Sterl Victor Grow

11 Jul 1921 - 27 Feb 2003

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11 Jul 1921 - 27 Feb 2003
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Grave site information of Sterl Victor Grow (11 Jul 1921 - 27 Feb 2003) at Orem Cemetery in Orem, Utah, Utah, United States from BillionGraves

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Sterl Victor Grow

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Married: 20 Jun 1950
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Orem Cemetery

770 Murdock Canal Trail
Orem, Utah, Utah
United States

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Families are Forever

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Our Children Steven, Revae, Von, Norman, Barry
Married June 20, 1950

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TECHNICAL 4
US ARMY
WORLD WAR II
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To England - 1944

Contributor: PapaMoose Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

In August 1943, the 951st Field Artillery Battalion was sent by rail to Camp Gruber near Muskogee, Oklahoma to prepare for overseas shipment. Final standard proficiency tests (aka Army Ground Forces [AGF] tests) were taken. In November 1943, the unit was moved from Oklahoma by rail to staging areas in the East. The 951st to Camp Shanks, New York. The 951st left New York on board the "HMS Britannic" on December 5. Along with its sister battalion, the 183rd, the two convoys became one in the North Atlantic escorted by a battleship and five destroyers. The high seas were a bad place for “landlubbers,” and very few escaped sea sickness. The 183rd and 951st arrived in England on December 17, 1943 and disembarked at Liverpool. The 951st was under command of Lt. Colonel Carl Isenberg and went to Bognor Regis, a few miles away from the 183rd. They then moved to Aldwick Bay where they stayed until February 1944. On February 8, 1944, the 951st was moved to Arundel, England. Headquarters and Headquarters Battery were at Arundel Castle. Other officers and enlisted personnel were billeted in private quarters and hotels in Arundel. A Battery was quartered in an old winery: no heat, no wine, just a stout, pungent aroma! During the time in England, both units prepared for war, but during spare time, the men enjoyed the English countryside and for sport chased hares. Between reveille and retreat, there were classes in language, plane recognition, and, scouting and patrolling. There were also exercises in gas warfare, camouflage, mines and booby traps, and small arms. Both battalions participated in VII Corps pre-invasion exercises in England and later fought in five campaigns during World War II: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe. The photos for this story show Arundel Castle as it was in 1944 when the 951st was stationed there, and 55 years later in 1999 when some of the men returned to Europe. Note: Information was originally published in the 951st newsletter, "Fire Mission." as well as in digital format between 1993 and 2007. Editor: Rebecca Kelch Mitchell

In Honored Memory - Vic Grow

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Sterl Victor Grow (951st Field Artillery Battalion, B Bty, UT) of Orem died February 27, 2003 of cancer. Grow (81) was the ninth child in a family of ten. Vic and his wife, Oral, of 52 years were active members of the reunions and hosted the Salt Lake City reunion in Utah in 1998. Vic also provided many stories, photos, and ephemera to the 951st Archives and "Fire Mission". Vic joined the Idaho National Guard in 1939 at the age of 17 (Troop F, 116th Cavalry Regiment). Troop F later became Battery F, 183rd Field Artillery Regiment and Battery C of the 951st Field Artillery Battalion. During the War, Vic was assigned to B Battery. Immediately after the War, Vic served in the French Mission of the LDS Church. He was in France, Belgium, and Switzerland. Vic graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Education degree. He taught elementary school in Oakland, CA for 25 years before retiring in 1978. He was a member of the LDS Church, three bishoprics, Scout Master, and Stake Missionary; DAV and American Legion. Vic is survived by his wife Oral, 8 children, 34 grandchildren, and 13 great grand- children. His children are: Steven and Von Grow and Roger Rayhbuck (all of CA); Ravae Nelson, Norman and Barry Grow, and Jerry Levtzow (all of UT); and Cecelia White (TX). Burial: Orem City Cemetery, Orem, UT. By Rebecca Kelch Mitchell Originally printed in "Fire Mission," May 2003 Photo: Vic Grow (B Bty, UT) at the grave of Don Steele (B Bty, MN) in Belgium, 1947 while serving in the French Mission in the LDS Church.

