Graves' service to our Nation began with his participation in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at Miami University. A distinguished student and midshipman, he was posted as the NROTC Battalion Commander his senior year.
Upon graduation from college in April 1967, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. By December of that year, he was sent to lead Marines fighting in Vietnam.
On Feburary 16, 1968, Lieutenant Graves had only been in Vietnam for two months. Serving with the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, this day found Graves and the patrol he was leading in a fierce engagement with the enemy. His inexperience showed not.
From Medal of Honor Citations for the Vietnam War (A-L):