who knew him over there would agree with me that Tom was truly one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. Rest in peace Tom.

A short P.S. - I just learned that a middle school is being built on Village Road East in Dutch Neck very close to Tom's family farm. It will be named the Thomas R. Grover School in memory of a fine friend.
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