Lt. Wiley Julian Grigsby Jr. had just completed Officers Basic Course at Quantico, VA, and had been commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. When the North Koreans started their action on June 25, 1950, he was sent to that theater of action. Exactly three months to the day, he was killed by sniper fire. Lt. Grigsby is interred in Rogersville. I am not aware of any history of his wife. They were married shortly before he left for Korea.

He also served in World War II as a tail gunner on a B-24 bomber, flying 35 combat missions in the Pacific Theater.
Submitted by Frank W. Noe

Further information:
Second Lieutenant Grigsby was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in Korea. World War II decorations include: Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of birth:
  • 27 November 1923
  • Date of death: 25 September 1950
  • County: Hawkins
  • Hometown: Oak Ridge
  • Service Branch: Marine Corps
  • Division/Assignment: 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division
  • Conflict: Korean War
  • Awards: Purple Heart, Silver Star, Combat Action Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and Republic of Korea War Service Medal
  • Burial/Memorial Location: McKinney Cemetery, Rogersville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XX, Bottom Panel
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