GROSSE, CHRISTOPHER ANDREW JR.

Name: Christopher Andrew Grosse, Jr.
Rank/Branch: E5/US Army
Unit: Company A, 1st Btn, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
Date of Birth: 06 January 1945
Home City of Record: Harlingen TX
Date of Loss: 28 March 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 162756N 1071859E
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Refno: 1110
Other Personnel In Incident: none missing

Source: Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S.
Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families,
published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 2020.

REMARKS:

SYNOPSIS:  On March 28, 1968, PFC Grosse was a rifleman assigned to Company
A, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division on a search and destroy
mission in Thua Thien Province, Republic of Vietnam.  While his platoon was
moving in file down a trail, with Grosse as the second man, the platoon was
ambushed by an enemy force.

The point man, PFC Johnson, who was 8-9 meters ahead of Grosse, observed him
fall, wounded, with blood on his head and neck. Due to the situation,
Johnson did not have time to double back to see if PFC Grosse was alive.
Johnson said, however, that Grosse lay completely still and appeared to be
dead.

The intense enemy fire forced the patrol to withdraw from the area without
PFC Grosse.  Efforts to reach him later that day were unsuccessful, due to
hostile fire in the area.  A search of the area the next day failed to
locate Grosse.

It was not uncommon for the Viet Cong to bury American casualties, and in
doing so bury them in places so hidden that they could not be found.  Since
Grosse was wounded, it is possible that this occurred.  However, since his
death is not certain, it is also quite reasonable to expect that he could
have been captured as his platoon withdrew.

Since the war ended, thousands of reports of Americans still alive in the
hands of the governments of Southeast Asia have been received, convincing
many authorities that hundreds of men are still captive, waiting for the
country they proudly served to bring them home.  One of them could be PFC
Grosse.
 

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01/2020

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SSG CHRISTOPHER ANDREW GROSSE JR.

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Private First Class (PFC) Christopher Andrew Grosse Jr., who joined the U.S. Army from Texas, served with Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. On March 28, 1968, he was a rifleman walking behind the point man of his platoon on a search and destroy operation in Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam. As the platoon moved down the trail, they were ambushed by enemy forces, and the point man saw PFC Grosse hit by small arms fire. The platoon was forced to withdraw without PFC Grosse, and efforts to return for him that day were stalled by intense enemy fire. The next day, a search team investigated the area but was unable to locate his body. Further attempts to recover PFC Grosse's remains were unsuccessful. After the incident, the Army promoted PFC Grosse to the rank of staff sergeant. Today, Staff Sergeant Grosse is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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