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Dylan Gray, USMC

2018 Recipient

  • Dylan grew up in Genola, Utah and currently lives in Smith Valley, NV

  • Dylan joined the US Marine Corps in February 2003. He was attached to 3rd Battalion 4th Marines in Twentynine Palms, CA and deployed to Iraq three times.

  • With one month left on his third tour to Iraq, Dylan was out with his sniper team on a two day reconnaissance mission. On February 16, 2007 his team was returning to their base when the HMMWV (Humvee) that he was driving was hit with an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). Out of the five Marines in the vehicle Dylan was the only one that received physical injuries.

  • The IED resulted in the amputation of both of Dylan’s legs below the knees.

  • After spending 6 weeks at the Bethesda Maryland Naval Hospital where Dylan underwent numerous surgeries to repair what was left of his legs he was released from the hospital and transferred to the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, TX to begin the rehabilitation process. By May 1st, 2007 Dylan received his first set of prosthetic legs.

  • Since his medical retirement as a Sergeant from the Marine Corps, Dylan has continued setting and attaining personal goals for himself such as riding motorcycles and snowboarding.

  • Dylan lives with his wife Vanilla, son Conner and two daughters Alexis and Dakota.

  • Dylan's motorcycle was unveiled at the 30th annual Run for the Wall kick off in Ontario, CA on May 15, 2018.

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