Ambrosio Salazar Grandea
Major (Chaplain), United States Army
AMBROSIO SALAZAR GRANDEA was born on August 22, 1932 and joined the Armed Forces while in BALTIMORE, MARYLAND.
He served as a Chaplain in the United States
Army. In six years of service, he attained the rank of Major.
On June 13, 1967, at the age of 34, AMBROSIO
SALAZAR GRANDEA perished in the service of our country.
On June 13, 1967 at the age of 34, Ambrosio
Grandea gave his life in the service of our country in South Vietnam.
Birthdate: August 22,1932
I want to add to my niece's description of my late brother's biography - Chaplain (Major) Ambrosio Salazar Grandea, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for Bravery and Valor when he pulled wounded soldiers to safety while under heavy fire in Chu Lai Province. This was two weeks before he was injured by a booby trap that eventually caused him to lapse into a coma three days after the event and then to his succumbing to those injuries twenty days later in his native land of the Philippines at Clark Air Base. The Department of Defense stated at that time that "Chaplain Grandea's weakened condition contributed to his demise."
After a few years, in November 1972, Chaplain
Grandea was again honored by the Chapel of Four Chaplain's Foundation in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when he was posthumously awarded the
Chaplain's Gold Medallion. Attending at the ceremony were, our mother,
Primitiva S. Grandea, his widow, Jacinta Martinez Grandea (now Lupton),
myself and many guests, as well as the Chief of Army Chaplains. Chaplain
Grandea was the 2nd of seven children born from the union of Andres G.
Grandea, Sr. and Primitiva S. Grandea. I am the youngest of the 7.
June 13, 1967
Major Ambrosio Grandea
Quang Ngai Province
Chaplain (MAJ) Ambrosio Salazar Grandea June 13, 1967 Protestant
Posted: 17 November 2001 Updated: 4 January 2002 Updated: 21 February 2003 Updated: 27 April 2004 Updated: 10 November 2007
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 23 April 2004