|Birth: ||Mar. 25, 1935|
|Death: ||Jul. 24, 1968, Vietnam|
In Memory of…..DAVID SCOTT GREILING.
*** Commander Greiling was a member of Attack Squadron 82, Carrier Air Wing 6 aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS AMERICA (CVA-66). On July 24, 1968, he was the pilot of a Vought Attack Aircraft Corsair II (A-7A) on a night armed reconnaissance over Mui Ron, North Vietnam a hook-shaped peninsula in the Bay of Tonkin. He bombed a convoy of trucks, ejected the cabin, crashed to the ground and exploded. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!
DAVID SCOTT GREILING - Navy - CDR - O5
Date of Birth Mar 25, 1935-Born in OHIO.
From: HILLSDALE, MI
Marital Status: Married - Nancy J. Nehls Greiling on Dec. 19, 1964 in Monterey,Cal.(She was 27 and he was 29 yrs.) Parents: Father, David J. Greiling (Born in Preble, Brown Co., Wisconsin on Nov. 13, 1901 and Died Nov. 9, 1989 at the age of 88 yrs.in Ohio) and Mother, Grace Greiling (Born in Ohio) Both born in 1901. Brother, Paul and sister, Gail (Both born in Ohio). Paternal Grandparents: Hugo H. Greiling born in Germany (FAG # 82785558) and Augusta Greiling (FAG # 82785547) born in Wisconsin. Paternal Uncles, Herbert Greiling, Ruben Greiling and Clarence Greiling (FAG # 82785551) and Aunt Isabell Greiling all born in Wisconsin.
***** "United States Census, 1940"
Name: David S Greiling
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: Ward 26, Cleveland City, Cleveland City, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States
Marital Status: Single
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Birth Year (Estimated): 1935
Last Place of Residence: Same House
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head David J Greiling M 38 Wisconsin
Wife Grace Greiling F 38 Ohio
Daughter Gail Greiling F 7 Ohio
Son David S Greiling M 5 Ohio
Son Paul Greiling M 0 Ohio
***** Area men gave supreme sacrifice in Vietnam war
By JOE POTTER
(LCDR Greiling hasn't been forgotten by his community - he is remembered in the News-Sun & Evening Star , his hometown newspaper )
ALBION - Several servicemen from Noble and LaGrange counties were killed during the Vietnam War and one is still listed as missing in action, according to records maintained by area veterans' organizations.
The missing serviceman is Commander David Scott Greiling, U.S. Navy, son of former Kendallville residents Mr. and Mrs. David Greiling. He was a 1953 graduate of Kendallville High School. Greiling was on active duty when his plane was lost the night of July 24, 1968, over North Vietnam on a military mission. He had been in Vietnam less than three months.
Greiling received a degree from Purdue University in 1957. Retired Noble Circuit Judge Robert Probst was a classmate of Greiling's at Purdue and was also a pilot.
According to records maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration Center for Electronic Records, Greiling is listed among U.S. military personnel who died (including missing and captured declared dead as a result of the Vietnam conflict. Greiling was declared dead Dec. 14, 1973, with a notation that his body had not been recovered.
However, a report prepared by the Office of U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, R-N.H., Vice-Chairman, Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs on Dec. 1, 1992, lists Greiling as missing in action and unaccounted for.
According to interviews done with returned prisoners of war, second hand information indicated that Greiling had been captured.
Greiling's actual fate is unknown.
CDR - O5 - Navy - Regular
His tour began on Jul 24, 1968
Casualty was on Sep 14, 1973
In , NORTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died captured, FIXED WING - PILOT
AIR LOSS, CRASH AT SEA
Body was not recovered
Panel 51W - Line 49
Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)
On 24 July 1968, then Lt. Cmdr. David S. Greiling was the pilot of an A7A Corsair that launched from the USS America as the flight leader in a flight of two aircraft. The flight was conducting a night armed reconnaissance mission to interdict enemy activity in the mountainous coastal area of Mui Ron.
