USAFE Fallen Airman
Killed in Action/Wounded in Action FlagFolded US Flag
Chief Master Sergeant Lawrence B. Gray

Chief Master Sergeant Lawrence B. Gray

aircrew_master badge
Stationed: RAF Mildenhall, UK
Unit Assigned: 7th Special Operations Squadron
Date Fell: Thursday, March 31st, 2005
Albania Plane Crash Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery

Albania Plane Crash Memorial with CMSgt Gray in the Arlington National Cemetery, VA

Purple Heart MedalMeritorious Service Medal

CMSgt Lawrence B. Gray, age 40, from Chester, South Carolina, was killed in a plane crash in Albania.

He was born on September 1st, 1964.

He was a flight engineer, and his position was the Standards & Evaluations Chief.

An MC-130H Combat Talon II, USAF 87-0127, c/n 5118, "Wrath 11", of the 7th Special Operations Squadron, 352d Special Operations Group, RAF Mildenhall, departed Tirana-Rinas Airport, Albania, for a night training mission to work on terrain-following and avoidance skills, airdrops and landing using night-vision goggles.

The aircraft was flying 300 feet above the mountainous terrain when it was approaching a ridge. The airplane was not able to clear the ridge and stalled as the crew attempted to climb away. The aircraft struck the ridge, destroying the aircraft and killing all nine crew members on board, including CMSgt Gray.

He is buried in the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.