All American Awards & Engraving Soldier Spotlight: Gary Gray

Gary Gray, a native of Rimersburg, Pa., served in the U.S. Marine Corps. during the Vietnam War.

Name: Gary Gray

Born: September 25, 1946

Died: August 26, 1969

Hometown: Rimersburg, Pa.

Branch: U.S. Marine Corps.

Rank: Private First Class

Joined the service in: 1968

Gary Gray was born and raised in Rimersburg. He was the son of Gerald R. and Thelma Connor Gray.

Prior to enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1968, Gray worked as a welder at the General American Transportation Company in Ohio.

Gray served as a rifleman with the 7th Marine Regiment in Vietnam. In mid-August 1969, Gray’s battalion moved from Danang to Hiep Duc Valley (known as “Happy Valley”) in Que Son District, Quang Nam Province, to join in the search for a North Vietnamese regimental headquarters. The North Vietnamese were there occupying the mountains surrounding the area.

On August 26, Gray’s battalion came upon two regiments of North Vietnamese who were ready to fight. Gray died as a result of wounds he received from small arms fire.

He left behind a wife, Carolyn Priester, and a son, Jerry Lee, at home.

Gray was posthumously awarded The Purple Heart, the National Defense Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.


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