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Niles Gray - Obituary
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Niles O. Gray, 67, of Coventry, Vt. passed away peacefully on Jan. 8, 2013 in White River Junction, Vt. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour in June 2012 and is now present with the Lord. He was born July 29, 1945 in West Stewartstown, N.H. a son of Earl and Margarett (Edwards) Gray.

On Feb. 10, 1990 he married Monique Boutin who survives him.

He enlisted in the United States Army where he received the "Purple Heart" serving his Country during the Vietnam war. Niles was an inventory clerk for Ethan Allen MFG for 35 years.

Niles enjoyed the small little farm and the few animals that were on it. He really liked his tractor. He was a family man who enjoyed his children and grandchildren. He was loved by everyone and always enjoyed the company of his family.

He is survived by his wife Monique Gray of Coventry, Vt., by his children: Paul Gray and his wife Kathy of Island Pond, Vt., Travis Gray of Hawaii, Steve Belley and his companion Danielle of Quebec, Gaetan Belley and his wife Trisha of Quebec, and Johanne Collins and her husband Cliff of Newport Center, Vt., by 10 grandchildren, and by his sisters: Gleigh Heath and her husband William of Island Pond, Vt., Anna Johnson of Orleans, Vt., Charlotte Gunn of Island Pond, Vt., Patricia Gray of St. Johnsbury, Vt., Ginny Wing and her husband Alan of Island Pond, Vt., by his sister-in-law Gunda Gray of Danville, and by dear family friend Diane Brindley and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter Wendy, by his brothers: Earl and Glenn Gray, and by his sister Marilyn Wade.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday Jan. 11, 2013 at Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg with Rev. Scott Libby officiating. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the VA Medical Center for the Hospice Suite, 215 Main St, White River Junction, Building 31 Ground Floor, 05009. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, locally family owned and operated.

"Award of the Army Commendation Medal"The following award is announced: US51546346 Private First Class E3 United States Army Company A 2d Battalion 18th Infranty; Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device August 1966: July 2, 1966: Gray-Niles


Republic of Vietnam

For Heroism: While conducting search and destroy operations in Loc Ninh Province near the Cambodian border, his unit was attacked by a numerically superior insurgent force armed with automatic weapons, small arms, grenades, rocket launchers and mortars. During this action, he displayed outstanding valor and exemplary courage while inflicting heavy casualties upon the Viet Cong. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he repeatedly exposed himself to intense hostile fire in order to place highly effective fire upon insurgent positions. During the entire engagement, the only concern of this outstanding soldier was for successful completion of his mission.The rapidity and aggressiveness with which he followed the orders of his superiors were in large measure responsible for his company's achievement. In respelling the repeated insurgent assaults, he gave material aid to the overwhelming success with which the 2d Battalion, 18th Infrantry accomplished its mission. Private First Class Gray's actions are keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infrantry Division, and the United States Army.By direction of Secretary of the Army, Under the provisions of AR 672-5-1.

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