Veterans History Project: An Interview with Dave Grove

Library of Congress Veterans History Project

Interview conducted by Jeanne Czarnecki and produced by David Addison. Recorded at Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Headquarters, July 11, 2016.

Born in Fremont, Michigan on 7 June 1968, Dave Grove enlisted in the U.S. Navy from July 1987 to July 1991, reaching the rank of E-4. He was trained as hospital corpsman at the U.S. Navy Hospital in San Diego. He also attended Marine boot camp at Camp Pendleton, after assigned to the 3rd Service Support Group to provide U.S. Marine Corps with combat services. Grove was deployed with Marine battalions in San Diego, Okinawa, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. In both the Desert Shield and Desert Storm conflicts, he helped set up field hospitals and worked as a roaming medical supply person at Al Jabail Hospital in Saudi Arabia. Initially, Grove had a smooth transition to civilian life. Twenty-four years following his military service, however, Grove experienced severe symptoms of PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder), meeting the criteria for Gulf War Illness. He returned to the Veteran Administration for assistance. In July 2016, he moved from California to Alexandria, Virginia with his fiancé to begin a new chapter of his life.
Creator: Grove, Dave; Czarnecki, Jeanne; Addison, David
Date: 2016-07-11
  • 2010s
  • 1990s
  • Santa Cruz (County)
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Identifier: VH-GROVE


Grove, Dave, Jeanne Czarnecki, and David Addison. “Veterans History Project: An Interview with Dave Grove.” 2016-07-11. SCPL Local History. Accessed 18 July 2024.