Sunday, March 10, 2013

2/94 FA Reunion, 2004 - Part 2 (Remarks by General Gray)

I have extracted the complete speech by Al Gray, USMC from the recording made by Darrell Gutsche at the 2004 Reunion and compressed it as a streaming YouTube video. We are fortunate that Darrell took it upon himself to act as the battalion videographer and saved the memories of that reunion in a video record. Part 1 included my introduction of General Gray. This is Part 2, after-dinner remarks by General Gray. Part 3 should be ready in another week and will summarize the evening with highlights from Gray's remarks and his signing of memorabilia later auctioned to raise funds for the battalion. General Gray is best known to the 2nd/94th as the 12th Marines S-3 who controlled artillery fire direction operations in the DMZ and also as the commander of the precarious combat base at Gio Linh where 2/94 firing batteries fought for about a month each with elements of the 12th Marines during the spring and summer of 1967 while enduring a daily barrage of incoming enemy rockets, mortars and artillery.

"A veteran is someone who, at some point in his/her life, wrote a blank check payable to 'The United States of America' for an amount 'up to and including my life.'" -- Unknown

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