Name: Gary M Gryzen
Rank: Sergeant / Specialist Five
Pay Grade: E4 Posthumous Promotion
Home of Record: Hudsonville, MI
Birth Date: February 9, 1950
Death Date: December 13, 1969
Cause of Death: ground casualty artillary rocket or mortar hostile;
Died in Long An at age 19
The body was recovered.
I Knew Gryzen, Doc Phillips & McIntyre, all KIA when an RPG hit their night ambush position in Can Douc (SP?) area on 12/13/69. All Co. B men. I came in-country with Gary Gryzen, into the 3/47th till the first pull-out. Then he & I went to Dong Tam & the 6/31. Later we ended up in Can Giouc, with forays into the Plain of Reeds on occasion. It was on an easy op" in Can Douc that they set up on the edge of a village. I was back in Can Giouc when word came that the platoon was hit. Flew out in pitch blackness but all was over by then. The next day confirmed the three had died. A psych-ops chopper was flying overhead the next day as we headed for the boats playing Jesus Loves The Little Clildren over its loudspeaker. Weird then & still wondering about it now. Saddest day (12/14/68) that I spent in Vietnam during my entire 4/69-5/70 tour.