Died September 10, 2007
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Died September 10, 2007 of injuries sustained in a non-combat-related vehicle rollover along with six fellow soldiers. The cargo truck they were riding in overturned and fell 30 feet into a ravine while transporting Iraqi prisoners in Baghdad, Iraq. Also killed were SSG Gregory Rivera-Santiago, SGT Michael Hardegree, SGT Omar L. Mora, SGT Nicholas J. Patterson, SPC Ari D. Brown-Weeks and SPC Steven R. Elrod.
Yance grew up on a ranch in Ismay, Montana, and could ride, rope and brand at a very young age. He was so eager to join the Amy that, while still in high school, he had his parents sign a waiver to allow him to join the service. Gray’s friends and relatives said he felt so strongly about the Army that he re-enlisted despite the war. He loved being in uniform and was well liked in the community.
Yance had his own views about the conflict in Iraq as written in the controversial article he along with six other soldiers wrote that was published in the New York Times in August 2007, but he never allowed his views to prevent him from doing the job that he was asked to perform by our country.
SSG Yance Tell Gray was 26 years old from Ismay, Montana
Original portrait was presented on May 15, 2009 to Yance’s parents during a special event for Gold Star families sponsored by America Supports You – Texas, held in Amarillo, Texas.