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ACB Adopts the Grave of a WWII American Soldier
For many years the American Club of Brussels has taken an active part in commemorating the brave men of the American armed forces who gave their lives while fighting in Europe in two world wars. In 2013, we took a new step in our efforts to continue the memory of these soldiers by officially adopting the grave of an American soldier whose final resting place is at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in eastern Belgium.
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Private Charles F. Grove, Jr., from Mobile, Alabama, enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 17, 1943, and became a member of the 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division. During the heavy fighting in and around Aachen, Germany, he was killed in action on September 20, 1944. He was laid to rest in Plot G, Row 9, Grave 12, along with almost 8000 other Americans who died in Belgium and Germany.
Pvt. Grove's wife was employed by the draft board in Mobile through which he entered the military. A brother served in the U.S. Navy during the war. In addition to his wife and brother, Pvt. Grove left his parents and two sisters. He was the co-captain of his high school football team and the captain of the basketball team.
The American Club of Brussels is proud to continue its tradition of remembering the sacrifices of the American military in fighting tyranny, especially in Belgium, and we hope that many of you will visit the grave of this simple soldier, unremarkable in many ways and yet very remarkable in one truly important way.