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 1998. 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.