Archive / May 29, 2012

MEMORIAL DAY: POW/MIA Coming Home

By NORMAN M. COVERT

(Frederick, Md.)–You’ve heard the U. S. Marine Corps mantra that it will leave no comrade behind. It isn’t, however, exclusive to the Corps this traditional Memorial Day. The Army, Navy, Air Force and, yes, the U. S. Coast Guard, continue striving to account for those missing in action. We also want our children home.

 That common creed was underscored here in April 2008, when it was announced remains of Air Force Sr. M. Sgt. James Kenneth Caniford had been identified. His remains are among some 957 recovered from Southeast Asia and identified since 1973.

 The Middletown (Md.) High School graduate’s AC-130A Hercules Spectre gunship had been shot down by a  Soviet surface-to-air missile in Laos March 29, 1972. … Read More

MEMORIAL DAY UPDATE: Allen Eberly Groshong

(Editor’s Note: The following is the official Silver Star Medal (Posthumous) award citation. It is a necessary addendum to the tribute of HM3 Groshong written by his sister, Sarah Groshong.)

*GROSHONG, ALLEN E. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Allen E. Groshong (B-204557), Hospital Corpsman Third Class [then Hospitalman], U.S. Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Corpsman attached to Company E, Second Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in connection with operations against enemy aggressor forces in the Republic of Vietnam, on 8 April 1968.… Read More