The database page for Antonio Ambrosio Grau
ANTONIO GRAUis remembered by his classmates
Lodi High School Class of 1970
Tony Grau was born on December 7, 1950 in Havana, Cuba. Tony and his parents came to the United States in July 1956 and settled in Lodi. In 1958, Tony's sister, Esther, was born and in 1962, their parents were divorced.
In 1963, Tony & Esther's mother remarried Harvey Rodriquez and they formed their family on Nicholson Street in Lodi. Harvey raised the children as his own. In 1964, Tony & Esther were blessed with their half-brother Javier (Harvey) Rodriquez. And in 1968, Tony & Esther's biological father had another son, Erick Grau, who became part of their family. During the urban renewal project developing in Lodi, the family was forced to move to Sherman Avenue where they resided until 1972.
Tony attended Columbus School where we developed a friendship. We both enjoyed baseball and basketball, along with other sports. But our most common activities were getting into the devilish trouble that grammar school kids get in to. Between Tony, Nicky Testa, Richie Halkovich, Steve Norkett and myself, it seems like we enjoyed torturing our teacher, Ms Annicharico. In 1966 we made it and graduated to Lodi High School.
Tony loved his family, convertible T-Birds, Coca-Cola and Fig Newtons. He was a gifted artist that never got the chance to develop his talent. However, his sincerest love was that of his country, The United States of America. As a high school student, he could only watch his country involved in a war that meant so much to him and his country. Not being able to observe from the sidelines anymore, Tony suspended his high school education and enlisted in the United States Army in September, 1968.
On November 12, 1968, Tony finished his training in Fort Dix, NJ and was sent to Korea. On July 7, 1970, he volunteered to go to Viet Nam to stand up for his belief of "Freedom." He was assigned to "K" Company, 7th Infantry (Abn), 4th Infantry Division, as an Army Ranger.
On August 16, 1970, while on a special mission, Tony was wounded in action. He was in the hospital until August 28th. The very next day, August 29th, Tony returned to combat and was mortally wounded in action. He died at 5:15 A.M. on August 30, 1970.
Tony Grau gave the ultimate sacrifice for every person in this country. His sacrifice allowed us to finish high school and continue our endeavors in life. His sacrifice enables us to say that we live in the greatest country of the world. And his sacrifice allows us to enjoy the "Freedom" that he desired as an American.
I am proud to be an American. I am happy to have known this young man whose life was abruptly taken for a cause. A cause in which he sincerely believed in. I thank him for what he did for all of us. I am honored to have been a friend of Antonio A. Grau.
My heart goes out to the Grau/Rodriquez family. The lifelong pain that they endure will never go away or end. If there is any consolation, what he did for us did not go for naught. We can only hope that Tony will look down upon us and see this small tribute his Class of 1970 bestows upon him.
Tony Grau is remembered by his comrades of the
A memorial from his classmates, Lodi Class of 1970, via|
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With all respect - K. J. Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)