Retiree Gordon Groves Honors Navy Shipmates

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Long before Gordon Groves became an installer/repairman for Kingdom Telephone Company, he served in the United States Navy. It was wartime, Vietnam era. Gordon was stationed on the aircraft carrier, USS Forrestal, and he was on board when a missile exploded, triggering an inferno that killed 134 of his shipmates and injured many more.

Close to fifty years later, Gordon enjoys the good life in rural Auxvasse. He retired in 2004 after nearly twenty years in the telephone business. His close-knit family includes his wife, Cheryl, three daughters, and a flock of grandchildren.

The memories of his time serving our country are still strong. A room in Gordon’s house is dedicated to his Navy service, the USS Forrestal and her sailors. Created to honor his shipmates and to teach his grandchildren appreciation for the men and women who serve our country, the memorial room overflows with mementos, photographs, and patriotic displays.

Earlier this month, mid-Missouri TV station, KOMU, interviewed Gordon and filmed his special room.  To see Gordon’s story, “Mid-Missouri Man Remembers Time on USS Forrestal,” follow this link .


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