John Edward Granville
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On May 4, 2010 the names of three Soldiers and three Marines were added to the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial in Washington, DC. All six men died as a result of wounds sustained within the combat
zone during the Vietnam War. The Department of Defense reviews the medical records of service
members when requested by families to determine if their name is eligible to be included on the
memorial. The six names added to the Wall were:
The families of the service members gathered at "the Wall" to join the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, in honoring them at the annual Memorial Day observance May 31, 2010.
Family members of five of the six service members being honored gathered and read the names off the wall for the first time during the ceremony. His brother-in-law had a poster with old photos of John. One showed John Granville, without legs, sitting in a hospital bed getting a medal from a general. "He's a young man," his brother-in-law said. "He's 19 at the time, I believe. You can still see the youth in his face. And the shock of his experience."
The Department of Defense (DOD) ruled that medical evidence submitted by the Department of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) about Lance Cpl. Granville shows that he qualifies as having "died as a result of wounds (combat or hostile related) sustained in the combat zone" due to the amputations as a result of his wounds received in battle. Granville served as a machine gunner with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, in 1968 when he stepped on a land mine south of Da Nang, Vietnam. The explosion severed both of his legs. Complications from the amputations caused him heart disease that led to his death. The loss of his legs did not stop him from living his life and being a role model to his family, explained his son.
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