After crossing the coastline, Lt. Cmdr. Greiling sighted a target of moving lights believed to be trucks heading northwest along a primary road from the coastline inland that ran along the southwestern edge of a mountain range. The night was overcast with cloud layers.
At 2131 hours, Lt. Cmdr. Greiling radioed "I'm rolling in " and his wingman observed his dive on the truck convoy to drop his ordnance.
A large fireball was seen by the wingman on his run on the same target.
In his debriefing, the wingman stated he believed the ground fire emanated from the explosion of gasoline or oil trucks as a result of his flight leader's attack. Scotty Greiling's wingman also observed a number of smaller brightly burning fires in the heavily wooded mountains just to the north of the road. Thinking that the fires were emanating from the target and not from possible aircraft wreckage, the wingman dropped his ordnance on them.
After completing his attack pass, the wingman made several radio calls to the flight leader. When no response was received from Scotty Greiling, search and rescue (SAR) efforts were immediately initiated.
These efforts included the use of flares dropped by other aircraft in an attempt to locate the downed pilot, but no trace of David Greiling was found.
At the time the formal search effort was terminated, Scotty Greiling was listed Missing in Action.
On 17 July 1969, an intelligence report was received by the US government indicating that Scotty Greiling had been captured. While his ship was delivering cargo to North Vietnam, an unidentified North Vietnamese showed a Polish seaman the identification cards of 30 Americans in the Seaman's Club in Haiphong. The seaman apparently understood the importance of what he was shown as he wrote down the names of the Americans whose ID cards he saw and gave them to the US Navy when he returned to Poland.
Another version of the Polish seaman's report states that Lt. Cmdr. Greiling's photograph was on "a bulletin board in northern Vietnam." Twenty-eight of the 30 men whose names he provided were released during Operation Homecoming in 1973. Because of the quality of this intelligence, the US Government upgraded Scotty Greiling's status from Missing in Action to Prisoner of War.
Scotty Greiling was the type of American pilot the communists valued and wanted to exploit. Once in the Navy, he added to his bachelor's degree in engineering with a master's degree in nuclear science from the Navy post-graduate school at Monterey, California. He also served a tour of duty at the Naval Academy as an instructor prior to serving in Vietnam.
Scotty Greiling Dedication Ceremony
December 2, 2010
Posted in Everytown USA, Reunions, Scotty Greiling, USS America, VA-82 Marauders, Vietnam War
Paul Greiling, Scotty Greiling, VA-82 Marauders, VA-82 Reunion, Vietnam War
During the Greiling Dedication Ceremony, Scotty's brother, Paul shared a few words on the "Scotty" many in the audience may not have known.
"My sister, Gail, my niece, Karen, and I want to thank all of you for this wonderful tribute to Cmdr David Scott Greiling. To me, this tribute is really to all of you heroes, not just my brother. It means a great deal to us and our families to have Scotty remembered in this way. After more than 40 years, it has been a pleasure and a privilege to finally meet all of you.
"I want to thank Walt Moser and Tom Brown for all the help in arranging and coordinating our trip here. In addition, I especially want to acknowledge Karen's husband, Cmdr Jay DeBellis, who is presently deployed overseas. He is responsible for putting us in contact with you so that we could be part of this memorable weekend. Our biggest regret is that our parents could not be here and never had the chance to meet and talk with each of you. It would have been such a help in their grieving.
"In 2003, at Scotty's 50th High School Class Reunion they had a special tribute. I would like to quote from that dedication by Hugh Hanes, Scotty's classmate. ‘Scott Greiling was an example of the best of our class in many respects. He was a scholar, athlete, musician, dramatist, Eagle Scout, active in church and community, and a friend to all.'
"I want to take a few minutes to expand and augment these attributes based on the Scott Greiling whom Gail and I knew while we were growing up with him. You will have to forgive me for eulogizing Scotty, but as his younger brother, you might expect it. However, I can honestly say that in my mind, it is all true. I could not have asked for a better older brother.
