WASHINGTON, DC (WCSC) - United States Air Force servicemen and women began marching Sunday to honor the life of a Charleston Southern University graduate who died last year after a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan.
Today, the "DG" 140, honoring Major Walter David Gray, kicked off at Dover Air Force Base. The 140-mile memorial "ruck march" will go on for the next five days, as Gray's Air Force brethren hoof it all the way to Arlington National Cemetery to pay their respects.
Marchers made it to the Maryland state line by Sunday afternoon. They'll continue towards Washington, DC on Monday.
Gray, 38, died last August from injuries sustained from an attack in the Kunar province. He was an Air Liaison officer and flight commander attached to Fort Carson through the 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.
He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Gray earned a Bachelor of Technology degree from Charleston Southern in 2001. He was a member of Air Force ROTC Detachment 772 at the college.
He is survived by his wife, Heather, a 2002 graduate of Charleston Southern University, and three children.