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Security Policeman Robert Scott Gray

United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, January 6, 1978

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Reflections for Security Policeman Robert Scott Gray

RIP sir.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

October 2, 2020

Bob was assigned to CAB a couple years before me - he was a legend and inspiration to all of us K-9 handlers. I cant count the hundreds of intruders we caught on base and with each we memorialized Bob.

The 1980s were a different time back then..... It was post Vietnam Red-Patch sentry-dog days, but we still didn't take criminals to the LED instead they were handcuffed to the kennels fence for some street justice. "Talk Shit Get Bit" was the moto and a lot of Filipino criminals walked with a limp after encountering a K-9 team while trespassing in the wash-outs.

K-9 Steve Faust while off-duty was assassinated outside Clark Gate when I was assigned to the 3rd SPG; I remember my roommate George and I going to the morgue to identify Steve's body (2 civilian German Shepard dogs and their retired USAF owner were also killed).

And on Wednesday 15 April 1987 at 2205 hours, I was knifed in the chest and hand by an intruder while TDY for a Protective Service Operation at Camp John Hay, Baguio Philippines - he almost killed me. I am thankful my police dog found and literally ate the intruder - the local police took care of the rest!

Rest in peace Bob and Steve. Our scars remind us of your service everyday!

David DuBay, A1C ([email protected])
K-9 @ 3rd Security Police Group Clark Air Base Philippines 1986-1988

April 15, 2020

I did not know Bob but, I was a friend of a good friend of his MSgt Bonnie Thornton. I've lost touch with Bonnie - so anyone who can put me on Facebook or email with her - I would appreciate that. My name is Donald A. Williams, Sr. MSgt USAF retired. K9 Instructor at Lackland for 14.5 years. Just wish to reconnect with Bonnie for old time sake.

Donald A Williams Sr. MSGT
Friend from Lackland AFB

January 7, 2020

I did not know Bob but I was a A1C SP with the 3rd Law Enforcement Squadron that responded to his murder. I helped get him on the jeep to the ambulance and escorted the ambulance to the hospital. I then assisted in the search for his murderers. I write today because I just arrived home from Police Week in Washington DC. I visited the memorial wall for the first time and immediately looked up Bobs name on the wall. You will not be forgotten Bob. Rick Gepperts son is going to to bring Rick to visit you in Troy and your memorial. When I am in the area I will to. May you rest in peace defender

Lt Saul Roth
Nassau County PD

May 16, 2019

I never knew Bob, but I was a Senior Airman (the same rank as Bob) with the 416th Security Police Squadron at Griffiss AFB, NY when the 416th sent an honor guard to his funeral. I was on the funeral detail.
Now almost any mention of Clark AB makes me remember the snowy January day when our detail went to Troy to pay our respects to our fallen brother and his family.
RIP, Bob.

SSgt. Doug Clark
USAF Security Police Veteran

May 4, 2019

As I write this it is the Saturday before Veteran's Day 2018. I never knew Bob but feel a closeness to him every Sunday. You see I am a 42 year veteran with the Troy Police Department and also an ordained Deacon at St. John's in Troy N.Y.. My name is the Reverend Officer Paul M. Carney. Every Sunday when I vest for services at St. John's I look at the memorial in the Sacristy dedicated to him and think of Bob. I have been serving at St. John's for ten years now and each year I always make a point to mention Bob during the Prayers for the People. Many blessings to you and your family members. Your Brother in arms.

Rev. Off. Paul M. Carney

Reverend Officer Paul M. Carney
City of Troy Police Dept. St. John's Episcopal Church Troy, N.Y.

November 11, 2018

40 years ago, Saturday, 1/6/18. I have missed you every day since. Will see you soon.

Ken Gray Bob's older brother 1/8/18

January 8, 2018

I also worked that night I think about it a lot, Bob was such a nice guy,he helped me pick my dog out when I got to Clark.

Sgt Brenton Hamilton 3rd SPG/K9 Clark
fellow dog handler(WOLF)

December 23, 2017

I also worked that night I think about it a lot, Bob was such a nice guy,he helped me pick my dog out when I got to Clark.

Sgt Brenton Hamilton 3rd SPG/K9 Clark
B flight

December 23, 2017

I was there that night. A very sad night for us all. Bob was a friend. Rest In Peace my brother.

A1C Peter Jackson
USAF 3rd SPG K9

May 30, 2017

During my time there 1981-1983 Robert Grey was concidered a legend. If it brings a little peace to his family today, they should know he was respected, honored, and never forgotten by the k9 handlers who came after him.

A1C
Fellow K9 handler at Clark 1981-1983

September 17, 2015

Remembered each and every year.. RIP

Robert Cervone
3rd secuyrity Police Group

May 25, 2015

Dale and Mark and all of you who still remember and still mourn Bob's loss, we remember you all and keep you in our prayers.

Ken Gray
Bob's older brother

June 10, 2014

Robert,
On today, the 36th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol

January 6, 2014

I was working that night on a PPP post and it was one of the most traumatic and sad nights of my life. I listened to everything on the two-way radio, even Bonnie at the desk. I am sorry about the craziness of the trial but not surprised - there was no way for justice. I often dream and relive that fateful long, long night that your life was taken and the chaos and panic in trying to chase down and capture the intruders. Your life was taken from you but many of us still remember it all very vividly. May God Bless your family and to all of us who served with you and were on duty that night in January 1978 - I salute you.

MSgt (Ret) Horne
3rd Law Enforcement Squadron

October 26, 2013

That was a sad night. We were the same age and I was working a dog in the same area. Bob would drive a jeep around to post and check on us. Because he had a bomb dog he did not have a post. Every body knew him and liked him.

Francis Michael Hess Senior Airman
3rd LES Clark Air Base Republic of the Philippines

September 12, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

December 8, 2012

I was assigned to the 3rd LES from Oct 76 to Jan 7 78. Bobby was a friend and I all too sadly remember the night he died for Clark AFB and his country. I had already been relieved of duty as I had PCS orders to leave Clark on Jan 8, 78, 2 days after that terrible event. With all of my "gear" packed I somehow found a uniform,beret and boots and went to the armory whereupon I was issued a pistol, GAU and a hefty supply of "slap flares." I was taken to the scene where I saw my fallen friend. To this day and as I write this memorial I have trouble seeing the keyboard with the tears in my eyes. It's as fresh today as it was then. I hope my fellow Security Police comrades who knew Bobby read this and always keep the memory of that wonderful guy in there memory. I can still see his broad smile as we drank a San Miguel and shared our "war stories" at the barracks snack bar. Your always remembered Bobby.

Sgt. Anthony K. O'Neill
3rd Law Enforcement Squadron 76/78

November 13, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34h anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. How nice that your family is able to honor you on this site.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 6, 2012

Robert,
On today, the 31st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous

January 6, 2009

You have not been forgotten. Continue to watch over those still out on patrol.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

January 6, 2009

Hero's are never forgotten! Continue to rest in peace brother.

Paul Bodenhamer
Police Officer
Dept of Veterans Affairs Police

Former 36th SFS Andersen AFB Guam
Security Forces - United States Air Force

Police Officer - Paul Bodenhamer
Dept of Veterans Affairs

April 10, 2008

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones. I was at Clark from 69-71 and was never so glad to leave a place as I was there. Thank you for your dedicated service to your country, you will not be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

April 9, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 12, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

January 1, 2008

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