"First, Scotty was a very good student, finishing very near the top of his high school class. The one thing I particularly remember while he was in secondary school was that he was a voracious reader. I believe he and our mother read every book in the town library. They would discuss or argue about each book.
David "Scotty" Greiling graduated from Kendallville High School in 1953 and from Purdue University in 1957.
"Upon graduating from high school, he was awarded a Navy ROTC scholarship to Purdue. At Purdue University he was selected to be in the first class of a new engineering program, Engineering Sciences. This program combined all fields of engineering—mechanical, electrical, chemical, civil, etc., along with physics—a five year program, condensed into four years. This was only for the cream of the crop.
"Later while in the Navy, he received his Masters in Nuclear Engineering from the Navy Post Graduate School in Monterey. Coincidentally, his Master's thesis, written in the early 60s, analyzed the physics of ion implantation into semiconductors. In the late 60s, at the research labs where I spent most of my career as a research scientist, the technology of ion implantation into silicon was developed and patented and is still today one of the key technologies for all integrated circuits in computers, cell phones and even fighter jets.
"From Monterey, he went to Annapolis to teach engineering to midshipmen. While there, I remember him ‘complaining' that he wanted to get combat experience since that is what he had been trained to do.
"Scotty had excellent athletic ability. It goes without saying that anyone who has the eye-hand coordination to make night carrier landings must have some extraordinary athletic ability, as you all must have. He was a track/cross country star in high school. The mile and the half mile were his specialties. At the Kokomo Relays, he set the record for the half mile. He would train year round, running every day, rain or snow, while I rode my bike to keep him company. He always told me he needed me to be with him while he ran, even at track meets. Why? I never asked. I was just glad to be with him.
"The summer after graduating from high school, he played American Legion baseball. His team won the State Championship and played in the National Finals in Altoona, PA. He was the center fielder and a pretty good hitter. …During those days, he would answer the telephone with, ‘Yankee Stadium, Center Field, Mickey Mantle speaking!' I thought that was so neat.
"He was also a musician, playing the clarinet in the high school symphony and marching bands. Most astounding to me was that he could sing in tune, an accomplishment in the Greiling family! When we went camping, we would sit around the campfire and he would sing. I fondly remember him singing Harry Belafonte's ‘Day O'. To me, it sounded just like the record.
"Scotty took part in our high school's Thespian Club, which for our small town was an outstanding program. I am not one to be superstitious. However to this day, I vividly remember his role when he was a sophomore in the high school play ‘Our Town' by Thornton Wilder. He had a small part, the paper boy, Joe Crowell, Jr. Just to remind you, in the last scene in the graveyard the deceased are sitting around and talking. One asks, ‘Whatever happened to young Joe, the paper boy?' Another of the deceased responds, ‘He was killed in the war.'
"Scotty was very active in our local Boy Scout troop while growing up, going every summer to Boy Scout Camp, attending jamborees and earning the Eagle Scout badge. His main enthusiasm for Boy Scouts was camping, which we did as many times as possible during the summer and even camping during the winter. I guess this was all in preparation for your Survival, Escape, Resistance, and Evasion Training.
"One characteristic that Hugh did not mention in his tribute to Scotty is what I consider to be his most important attribute. Scotty was very sensitive and considerate of others, especially me. He always included me, his younger brother, by many years may I add, whether in a pick-up baseball, football or basketball game, which we did all year round, depending on the season. If there was an odd number of players at any of these pick-up games, Scotty would be the first one to sit out and let others play.
"I particularly remember when I was about seven, Scotty and his friends decided to go camping. This was I believe their first overnight camp out in the wilderness—one of his friend's backyard. Scotty asked my mom if it would be okay if I came along, his little brother! My mom never had to ‘encourage' Scotty to include me in his activities—camping, ball games or just hanging out with his friends. He just brought me along.
"One fall when I was about five, Gail came down with Scarlet Fever and the family was quarantined. Since we were not allowed to leave our yard or play with anyone else, I had Scotty all to myself. I was so disappointed when Gail got well!
