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Andy (#48021049)
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Bio Photo Dwight "Andy" Anderson served 30 years on active duty as an infantryman in the US Marines 1968-69 (Vietnam) and 1974-2002 US Army. Awards include the Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, and six Meritorious Service Medals. Retired at the rank of Command Sergeants Major a rank he held for 11 years. He is currently employed by the American Battle Monuments Commission on his fourth assignment at a cemetery. Served at the Henri Chappelle AC Belgium, Normandy AC Omaha Beach and the Epinal AC, France. He is currently assigned to the Rhone American cemetery in southern France He calls Point Roberts, WA home. Has spent over 50 years traveling the world and living abroad having lived in or visited 100 countries to date.
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Joe Figueiredo
Pvt. Robert Gruwell
Andy:
This all figures in the frustration at getting the answers. I have requested the Individual Deceased Personnel File for Roy Gruwell in the hopes there will be something identifying them as brothers. That will take some time to get.

Question: Is there a possibility, however remote, that somewhere in a file at the Brittany Cemetery, there is correspondence...a note from family...anything, that would identify them as brothers? I know it is a stretch but I do not know what else to do at this point. I will gladly pay and costs for copying, etc.

Another Question: Would the Army get DNA from both the remains believed to be Robert and from Roy's remains? That would be definitive as to Robert's identity and their relationship as brothers. Could that be requested in some way?

Grabbing at straws here.

Many Thanks,

Joe
Added by Joe Figueiredo on Oct 19, 2017 7:19 AM
Joe Figueiredo
Pvt. Robert R. Gruwell, #56349514
Andy:
First, thank you for your years of service to our country, both in an out of uniform.
My name is Joe Figueiredo, (Find A Grave #49378491). I am a volunteer researcher at the U.S. Army Heritage Center in Carlisle, PA, www.usahec.org. I have been researching the story of Pvt. Gruwell, (being KIA on August 15, 1944 in Southern France during Operation Draggon, being buried by person(s) unknown in an unmarked grave. His remains were deemed non-recoverable by the Army in 1950 and remains so to this day.) Once I tell his story, it is planned that it be posted to the USAHEC website. I found Pvt. Gruwell's story compelling on many levels...lost in an unmarked grave, non-recoverable, the reaction of his mother and sister to this event, etc.
During my research, I found Pvt. Gruwell's listing on Find A Grave and was surprised by what it had to say.
I very much want to know how it was determined that Pvt. Gruwell and TSgt Roy A. Gruwell #56349515, KIA Northern France August 14, 1944, the day before Pvt. Gruwell was killed, are brothers. I notice on the site that you posted Pvt. Gruwell's portrait photo to Find A Grave. How did you get this photo...was it from his family...or from Jean-Loupe Gassend, author of "Operation Dragood - Autopsy of a Battle?" If you got the photo from a family member, did they tell you they were related? Did they provide proof they were related? If I can get documented proof they were related, it would make the story so much more compelling. Can you put me in touch with family members?
I did find Pvt. Gruwell in the 1930 census along with his mother, step sister and step father. I have not been able to find TSgt. Gruwell in any census. I may, may, have found his marriage application in www.familysearch.org, as having been married in 1942 in the state of Washington.
My guess is that they are, indeed half brothers, having the same mother.
If you can help me in any way at all I will be most grateful.
Thank you in advance,
Joe Figueiredo
P.S. I do know that Army personnel have been excavating graves in the area in which Pvt. Gruwell was possibly buried in an effort to locate him. The search continues.
Added by Joe Figueiredo on Oct 18, 2017 12:46 PM
Yeschke
CM3 Armstrong
He was in my father's unit, although my father arrived in the Admiralty Islands after Vella La Vella. I have his Cruise Book which relates the event of USS Penn and the battle. Thank you for the photo in his honor and for caring. I have my father's war photos of Okinawa and Guadalcanal and know of the sacrifices of these brave men as told to me by my father. Thank you.
Added by Yeschke on Oct 04, 2017 8:25 AM
Martin Douglas Packer
RE: Check
RE: Raymond Check
Dear Mr. Packer,

Thank you for notifying me regarding the addition of a biography for Raymond J Check. I have studied the three years that the 8th Air Force was operational in England extensively. Raymond's story is one of the most heartbreaking that I have encountered. I was not aware of the military service and sacrifice of his brothers. Thank you for your commitment to honor these fine young men.

Best Regards,

Dr. Gregg J Chapman
Plain City, Ohio
Added by Martin Douglas Packer on Oct 01, 2017 9:33 AM
Craig Larsen
RE: SSgt Eugene McKee
I was born in Minnesota Ramsey County My Mother was also born in Ramsey county. While I have struggled with her father he reportedly had at least 17-20 children.
Added by Craig Larsen on Sep 29, 2017 7:48 PM
Craig Larsen
SSgt Eugene McKee
First of all thank you for your dedication to defending our country..I can not put into words how much I appreciate the sacrifices you have made to help keep us free.That being said I came to your page to request the use of your pictures for SSgt Eugene McKee on my ancestry tree. But I want you to know that I have been deeply moved by the amount of your life that you have sacrificed after reading your profile..Thank you sir for what you have done for us...
Added by Craig Larsen on Sep 28, 2017 8:26 PM
Martin Douglas Packer
Check
Thank you for the magnificent biography, Martin.
Added by Martin Douglas Packer on Sep 28, 2017 4:39 PM
John "Jack" Richter
RE: Olan Sams Sicily-Rome AC
Done, Much better picture.
Regards, Jack
Added by John "Jack" Richter on Sep 16, 2017 8:05 AM
Dominique Potier
RE: Robert Griffith
Hi Andy

Glad to have news from you ... Will delete of course ... sad weekend for us ... Col Doug Dillard 551PIB just passed away ... he was my last 551PIB vet still alive ... Vet from WW2, Korean and Vietnam ...

Domi
Added by Dominique Potier on Sep 12, 2017 12:34 AM
JMiller
1Lt Wallace Riddick Jr
Thank you SO much for adding photos to the memorial. I am working to find his parents (WW Riddick and Ella Livingstone Haynesworth Riddick) and hope to connect them soon. Are these photos from your personal collection, or do you have access to military images? I have a couple other family members of whom I'd love to have images from their service days if they are publicly available.

Thank you for your efforts on Findagrave, and last but not least, thank you for your service to our country.

Sincerely,
J Riddick Miller
Added by JMiller on Sep 05, 2017 5:07 PM
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