Carlton Coe Gray

Army of the United States
20 May 1950 - 18 May 1970
Eugene, Oregon
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Army Aircrew

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Carlton Coe Gray

12 Feb 2004

Honoring our classmates.

South Eugene High School, Eugene, Oregon will have a Vietnam Memorial dedication Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 2 PM in remembrance of our classmates

* LtCol William R. Andrews, 433rd TFS (09/06/1974)
* LCpl William A. Beckwith, 3rd Bn, 4th Marines (07/04/1968)
* SGT James W. Cartwright, C Co, 3rd Bn, 12th Infantry (05/23/1967)
* Cpl Robert K. Collins, C Btry, 1st Bn, 12th Marines (12/08/1965)
* SP4 Arthur A. Erwin, A Co, 4th Bn, 503rd Infantry (07/10/1967)
* SGT Carlton C. Gray, C Co, 158th AHB (05/18/1970)
* PFC Carl F. Louvring, E Trp, 17th Cavalry (05/13/1967)
* LCpl Dennis E. Mickelson, A Co, 3rd Recon Bn (12/28/1968) (Silver Star)
* PFC William G. Muir, B Co, 3rd Bn, 8th Infantry (11/11/1967)
* PFC Kreg A. Viestenz, C Co, 1st Bn, 5th Cavalry (09/18/1968)

Additional information on these men is available in the Eugene, Oregon, Register-Guard article republished here.

For information pertaining to this event contact

9 May 2005

I went to South Eugene with Coe and I worked at Willamete with him when he was drafted. Coe was one of three people that I ever did anything with at school or at work. He was one of the nicest guys I ever knew. I can still get choked up when I think about him. I still miss him.

From a friend,
Charlie Arolla
Springfield, Oregon

03 Dec 2006

I went to South Eugene with Coe Gray. He played the trumpet and was one of the sweetest kids at the school. I still miss him.

From a friend,
Cynthia Johnson

26 Jan 2007

I knew Coe in grade school through the 5th grade, at which time I moved away from Eugene. We were classmates and neighborhood friends. He was the only boy at my birthday parties, always a good sport and happy to be there. I have never forgotten Coe, and never will.

Willa Johnson-Coe

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 18 May 1970 a UH-1H HUEY (hull number 68-16375) from Company C, 158th Aviation Battalion, 101st Abn Division, was lost during
"a re-supply mission in the Ripcord area and had made a radio transmission to an infantry unit after dropping supplies. They had a pay officer and his sergeant with them. Easterling, the crew-chief, jumped from the aircraft prior to impact and was found on an adjacent ridge several days later."
From "A History of Company C, 158th Avn Bn"
The "pay officer and his sergeant" actually were 1LT John Darling and SGT Harry Stone. In addition to 1LT Darling and SGT Stone, three men of C/158 Avn Bn died in the crash:
  • WO1 Nicholas Gabriel Saunders, aircraft commander
  • WO1 Robert Kenneth Cole, copilot
  • SGT Carlton Coe Gray, gunner

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a high school contemporary,
Bruce D. Dyer - Class Of "66"
Vietnam 69-70

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 14 Feb 2004
Last updated 07/03/2007