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As surely as those who lost their life on the battlefield need to be remembered, those who survived need to be understood.

Background Information

Peter S. Griffin, "Grif" writes about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for cathartic reasons and to help all who suffer from it as well as those who love and care about them. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 13 March 1964 and was honorably discharged on 10 March 1967. His unit assignments were Company A, 2/502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division and Company C, 2/505th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division. On Memorial Day weekend, 1998, he was inducted into the 502nd Infantry Distinguished Members of the Regiment, Halls of Fame, in a ceremony at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. He served on the 101st Airborne Association, Fort Campbell, Kentucky Monument Committee, helping to establish a Division Monument to honor all Screaming Eagles, past, present and future. He is a "Boat Person", arriving in Viet Nam on board the "U.S.N.S. GENERAL LEROY ELTINGE", 29 July 1965. (The 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne operated separately until 1968, when the rest of the division arrived. It was the last all paratrooper unit of the 101st to engage an enemy on the battlefield.) After discharge he attended the Police Academy at Syracuse, New York and served as a Police Officer in Oswego, New York for over ten years. He also attended the State University of New York (SUNY) @ Oswego, completing several public justice, psychology, sociology and civil liberty courses.


Birth Place
Oswego, NY USA

His military decorations include: the Viet Nam Service Medal with two bronze battle stars, the Silver Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal with device (1960), the Republic of Viet Nam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, the Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Valorous Unit Citation, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Parachute Badge, the Army Republic of Vietnam Paratrooper Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Recondo Patch, the National Defense Service Medal and the Expert Rifleman Badge. He recently received the Conspicuous Service Star with three accoutrements and the Conspicuous Service Cross from the State of New York for his patriotic service.

Additional Information

"Grif" married Brenda Gibson in 1967. They are blessed with daughter Pamela, and son, Brent. They are the proud grandparents of three lovely granddaughters Emilie, Meaghan, and Georgia, as well as grandson, Connor. Pete and Brenda have resided in The Great State of North Carolina, for the past 28 years. "Grif" enjoys helping other disabled veterans and their loved ones. His interests include American history - especially the Civil War, collecting antiques, refinishing old furniture, spending time with his dogs, mountain trout fishing, writing, maintaining his website (“Griffin’s Lair”) and coin collecting. His writings have appeared in several military magazines and newspapers including “THE SCREAMING EAGLE”, THE FIRST SCREAMING EAGLES IN VIETNAM”, “THE AIRBORNE QUARTERLY” and the “101st AIRBORNE DIVISION” (2nd edition) by Turner Publishing Company.

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