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
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D #1728
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0679

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



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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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