Wilbert L. Gray died on August 1, 1944 ranked a Sergeant. He is buried at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, formerly the cemetery of Saint Laurent. He was initially buried at La Cambe, but was transferred to Saint Laurent once the Americans established a more permanent location. Not much is known about Gray's civilian life before the war, and even information about his role in WWII is hard to come by. Despite these unknowns, it is undoubtable that Wilbert L. Gray is an American hero. His unit was involved in intense fighting in France, and it is undoubtable that Gray was involved in the important battles of Operation Cobra, dying just at its conclusion. Beyond this, it is clear that any American pledging to serve his country in the face of an axis of evil is already a hero, but those who gave the last full measure of devotion are elevated to legend. While Wilbert L. Gray may be a silent hero, his memory lives on in the freedom and liberty that has graced both his motherland and the lands of Europe, liberated at last from its horrific yoke of cruelty.
This image is Gray's unit's distinctive unit insignia. The 28th is one of the most decorated infantry divisions in the United States Army and has participated in battle from the American Civil War to the present day.
This image shows Allied troops fighting during Operation Cobra, the operation in which Gray perished.