Veterans' Memorial Project

Julius Elmer Gregory

Olney, IL

World War I

College: Commerce & Business Administration

Graduation Year: Attended 1915-1917

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank: Lieutenant

Date of Birth: 08/19/1896

Date of Death: 10/11/1918

Lt. Gregory left the University of Illinois to enlist in the First Officers’ Training Camp at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, where he remained for 2 months and was then transferred to the Aerial Service and ordered to Toronto, Canada, for instruction in aviation. Upon completion of the course he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and ordered to Fort Worth, Texas, where he remained as an instructor until December, 1917, and then sailed for France. There Lt. Gregory was assigned to the 22nd Aero Squadron and promoted to First Lieutenant. In July, 1918, he was transferred to the British Flying forces, becoming a member of the 217th Bombing Squadron. After several engagements, Lt. Gregory was attacked by several Boche combat planes and brought down in flames near Ypres. He was buried near Dadizeele, Belgium. He was a member of the Royal Flying Corps of Canada and Aero Club of America.

-submitted by Sam H. Swihart, nephew; and information taken from Web site above

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