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Groves, 2nd Lt. Edward C.

Last updated on February 15, 2020

2nd Lt. Edward Clifford Groves 
Born: 12 March 1919 – Chicago, Illinois 
Parents: Clifford Groves & Susan Decowski-Groves 
Siblings: 3 sisters 
– 205 South Twentieth Avenue – Maywood, Illinois 
– the family moved to Proviso Township in 1929 
– lived in Bellwood, Illinois 
– McKinley School 
– Proviso Township High School 
– Class of 1937 
Occupation: Inspector – International Harvester – Chicago, Illinois
Selective Service Registration: 16 October 1940
Contact Person:  Susan Florence Groves – mother
– 12 May 1942 
– U. S. Marine Corps 
Serial Number: O&034899 
– Northwestern University 
– ground school 
– Sky Harbor Airport – Northbrook, Illinois 
– pre-flight school 
– Iowa City, Iowa 
– Pensacola, Florida 
– Commissioned Second Lieutenant 
– 15 February 1944 
– Awarded Gold Wings 
– Santa Barbara, California 
Ship: Escort Carrier – U.S.S. Vella Gulf 
U.S.S. Vella Gulf was a training carrier 
Missing in Action: 
– 12 May 1945 – plane crashed into the sea 
– Tablets of the Missing – West Coast Memorial – San Francisco, California 
– Purple Heart 




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