Col. Gregory Inman Barras
Birth: Oct. 13, 1932
Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Death: Apr. 16, 1979
Vietnam Veteran and native of Jackson, Mississippi.
Col Gregory I. Barras was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Air Force, COL Barras served our country until December 12, 1968 in Khammouan Province, Laos. He was 46 years old and was married. It was reported that He was killed when his plane crashed. He was born in Jackson, Mississippi, on October 15, 1932. His body was recovered. Col Barras is on panel 36W, Line 41 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 13 years. His remains were brought back June 18, 1991; Identified November 18, 1998.
The remains of an American airmen previously unaccounted-for from the war in Southeast Asia have been identified and returned to the United States for burial. The remains are identified as Air Force Col. Gregory I. Barras, Jackson, Miss. Barras was flying his A-1H Skyraider on a night armed reconnaissance mission on Dec. 18, 1968, over Khammouan Province, Laos. The target of his flight of aircraft was a truck convoy. Barras radioed that he was beginning the attack on the target, but in the darkness, eyewitness pilots saw only a large flash near the target area followed by a series of explosions that formed a line 200-300 meters long. The other pilots were unable to establish radio contact with Barras, and heard no emergency beeper signals. In the light of flares dropped from other aircraft, searchers could see only wreckage of an aircraft, but no signs of a survivor. He was declared Missing in Action. In 1991, a joint team of specialists from the U.S. Joint Casualty Resolution Center and from Laos interviewed a local informant in a small village near the crash site. He recalled burying an American pilot nearby amid the widely scattered wreckage of an aircraft. The team excavated the site and found pilot-related items, personal effects and human remains. Col Barras was returned to a grateful nation and buried with military honors.
He was the husband of Mrs Mary L Barras and the Father of Richard J Barras.
Col Gregory Inman Barras served as a Colonel with 22nd Special Operations Squadron, 56th Special Operations Wing, 7TH AF, United States Air Force, Vietnam.
He was awarded; The Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, USAF Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation,Vietnam Service Medal with 3 bronze service stars, The Purple Heart for combat related wounds, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, USAF Longevity Medal with 1 silver oak leaf, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the USAF small arms Expert marksman Medal.
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
West Point, New York, USA
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Gregory Inman Barras
On 16 October 2010, Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville GA dedicated a memorial to Greg and six others who were associated with RMA (Greg was a 1950 graduate of RMA) who were KIA in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sabin J. Gianelloni III
VN Vet, USA, 1967-68
USMA Dept of Tactics, 1969-71
RMA, Class of 1955, The Citadel, Class of 1960
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Mary Lucia "Mary Lu" (Urban) Barras Walker
Mary Lu passed away at home after a brief illness on December 1st 2016. Mary Lu was born on August 30, 1934 in Berlin, New Hampshire to the Reverend Richard Gunsaules and Lucia (Mickewith) Urban.
The Urban family followed the calling of the Episcopal Church in Menands, New York; Lake City and Jacksonville, Florida where Mary Lu attended Central Grammar School and graduated from The Bartrum School, a girls preparatory school in 1952. Mary Lu received a full scholarship to Hood College in Frederick, Maryland where she graduated with honors receiving a BA in Mathematics in 1956.
The Urban Family continued to follow the call of the Episcopal Church moving to Laredo, Texas. After graduation from Hood College, Mary Lu received a teaching fellowship at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Mary Lu married Lt. Gregory I. Barras on March 2, 1957. They had two children a daughter Ryan Elisabeth Virginia Barras and a son Richard Joseph Urban Barras. Colonel Barras was lost in combat when his plane crashed on December 18, 1968.
Mary Lu and her two children moved to Gonzales, Texas where the Rev. Urban was the rector of an Episcopal Church. Mary Lu received a Master in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Mary Lu had a long lineage of Episcopal priests in her family, including her father The Reverend Richard Urban, her uncle, The Reverend Joseph Urban, her great Uncle, The Reverend Percival Urban, and her grandfather the Bishop of Maryland, The Rite Reverend Ralph Urban, Suffragan Bishop. Mary Lu entered The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest where she received her Master of Divinity in 1994.
Mary Lu accepted the call of Trinity Episcopal Church in 1996. She married Tom Walker on October 24, 1999. As her first and only Parrish she transformed Trinity from a Mission church to a Parrish Church in a short time, hosting the annual Diocesan convention and launching Lunch on Noble a very successful mission that feeds the hungry a hot lunch and cold sandwiches to go five days a week. Mary Lu retired in 2006 and enjoyed her retirement and traveling with her husband Tom.
Mary Lu was preceded in death by her husband Colonel Gregory I. Barras; her parents Richard and Lucia Urban; her youngest sister Jane Urban Burr. Mary Lu is survived by her husband, Tom Walker of the home; her daughter, Ryan Elisabeth Grigorievna Fleming and her husband Torvald Hessel, of Austin Texas; her son Richard Joseph Barras of Washington State; her sister, Catherine DeNatale and her husband Guido DeNatale of Roscoe, New York; two nieces Letty Kay Burr of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Juliana Bishop of Odessa, Texas.
Richard Gunsaules Urban (1907 - 2000)
Lucia C Mickewich Urban (1913 - 1986)
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Memorial Donations may be made to The Lunch on Noble Mission of Trinity Episcopal Church. An Episcopal committal service is planned for 10:30AM Sunday December 11 at Trinity Episcopal Church 310 E. Noble Guthrie, Oklahoma.