Tuesda, June 5, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Members of the community helped officially rename an Augusta bridge after a former Fort Gordon commander during a ceremony Tuesday morning.
The bridge on Walton Way between 5th and 7th streets is now named the Lieutenant General Robert E. Gray Memorial Bridge.
Gray died in an accident at the intersection of the Millen Bypass and Georgia Highway 23 in November.
Gray enlisted in the Army as a private and worked his way though the ranks to become lieutenant general. After commanding Fort Gordon, the Augusta community had won his heart and he retired here in 1997.
He served as the U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army’s chief of staff, 35th Signal Brigade Command at Fort Bragg; deputy director for plans, programs and systems Office of the Secretary of the Army during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm; then Chief of Signal at the Signal Center at Fort Gordon.
The 70-year-old held numerous awards and decorations including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion or Merit, Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medial with three oak-leaf clusters. The Signal Regiment inducted him as a Distinguished Member in November 2000.