D+6 Utah Beach

Contributor: PapaMoose Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

The 951st got ashore on Utah Beach on D+6. On June 13, the unit was given the mission of direct support of the 502nd Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division on their drive towards Carentan. Captain Ernest M Chamberlain (Utah): “From the main deck of our LST, we could observe the next boat. Stretcher after stretcher was placed in a uniform manner, and each was bearing its precious cargo of an American soldier. Bloody bandages covered head wounds, OD blankets covered injured bodies. Everyone wondered: What would the future hold?” Lieutenant Russell Kelch (Kansas): “While crossing the Channel, the sea was rough. We made checks down in the hold of the LST to ensure the heavy equipment did not slide into the wall. You had to hold on to the companion way to keep your balance.” Sergeant John H Renner (A Bty, Missouri): “Our stomachs were empty but for butterflies. We were two days in the Channel waiting for the beachhead to be secured. I will never forget the first shell that landed nearby. I was scared!” Corporal Woody Anderson (A Bty, Oklahoma): “When we got close to shore, the water was still too deep to disembark. A rhino ferry backed up to our ramp, and we drove the vehicles forward. I was sitting on a cat, and I thought, ‘Boy, I am not even going to get wet!’ About that time, we fell into a bomb crater and were submerged,but somehow we managedto get out.” Sergeant Edwin Wurzer (HQ Bty, Iowa): “Shells were being fired into the beach area in a constant barrage. Dive bombers were letting go on everything in sight. On shore, the ground shook like an earthquake from the explosions.” Captain Ed Schussler (North Dakota): “The firing batteries waited about one mile off shore watching the USS Nevada fire on coastal defenses. We left the LST with our hearts in our throats wondering what awaited us on the beach.” Bob Johannes (HQ Bty, Minnesota): “The barge I was on couldn’t get close enough to shore, so we had to go through deep water. Water squirted up through the shift lever like a fountain. While we were removing the waterproofing, a shell exploded nearby, and we hit the ditch.” Captain Ernest Chamberlain (Utah): “Engineers were working frantically to build roads and keep the existing ruts in order as roads. Wire mesh was spread out and anchored to assist in keeping these trails suitable for transporting the incoming units off the beach.” The photo for this story shows C Battery nearing shore on Utah Beach on 12 June 1944 (D+6) in France. Note: Stories and history (as told by the men of the 951st) was originally published in the 951st newsletter, "Fire Mission," as well as in digital format between 1993 and 2007. Editor: Rebecca Kelch Mitchell

The Battle of Cherbourg - June 1944

Contributor: PapaMoose Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

The little town of Ste Mère Église stands between Carentan and Cherbourg and overlooks salt marshes. These marshes had been flooded by the Germans and had to be secured to enable troops approaching Utah Beach to come ashore and move inland. This was done by two pre-dawn airborne landings: the 82nd Airborne landed west of St Sauveur-le Vicomte, and the 101st Airborne landed SE of Ste Mère Église, a French village where the American paratrooper’s parachute got caught on the church steeple. Ste Mère Église fell on June 12 to the 506th Parachute Infantry. It was one of the first towns captured by the Americans. By June 16, both the 951st and 183rd had moved through the village of Ste Mère Église on their way to firing positions in the battle to take Cherbourg. As the VII Corps drove towards Cherbourg, the 951st moved from Pont L’Abbe to Orglandes, to Colomby. Lt William Maxey (Illinois): “On the morning of 17 June, General Joseph Collins became curious about the slowness of our troops in taking the city of Valognes. He sent General Williston Palmer and his aide (me) from Ste Mère Église to explore. On the outskirts of Valognes, it was obvious the Germans were putting up steep resistance. The streets were rubble strewn, and the enemy fired from the partially demolished buildings as our troops took one building at a time in costly fighting.” Capt Ernest Chamberlain (Utah): “Travelling after dark was difficult. One night Lt Col Isenberg (Idaho), myself, and Pfc Lawrence Osborne (Washington) had to go to Carentan. Suddenly, out of nowhere, another Jeep appeared from the other direction. We ploughed into each other. Osborne was pressed into the steering wheel, Lt Col Isenberg was thrown forward and wrenched his back, and I was hurled from the back seat over the hood to a resting place between the front wheels of the two Jeeps.” Lt Hugh Thompson (Rhode Island): “I remember my first fire mission inland of Utah Beach. Lt Col Isenberg came tearing back from a VII Corps meeting and said, ‘The line of fire is that way, and the minimum range is 500 yards.’ That is how close we were to the front line!” Cpl Woody Anderson (Oklahoma): “Near Brix, we set up one of A Battery’s guns behind a large boulder. The Germans were firing 12” coastal guns at us. The first shell landed about 1/3 mile behind us. The next one came closer. We could see they were zeroing in on us as the next one landed about 100’ away. We dove for cover. I laid down flat between the tailraces of our howitzer. Sure enough, the next shell came in and totally destroyed the boulder leaving a crater. The exploding shell fragments and pieces of boulder hit our howitzer and damaged it severely. Amazingly, no one was injured. Our gun was loaded at the time, and we had no way to safely unload it, so we turned it and fired into the ocean. A replacement came three days later.” Cpl Bill Paul (Missouri): “My baptism under fire occurred when Charlie Battery was positioned on the forward slope of a hill facing Cherbourg on June 20. We were sitting ducks for the German artillery, and we suffered our first fatality, James Horner (C Bty, Idaho).” Lt Hugh Thompson (Rhode Island): “I was in B Battery and went forward to select the gun positions to fire on Cherbourg. As I was walking across an open field, I looked up to see a German plane circling over-head. For the time we were in position near Brix, we received enemy fire from 12-inch coastal guns and 88’s." S/Sgt Bud Waldradt (Wyoming): “At Brix, I was part of Baker Battery’s forward observer party along with Lt Joe Ziaya (New York) and Ray Hoyt (Idaho). We were forward with the 314th Infantry Regiment. In answer to the 951st fires, the Gerries let loose with artillery and mortars, and in the barrage, Lt Ziaya and I were wounded.” Lt Hugh Thompson (Rhode Island): “On June 23, we displaced to the back side of the hill at Brix. A German V-1 rocket launching installation was near our positions. The activity of units attached to VII Corps in the Cotentin Peninsula stopped some V-I bombing in England.” Capt Ernest Chamberlain (Utah): “There was a dual fight going on at Appeville. One was to keep dry and the other was the fight against the most aggressive bloodthirsty mosquitoes that ever existed. Repellant was non-existent, so everyone burned cigarettes, rags—anything to discourage those live dive bombers.” Sgt John K Phillips (California): “I bought Dutch, a German-shepherd pup, from a French girl for $1.00 shortly after we got inland. He stayed with us until we were ready to leave in 1945 when I gave him to two German kids because I could not bring him home on the ship.” Lt Russell Kelch (Kansas): “It is pouring rain today, so my foxhole has electric lights and now running water! I had a bath last night in cold spring water and a change of clothes for the first time since D-Day.” (Letter to home - June 25, 1944) On June 26, the port of Cherbourg fell--20 days after the landing. General Joseph L Collins’ VII Corps was relentless in the offensive. There were plans that the the 951st and 183rd Field Artillery Battalions would be in a parade in Cherbourg, but instead they moved to another front on the day of the event. On June 27, the units received Close Station March Orders (CSMO), and the 951st headed to Appeville, while the 183rd moved to St Come du Mont. Photo: Artillery observers over Cherbourg directing shelling of enemy positions on June 25, 1944. Note: Stories and history (as told by the men of the 951st) were originally published in the 951st newsletter, "Fire Mission," as well as in digital format between 1993 and 2007. Editor: Rebecca Kelch Mitchell

