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NORMAN JULIAN GRAY
Lieutenant Colonel US Army Retired
April 18, 1929 - February 15, 2003




Norman Julian Gray died 15 February 2003 of cancer at his home in Rodanthe, NC. He was 73.

Born 18 Apr 1929 in Bay Shore, Long Island, NY to LCDR Julian Lewark Gray, USCG (Ret) of Salvo, NC and Bethany Midgett Gray of Rodanthe, NC. He was the grandson of CAPT John Allen Midgett, USCG (Ret) and Jazania Spencer Payne of Wanchese, NC. He graduated from Ft Pierce High School, enlisted in the US Army and was selected for the 82nd Airborne Pathfinders in 1947.

During his 33 years of service in the Armed Forces, he earned his Airborne and Glider wings from Ft Benning, GA in Dec 1947, his Ranger Tab in 1955, became Special Forces qualified in 1964 and Jumpmaster qualified in 1966. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division, the US Army Rangers and the Green Berets where he commanded the 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. His career included more than 1,312 parachute jumps, primarily from the C-119, C-130, C-141 and UH-1.

Consecutively, he began a civilian service career with Southern Bell in Ft. Pierce. He retired after 47 1/2 years from Bell South in 1994. He studied Electrical Engineering while attending the University of Miami. He was a charter member of Florida’s Special Forces Group Airborne Association. He served as the 82nd Airborne Division Association South Florida Chapter’s Chairman for 3 years and their Picnic Chairman for 10 years. He was also an active participant in community service through St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Miami Lakes, FL.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Marneen McDonough Gray of Rodanthe, NC; his brothers Allen Eugene Gray (Frances) of Richlands, VA and Cyrus Gerald Gray (Marie) of Norfolk, VA; his sisters Norma Gray Cahoon
(Jack W.) of Manteo, NC; Sheila Gray Eakins (Jack A.) of Brownsburg, IN; and Evelyn Haskell Gray of Ft. Pierce, FL; his daughter, Maj Laura Marneen Gray Foglesong, USAF and son-in-law, Maj David H. Foglesong, USAF of Alexandria, VA; his son, Norman Andrew Gray of Ft Worth, TX; four grandchildren, Kimberly Nicole Gray (Loyal), Lyssa Katelynn Gray, Harrison Andrew Gray and Robert Norman Gray Foglesong; and seven nieces, seven nephews, seven great-nieces and nine great-nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, 22 February at the St. Andrews by the Sea Episcopal Church, 4212 S. Virginia Dare Trail, P.O. Box 445, Nags Head, NC 27959-9188.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the building fund at St. Andrews by the Sea Episcopal Church or the Andrews AFB Fisher House, 1076 West Perimeter Road, Andrews AFB, MD 20762.



From: Bob Buffington <rbuff@earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2003 08:15:18 -0500
To: 82nd Airborne Div Assoc South Florida
Subject: Green Light

Norm Gray passed away this morning. Below is the email sent out by Marneen.

Our trooper has made his last jump.

Norman Julian Gray April 18, 1929 / February 15, 2003, died today at 0348.

He fought the good fight right to his last breath. Now he is a peace with The Father.

A memorial Service will be held at St Andrews By The Sea in Nags Head, North Carolina Saturday, February 22, 2003, in the afternoon.

As Always, Marneen/Bonnie

Saint Andrews By The Sea
4212 South Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head NC 27959-9284
1-252-441-5382

From the November/December 2000
South Florida TROOPER Newsletter

Our Sincere Thanks and Appreciation to Norman J Gray who has spent countless hours and several years compiling and publishing our Newsletter for us. Norm is leaving South Florida for the outer banks of North Carolina where he has plans to restore the family homestead at Cape Hatteras NC to its former glory. Norm plans to remain a member of our South Florida Chapter - you don’t escape that easily Norm - and we look forward to visits from time to time and certainly hope to continue receiving articles or other contributions to our Newsletter / WebSite, as he will be in closer proximity to Fort Bragg than any of us, and should be able to keep us posted on the latest from home.

Norm and his wife Marneen have been virtually indispensable in keeping the food cooking and the soda pop flowing at our regular picnic meetings. We’re going to need several volunteers to pick up the slack and help out where needed at future functions. Norm and Marneen for years opened their home to the Chapter for regular meetings, an act of hospitality which everyone has to agree was above and beyond the call of duty.

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From: Marneen M <NGray50827@aol.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2003 15:56:39 EST
To: BobWirt@82airborne.org
Subject: Re: Green Light for Norm Gray

Bob, Thanks! The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the building fund of St. Andrews by the Sea (address above and below) or:

Andrews Air Force Base Fisher House
care of Janet L. Grampp, Manager
1076 West Perimeter Road
Andrews AFB, Maryland 20762-5465
Phone: 1-301-981-1243

FAX: 1-301-981-7629
http://www.paxriverclinic.med.navy.mil/fh.htm

We couldn't have made it as long as we did without all the help that Ms. Grampp and Fisher House gave us. With the Mid East situation the way it is, many young military families will have need of shelter at Fisher House while their loved ones are being treated at the military hospitals there in the DC area.

