Monroe Gray Collection

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Monroe Gray was born on August 12, 1920 and grew up in Ballinger, TX. At the time Gray enlisted in the army, he was working at Coke R. Stevenson’s ranch in Junction, TX, clearing the ranch of cedar brush. With seven brothers and one sister, he felt the need to enlist to take some pressure off of his family. At the age of 17, he headed to San Antonio to enlist but was too young to do so. The recruiter he spoke with indirectly said that some underage recruits were known to leave the recruitment center, take a round around the block, and then return to say they were 18. This is what Monroe Gray did. He went through boot camp in San Antonio and became a sergeant machine gunner with the 42nd Infantry (Rainbow) Division and was sent to the European theater of World War II, during which he earned a Bronze Star.

This collection has a variety of documents, including postcards, a photograph of the 42nd Infantry Division, booklets about the WWII service of the 42nd Infantry Division, and documents specifically related to Monroe Gray’s service.