Danny Micheal GrayPrivate First Class
3RD PLT, C CO, 2D BN, 27TH INFANTRY, 25 INF DIV
Army of the United States
23 June 1948 - 30 October 1968
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The story behind this photo
The database page for Danny Micheal Gray
This is a poem by Jo Ann Casey of Thornton, Arkansas, that says so much about our brother Danny.
A memorial initiated by his sister,
Danny was a brave and fearless soldier. He served with 3rd Platoon, Co C, 2nd of the 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division.
The photo was taken October 30, 1968, 20 minutes before he was shot and mortally wounded.
Our company was operating out of a patrol base east of Cu Chi, named Crockett. Choppers picked us up that morning and dropped us off within eyesight of the camp along a stream with a hedgerow on each bank. When we jumped out of the choppers we were knee deep in water. We ran for the hedgerow to secure it. Several VC had been in the hedgerow and they left in a big hurry! They left behind a pot of rice cooking on a small fire. When we crossed the stream it opened out into a large rice paddy field. The fleeing VC left a clear trail through the rice stalks.
Danny was walking point. He saw where their trail had a spur to it. He followed it and stumbled over two rifles, an AK47 and a SKS that they had hidden under the water. Nearby was an ammo can filled with documents. We both stopped and posed for pictures. Minutes later we continued following their trail. Danny came upon them hiding in the rice stalks. He opened fire, killing one. The other VC returned fire hitting Danny in the chest. The platoon came forward and shot the remaining VC.
Later that evening our platoon leader came over and told us Danny didn't make it. Danny arrived in Vietnam Oct 4th and died Oct 30, 1968. He didn't even make it a month!
It wasn't a big battle.
We lost one of our own.
From his squad leader
Danny Gray was a favorite cousin and good friend. He was a hero who wasn't afraid of anything, except that wild hog that chased him and some of his hunting buddies up a tree once!
He was good to his parents and always tried to please them. I wonder what he would be doing now if he had lived. We think about him often and miss his laugh.
Initia Watson Doherty
I never knew Danny but he has left an inpact on me that still exists today. I met up with his sister during a hiking trip in Arkansas several years ago and some way we got into a conversation about freedoms that we have. Annie never went into full depth about the loss of her brother but I could tell in part that the loss was very deep and the impact that it had on the family was a void that could not be filled ever again.
I often think as an American the freedoms that I enjoy have been paid for by individuals like Danny. Every time that a story goes on about the fighting going on in different parts of the world, I think about the price that is getting paid by the family which has given up one of their own.
Even after these few years he has not been forgotten by the average citizen and forever he will be MY HERO.
From an American,
The point-of-contact for this memorial is|
Linda Gray Trujillo
13 Apr 2001
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 02/24/2006