Col. Millard Glen Gray

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Col. Millard Glen Gray

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Alton, Illinois, United States
Death: January 08, 1972 (58)
Tripler Military Hospital, Honolulu, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States (Cancer)
Place of Burial: Section 8, Row H, Site 63, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Emmett Gray and Flora Winifred Gray
Husband of Patricia S Gray
Father of Millard Glen Gray, Jr.; Private; Patricia Sue "Patsy" Gray and Private
Brother of Alvin Neil Gray; Homer Merle Gray; Donald Keith Gray; Dane Wilfred Gray and Gordon Kent Gray

Occupation: Col. US Army-Infantry
Managed by: Carolyn Holmes
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About Col. Millard Glen Gray

Colonel U.S. Army-Infantry, World War II.

Millard Glen Gray was born at Alton, Illinois on December 1, 1913.

His mother's name was Flora Glen Gray (1894-1963), the daughter of Andrew James Glen (1850-1918) and Winifred Howard Glen (1865-1944).

According to a personal letter dated April 2, 1968, Col. Gray stated that he had 6 brothers & 1 sister (no mention of names) and that they lost their father when he was twelve. Since Glen was the eldest, he helped his mother raise his younger siblings.

He attended Grammar & High School in Alton, Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1939. From 1932 to 1940 he was in the US Army Reserves. His original Commission date was 1935. He went on active duty in 1940 and retired in 1966 as a Colonel of Infantry, U.S. Army.

It was on one of those periods of active duty in 1937, that he met Patricia Shideler at Jefferson Barracks Military Post at Lemay, MO who was later to become his wife and the mother of their children. (Pat's step-father was Regular Army and on duty there.). They married in April of 1942, while then, Capt. Gray was on duty at Fort Benning, GA.

Four months after his wedding, Capt. Gray went overseas where he served 4 years in most of the campaigns in New Guinea and the Philippines, as one of General MacArthur's original Jungle Rats, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star & Distinguished Service Cross for individual meritorious achievement during combat operations with additional Unit Commendations (with our scars to prove it); then finally, on to Japan where his wife, Pat & son, Glen Jr. joined him in 1946.

From there, they were on the "Army Trail". Fort Leavenworth, KS (1947-1951) where twins, Andrew & Patsy were born in 1948; Montgomery, AL for training then on to Paris, France where Beverly was born in 1953; Germany, Virginia, Des Moines, Iowa before his final Command at Schofield Barracks on Oahu & retired at Fort Shafter, Oahu, Hawaii in 1966.

Some things that I will never forget about Col. Gray is that he was larger in life than his stature would indicate; he passionately loved his family with every fiber of his being; he was loved by the men under his command & would have done anything for him; he was the go-to person in the neighborhood to help solve problems; passionate gardener, sneaky card player and devoted grandfather to his 1st grandson, Millard Glen Gray III; and a "surrogate dad" for this daughter-in-law, so far from her home on the mainland.

Col. Millard Glen Gray lost his toughest and final battle with cancer on January 8, 1972 at Tripler Army Hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii and was buried with full honors at Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery on Oahu, Hawaii.

Sources:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/74930411/millard-glen-gray

https://militaryhallofhonor.com/honoree-record.php?id=313350

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Col. Millard Glen Gray's Timeline

1913
December 1, 1913
Alton, Illinois, United States
1943
March 8, 1943
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
1948
1948
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
1972
January 8, 1972
Age 58
Tripler Military Hospital, Honolulu, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery, Section 8, Row H, Site 63, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States