Graydon Belvin Grinnell (1921 - 2008)

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Graydon Belvin Grinnell
1921 - 2008
August 8, 1921
7214 Passyunk Ave, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania United States 19142
October 12, 2008
Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida United States
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Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida 33313
Graydon Belvin Grinnell was born on August 8, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was born to Milton Wilder Grinnell and Mary Florace (Menendez) Grinnell. He, father to 1 child, was baptized in Key West, Florida. According to his family tree, Graydon's partner was Anna Sahlin, and they gave birth to Terry Lee Grinnell. Graydon died on October 12, 2008 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at 87 years old.
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Graydon Belvin Grinnell
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Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida 33313
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Graydon Grinnell was born on at 7214 Passyunk Ave, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania United States 19142
Graydon Grinnell died on in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida United States
Graydon Grinnell was born on at 7214 Passyunk Ave, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania United States 19142
Graydon Grinnell died on in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida United States
Lauderdale Memorial Park 2001 SW 4th Avenue, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida United States 33315
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The University of Florida


in Key West, Monroe County, Florida United States 33040

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Wray Banker commented
His time at Grand Caymans WWII US Naval base, is in its logs at the Cayman Islands National Archive collection.
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Grinnell, Graydon B. "Bear", 87, of Virginia's Country Manor in Lauderhill, entered peacefully into eternal life on Sunday, October 12th. He was visited by his many friends, and supported by the loving staffs of Virginia's Country Manor, Heritage Home Care and Vitas Hospice. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Graydon spent much of his young life in Key West, where legend has it, he was named after an engineer of The Florida East Coast Railway. It is also said that, his grandmother wrote the first Key Lime Pie recipe from her pie shop in Key West. He attended The University of Florida when it was an all male college and enlisted to serve his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He joins his wife, Ann of 46 years, and his son, Terry. He is survived by his goddaughter, Melinda Mayerat and her husband, Steve Mayerat, and by his many friends he has made over the years. Graydon was a true gentleman, always positive, and made everyone smile. We will miss the many stories of adventures of his life. We love you Bear, see you later, my friend. Services will be held at Lauderdale Memorial Park Cemetery on Wednesday, October 15th at 10:00 AM, 2001 SW 4th Ave., 33315, and a celebration of his life will be on Saturday, October 18th, 2:00 PM at Virginia's Country Manor.

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In 1921, in the year that Graydon Belvin Grinnell was born, on November 11th, the first burial was held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The body of an unknown soldier - selected by Army Sgt. Edward F. Younger who was highly decorated for valor and received the Distinguished Service Cross in "The Great War" - was brought back from France (World War 1) and placed in the newly completed tomb. President Warren G. Harding officiated at the interment ceremonies.

In 1948, at the age of 27 years old, Graydon was alive when on January 30th, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi by a member of a Hindu nationalist party who thought that Gandhi was too accommodating to Muslims. The man, Nathuram Godse, shot Gandhi 3 times. He died immediately. The shooter was tried, convicted, and hung in November 1949.

In 1953, he was 32 years old when on July 27th, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed. The Armistice was to last until "a final peaceful settlement is achieved". No peaceful settlement has ever been agreed upon.

In 1982, at the age of 61 years old, Graydon was alive when on June 30th, time ran out on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The Amendment had only received 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications. First sent to the states in 1972, the Amendment stated that "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex".

In 1995, at the age of 74 years old, Graydon was alive when on October 16th, the Million Man March took place on the National Mall in Washington DC. The March was organized to address "the ills of black communities and call for unity and revitalization of African American communities". An estimated 850,000 people attended.

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