George Gray was born June 28, 1945 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He attended school in Ann Arbor and graduated from high school in 1963. Since the Draft was still active and since he felt he would be Drafted, he joined the Army in 1965 so that he could have a choice of assignments.
After Basic and Specialized Training in Aircraft Maintenance and Repair at Forts Knox, Rucker, Eustes and Sill, George was sent to Vietnam as part of the First Cavalry Division. He eventually became the Group Leader of a Forward Helicopter Repair and Recovery Unit. As an E-5, George was the ranking member of the Group and responsible for deciding whether or not a helicopter was salvageable. If not, it was destroyed. While in Vietnam, George sustained shrapnel injuries to his leg, injured his foot, and was exposed to Agent Orange. He did not receive a Purple Heart but did end up with 60% Disability. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1967.
After his Discharge, George attended a technical school in California for two years, but since that was the time when all Air Traffic Controllers were fired, he knew he could not compete for jobs with the fired Controllers, so he returned to Ann Arbor and went to work in the Gas Co. George has been married for more than 30 years. He has two daughters, plus one daughter by a previous marriage, and five grandchildren.
George’s Awards include, National Defense Service Medal, Expert Rifleman, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, Vietnam Service Medal, two Bronze Stars, Aircraft Crewman Badge, three Air Medals, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Commendation Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.
George, his wife and daughter live in Dexter Michigan.