Stephen Devon Groshong

Army Badge
  • Name: Stephen Devon Groshong
  • Location of Birth: Houston, Texas
  • Date of Birth: October 19, 1969
  • Date of Death: July 4, 1988 (18 years old)
  • Parents: David Groshong and Rebecca Groshong Kronmyr
  • High School and Class: Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: PFC (Private First Class)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: January 21, 1987
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  • Military Awards:
    Army Service Ribbon
    Sharpshooter Rifle Badge
    Expert Grenade Badge

  • Military Highlights:
    Stephen joined the United States Army on January 21, 1987. His received his basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Stephen graduated from the Academy of Health Science at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, as a medical specialist in July, 1987. He was assigned as a medical specialist with the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas in August, 1987 and died while on active duty at that station on July 4, 1988.

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  • Civilian Life:
    Stephen moved with his parents to Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1970.

    Stephen was active with the band, jazz band, speech, and debate team. As a tuba player with the band, he traveled to Expo '86 in Vancouver, British Columbia and also participated in the fourth annual pep bowl. He won numerous awards in speech and debate and as a member of the National Forensic League he won the Degree of Honor, Degree of Distinction and Degree of Excellence. He also worked in clean-up and maintenance and portrayed Smokey the Bear at the Forest History Center while in high school.

    He earned a high school graduate equivalent diploma at El Paso College, Texas.

    Stephen is survived by his mother, Rebecca and step-father Hugo Kronmyr; his father, David Groshong; one sister, Elizabeth; two brothers, Douglas and Christopher; maternal grandparents, Cy and Ardell Wilson; paternal grandparents, Earl and Lilly Groshong; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Scott.

    Stephen is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-G-14-0-6)

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