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Lt. Ed Groffie Returns Home

In addition to the “Local Honor Rolls,” the Ocean County Review also published a weekly column named “The Service in Review.” The column reported detailed information about the actions of local residents serving in the Armed Services.  In this column, published on May 11, 1945, Lt. Ed Groffie is reported to be back in the United States after his confinement in a German prison camp, followed by his treatment in an Army hospital for malnutrition and a bullet wound. After being released from the Army, Ed Groffie became a member of the Seaside Heights Police Department and eventually was appointed Chief of Police.

Ed Groffie Home

Lt. Ed Groffie Cables “Safe, Well” After Being MIA

After being confined in a German prison camp, Ed Groffie cabled his wife, Virginia, in April 1945 that he was “Safe, Well.” Lt. Groffie was reported missing in January 1945, during operations conducted by the 275th Infantry.

Ed Groffie Safe

Local Honor Rolls

Reading the Ocean County Review microfilm reels for the years covering World War II is an incredible learning experience. The pages are filled with news stories about the blackouts, brownouts, curfews, beach and fishing restrictions, and food and fuel rationing, among other wartime sacrifices back in the homeland.  But most important, the Review’s weekly “Local Honor Rolls” featured the names of local residents from Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, Lavallette and Island Beach who were serving in the Armed Forces. In the following Honor Rolls, published in February 1945, Ed Groffie is noted as missing in action by the astericks placed next to his name. You can use your mouse to enlarge the image…

Honor Roll

Edward F. Groffie MIA 1945

Terry mentioned in the news article contained in the previous post that he had an interest in World II history.  No doubt, the war service of his father, Ed Groffie, was one of Terry’s inspirations. The next set of blog posts are news articles from the Ocean County Review in 1945 that describe some of Ed Groffie’s heroic war service.

First though, I want to briefly set out how the Groffie family is connected to the Tunney family.  J. Stanley Tunney and his wife, Louise, were parents of six children. One of those children, a daughter named Virginia, married Ed Groffie. Mr. & Mrs. Ed Groffie were the parents of Terry and his sister Susan…

Ed Groffie MIA