PFC E3 Cordell Grove was a casualty of the Viet Nam War. His tour of duty began on April 19, 1969. He died on July 1, 1969 during an 82mm mortar attack. He was 22 years of age. He was 22 years of age. He was also a native of Oakdale, LA, born on June 6, 1946. His father was Bill Grove and his mother is Vivian Grove. After graduation from Allen High School in 1965, he moved to Compton, California where he registered with the Draft Board. Shortly after registration he was drafted into the US Army and due to his registration in California, Compton was listed as his home. Because of this, he is not buried in Oakdale cemetery, nor was his death widely known in his hometown. Cordell Grove has for years been overlooked as an Allen Parish military casualty. On Friday June 21, 2103, a monument was unveiled on the 6th Avenue Boulevard, commemorating his service to his country.
Mos. Vivian Grove, 91, lived to see her son honored by the city of his birth, almost 44 years after his death in Viet Nam. Family, friends, and classmates of PFC Grove sat or stood in scorching heat to honor a young man who gave his life for his country. Allen High School’s graduating class of 1965 worked very hard to raise funds for a memorial plaque to honor their classmate. They worked with the city and American Legion Post 56 to get the plaque in place and plan a dedication ceremony.
We honor you, Cordell Grove.
(#Repost @Louisiana Journal)