Danny Lee Grimshaw

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class
United States Navy
15 February 1947 - 23 August 1968
Seattle, Washington
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Fleet Marine Force Corpsman

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Danny L Grimshaw

The database page for Danny Lee Grimshaw

24 May 2003

Danny gave his life saving one of his buddies.
He died just five days before coming home.

From his first cousin.
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10 Oct 2006

I went to school with Danny and remember him fondly. He was a good, quiet, sweet kid and very funny. He sat behind me in several classes in our junior year. I am a bit concerned that he is listed in the King County listings. Kennewick is very proud of its connection with Danny Grimshaw and I can't imagine why the place he grew up and called home isn't mentioned.

From a classmate and friend,
Bonnie Buffkin Rae

VirtualWall Note: A serviceman's Home of Record is the place where he entered the service - which may or may not be his actual place of residence. While he apparently resided in Kennewick, Benton County, Washington, it would seem Petty Officer Grimshaw enlisted in Seattle.

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At 0300 23 August the Marine security outposts at the Cam Le Bridge just south of Danang came under heavy attack by what appeared to be most of a North Vietnamese battalion. Although the outpost on the north bank of the river held out, the outpost on the south side was overrun after a four hour fight. A reaction force from the 1st MP Bn (which had elements of the 3rd MP Bn attached) moved to reinforce the north bank outpost, while elements of the 1/27 and 2/27 Marines, supported by tanks from the 1st Tank Bn moved to recapture the southern end of the bridge. The fighting lasted well into the 23rd and resulted in a number of US killed and wounded - but the actions north and south of the river and follow-up sweeps by the Marines and the 52nd ARVN Infantry on 24-26 August resulted in several hundred NVA dead left on the field.

The number of casualties at the Cam Le Bridge is difficult to determine with exactitude because a number of different units were involved. Close reading of the Command Chronologies shows that not fewer than 15 Marines and sailors died in the fight for the Cam Le Bridge:

  • D Co, 1st MP Bn:
  • H&S Co, 3rd MP Bn:
    • Cpl Robert D. Purdie, Sherman Oaks, CA
    • HN Alan R. Gerrish, Woburn, MA (Navy Cross)
    • LCpl Harold J. Klusendorf, Troy, MI
    • LCpl Jerry A. Weimer, Fort Morgan, CO
    • Pfc Christopher L. Chambers, Molalla, OR

  • A Co, 1st Bn, 27th Marines:
    • LCpl Henry H. Ballew, South Roxana, IL
    • LCpl Leo M. Jennette, Buxton, NC

  • H&S Co, 1st Bn, 27th Marines:
    • HM2 Danny L. Grimshaw, Seattle, WA
    • HM3 Charles R. Golling, Nevada, OH

  • E Co, 2nd Bn, 27th Marines:
    • LCpl Michael L. Cooper, Chesapeake, WV

  • F Co, 2nd Bn, 27th Marines:
    • LCpl George A. Kyricos, Tewksbury, MA
"You guys are the Marine's doctors -
There's none better in the business than a Navy Corpsman ..."
-- Lieutenant General "Chesty" Puller --

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 May 2003
Last updated 10/26/2006