AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A portrait of a soldier who was critically injured in 2004 in Mosul, Iraq, is now hanging in his honor at Camp Chamberlain alongside nine other fallen Maine Army National Guard soldiers who've lost their lives since 9/11.
The bombing left shrapnel in the arm, chest and brain of Staff Sgt. Harold Gray. He survived for years before succumbing in February 2020.
His family, friends and fellow soldiers were on hand for the unveiling of the portrait last week. Dog tags with Gray’s name will also be hung on memorials at both Camp Chamberlain and in the Hall of Flags at the Maine State House.
"I challenge all our soldiers, past and present, to never forget the sacrifice made by Staff Sgt. Gray, and all the honorable men and women pictured alongside him. They embody the selfless service we are all striving to achieve," said aid Brig. Gen. Dean Preston.
Preston was Gray’s company commander during his deployment with the Maine Army National Guard’s 133rd Engineer Battalion.