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MG (Ret.) Gerd Grombacher

MG (R) Gerd Grombacher didn’t speak a word of English when he arrived in the U.S. from Germany in 1935 at the age of twelve. After leaving him with relatives in Chicago, his parents returned to Germany promising to come back to him and his sister “when this Hitler thing is over.” Unfortunately, both parents and 30 other family members were victims of the Holocaust. But he began his Army career as an enlisted Soldier in 1943 in the field of Military Intelligence. Less than two years later, he achieved the rank of Master Sergeant. Less than 10 years after he became a refugee from Nazi Germany, Master Sergeant Grombacher crossed unarmed into German lines to negotiate the surrender of 800 German soldiers from a heavily fortified position blocking 3rd Army’s advancement. Soon after, he was awarded a field commission as 2nd Lieutenant. In 1957, he made a tremendous career move and transferred from Military Intelligence to the Signal Corps, a transition as seamless as it was remarkable. In the 3rd Infantry Division, MG Grombacher served at all levels of leadership from Platoon Leader to Battalion Commander. From there, he went on to command at every operational and technical level of the Signal Corps to include Signal Service Group 4 – USSTRATCOM-Europe operating the Army’s Command and Administration Network in Europe. He also commanded the Army’s Safeguard Communications agency which provided secure communications for the Army’s ballistic missile defense systems into one single coordinated system. Next he commanded the U.S. Army Communications Systems Agency, the Communications Electronics Engineering and Installation Agency, and the U.S. Army Communications Command. MG Grombacher retired in 1982 after 39 years of faithful service to the Army and his adopted nation. For his remarkable service to the Signal Regiment, MG Gerd Grombacher was appointed as a Distinguished Member, posthumously, in 2009.

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