Warrior Wednesday: Private Selby Grandstaff #NeverForgotten

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Private Selby Grandstaff
Unknown to Jul. 15, 1918

fallenwarriorcrossMemorials such as this are the most difficult to bring to you. The lack of information is frustrating, but the worst part is knowing these men are very nearly forgotten. Sterile archives and names on lists are all that lie between selfless individuals and obscurity.

Selby Grandstaff last resided in Durham, Arkansas. Enlisted in the Army. Served with 3rd Division, 7th Infantry Regiment.

Circumstances of his death are unknown. Date of death is listed as July 15, 1918. He is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France. Was awarded the World War I Victory Medal.

World War I

World War I

WWI Victory Medal

WWI Victory Medal

The protagonist of my WID is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets. Through my research I’ve discovered patriots that leave me awe-filled, many of whom gave their life for their country. If I’ve learned only one thing, it is that these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines don’t do what they do for notoriety, they love their job, their country and their brothers (and sisters) in arms. I encourage you to do a bit of research on these warriors, but keep in mind that initial media reports often contain unverified information and for security reasons many details of operations are never revealed.
  • Larry Peterson

    Not sure whether this is the correct spot for this, but have you researched our mutual McGinnis ancestors who served in the Civil War?

    • I know a little about Elisha McGinnis’ Civil War record, but beyond that I’ve not researched much. Do you have some interesting tidbit to share?