Original U.S. 1960s Major General David Warren Gray HBT Shirt

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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is an HBT field shirt that is named to Major General David W. Gray who served in World War Two and the Korea War. This shirt is in excellent condition and feature his name tag, embroidered General stars, embroidered Combat Infantryman Badge, embroidered jump wings, 7th Infantry division patch and 25th infantry division patch. In fact, included with this jacket is a 8" x 10" of General Gray wearing this very shirt leaning over the hood of a Jeep reading a map! Size of shirt is approximately a US 38. Also included in a research binder and an additional 8" x 10" photo.

Major General David W. Gray was born in Evansville, Ind., March 1, 1911. He attended Purdue University for one year and then entered the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., in 1929. At this time he was no stranger to military life, having served in the National Guard, ROTC, and the Citizens Military Training Corps.

Graduating from the U.S. Military Academy as an infantry second lieutenant in 1933, General Gray was assigned company duty for thirty-six months. He then attended the Infantry School's Advanced Officers Course (1936-37) and the Tank School's Regular Course (1937-38) at Fort Benning, Ga.

General Gray was an instructor at the U.S. Military Academy at the outbreak of World War II. Subsequently he served as Assistant Gl, Army Ground Forces, Washington, D.C., and in 1944 completed both the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kans., and the Army and Navy Staff College, Norfolk, Va. At war's end, he was Assistant G-3, Sixth Army, in the Philippines and was in charge of amphibious planning for the invasion of Kyushu, Japan, which would have been the largest amphibious operation ever undertaken.

After the war, General Gray served as Director of Training, 24th In-fantry Division, in Japan. In May 1946 he was assigned to the 8th Army as Army Exchange Depot Commander.

Returning from Japan in 1947, General Gray spent the next five years teaching and attending school. From 1947 to 1951, he was associate pro-fessor of Graphics at the U.S. Military Academy, and, in 1952, graduated from the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa., and The Infantry School (basic airborne course), Fort Benning, Ga.

He next v]went to Korea, serving as Operations Officer, G3 Section, Eighth Army; Commander, 27th Infantry Regiment; and the Assistant Chief of Staff, G3, X Corps during the Korean Conflict. His Korean service awards include the Silver Star, second Oak Leaf Cluster to the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Following this field assignment, General Gray went to the Pentagon where he served in various positions including Chief, International Branch, Plans Division; Deputy Chief, Plans Division; Assistant Executive, Office of Assistant Chief of Staff; Chief Operations, Office of Assistant Chief of Staff; and Director, Operations Directorate, all at the Department of the Army.

In 1957 he went to Germany where he served as assistant commander of thellth Airborne Division until its inactivation in July 1958. Short-ly afterwards he became assistant commander of the 24th Infantry Division. During the Lebanon Crisis of 1958, General Gray was brigade com-mander (24th Airborne) of an Army task force which was dispatched to Beirut. For his action there he received a second Oak Leaf Cluster to his Legion of Merit.

When the 8th Infantry Division gained an airborne capability in February 1959, General Gray became its assistant division commander and, in July 1959, was made Chief of Staff, V Corps. General Gray returned from Germany and became Chief, Subsidiary Activities Division, J-5, Joint Chiefs of Staff in July 1960. In July 1961 he was reassigned as Army Member of the Joint Strategic Survey Council.

Departing the U.S. on August 28, 1963, General Gray went to Korea where he assumed command of the 7th Infantry Division.

General Gray became Deputy Chief of Staff for Unit Training and Readiness, Headquarters, United States Continental Army Command at Fort Monroe, Va., in October 1964. On April 1, 1966 General Gray became U.S. Continental Army Command's Chief of Staff.

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