Remembering Richard Grambo
by Frank Raj – February 24, 2013
I first met Rich Grambo at Fort Riley, Kansas, in May 1966 when
I walked into our Alpha Company barracks. This guy blurted out to me, "Hey you old puss" and I said, "Hi old man" and we laughed.
From then on we became buddies throughout the remainder of 1966 while completing Basic Training and Advanced Infantry Training. Then, we shipped out to Vietnam in January 1967.
On June 19, 1967, while on a battalion size search
and destroy operation near Ap Bac Village in the Mekong Delta, Rich and his fire team was on point and our whole company was crossing a large rice paddy when all hell broke lose. A major Viet Cong
force was entrenched in an adjoining tree line and they abruptly began hitting us hard with heavy automatic weapons and mortars.
It seemed like hours went by before Rich was able to work his way back to my
position behind a low rice paddy dike.
I was so happy to see him alive. I didn't realize it at that point but we were to lose 31 of our fellow soldiers that day and many, many more wounded. Around dark time we tried to get our wounded pulled back but the VC opened up on us again and I took a bullet to the head – after that I don't remember too much. I do know that my buddy Rich took care of me and helped me get out of there and for that I will never forget Rich Grambo.
After recovering somewhat at a hospital near Saigon, I was sent to Walter Reed Hospital and one day a nurse told me that I had a phone call and I was amazed to hear Rich.
He said, "How are you old puss", and we laughed. Once again I was so happy to hear his voice and to know that he had made it safely out of that June 19th Battle. I told Rich that I was okay and asked how the heck did he find me… he said that he searched and searched and was bound and determined to see that I was okay.
That's Rich for you and from that day on we were best friends and so it was for the next forty five years I am very thankful to have such a good friend like Richard Grambo and I will never forget him.
He will always be remembered…
Your best friend,