Robert R GRUWELL

 

gruwell robert r 1
ARMY SERIAL NUMBER39277657
AGE- yo
DATE OF BIRTH--
STATECALIFORNIA
FAMILY--
RANKPrivate
FONCTIONInfantry
JOB before ENLISTEMENT--CA
DATE of ENLISTEMENT--
COMPANYCompany G
REGIMENT517th Parachute Infantry Regiment
DIVISION13rd Airborne Division
DATE OF DEATHAugust 15, 1944gruwell robert r mur
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATH

Callian en Provence, Var

PROVENCE-ALPES-CÔTE-D'AZUR

CEMETERYBRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY de St James

Map St James American Cemetery

GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
Mur des Disparus
DECORATION
Bronze Starbsm
Purple HeartPhoto FDLM
Good Conduct MedalGood Medal Conduite
European African Middle Eastern Campaing MedalEAMECampaign
American Campaign Medalamerican campaign medal
World War II Victory Medalvictory medal
Combat Infantryman Badgecombat infantryman badge

 

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gruwell robert r
STORY

He was assigned to G Company if the 517th Parachute Infantry Regt.

He was apparently killed by his own grenade when he tried to throw it into a German ambulance that was ambushed beneath Callian in Provence, Southern France.

He had parachuted in on 15 August 44 as part of Operation Dragoon.

The reason his name is on the Wall of the Missing in Brittany is because his brother Roy who was assigned to the 18th Infantry Regt of the First Infantry Division was killed the day before on 14 August.

Robert's body was not recovered. Roy is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

The 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment (517th PIR) was an airborne infantry regiment of the United States Army, formed during World War II. At times the regiment was attached to the 17th Airborne Division, 82nd Airborne Division and later, the 13th Airborne Division.

During most of their combat, the unit was an independent combined force of 17th Airborne troops called the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team or 517th PRCT / PCT / RCT. The unit was formed in early 1943 and trained at Camp Toccoa, Georgia.

Camp Toccoa

The 517th saw heavy fighting in the Italian Campaign in June 1944, before being transferred to take part in Operation Dragoon in August 1944, in Southern France, which happened to be their first combat jump.

Following the liberation of France, the 517th was attached to the 82nd Airborne Division and fought with it in Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge. Following the end of the war, the 517th was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where the unit was inactivated on 25 February 1946.

div 17
div 82
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Brother's Robert

 

Roy A GRUWELL

 

ARMY SERIAL NUMBER39002307gruwell roy a tombe 
AGE27 yo
DATE OF BIRTH1917
STATECALIFORNIA
UNIT

1st Infantry Division
18th Infantry Regiment

RANKTechnical Sergeant
UNIT

1st Infantry Division
18th Infantry Regiment

CA
CIMETIERE
PlotRowGrave
F218
MEDAILLE
Silver Starss
Bronze Starbsm
Purple HeartPhoto FDLM
Good Conduct MedalGood Medal Conduite
European African Middle Eastern Campaing MedalEAMECampaign
American Campaign Medalamerican campaign medal
World War II Victory Medalvictory medal
Combat Infantryman Badgecombat infantryman badge
SOURCES INFORMATIONS & PHOTOSAad.archives.gov

SOURCE INFORMATION & PHOTOwww.abmc.gov - www.honorstates.org - www.findagrave.com - 517prct.org/kia.htm - 1stabtf.com/region-de-fayence -  Carl DiMARIA - By Jean-François PELLOUAIS
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud