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May 26, 2018

Honor Mission

Elden William Grimm, KIA


Neenah, Wisconsin – 26 May 2018


Sgt. Elden William Grimm was born 1917 in Waupaca County, and at the age of 24 he enlisted in the U.S. Marines on November 17, 1941.
Sgt. Grimm was assigned to Able Company (A Co), 1st Battalion, 18th Marine Regiment (Engr) (A-1/18), Second Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, where he was a demolition specialist. On November 25, 1943, Sgt. Elden Grimm was killed during the invasion of Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands (now the Republic of Kiribati). This is the second Marine that has come home recently from this battle.
Sgt. Grimm was posthumously awarded the Victory Medal – World War II, the Purple Heart and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (two stars), and today is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Scientists from DPAA who used dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, which matched his records, and DNA testing, recently identified Sgt. Grimm’s remains. His surviving relatives are bringing him home to Neenah to be buried next to his mother.

Primary Staging Time: 1:00 P.M.

Oak Hill Cemetery
Oakridge Rd (just west of Hwy 41)
Neenah, Wisconsin –

Ride Captain:

Tony Van Kampen

Special Instructions:

Staging 1:00 p.m.
Military Graveside Service 2:00 p.m.

Flags & Water:

Flags Will Be Provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: John Curran
Position: State Captain

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May 26, 2018
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  1. I extend my most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of SGT Elden W. Grimm, USMC KIA WWII. During this most difficult time, I pray you peace. I will forever be grateful for his service, sacrifice, and dedication to our country. Rest easy now, Sir…those you have left behind to carry on without you have the watch. At long last…Welcome Home

  2. My wife and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this true American Hero, USMC, WWII KIA, Sergeant Elden William Grimm. We thank you for your service to a grateful nation, may your family find peace in knowing you served proudly and comfort in the months to come. May you rest in peace for your mission is now complete. I salute you.

  3. My wife and I offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this American hero. A grateful nation mourns your loss. Thank you for a job well done. Rest in peace.

  4. It is with great sadness that I learned of the loss of this hero. We mourn
    with their family and friends. Though we mourn, we stand tall to honor them.
    This hero’s service and sacrifice will not be forgotten. We ask that this hero
    rest in eternal peace.
    Hero, you can stand down. We have the watch.

    POW-MIA’s you are not forgotten.

    “Hotwheel,” Cisco, Texas

    In memory of :
    SGT. Ralph D. Woods Jr. USA Korea
    Crew Chief Eddy J. Pearman USAAC/USAF Korea
    Radio Operator Duane Duncan USMC Vietnam

    Semper Fi

  5. The service and sacrifice of Elden William Grimm will not be forgotten. Welcome Home Marine. Rest In Peace Hero.

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