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Lieut Dominick J Grossi
Birth: Sep. 9, 1920
Death: Mar. 8, 1945

WW2 Navy Cross Recipient

Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Last Unit
1944-1945, 0302, III MEF/3rd Marine Division
Service Years
1944 - 1945
Home State
New York
Year of Birth
Home Town
Lockport Last Address
Lockport, New York


Casualty Date
Mar 08, 1945
Hostile, Died Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Japan Conflict
World War II */World War II


The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Dominick J. Grossi (0-36882), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Leader of an Assault Platoon attached to Company K, Third Battalion, Twenty-First Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima, in the Volcano Islands, on 24 February 1945. Penetrating one of the most heavily fortified Japanese positions on Iwo Jima in an attempt to cut across Motoyama Airfield Number Two and capture the commanding ridge, Second Lieutenant Grossi and his men maneuvered the approach to the airstrip with adroit tactical skill and, disregarding the pounding barrage of mortars and field pieces, the merciless cross-fire of machine guns and rifles and the shattering concussions of grenades hurtling through the air and exploding close by, surged across the heavily mined sands dotted with buried pillboxes. Determined to gain his objective and refusing to yield to the overwhelming volume of hostile fire, Second Lieutenant Grossi led his unit against the Japanese with dauntless courage, slashing right and left with his bayonet, thrusting grenades into massive emplacements sunk in the sands, dropping them behind rocks, sweeping aside the enemy, holding desperately and fighting furiously in hand-to-hand engagements as he smashed through a sector swarming with Japanese to gain the fifty foot ridge on the opposite side of the airstrip after approximately ninety minutes of savage conflict. When a strong enemy counterattack forced him to yield the newly-won position, he promptly and effectively reorganized the twelve men remaining in his unit, led the stouthearted group in a fierce bayonet and grenade charge and reoccupied the vital hill. By his aggressive initiative, bold tactics and indomitable spirit during a critical phase of the assault, Second Lieutenant Grossi aided materially in the subsequent capture of the entire airfield and contributed essentially to the success of his Company's operations against this fanatically defended outpost of the Japanese Empire. His inspiring leadership and great personal valor in the face of tremendous opposition reflect the highest credit upon himself and upon the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Commander in Chief, Pacific Forces:

Serial 34403 (August 23, 1945) Born: at Lockport, New York
Home Town: Lockport, New York

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Pasquale Grossi, 438 West Ave., Lockport.
Laid to rest at St Patrick's Cemetery in Lockport, NY.

Saint Patricks Cemetery
Niagara County
New York, USA
Created by: Jeff Hall
Record added: Jul 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94055985
Lieut Dominick J Grossi
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Lieut Dominick J Grossi
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Lieut Dominick J Grossi
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Such heroic actions. I sincerely Thank you for your sacrifice
- Susan
 Added: Jun. 2, 2014
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