Courtesy of the Richmond Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center:
Troy Gregory was born on 13 March 1969. He attended and graduated from Henrico High School where he enjoyed such sports as basketball and bodybuilding. After High School he used his full scholarship to attend Virginia Union University.
He joined the Marine Corps in 1986, being recruited in Richmond for Battery H, 3/14. He graduated Boot Camp in June 1988. For the next year he drilled with Battery H as a Fire Direction Controlman, while attending college at Virginia Union University. His proficiency and conduct marks were outstanding and by all accounts he was an excellent Marine. LCpl Gregory was selected for the Platoon Leaders Course program and intended on becoming an officer upon his graduation. In the summer of 1990, he successfully completed PLC Junior Course at Quantico, and was schedule to go to the final six-week course in the summer of 1991.
In December 1990, Troy Gregory answered his country’s call and deployed to Saudi Arabia with Battery H, 3/14 which was mobilized and then attached to 1st Battalion, 11th Marines. Gregory served with the Headquarters Battery during 1st Marine Division’s assault in Kuwait. On the night of 25 February, the Battalion CP occupied a new position in support of Task Force Papa Bear. A security patrol, which included Lance Corporal Gregory, was organized to investigate an enemy bunker adjacent to the new CP position. While conducting this patrol, Gregory stepped on an Iraqi land mine and was critically wounded. Despite quick evacuation to a Naval Hospital, he died the following day of his wounded. LCpl Gregory received the Purple Heart and the Combat Action Ribbon for his services during Desert Storm.
He is survived by his Mother, Grandmother, and his Daughter who was born six months after his death. LCpl Gregory is buried at Arlington Cemetery. (Section 60, Grave 7723).
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