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Tom Copeland
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George "Sonny" Gratzer 05/05/40 - 12/07/16

Greetings to all,

It is with a very heavy heart that I've pirated my dad's email list from two of his forwards to notify those of you who are unaware of his passing that Sonny Gratzer passed away early Wednesday morning at his home. He was discovered by a construction worker who was repairing the flood damage to his house.

I apologize that I am unable to call each of you personally; I am deaf and don't use the phone. My ex-husband, Glenn, began calling some of you and started the call chain; however, I wanted to ensure that as many of my dad's friends or acquaintances are reached in a more personal way than by reading a newspaper obituary, and I fear that even this email is insufficient to avoid missing someone.

My dad's obituary will be published this week in both the Missoulian and the Butte Montana Standard. We are tentatively hoping to have a viewing on Wednesday evening and a full military funeral on Friday.

Please forgive me if you have received this email more than once, and please know that my dad was very thankful for his many beloved friends and family members.

Mail may be sent to Sonny's family at 106 Rolling Green Pl, Missoula, MT 59803. Many thanks for your kind thoughts.

God bless,
Dana Millhouse

Larry G
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Sorry to learn about his passing, may he rest in peace.

He commanded Company B, 2d BN (mech), 2d INF and was WIA during the Tet Offensive.
Juan Santiago
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Our Condolences to the family May he rest in Peace.

Sfc Ret Juan Santiago
B co 2/2 1964 to 1967
Vietnam
1965 to 1970.
Luther Patton
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My sincere condolences to his family.  May He Rest in Peace. God Bless.
Patton
Black Scarf Battalion 1/2
Nam June 67' June 68'
Larry G
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Below is a link to George “Sonny” Gratzer’s obituary.

http://gardencityfh.com/book-of-memories/2792444/Gratzer-George/obituary.php

Curtis Parker
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It gives me great pain and sorrow to know that George M. "Sonny" Gratzer my friend and commander Daring Bravo Bandit 6 has passed away...mmmm......I just sent him a Xmas card. His leadership as my commander in Vietnam inspired me my total 25.6 years in the Army and I still remember when he was wounded in action in Feb 1968 during the TET Offensive after we "Bravo Co" fought the NVA 3 times that day....He was family awarded the Silver Star medal for his actions during his final battle on that day.  May God bless his soul and my sympathty/condolences goes out to his family......NOLI ME TANGERE..

Curtis Parker
B 2/2 Inf, 3rd Plt, Track B231
9 Dec 1967-10 Dec 1968
Steve DeLacy
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My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
I'll always remember him as a great commander. I'll miss the Christmas card exchange and the sharing of memories from our tour of duty.
Steve DeLacy
CO-B
2/2
Track 221
Mar '67 - Mar '68
Bill Perry
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I just learned of Sonny's passing. My deepest condolences to his family. We served in the Army together in Germany and reconnected via the internet. I visited him in Missoula in July, 2011 and hoped to do so again this fall. I loved our visit. We discovered we both were involved in writing poetry, fiction, and songs. We exchanged books and sang many old songs - our own and others. Meeting again after all those years really enriched my life. He is greatly missed.

Bill Perry
May 30, 2017
Ryan Morrissey
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Curtis Parker
It gives me great pain and sorrow to know that George M. "Sonny" Gratzer my friend and commander Daring Bravo Bandit 6 has passed away...mmmm......I just sent him a Xmas card. His leadership as my commander in Vietnam inspired me my total 25.6 years in the Army and I still remember when he was wounded in action in Feb 1968 during the TET Offensive after we "Bravo Co" fought the NVA 3 times that day....He was family awarded the Silver Star medal for his actions during his final battle on that day.  May God bless his soul and my sympathty/condolences goes out to his family......NOLI ME TANGERE..

Curtis Parker
B 2/2 Inf, 3rd Plt, Track B231
9 Dec 1967-10 Dec 1968
Ryan Morrissey
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My father was 1LT Richard "Dick" Morrissey. He served under CPT Gratzer in Vietnam Aug 67-Aug 68. 1LT Morrissey led 3rd Platoon/Company B 2bn/2inf First Infantry. My father died last week and I knew of Sonny from him. Im searching for more information on their unit and these remarkable men in company B. Cpt Gratzer and my father kept a correspondence thru the years and my father respected him greatly. I have found many letters and pictures from him to my dad. I know Sonny died in 2016 (my dad in 2019) but I want to post my families condolences here. I read these posts of other men who served with them on their "tracks" and felt the need to speak for my father and pay our respects to all of you. Thank you warriors. RIP to these brothers in arms and Noli Me Tangere.
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