Grayston L. Lynch

June 14, 1923 ~ August 9, 2008 (age 85)


LYNCH, Ret. US Army Special Forces CPT Grayston L., died August 9, 2008, of natural causes. Grayston "Gray" was born June 14, 1923 (Flag Day and the Army's birthday) in Gilmer, TX, to Henry T. and Jennie C. Lynch. He resided in Tampa, FL. Gray was career military, serving 21 years in the Army beginning with his first assignment in 1938 to the 5th (Horse) Cavalry, to his retirement in 1960 from the US. Army 77th Special Forces Group. Gray served in World War II. He landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day and was seriously wounded in The Battle of the Bulge. In the Korean War, he was wounded at the battle of Bloody Ridge. He also served as Captain in the 77th Special Forces Group in Laos. His military service awards include Three Purple Hearts, Two Silver Stars and a Bronze Star with V for Valor. Upon retirement from the Army he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, where his first assignment was as case officer to the 2506 Assault Brigade and their command ship Blagar during the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Gray was the first man on the beach at Playa Giron and the last men off. For his heroism in the face of existing danger, not withstanding inherent hazards in the operation, and for his volunteer efforts to bring safety to others whose lives were at stake, the Central Intelligence Agency awarded Gray the Intelligence Star.  In 1998, he authored Decision for Disaster; Betrayal at the Bay of Pigs deemed the definitive work on the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Gray is survived by his wife of 18 years, Karen, stepdaughter Elizabeth Ann Haynes, Step-Granddaughter Amy Elizabeth Haynes, both of Houston, TX. A Military Memorial Service will be held at MacDill AFB Chapel 1:00 PM Saturday, August 30, 2008. Permission to access the Base is imperative, please email your request to to attend the memorial service. Please enter MacDill AFB at the Dale Mabry gate.
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