A memorial service is being held for Norman at St. Andrews by the Sea Saturday, February 22 at 2 PM.

A block of rooms is reserved at:

Comfort Inn Oceanfront South,
8031 South Old Oregon Inlet Road
Nags Head NC 27959-9487
1-252-441-6315.

God Bless, Marneen M.


From: Bob Buffington <rbuff@earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2003 08:15:18 -0500
To: 82nd Airborne Div Assoc South Florida
Subject: Green Light

Norm Gray passed away this morning. Below is the email sent out by Marneen.

Our trooper has made his last jump.

Norman Julian Gray April 18, 1929 / February 15, 2003, died today at 0348.

He fought the good fight right to his last breath. Now he is a peace with The Father.

A memorial Service will be held at St Andrews By The Sea in Nags Head, North Carolina Saturday, February 22, 2003, in the afternoon.

As Always, Marneen/Bonnie

Saint Andrews By The Sea
4212 South Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head NC 27959-9284
1-252-441-5382

From the November/December 2000 South Florida TROOPER Newsletter

Our Sincere Thanks and Appreciation to Norman J Gray who has spent countless hours and several years compiling and publishing our Newsletter for us. Norm is leaving South Florida for the outer banks of North Carolina where he has plans to restore the family homestead at Cape Hatteras NC to its former glory. Norm plans to remain a member of our South Florida Chapter - you don’t escape that easily Norm - and we look forward to visits from time to time and certainly hope to continue receiving articles or other contributions to our Newsletter / WebSite, as he will be in closer proximity to Fort Bragg than any of us, and should be able to keep us posted on the latest from home.

Norm and his wife Marneen have been virtually indispensable in keeping the food cooking and the soda pop flowing at our regular picnic meetings. We’re going to need several volunteers to pick up the slack and help out where needed at future functions. Norm and Marneen for years opened their home to the Chapter for regular meetings, an act of hospitality which everyone has to agree was above and beyond the call of duty.


NORMAN JULIAN GRAY Lieutenant Colonel US Army Retired April 18, 1929 - February 15, 2003

The South Florida Chapter has lost a great friend and fellow trooper. Norman Julian Gray born April 18, 1929 passed away on February 15th 2003. You and I now have a pathfinder sitting next to God. Norm has the drop zone marked, the recognition signals set out, and is asking God to lower the wind speed so we will have a softer landing when our time comes. Marneen portrayed Norm, a few days before his death, as a pathfinder standing in the door waiting for his last jump. His ‘last’ flight lasted for several months and must have been one of the most frightening and bumpy flights ever. We can only hope and pray that when our time comes we too will be able to handle it with the strength of inner peace and spiritual blessings that Norm displayed his last few months.

He served three years as the Chairman of the South Florida Chapter, wrote and edited the Newsletter for several more years. He was also our picnic chairman for a total of ten years. Our regular picnics were always fun with a lot of good food and plenty of soft drinks under the stewardship of Norm and his lovely wife Marneen.

We started missing Norm right after he moved to North Carolina; we especially missed him at our monthly meetings. If you knew Norm you know what I mean. He was one to never keep his thoughts to himself.

I was privileged to serve with Norm and under his command. Norman Gray was one of the few leaders I had the honor of serving with who really cared about his men. He referred to us as ‘his boys’. He really felt that we were his boys and did everything within his power (and some things outside his power) to protect us.

Norman was an outstanding trooper and will be missed by everyone who had the honor of making his acquaintance. Norman we all feel better and safer knowing that you have our drop zone secure. Four members from our chapter attended Norm Gray’s services in Nags Head, NC a special thanks go out to Larry Marks, Gus Vass, Ed Meyers, and Don Moffett.

Chairman - Bob Buffington


From: "Foglesong, Laura, Maj., AFIAA/IAG"<Laura.Foglesong@pentagon.af.mil>
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2003 12:34:38 -0500
Subject: Thanks to the 82nd Airborne Division Association

To the 82nd Airborne Division Association

On behalf of the Gray and Foglesong families, thank you for the outstanding service from the 82 Airborne Division Association's South Florida Chapter. During the difficult times of these past few weeks since our father and husband's departure from this earth, the memories of the professionalism of the 82nd Airborne Division Association's representatives have comforted our heart. It humbled us to see those in uniform honoring our loved one.

Although we could have requested a local honor guard, it was more meaningful having soldiers our family knows from the 82nd Airborne Division be present. Dad would have been bursting with pride at those warriors. We know it was a long way to travel to attend and appreciate your service above and beyond the call of duty. Please relay our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Gus Vass and Don Moffett who volunteered to participate in the memorial service, as well as to those from Florida who attended the memorial service as representatives of America's finest.

We also appreciate the many wonderful things you have all shared on the legacy.com website. We look forward to sharing many of these memories with Norman Gray's grandchildren one day. There are many stories he did not tell his family that we would like to know and be able to pass along.

We are grateful for your service and thoughtfulness that have better enabled us to get through this difficult time . Thank you again for everything.

AIRBORNE ! All The Way ! - Marneen "Bonnie" Gray - Norman Andrew Gray - Laura and David Foglesong


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