ROBERT L GRAY
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HONORED ON PANEL 30E, LINE 97 OF THE WALL

ROBERT LYNDON GRAY

WALL NAME

ROBERT L GRAY

PANEL / LINE

30E/97

DATE OF BIRTH

08/25/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PROV UNKNOWN, MR IV

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/27/1967

HOME OF RECORD

MARENGO

COUNTY OF RECORD

McHenry County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

ETN3

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LEFT FOR ROBERT LYNDON GRAY
POSTED ON 9.1.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. We should be forever thankful for the sacrifices of you and so many others to ensure the freedoms we so often take for granted.
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POSTED ON 8.16.2022
POSTED BY: ANON

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Never forgotten.

Semper Fortis
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POSTED ON 1.25.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear ETN3 Robert Gray,
Thank you for your service as an Electronic Technician 3rd Class. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 11.1.2014

The Attack on YRBM 16

Yard Repair Berthing and Messing (YRBM’s) were large unpropelled barges used by the "Brown Water Navy" of the U.S. during the Vietnam War. They were bases for specialized river boats and contained limited shop facilities to permit ship's force repair work. They were fitted with a storeroom and workshops and all there utilities were supplied from the pier. They also had a reinforced bow for ocean towing. Tan Chau near Cambodia on the Mekong River was the first location in-country for YRBM 16. In 1967 YRBM 16 was moved to Can Tho on the Bassac River. There it supported the building of the Binh Thuy PBR Base. After that, it was moved to Ben Tre on the Ham Luong River. It was moored in the middle of the Ham Luong River. The bombing took place there at 1:12 AM the morning after Thanksgiving Day 1967. The explosion occurred at the bulkhead between the engine room and RD 522s berthing space. The double hull in the area was a diesel fuel tank. The explosion ripped a hole big enough to drive a truck through. The explosion also blew out the double hull fuel tank, topped off with 3000 gallons of diesel the day before from a costal AO. Fuel was thrown all over the decks and erupted in flames. Smoke filled the ships passage ways and flames reportedly leaped over 100 feet in the air. Fire, extreme heat and smoke hindered rescue efforts and forced the abandonment of the ship. The crew escaped on Mike boats, returning with the fire hoses of PBRs of Squadron 522 to begin firefighting efforts. The losses included ETN3 Robert L. Gray, EN2 Wilson N. Flowers (both flown to hospitals in Japan), and PBR crewmen SN George R. Ycoco, BM1 Joseph J. Simon, GMG3 Lonnie B. Evans, SN Dale E. Egbert, and GMG3 Ronald E Crose. In addition to 7 deaths, 14 crewmen were injured. [Narrative and image from brownwater-navy.com]
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POSTED ON 11.2.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear ETN3 Robert Lyndon Gray, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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