GROOM, GEORGE E. Name: George E. Groom Rank/Branch: E2/United States Army Unit: Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Stewartsville MO Date of Loss: 08 April 1962 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 155855 North 1080540 East Status (in 1973): Releasee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Wayne Marchand, remains recovered, James Gabriel Jr, remains recovered, Francis Quinn, released Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources (The book "Pacific Stars and Stripes, VIETNAM Front Pages" published in 1986), interviews. UPDATED 2008. REMARKS: 620501 RELEASED Synopsis: Although the Combined Action Combat Casualty file list James Gabriel and Wayne Marchand as having died from a gunshot or small arms fire - there is much more to this story.....
The caption reads: AT PRESS CONFERENCE - Two U.S. Army Sergeants released from Viet Cong captivity Tuesday are given advise on their answers at a press conference in Saigon Wednesday by their commanding officer, Capt. L. M. Weaver (left). The men are Sgt George E. Groom (center) and SFC Francis Quinn.
---- The book "Pacific Stars and Stripes, VIETNAM Front Pages" published in 1986 states: Five Star Edition Wednesday, April 11, 1962 Vol. 18, No. 100 How U.S. Soldiers Died Too wounded to Walk, 2 Are Slain by Guerillas Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam (AP) -- Communist guerillas killed two captured U.S. Army sergeants because they were too badly wounded to walk any farther, the survivors of a jungle ambush reported Wednesday. The American's arms had been bound behind them..... =============================