"Scotty and I used to wrestle all the time, not fight, just horse around, in the living room or our bedroom. Our father would walk by while Scotty had me in a full nelson, pinned to the floor, screaming, trying to break my neck and our Dad's only comment was, ‘Now boys, don't break the furniture.' However, we did break our beds numerous times, jumping and wrestling on them.
"The summer I got my driver's license, 1956, when Scotty came home from one of his midshipmen cruises, we drove from our home in Michigan to California, picking up his girl friend and driving back across the country, camping all the way. Scotty persuaded the folks that if I came along on the trip, I would be the chaperon! After all, we did have two tents. Even now, I still visit some of the sites where we camped in California and Arizona.
"One weekend, when I was in high school I visited Scotty at Purdue, staying with him at his fraternity house. He had a trophy on his desk which read ‘Awarded to the Biggest BS-er in the Frat House'. That was Scotty! He was great at embellishing any story. One story I remember in particular, was when he was stationed in Pensacola for flight training just after graduating from Purdue. In the 50s he told me only Annapolis Grads got to fly jets. However, he told me how he was able to finagle his way into training for jets. One night at a bar, he purposely struck up a conversation with a senior officer at the base and told him how he desperately wanted and needed to fly jets. The fellow took a liking to Scotty, everyone did, and responded with, ‘If you can drink me under the table, you're in!' Scotty said it was no contest.
"The summer I was married, Scotty was in Brownsville, TX, training for carrier landings. He came to Michigan for my wedding. At the rehearsal dinner with my soon to-be-wife's sorority sisters and our college friends, Scotty arrived fashionably late, driving up in his MGB with the top down. Of course, he might as well have been Tom Cruise from Top Gun as far as the bridesmaids were concerned. He had them spellbound with stories of ‘night carrier landings in the middle of a hurricane,' ‘survival training in the Amazon jungle' and other such tales. I wonder how many of the wives here fell for those same stories from you gentlemen! He would tell me that his modus operandi was, ‘I get out of my super-sonic jet, get in my super-sonic car and pick up super-sonic women!' To me, there was a great deal in the movie Top Gun that brought back memories of Scotty.
"My daughter, Heidi, incorporated Scotty's Vietnam experiences in her high school and college term papers and class discussions about the War. During her freshman year at Michigan in one of her liberal arts courses, the Vietnam War issue came up. This was the mid-80s and there still was a great deal of anti-war, anti-military sentiment expressed by many of the young liberal students. One day, in snowy, cold, dreary, grey Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the middle of a heated, emotional discussion about the war, up pops this blond, tan, California beach girl, Heidi, and interrupts with, ‘None of you know what the hell you are talking about! I had an Uncle who blah, blah (she related a bunch of facts).' It shut the class up and ended the discussion. How could they argue with someone who seemed to have ‘real-life experiences.' I would like to point out that Heidi was born after Scotty was lost in Vietnam and she never knew him. She obviously inherited Scotty's BS ability.
"In closing, you have no idea how significant this weekend has been for us. When Jay told us he had ‘found' Scotty's squadron, it immediately brought back all the emotions from over 40 years ago. This weekend has been very therapeutic and helpful in bringing closure for Karen, Gail and I. We want to thank you for including us in this wonderful tribute to all of you and Cmdr David Scott Greiling."
"It was an emotional weekend for everyone," Walt Moser concluded. "…One touching thing happened right after we had all left the museum and were heading to dinner. The Museum ground crew was towing the airplane back into its normal position when an eagle (very rare in these parts) flew over the museum ramp, made several very low circles of the airplane and flew off to the northwest into the impending sunset. Those guys doing the work felt the presence of Scotty Greiling very strongly. It really touched them, and when this was announced in the dinner, a number of people got very choked up. It truly was an emotional and rewarding day and all of us got a lot of closure with the ceremony."
David J. Greiling (1901 - 1989)
Grace R. Greiling (1901 - 1980)
Note: Looking for location of his hometown Memorial Headstone.
Plot: Court B
GPS (lat/lon): 21.3136, -157.84703
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Jul 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94220016