Pvt. Edward Ericus Grogg Jr.
Pvt. Edward E. Grogg Jr, was
born on November 11, 1921, in Erie County, Ohio, to
Edward E. Grogg Sr., and Emma Wadsworth-Grogg.
He was the brothers of three sisters and later a
half-sister. He joined the Ohio National Guard
Tank Company in Port Clinton and worked as a
commercial fisherman on Lake Erie. In 1940,
his parents divorced and his mother married Franklin
T. Moore on October 20, 1940. The family
resided in Freemont, Ohio. His
father died in 1941.
In the fall of 1940, Edward was called to federal service when his tank company was inducted into the regular army. At Fort Knox, Kentucky, Edward spent nearly a year training. In the late summer of 1941, he took part in maneuvers. After the maneuvers, were ordered to remain at the camp. None of them had any idea why. On the side of a hill, at Camp Polk, Louisiana, he and the other members of the battalion learned that they were not being released from federal service. Instead, they were being sent overseas as part of "Operation PLUM." Within hours, many of the members of the battalion had figured out that PLUM stood for Philippines, Luzon, Manila.
Edward received a leave home to say goodbye to is family. He returned to Camp Polk and prepared for duty overseas.
Over different train routes, the battalion's companies traveled to San Francisco. They were taken by ferry to Fort McDowell on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay. There, they were given physicals and inoculated for duty in the Philippine Islands. Those men who were found to need minor medical treatment remained behind at the fort and scheduled to rejoin the battalion at a later date.
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