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SGT Ross Franklin Gray
Birth: Aug. 1, 1920
Marvel
Bibb County
Alabama, USA
Death: Feb. 27, 1945
Iwo Jima
Tokyo Metropolis, Japan

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps in Company A, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands on February 21, 1945. His citation reads in part "Alone and unarmed but carrying a huge satchel charge, he crept up on the Japanese emplacement, boldly hurled the short-fused explosive, and sealed the entrance. Instantly taken under machine-gun fire from a second entrance to the same position, he unhesitatingly braved the increasing vicious fusillades to crawl back for another charge, returned to his objective, and blasted the second opening, thereby demolishing the position. Repeatedly covering the ground between the savagely defended enemy fortifications and his platoon area, he systematically approached, attacked, and withdrew under blanketing fire to destroy a total of six Japanese positions, more than 25 troops, and a quantity of vital ordnance gear and ammunition. Stouthearted and indomitable, Sgt. Gray had singlehandedly overcome a strong enemy garrison and had completely disarmed a large minefield before finally rejoining his unit." (bio by: Don Morfe) 
 
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 Parents:
  Benjamin Franklin Gray (1879 - 1966)
  Carrie Clyde Wood Gray (1883 - 1945)
 
 Siblings:
  Charlie Gray (1913 - 1916)*
  Lois Gray (1916 - 1918)*
  Ross Franklin Gray (1920 - 1945)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
MEDAL OF HONOR
SGT US MARINE CORPS
WORLD WAR II
 
Burial:
Ada Chapel Bible Methodist Church Cemetery
Bibb County
Alabama, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Don Morfe
Record added: Jan 30, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7130169
SGT Ross Franklin Gray
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SGT Ross Franklin Gray
Added by: Don Morfe
 
SGT Ross Franklin Gray
Added by: Don Morfe
 
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-Anonymous
 Added: Feb. 27, 2017
RIP. I hope your Mama found you in heaven. WOW. A true American hero. God speed and God bless.
- Nora Garner
 Added: Feb. 27, 2017

- sjm
 Added: Feb. 27, 2017
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