Daddy’s Purple Heart

July 30, 1964

The 11-year-old daughter of the first Shelby Countian killed in the Vietnam War received her father’s Purple Heart in ceremonies at Court Square.

Sgt. Jesse Gray, 33, was killed in an ambush while on patrol. He was a decorated veteran who also served in Japan and Korea.

Memphis paid tribute yesterday to a soldier who died in a jungle battle 10,000 miles from his Shelby County home.