Kenneth  R.  Gregory  
  Rank, Service
Staff Sergeant E-6,  U.S. Army
  Veteran of:
U.S. Army 1964-1971
Cold War 1964-1971
Vietnam War 1966-1967, 1967-1969 (POW, Escapee)

Kenneth Gregory was born on May 1, 1946, in Altus, Oklahoma. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on May 18, 1964, and completed basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, in July 1964. Pvt Gregory then attended truck driver training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, from August to September 1964, followed by service as a light vehicle driver with Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Carson, Colorado, from September 1964 to February 1965. His next assignment was as a heavy vehicle driver with the 89th Transportation Company in West Germany from March to December 1965, and then as a heavy vehicle driver with Company C and then Headquarters Company of the 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, in South Vietnam from January 1966 to January 1967. Sgt Gregory served with the 576th and then 615th Engineer Companies at Fort Carson from March to September 1967, followed by service as a heavy vehicle driver, senior heavy vehicle driver, and then squad leader with the 87th, 261st, and then 352nd Transportation Companies in South Vietnam from November 1967 until he was captured and taken as a Prisoner of War on August 25, 1968. After spending 271 days in captivity, Sgt Gregory escaped from his captors on May 22, 1969, and was picked up by a helicopter on May 26, 1969. He was briefly hospitalized to recover from his injuries at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and then served as a platoon sergeant with the 500th Transportation Company at Fort Knox, Kentucky, from August 1969 to March 1970. His final assignment was with the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Carson from March 1970 until his honorable discharge from the Army on April 16, 1971. Kenneth Gregory died on May 5, 2013.

The Soldier's Creed:

I am an American Soldier.

I am a warrior and a member of a team.

I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.

I will always place the mission first.

I will never accept defeat.

I will never quit.

I will never leave a fallen comrade.

I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.

I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.

I am an expert and I am a professional.

I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.

I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.

I am an American Soldier.




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