Seelyville, IN- The Greatest Generation just lost another Patriot.
With family members present, Hubert (Dale) Gregory, formerly of New Carlisle, IN, died peacefully on June 14, 2017, the day before his 91st birthday.
During WWII, on his 17th birthday, Dale falsified his Mother’s signature and became a member of the United States Marine Corps. While serving in WWII, he was wounded in the Pacific Theater. Later, in Korea, Dale was wounded again. During the Vietnam War, he was a USMC Drill Instructor stateside.
After years of active duty in the USMC, Dale then continued full time active duty in the United States Air Force Reserves. Dale earned numinous military awards and citations including two Purple Hearts during his career. He retired as a USAF Senior Master Sergeant after 38 3/4 years of service to his country. His discipline and patriotism was learned while serving in the military and it never left him.
Dale was born June 15, 1926 in Mishawaka, IN. He was one of the seven sons raised by the late William and Irene (Snyder) Gregory. All seven sons attended New Carlisle High School.
Left to cherish Dale’s memory is his wife, Linda (Stephens) Gregory; step children, Tina Hanna and Eric Grandidier, both of Terra Haute; grandchildren, Jacob Hanna, Harmony Hanna, Nora Grandidier, and Mya Grandidier. Also his brothers: James Gregory of Eugene, OR; Lee (Jo) Gregory of Brazil, IN; Charles (Linda) Gregory of Ellijay, GA and Dean (Sheryl) Gregory of Puyallup, WA.
In addition to Dale’s parents, William and Irene (Snyder) Gregory, preceding him in death was his oldest brother Pat (Lucky) Gregory and his youngest brother William (Billy ) Gregory.
Dale is a past Exalted Ruler of the Elks, and member of Elks Lodge #2519, West Terre Haute Masonic Lodge #687 F&AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Terre Haute, Zorah Shrine, American Legion Post #104, Lifetime member of VFW Post #972, Lifetime member of Eagles Aerie #291 and the Outdoor Recreation Club.
Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home of Terre Haute, IN assisted the family with arrangements. Visitation was held June 17, 2017 with a Masonic Memorial Service.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date at the Outdoor Recreation Club.