Public Relations | Community Affairs Director
Corporal Samuel Grosso | USMC
CPL Grosso was born November 5th, 1986 in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from high school and enlisted in the Marine Corps August 2005 at the age of 18. January of 2006 he attended Basic Combat Engineer School in Camp Lejeune graduating as Class Leader earning the Band of Brother award, Physical Fitness award, and Award for Merit. CPL Grosso finishing his basic training hit the Fleet Marine Corps and was stationed with 7th ESB Alpha Company 2nd Platoon at Camp Pendleton, Ca. in March of 2006.
CPL Grosso finished pre-deployment training with 7th ESB in August of 2006 preparing for large-scale engineer operations in Fallujah, Iraq. The training would cover, rapid bridge building, vertical wood frame construction, fortification, convoy operations, live fire exercises, demolition, as well as combat first aid training. The mission for 7th ESB in Fallujah, Iraq and greater Al Anbar region was tremendous and the demand for engineer support was a constant. CPL Grosso deployed twice with 7th ESB doing two 7-month deployments between 08/06-5/07 and 2/08-8/08 managing logistics, maintenance, and property worth over $25 million for a team of 60 while deployed to Iraq. Developed relationships with local, international, and inter-agency contractors to establish a list non-combat engineer relief projects. Creating higher quality of life of Iraq Police and Iraq Army units along the Syrian boarder and improving the US imagine while fostering camaraderie. Led over 100 large-scale engineering missions to improve logistical operations and protect main supply routes. Including heavy equipment, pre/post surveying, vertical construction, concrete, electrical, and water/sewer.
CPL Grosso was award with two Meritorious Masts and Navy Unit Commendation for his extraordinary work while under the command of 7th ESB Alpha Co. Returning to Camp Pendleton CPL Grosso finished out his active duty time as the Single Marine Representative for 7th ESB, Motorcycle Safety Officer for the Battalion, and took college class at Palomar College preparing for End of Active Service (EAS) in 2009 August. Receiving and Honorable Discharge CPL Grosso set out and earned a degree from California State University San Marcos in Cultural Anthropology. He focused on plant-based medicine and traditional healing methods developing an international branch of medicine in the Amazon Jungle and Andes Mountains of Ecuador with hopes of bring sacred healing knowledge to the veteran community. CPL Grosso saw how the veteran community suffer and are more at risk for bad health out-comes from traditional medical systems like the VA.