IRVING – Douglas Reid Grogan, 89, longtime architect of Irving, died peacefully at his home in Irving, Texas, on Jan. 22, 2013.
Service is 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving, followed by interment at 2:30 p.m. at the DFW National Cemetery. Visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home, 606 W. Airport Freeway, in Irving.
Doug was born June 9, 1923, in Weatherford and spent all of his early years in Weatherford, except for a short time in Mineral Wells. He graduated from Weatherford High School in 1940 and attended Weatherford Junior College for one year and Texas A&M University, in Bryan, for two years. He enlisted in the Army in December 1942 and was called into active service and sent to Camp Wolters in Mineral Wells, and then to Camp Maxey in Paris, Texas, for specialized training followed by two semesters at The Citadel in South Carolina.
Upon completion of his training he was assigned to the 100th (Century) Division Combat Infantry Unit and promoted to acting corporal. He was very proud of his award of the Expert Infantryman’s Badge.
In September 1944 he was sent to Europe with the 100th Division and entered combat in Marseilles, France, and thereafter in many other places in France and Germany, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was promoted to acting sergeant and soon thereafter he received a battlefield commission to second lieutenant and thereafter to first lieutenant. Doug was awarded the Bronze Star with Clusters for meritorious service in combat as well as several other combat related awards including the good conduct medal.
Surprisingly, on Dec. 10, 2012, Doug was honored by the French government and appointed a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor for his personal and meritorious contribution in the United States’ decisive role in the liberation of France in World War II.