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US Army Tec 4 WWII

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TECHNICAL 4

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US ARMY

Conflicts

WORLD WAR II

Life timeline of Sterl Victor Grow

1921
Sterl Victor Grow was born on 11 Jul 1921
Sterl Victor Grow was 9 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
Sterl Victor Grow was 20 years old when World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy made a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, intending to neutralize the United States Pacific Fleet from influencing the war Japan was planning to wage in Southeast Asia. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Sterl Victor Grow was 34 years old when Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Hotel is a resort hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, owned by the Walt Disney Company and operated through its Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products division. Opened on October 5, 1955, as a motor inn owned and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt Disney, the hotel was the first to officially bear the Disney name. Under Wrather's ownership, the hotel underwent several expansions and renovations over the years before being acquired by Disney in 1988. The hotel was downsized to its present capacity in 1999 as part of the Disneyland Resort expansion.
Sterl Victor Grow was 43 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire.
Sterl Victor Grow was 57 years old when Jim Jones led more than 900 members of the Peoples Temple to mass murder/suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, hours after some of its members assassinated U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan (pictured). James Warren Jones was an American religious cult leader who initiated and was responsible for a mass suicide and mass murder in Jonestown, Guyana. He considered Jesus Christ as being in compliance with an overarching belief in socialism as the correct social order. Jones was ordained as a Disciples of Christ pastor, and he achieved notoriety as the founder and leader of the Peoples Temple cult.
Sterl Victor Grow was 59 years old when Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage. Mount St. Helens or Louwala-Clough is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Portland, Oregon and 96 miles (154 km) south of Seattle, Washington. Mount St. Helens takes its English name from the British diplomat Lord St Helens, a friend of explorer George Vancouver who made a survey of the area in the late 18th century. The volcano is located in the Cascade Range and is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, a segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire that includes over 160 active volcanoes. This volcano is well known for its ash explosions and pyroclastic flows.
1999
Sterl Victor Grow was 78 years old when Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people and injured 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado. The Columbine High School massacre was a school shooting that occurred on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, an unincorporated area of Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, in the Denver metropolitan area. In addition to the shootings, the complex and highly planned attack involved a fire bomb to divert firefighters, propane tanks converted to bombs placed in the cafeteria, 99 explosive devices, and car bombs. The perpetrators, senior students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, murdered 12 students and one teacher. They injured 21 additional people, and three more were injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair subsequently committed suicide.
Sterl Victor Grow died on 27 Feb 2003 at the age of 81
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