GRENZEBACH, EARL WILFRED JR.
Name: Earl Wilfred Grenzebach Jr.
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O4
Date of Birth: 20 February 1932
Home City of Record: WORCHESTER NY
Date of Loss: 12 May 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 213300 North 1045200 East
Status (in 1973): Presumptive Finding of Death
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D #1728
Other Personnel in Incident:
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, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File. 2020
No further information available at this time.
COL EARL WILFRED GRENZEBACH JR.
Major Earl Wilfred Grenzebach Jr. entered the U.S. Air Force
from New York and was a member of the 357th Tactical Fighter
Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing. On May 12, 1967, he took
off in a single-seat F-105D Thunderchief (tail number 59-1728)
as the lead in the flight of two fighters on a mission to attack
an enemy storage facility in North Vietnam. While attacking the
target, he was hit by enemy fire and crashed. His wingman
reported he saw Maj Grenzebach eject from the aircraft prior to
the crash and that Maj Grenzebach's beeper stayed on
continuously following the crash; however, the wingman had to
leave the area to refuel, and when he returned he could not
establish visual contact with Maj Grenzebach. The Major was not
seen again, and further attempts to locate him or his remains
have been unsuccessful. Following the war, the Air Force
promoted Maj Grenzebach to the rank of Colonel. Today, Colonel
Grenzebach is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
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