Gronquist, Carl Eugene, Jr., LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
132X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Flight Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 132X, RVAH-1 Smokin' Tigers
Service Years
1963 - 1965

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pensacola, FL
Last Address
Pensacola, FL

Casualty Date
Jul 20, 1965
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
South China Sea
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
11E 070 / Section 35 Grave 4658

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Duty Stations
USS Independence (CVA-62)RVAH-1 Smokin' Tigers
  1965-1965, 132X, USS Independence (CVA-62)
  1965-1965, 132X, RVAH-1 Smokin' Tigers
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 20, 2012, General Photos5
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
After the landing the Operational loss No. 1 arrester cable snapped, went overboard at low speed and crashed into the sea while attempting to land aboard USS Independence (CVA-62). BUNO: 151619

From the NY Times. His name was not added to the wall till Memorial Day 1987
WASHINGTON TALK: VIETNAM LEGACY; The Memorial's List Grows by 24
By HILARY STOUT, Special to the New York Times
Published: November 10, 1987
The names are freshly etched in black granite on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Samuel Richard Bird, Steven Mark Connell, Carl Eugene Gronquist Jr. The first, a 27-year-old Army captain, was shot while climbing out of a helicopter and died 17 years later, in 1984; the second, a 20-year-old Marine private, was shot while on patrol and died at home in Utah after a year and a half, and the third, a 33-year-old Navy lieutenant, died when his plane crashed while landing after a mission.
Their names and those of 21 others are the latest to be carved on the wall of the memorial. On Wednesday, Veterans Day, members of their families will arrive at the wall from places like Wichita, Kan., and West Valley, Utah, to search out the newest names amid 58,132 others listed on the low, dark monument to Americans killed or missing in the Vietnam War.
About 80 relatives of the 24 men -fathers, mothers, stepmothers, widows, brothers and sisters - are expected to attend the ceremony, organized by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and sponsored by Marlboro Country Music, a country music tour promoted by Philip Morris that is also paying to lodge the families during their stay in the capital. On Tuesday night, Marlboro Country Music will sponsor a benefit concert at Constitution Hall to raise money for the project. 'We Feel So Honored'
Private Connell's mother, Georgia Turner, is borrowing money to fly from Utah with five of his six brothers and sisters. ''We feel so honored and grateful that they're doing this,'' she said over the telephone the other day.
Until very recently, not all the families knew about the ceremony, or that the name of their loved one was finally on the wall. The Defense Department notified known relatives as it approved each of the 24 names for inclusion in a process that began about a year and a half ago and ended last month. There, however, the department's role largely ended.
Although the monument was transferred to Government ownership in 1984, its upkeep is still privately financed, by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which built the wall and is paying the cost of adding the 24 names, at about $1,800 each. Because the ceremony too is to be privately run, it was the sponsor that needed to track down the families. The Defense Department would not release their names and addresses, for privacy reasons, but did agree to mail sponsor-written letters advising the families of the ceremony and telling them whom to call.

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