Gordon Gray

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Gordon Gray

Gordon Gray

The Honorable Gordon Gray was appointed Captain, Infantry, Officers Reserve Corps, Inactive Reserve, 18 October 1945; accepted 20 October 1949, and was honorably discharged therefrom 8 January 1954. | Mr. Gray received his A.B. degree from University of North Carolina in 1930 and L.L.B., Yale Law School in 1933. He was admitted to New York bar in 1934 and was associated with the law firm of Carter, Ledyard and Milburn from 1933 to 1935 and with Menly, Hendren and Womble, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, from 1935 to 1937, having been admitted to North Carolina bar in 1936; president of Piedmont Publishing Company (which also operated radio station WSJS) and publisher of Winston-Salem Journal and Twin City Sentinel, from 1937 to 1947; elected to North Carolina State Senate in 1939 and again in 1941, resigning in May 1942 to volunteer for Army service; again elected to North Carolina Senate in 1946; nominated by President Truman as the Assistant Secretary of the Army and sworn into office 24 September 1947; became Acting Secretary of the Army 27 April 1949, upon resignation of the Secretary of the Army; appointed Under Secretary of the Army and sworn in 25 May 1949; took office as Secretary of the Army 20 June 1949 and served to April 1950; Special Assistant to the President of the United States from April to November 1950; became president of University of North Carolina in February 1950; Director, Psychological Strategy Board, July to December 1951; Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, 1955 to 1957; Director, Office of Defense Mobilization, 1957 to 1958; Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, 1958 to 1961; member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, 1961; Chairman of the Board and President of Piedmont Publishing Company, 1961; and Director of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.  He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, University of North Carolina, 6 June 1949. | He was authorized the American Campaign Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/2 Bronze Service Stars for the Ardennes-Alsace and Rhineland Campaigns; World War II Victory Medal; Sharpshooter Badge with Carbine Bar.

Additional Information

  • Rank

    Honorable

  • Graduated From

    Fort Benning, Georgia

  • Year Inducted

    1965

  • Branch Of Service

    Infantry

  • HF ID #

    HF_00215

  • DM ID#

    DM_00009