|Birth: ||Dec. 19, 1922|
New York, USA
|Death: ||May 30, 2008|
BERNARD L. GREGORY passed away on Friday, May 30, 2008. Mr. Gregory was a military man for 22 years. He jumped in Normandy on "D-Day" June 6, 1944, Battle of the Bulge, and other theaters of war in Europe. He also fought in major battles during the Korean War. He was a member of the Screaming Eagles and jumped a total of 69 times.
He often told how at the Battle of the Bulge, when the German Commander's had ask for the Screaming Eagles surrender, their reserve was steeled by their commander's response, NUTS!
On his first jump he told how nervous he was and that he had grabbed a cigarette to smoke "em" before the jump, he placed it behind his ear, when the green light went off in the plane to commence jumping; he was on the ground before he realized that his cigarette was still behind his ear.
In the Korean War he drove a tank and spoke of the night they were bivouac in a cold, freezing forest, the men were standing and sitting near the campfires it was intensely cold. It was the night that the Chinese invaded Korea, entering the war. The Chinese overran their encampment and most of the men didn't make it back to their tanks. He was one of the lucky ones. He got his tank started and began to mow down the Chinese infantry.
He received numerous medals and commendations, including the Bronze Star. He retired from the Army in 1964 at Fort Devens, MA, as a Staff/Sergeant.
He worked at the Vermont Marble Quarry, in Proctor, VT, General Electric in Rutland, VT and at Deem's Cabinets in Homosassa, FL.
Mr. Gregory was born in Crown Point, New York, Dec. 19, 1922.
His father Morgan Gregory, mother, Ida Mae (Bronson) Gregory, and the rest of the family moved to a tenant farm in Vermont soon afterwards.
Bernard's brothers were Leonard, Leon, and Robert.
His sisters were Mildred and Retta.
They all preceded him in death, along with a great granddaughter who died at birth, Brianna Nicole Shaw.
His wife Rita (Bertrand) Gregory passed July 18, 2004, after 52 years of marriage.
Bernard is survived by his daughter and son-in-law: Fern & Charles Danford, granddaughters Billie Jo Glover & Stephanie Potter, a great grandson, Jason B White all of Bolivia, NC and a grandson Bryan J Youngs of Hudson NY. He is also survived by his son and daughter in-law, David and Corl Gregory, grandchildren, James Gregory (his wife Jennifer), S/Sergeant, Zachary Scott Gregory, and Mrs.Rebekah April Lloyd (her husband, Joe Lloyd). His Great-Grandchildren: Lance Corporal USMC, Mark Gregory (his wife Emily Bare Gregory), Nathan and Emily, Zachary II, Matasyn, Anzli, and baby, Harmony Lloyd. His beloved nephews Tom Gregory and Joe Bertrand were always on his mind.
Services will be held at Wilder's Funeral Home in Homosassa, FL. Viewing, Wednesday, June 4, between 6 and 8 P.M. Service, Thursday, June 5, 12:00 P.M. and burial will be at the Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell, FL 33513, PHONE (352) 793-7740.
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Published in the Citrus County Chronicle on 6/3/2008.
Rita J Gregory (1922 - 2004)*
Florida National Cemetery
Plot: Section 322 - Site 388
Created by: Vera Mikell Sodek
Record added: Jun 03, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27303442