Russell Michael ZgrabikCorporal
C CO, 3RD BN, 39TH INFANTRY, 9 INF DIV
Army of the United States
14 September 1946 - 26 January 1967
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The database page for Russell Michael Zgrabik
Russell Zgrabik was one of the "big guys" but he always made sure us littler and younger ones were not bullied. Russell had a moped motorcycle that he ran his paper route with. I was 13 when the news hit our little community of his death.
Russell, your mom, dad, and sister were devastated. You looked so strong, and brave, at your funeral. Your mom died a few years later, followed by your dad. Your sister Lois died (about age 26), so there are no more Zgrabiks anymore. Driving past your old home, just, well, lets me never forget you. You are also on the memorial in front of town hall. Wish I could have gotten to know you.
From the "little kid" down the road, thank you.
11 Jul 2006
Hi, Russell. I found your gravesite last weekend. Doesn't look like you've had a visitor in quite a while. I cleaned it up and also left you a Bud Lite. I know you're still 20, but we'll keep it between you and me.
I'm troubled. You had playmates, classmates, buddies, girlfriends, teachers, co-workers, bosses, and comrades in arms. No one has added to your memorial. Sad. I won't forget. Thank you for your sacrifice.
From a neighbor kid,
A Note from The Virtual WallC Company, 3/39th Infantry, lost five men during the period 23-26 January 1967, all to enemy gunfire. Four were killed out-right; the fifth, Corporal Zgrabik, died of wounds. While The Virtual Wall cannot positively associate Corporal Zgrabik with the 23 or 25 Jan incidents, it seems likely that he was wounded on one of those days. The other four men were
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 11 Jun 2002
Last updated 08/10/2009