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Dr Howard Kramer "Howdie" Gray, Sr
Birth: Aug. 28, 1901
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Death: Sep. 6, 1955
Goodhue County
Minnesota, USA

Veteran, WW II, U S Navy.

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Mayflower descendant of both his paternal grandparents with at least two ancestors Revolutiionary war veterans Heinrich Staring (1730-1808) and Rev Robert Gray (1761-1822. His paternal grandfather a Confederate officer and his 100% German blood mother's father, with his two brothers, in Union army during Civil War at the 1864 Kansas "Mine Creek Battle" and oldest brother in charge of military railroads in Europe & Africa during WW II.

h/o Lila DeWeenta Conrad.

Birth: 3rd of three known children in St Louis, Missouri, named in part for aunt Ethel's husband, his father's right hand man, LeRoy Kramer with parents living at 3939 west Belle place.

Listed on parents monument in Druid Ridge cemetery, Pikesville, Maryland, and found in "Who is Who in America" with his oldest brother and their father.

Following his attendance at Baltimore's "Howdie" with two year older brother, "Russ" both having entered Princeton, he in 1919, and was chosen Master of Ceremonies for graduation of Class of 1923, was an outstanding student, awarded many prestiges awards, among them being a hero football player on the famous "Team of Destiny", awarded John P. Poe Richard W. Kazmaier Trophy the annual award to a member of the varsity football team of good moral character, who, during the season, in addition to proving himself a player of ability, has best exemplified the following traits and characteristics: loyalty and devotion to Princeton football interests, courage, manliness, self-control and modesty, perseverance and determination under discouraging conditions, observance of the rules of the game and fairness toward opponents. Formerly known as the John P. Poe Memorial Trophy, this award was change in 1991 to include the name of Richard W. Kazmaier to bridge the generation game and honor Princeton's most legendary players from each of the last two centuries.1922: Howard K. Gray '23, ~ ~ operated on Jimmie Roosevelt 1938.

Served navy attaining rank of Captain, awarded, among others, the Legion of Merit, (The Legion of Merit (Commander degree) is one of only two United States military decorations to be issued as a neck order (the other being the Medal of Honor) and the only United States decoration), comenced service during World War II 1st on 28 DEC 1941 aboard at Pearl Harbor for two years with action at Tarara, Kuajaiein, Einewetok, Roi-Islands, Saipan and Guam as chief surgeon of 17 surgeons in south-pacific, then chief of surgery at Alea Heights Naval hospital on the Oahu island of Hawaii where he enjoyed home cooked steak dinners at a 1st cousin's home, Harriette Flora (Hopkins) Anglea, a school teacher while her husband was an air traffic controller, ending as chief surgeon at the San Diego Naval hospital till wars end, was Chief of Surgical section of Mayo Clinic, Rochester. Minnesota, then as of 1948 became one of Mayo's eleven Trustees. This while his oldest brother, Carl, jr was a Major-General in charge of railroads in Europe, awarded The Distinguished Service Cross, then Head of Veterans Administration under Harry S Truman. "Howdie"'s tragic end came from drowning when trying to retrieve his vessel's dinghy in the Mississippi river.

One of his many papers, this, March 1946 The Function of a Hospital Ship.

Death: from drowning, trying to recover their "dink" while their vessel was at anchor in Goodhue County, Minnesota

Father: Carl Raymond Gray b: 28 SEP 1867 in Princeton, Dallas County, Arkansas (vice chairman, Union Pacific Railroad Co, following 55 years of railroading)
Mother: Harriette Amanda "Hattie" Flora b: 17 SEP 1869 in Verdigris township, Montgomery County, Kansas (1st white child born in Montgomery county, "American Mother of 1937")

Marriage: Lila DeWeenta Conrad b: 6 SEP 1901 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska
Married: 2 SEP 1925 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska

Known Children

living male Gray, never married.

living female, Bones, seven children, w/o Walter I Bones, jr

Revised: 01/20/2015.

Prepared by Bill Boggess.
Family links: 
  Carl Raymond Gray (1867 - 1939)
  Harriette Amanda Flora Gray (1869 - 1956)
  Lila DeWeenta Conrad Moersch (1901 - 1986)*
  Carl Raymond Gray (1889 - 1955)*
  Russell Davis Gray (1899 - 1975)*
  Howard Kramer Gray (1901 - 1955)
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery
Olmsted County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: 109
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Record added: Nov 21, 2009
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