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 David M Gay

David M Gay

Birth
Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas, USA
Death 6 Jul 1944 (aged 24)
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Plot Section N Site 88
Memorial ID 688956 · View Source
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Military reburial services for Marine Cpl. David M. Gay, former Highland Park High School football star, will be held at 1:30 p. m. Wednesday at the Fort Sam Houston post chapel, San Antonio. The post chaplain, the Rev. Burgess P. Riddle, will officiate. Burial will be in the Fort Sam Houston Cemetery.

Gay died July 6, 1944 of battle wounds received in the invasion of Saipan. A machine-gun squad leader, he had taken part in previous landings on Tarawa, where his division earned a unit citation. He had been overseas thirteen months of his eighteen months in service. His initial Marine training was received at Corpus Christi.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Gay, 3815 Colonial, Gay was born in Gilmer, Upshur County, and had lived in Dallas since he was two years old.

At Highland Park High School during the 1937 football season he scored more than 100 points and duplicated the feat in 1938. He was a key man in one of the best backfields in the Highlanders' history, which included Dick Dwelle, Hugh Munnell, and Virgil Harris.

After high school graduation in 1939, Gay attended Southern Methodist University and played freshman football until he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Surviving are his parents and a grandmother, Mrs. B. F. Green, all of Dallas.

Dallas News
05-30-1948

Gravesite Details Cpl, US Marine Corps, World War II

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  • Maintained by: Carol Moore
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 688956
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David M Gay (5 Jul 1920–6 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 688956, citing Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Carol Moore (contributor 46944791) .