Trooper: Former Fort Gordon commander ran stop sign

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 6:50 PM
Last updated 7:14 PM
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Lt. Gen. Robert E. Gray, 70, ran a stop sign near Millen, Ga., on Wednesday morning and was struck by a tractor trailer, said Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper Bruce Rowell.

Gray was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck, which occurred at 6:39 a.m.

A former Fort Gordon commander and chief of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Gray was traveling south on Georgia Highway 23 in a 2004 Ford Ranger. He collided with a tractor trailer driven by Henry Fortenberry, of Augusta, at the Georgia Highway 21 bypass, Rowell said.

Gray commanded the Army post from May to July 1990 and August 1991 to July 1994. He retired from the Army in 1997 with more than 31 years of service.

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 11/24/11 - 08:33 pm
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CONDOLENCES to the Gray

CONDOLENCES to the Gray family.

TK3
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TK3 11/24/11 - 10:44 pm
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Odd headline meant only to

Odd headline meant only to get attention I suppose.
R.I.P.

peace4784
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peace4784 11/25/11 - 07:36 am
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How did they know? Was there
Unpublished

How did they know? Was there credible witnesses or a camera? Or, should we just believe it because it's the official story?

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 11/25/11 - 08:24 am
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31 years of putting his life

31 years of putting his life on the line for us and he dies in a car accident in Millen. Just doesn't seem right.

Rest in Peace General.

Melcher65
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Melcher65 11/25/11 - 09:16 am
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TK3 - this is a follow up

TK3 - this is a follow up article from yesterday or the day before. I suppose if you had read the previous article this title would have made sense. I can see how it may be misleading.

Dr. Karen. LTC USA Ret
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Dr. Karen. LTC USA Ret 11/25/11 - 09:35 am
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This headline is atrocious

This headline is atrocious and is nothing more than something to get readers attention. I have known this great leader, person, and history making man, LTG Gray for 25+ years professionally and personally. I have commanded under him twice, have ate at his table, stayed with his family many times, done things with his children, affectionately call his wife my “aunt” , rode with him in his vehicle and on and on. If I am correct, since this accident involved a semi tractor, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, here in DC, will be involved. So this newspaper, the televisions station WRDW and the Sheriff need to stop their “headline catchers” and let the research/investigation/analysis into THIS accident happen. Suggest they stop tainting the community on what ifs. General Gray did a lot economically for Augusta/Fort Gordon community, and he deserves better. We who are still on this earth, and have been under General Gray’s tutelage, or in his network for many years as colleagues, soldiers, mentees, and so forth are expected to do nothing less, than protect his family from such careless and insensitive information dissemination.

Dr. (LTC) Dixon-Brugh, USA Retired, former Fort Bragg Company Commander, Former Fort Gordon Company Commander
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seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/25/11 - 09:56 am
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I think most wonder how can

I think most wonder how can this happen in a small town like Millen....the first article didn't say......some times small towns have tricky byways. Rest in peace.

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fftaz71 11/25/11 - 10:53 am
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Dr. Karen...I dont believe

Dr. Karen...I dont believe there was any malice intended in the headline. It is a follow up to an earlier story where he was identified as a former Commander here at Ft. Gordon. There really arent any what ifs in this story...there are witnesses, and accident investigators are fairly accurately able to say what happened these days, especially with "black boxes" that record vehicle crash data. It would show whether the brakes were applied, the speed at the time of crash and other pertinents that would tell what happened. Its a tragic accident, and sad all around regardless of what happened. A person died, another one has to live with knowing he was "the other driver" in that accident.

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