Time of Remembrance

James F. Grissom




Orting, WA

Date of Death:


Incident Location:

Patika Provice, Afghanistan

Military Branch:

United States Army




th Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Unit Base:

Fort Lewis, WA

He had his tough side. As a kid he loved backpacking, camping, boating, flying down zip lines and a vigorous game of capture-the-flag. Sgt. 1st Class James F. Grissom was a Green Beret in the U.S. Army, after all.  But the 550 people who filled San Leandro’s Fairhaven Bible Chapel two weeks ago to remember Grissom were reminded that he also had his soft side.

Grissom 31, of Hayward, died March 21 at Germany’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center of wounds suffered in a small-arms firefight March 18 in Paktika province, Afghanistan.  A member of an Army airborne Special Services battalion based at Lewis-McChord Joint Base in Washington, Grissom was in his fifth overseas deployment.