GROTTE, CHARLES WALTER, First Lieutenant, # 0-724235, USAAF
Charles W. Grotte, a Jewish serviceman, was born 26 March 1919 in San Francisco, California, to Harry Aaron Grotte (1883-1950) (Russia) and Lyllian “Lillie” (Gesas) Grotte (1889-1984) (NY) (married 4 September 1913, Salt Lake City, UT). He had a brother, Nat Lee Grotte (1914-1991). In 1944, his family lived at 2910 26th Ave., San Francisco, CA. He attended Lowell High School. His father worked in advertising for Young & McCallister in 1918, as a clothing salesman in 1930 & 1940, and for Timely Clothes in 1942. His father was the President of the local branch of the National Home for Jewish Children in 1943. He was recorded as a missing Jewish serviceman by his father.
He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940, and described himself as 6’1”, 193 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet on 18 November 1941 with four years college completed. He received his commission and wings as a bombardier. On 23 January 1944, B-24J, # 42-73067 (“Rangoon Rosie”), departed Madhaigunj, India, on a bombing mission to Mergui, Malayan Peninsula. It was assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 436th Bomb Squadron. He was the co-pilot. It was seen to crash at about 1610 hours at 12º30’ North - 95º 30’ East, in Malaya, shot down by enemy aircraft. It was noted to be a battle casualty. Its crew were killed in action, except TSgt Grant L. Butcher, who was wounded and captured by the Japanese. A Graves Registration team recovered remains from where crew was buried. Unable to distinguish the remains, they were buried in a single casket group burial in Arlington National Cemetery 25 July 1949, Section 34, grave 5023.
His brother, Nat L. Grotte, born 23 September 1914, registered for the WW II draft with his brother, was a student at the University of California, and described himself as 5’11”, 195 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He served from 30 May 1942. He died 28 September 1991, in San Mateo, CA, and is buried in the Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, CA.