Decorated World War II veteran Sgt. Marion Gray, 93, of Groveport, will be the grand marshal of the Groveport Fourth of July parade.
On June 25, Groveport Mayor Lance Westcamp presented Gray with a proclamation recognizing the veteran’s service to the country.
Gray, a combat medic, was the first Franklin County man wounded in the battle of D-Day on June 6, 1944.
"You’ve all read about D-Day," Gray said at Groveport City Council’s June 25 meeting. "But you had to be there to see it. Only two of us from our outfit of 285 are left today. Only 18 of us moved forward on D-Day. The rest were either killed or wounded."
He recalled holding his buddies in his arms and trying to keep them alive as medical supplies dwindled during the battle.
Gray was wounded on Omaha Beach and was told he could go home, but he returned to his unit and fought on at Saint-Lo, the Rhine, The Roer River and right up to V-E day on May 8, 1945.
For his service, Gray earned the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Bronze Star attachment (Quadruple) & Arrowhead, the World War II Victory Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, Combat Medical Badge (1st Award), Honorable Service Lapel Button (World War II) and the Knight of the Legion of Honor, which is the highest award given by France to those individuals who achieved remarkable deeds for France, a nation he helped liberate.