D Company 1968
Phil, Greg, Jose (KIA) Stewart
Joe is on the wall in D.C. and is located on 48 W Row 25.
Just a little background. Joe was initially listed as MIA. Then after a few years and many inquiries later his status changed to KIA. From what we have been able to gather, his squad was on a mission with Joe walking point.
This is the bio taken from a link off The Virtual Wall site, hopefully this might jog someone’s memory:
Name: Jose Antonio Graniela, Jr.
Rank/Branch: E3/US Army
Unit: Co.D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division
Date of Birth: 22 June 1944
Home City of Record: Brentwood NY
Date of Loss: 16 August 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 161733N 1071104E
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Other Personnel In Incident: none missing
Source: Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 1998.
REMARKS:SYNOPSIS: PFC Graniela was a rifleman in Delta Company, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. At 1100 hours on August 16, Graniela was on a combat operation with his platoon when they began receiving intense automatic weapons fire. All members of the platoon immediately took cover. Graniela was hit in the leg with several rounds of small arms fire. After calling for help, he went into shock. A tourniquet was applied to his leg and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation was administered, but to no visible avail. Several members of the platoon believed that Graniela died at that time. Because of intense hostile fire, the remains could not be recovered at that time without the platoon receiving more casualties, and a return to the area was impossible. The following day, the area was bombarded by air strikes and artillery. Nothing was ever recovered that could be associated with Graniela. PFC Graniela is listed with honor among the missing because no remains were found.
Over the years the Army has informed us of several attempts to get up to that hill in hopes of finding some remains which to date all attempts have been unsuccessful. I have requested that the Army get in touch with anyone from the squad and again no luck. Another item of note, we never received ANY of his personal belongings. We know he had a footlocker full of items that obviously would have meant a lot to us to have.
If you have any information, or remember our brother, please contact;
Art Graniela, [email protected]