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 Post subject: Willis Grant Uhls
PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:07 pm 
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Found this on the web: A fallen soldier from MAHS in the '60s. Figured someone on the boards might have known him. Here's the link so you can see the pictures or read the whole article: http://www.sdvietnamwarmemorial.com/uhlswillis.htm

In Memory of U.S. Air Force Captain
Willis Grant Uhls
Spearfish, South Dakota, Lawrence County
November 26, 1946 – February 11, 1971

Killed in Action in Laos, FAC, 56 Special Operations Wing, “The Ravens”

Willis Grant Uhls, known to family as “Grant,” was born on November 26, 1946, in Pueblo, Colorado, to William and Dorothy (Brown) Uhls. Soon after the family moved to South Dakota where Dorothy’s dad, Emery Grant Brown, was a manager for a cattle ranch. After about six months, the family moved to California. Grant’s father, who was in the Army reserves, was called up to active duty in October of 1948. At the same time, Grant’s only sister, Norrienne, was born prematurely. The family followed William to Fort Lewis, Washington, after Norrienne was released from the hospital. In 1951, William went to Korea and the family returned to California where Grant went to Kindergarten. After William’s return, the family moved back to Colorado. The next move was during Grant’s third grade year when he, his mother, and sister moved to Buffalo, South Dakota to be with Dorothy’s parents while William was deployed to Iceland. After William returned home, the next assignment was in Kansas, where the family stayed for five years before being transferred to Dachau, Germany when Grant was a freshman. Grant attended Munich American High School. Although a regular overseas tour is three years, William extended for a year so Grant could graduate. Dorothy remarked, “Being a military family isn’t easy and usually entails lots of moves when you make a career of it. Even though Grant went to many different schools, he always took it in stride.”

Captain Willis Grant Uhls was shot down over Laos on February 11, 1971, and was first declared missing in action. His family waited and waited for any further word on his fate. Six months later, they decided to have a memorial service for him at the Air Force Academy. His mother remembers that they had barely returned to California when they received the telegram that his body had been recovered and sent back to Oakland. His family returned once more to the Academy when Grant Uhls was buried with military honors in a small private service.

Among his many honors, Captain Uhls was awarded the Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Silver Star with an Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Distinguished Flying Cross with an Oak Leaf Cluster. There are many remembrances at www.vvmf.org in honor of Grant Uhls; this one was posted by Jim Mittica:

Grant and I were classmates at Munich American High School, Munich, Germany during the school year 1963-64. We were also on the wrestling team together. I remember Grant as a mature, serious minded young man whom all his classmates genuinely liked. He was an intense athlete and performed very well on the wrestling mat. He went on to graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy, become a pilot and give his life for his country. I am proud to have known him for that brief time so long ago.

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Grant was one of at least three Class of 1964 grads to be killed in Southeast Asia. Justin Lynch and Nick Natzke also died there.


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 Post subject: Re: Willis Grant Uhls
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 7:01 pm 
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I am not sure but think we played foot ball together. Does any one know how many did we lost in Viet Nam? Or served in Viet Nam Welcome Home Brother Paul66

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