Trooper Fred E. Gray of the 9th & 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association of the Buffalo Soldiers, will make a special presentation to complete the Black History month celebration at St. John Baptist Church this Sunday. The Feb. 24 program will begin at 11 a.m. at the church, located at 620 Martin Luther King Drive. Trooper Gray will introduce the history and tell of the legions of the “Buffalo Soldiers”. There will be three Buffalo Soldiers in attendance telling their stories and history. This will be a conclusin of St. John’s black History Month series.
Trooper Gray graduated from Emma H. Wallace High School in 1962 and entered the U.S. Army serving as a Sr. Clerk Typist then advanced to an Administrative Specialist and Supervisor. He served at several stateside installations, overseas in Germany and the Panama Canal Zone, and finally at Fort Sill where he was discharged in 1976. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree. He worked for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. for 30+ years and in 2009. He is a member of the 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association, the Lawton-Fort Sill Chapter. He serves on the National Executive Board of Directors and is the National Chaplain. He is the Immediate Past President of the Lawton-Fort Sill Chapter serving in that position for nine years.
Trooper Gray is a member of Grant Chapel A.M.E. Church and Rising Star Lodge #18, F & AM in Lawton. He enjoys spending time reading and sharing information about the glorious, but often forgotten, history of the “Buffalo Soldiers”.
Trooper Gray is a native of Orange, Texas. He is married to Trooper Anne O. Jones-Gray and the proud father of four children: twin sons, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonels Darrell M. Gray and Daniel M. Gray, two daughters, Darlene M. Gray of Lawton, Oklahoma and Rev. Laswanique M. Gray and six wonderful grandchildren.