GROOM, GEORGE E.
RIP  May 4, 2018
 

Name: George E. Groom
Rank/Branch: E2/United States Army
Unit:  Military Assistance Advisory Group
Date of Birth:  1933
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
 


Official pre-capture photo

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 2018.

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.

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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.....

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05/06/18

Hi all,

I just received this message from George Groom=E2=80=99s nephew:

I just wanted  to inform you that George Groom (E8, U.S. Army) passed
away on 4 May, 2018 after a short hospital stay in St. Joseph, Mo. He is
survived by his wife Irene, son Donald (Lt. Col., U.S. Army), and two
grand children.  A wake will held Tuesday evening at Stewartsville, Mo.
Services will be Wednesday (9 May) at Stewartsville.

Posted by his nephew Calvin Oyler (USN)


...George was captured by the Viet Cong in South Vietnam
and was held during April and May 1962.

Blue Skies,

-Erich

Erich Anderson
Veteran Tributes Founder

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For his valor and heroism in combat, he was awarded the prestigious Silver Star Medal. For the next ten years, Pete served in several
special forces trainer and advisor positions in the United States and around the world, including Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Ethiopia,
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