GRAY, DAVID FLETCHER

Name: David Fletcher Gray
Rank/Branch: O2/United States Air Force, pilot-systems operator
Unit: 497th TFS
Date of Birth: 26 June 1941 Findlay OH
Home City of Record: Ft. Walton Beach FL
Date of Loss: 23 January 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 211000 North  1053700 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Category:
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground:  F4C
Missions: NVN 2  Laos 2
Other Personnel in Incident: Barry Bridger, returnee

  
Official pre-capture photo

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1998


2018

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews.  2023

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Since his release, Lt. Col. Gray has attended the University of West
Florida, for an MBA w/computer science option. He was an "outstanding
graduate." The Air War College followed in 1985 where he was again
"outstanding graduate."

He was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star,
Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and 3 Meritorious Service Medals, as well as
the P.O.W. Medal.

David Gray retired from the United States Air Force in 1993 as a Lt.
Colonel.  David is a former Vice President of NAM-POWs Inc., and for the
last four years has been a board member of the National League of POW/MIA
Families. He keeps busy as a professional vender at Veteran's events, air
shows etc. David and Jean have two sons, Bo and Scott, and three
grandchildren - Chimere, Christopher, and Royal. They reside in
Florida.

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07/29/2013:

Ex-POW walked the walk: US pilot spent six years as North Vietnam ... Idaho State Journal
He also served on the board of the National League of POW/MIA Families for 20 years, stepping down this year. I've had a great life, he said. I've been very ...

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