Gregson Glenn Gourley
Gregson Glenn Gourley "Gentle Warrior" 1967 ~ 2006 MIDVALE - Greg was born in Murray, Utah on May 25, 1967 to Jerome and Judy Murray Gourley. He grew up in South Cottonwood and Sandy attending local schools and graduating from Hillcrest High School. He served an honorable LDS Mission in the Eastern Pennsylvania Mission. Upon returning, he attended Salt Lake Community College where he completed two associate degrees. He also became a licensed private investigator. While stationed in Louisiana he attended Northwestern State University and the University of Maryland while in Italy. Greg married his best friend and sweetheart, Collette Hansen on June 6, 1992 in the Salt Lake Temple. Their union has been blessed with four beautiful children, Austin (age 10), Brandon (age 5), Colton (age 3), and Alexa Layne, (age 3 months). Greg was a gentle and loving husband, a devoted father and a genuine patriot. Greg held numerous Church positions, including serving in the presidency of his Elder's Quorum in the Hopkinsville, KY Ward. Following a family tradition of military service, Greg joined the Utah Army National Guard and served proudly with the 1457th Engr Bn. during Operation Desert Storm. Having a strong desire to serve with the regular army, he transferred into the Special Forces and completed his airborne training and enlisted in the Infantry Branch of the United States Army. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. Greg and Collette were stationed at Fort Polk, LA, then spent three years in Italy and finally were stationed at Ft. Campbell, headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division. Greg and Collette recently closed on their first home and were so very thrilled. During the initial invasion of Iraq, SSG Gourley served 11 months. His second tour of combat duty in Iraq began on January 22nd. Greg and several of his comrades were killed in action on February 22, 2006, when a roadside bomb detonated and destroyed their vehicle. SSG Gourley was the recipient of numerous military awards and citations, including the Meritorious Medal, Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star. Greg is survived by his wife, Collette; their four children, (as listed above); his parents, Jerome and Judy Gourley; his sister, Keirsten (Frank) King, Mesa, AZ; and brother, MAJ. Eric J. (Lindsey) Gourley, Belton, TX; grandmother, Adena Nell Gourley, West Jordan; as well as loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. He was preceded in death by a niece, Kennedy King; and his maternal grandparents, Ralph and Helen Murray; and his paternal grandfather, George A. Gourley. In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been established at Wells Fargo Bank under the name of the "Gourley Memorial Fund." Contributions may be made at any Wells Fargo Location, or mailed to: Wells Fargo Bank, 995 East Ft. Union Blvd., Midvale, Utah 84047. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 3, 2006, at the Midvale Utah Union Fort Stake Center, 590 East 7200 South, Midvale, Utah. Friends will be received from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. before the service. Interment will be at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 17111 South Redwood Road, Riverton, Utah.
Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Feb. 28 to Mar. 2, 2006.
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You are not forgotten. Rest in piece Brother. Thank you for inspireing me to go back to church. See you in our Heavenly Home.
Daniel (Vince) Johansen
June 14, 2013
I am sorry to hear of the loss of this distinguished man SSG Gregson Courley. May he always be remembered.
March 29, 2013
February 22, 2012
To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Gregson G. Gourley:
Always remembering Gregson. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
February 23, 2012
We paused yesterday to remember Greg's passing. Please accept our gratitude for his sacrifice.
Kathy Withers
February 24, 2011
To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Gregson G. Gourley:
Please accept my remembrance of Gregson on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
February 22, 2011
you are not forgotten.
May 30, 2010
I knew Greg in Italy where we were both in the Army and went to church together. Greg, you are not forgotten!

Chuck
Charles Ames
February 22, 2010
To the family of Staff Sgt. Gregson G. Gourley:
Remembering Gregson on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
February 22, 2010
Hey SSG Gourley. I am sorry to hear the news. Its sucks when hear something and you want to make sure it is the truth. I serve with him D. Co 1/327th Inf Reg. I was in 1st Plt and he was in 4th Plt. He was awesome NCO, friend, mentor, and person to talk to. Your legacy will live D co. 1/327th Inf Reg. "MADDAWGS"

Dominic DeVilla
D co. 1/327th Inf Reg
2000-2003
Dominic DeVilla
November 8, 2009
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Kenna Larra
May 1, 2009
Hey Sgt Gourley!
I just wanted to say that I miss you, and I think about you everyday.
You are a good man.
God bless you and your family for your sacrifice. Coldsteel Cobras! Warpigs!
Kevin (KT) Torres
February 22, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Gregson G. Gourley:
Gregson gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
February 22, 2009
Hello,
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Cozette Haggerty
February 12, 2009
I served with SSG Gourley in 3rd platoon and in S-3. It's been over two years now. I liked SSG Gourley alot. He was a good leader. He stood up for the soldiers he was in charge of and earned everyones respect. I'll miss you.
mark johnson
August 8, 2008
On this Memorial Day you are remembered and respected. Thank you Staff Sgt Gourley!
May 26, 2008
I just wanted to stop by and sign the guest book. Thinking of the soldiers on this memorial day!!
John Grant
May 25, 2008
Judy,
So sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you. We use to talk about our boys when we worked together at WGOC. Know that my thoughts are still with you.
Donna Coyle
Donna Coyle
April 10, 2008
There is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer you and your family my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.

Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before.

I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON, a dear family friend who joined the Army with three other friends, one of whom is my son (Le Ron was killed in action on 07/06/07 at the age of 18) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across www.legacy.com, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO.

REST IN PEACE, HERO, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER
Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
August 17, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Staff Sgt Gourley and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
July 26, 2007
On a whim I "googled" Greg's name to see if I might be able to locate him and I was shocked and saddened to learn of his death. I went to Hillcrest High School for one semester during my senior year due to some very difficult personal circumstances and Greg was really my best "bud." I still have numerous notes he wrote me and several very special letters he sent me after I returned home to Montana. Though our friendship was short, I will always remember the genuine concern and care he had for me and the encouragement he offered me. He was always a missionary; as I was struggling with activity in the Church, he always encouraged me and set a good example. I especially remember his sense of humor (he was a real goof-ball!) and how much fun he was to hang out with...he was truly a special friend and I will always appreciate the friendship and encouragement he gave me at a very difficult time in my young life. Best wishes to his sweet little family...God Bless
Donelle (McCann) Kersey
June 19, 2007
It has been a year since I lost Greg Gourley, Ricky Jones, Marion, and Allan Morr. I was the Commander of Cold Steel that day that event happened. A lot has change in our lives, we have grown, moved, and tons of other things. Some days I cry myself to sleep thinking about those proud Soldiers, but I know thy served me proud. I am so sorry they all had to leave including Greg because he was a great man, and I respect him and Coulette dearly for their courage and sacrifice. I will never forget!
CPT Cedric L. Burden
Cold Steel 6
OIF 4 Sep 05- Sep 06
Cedric Burden
February 25, 2007
Dear Collette and children,

I've been thinking about you this week, possibly because of this first anniversary of Greg's passing. But I did want to wish Colton a HAPPY BIRTHDAY and I hope he had a wonderful day. You have four amazing children who have been a great strength to you, as well as you to them. We are so proud of Greg's service to his country, and we honor him for his willingness to pay the ultimate price for our freedoms. May you continue to be blessed with strength and courage and the ability to carry on with your many responsibilities. We love you and your little family.

Sincerely,

Brian and Kathy Withers
Kathy Withers
February 23, 2007
In Remembrance of Staff Sgt. Gregson G. Gourley, on the first anniversary of the day, he gave his life for our Country, with a Multitude of Thanks, for this Brave Soldier's Courage, Dedication and Service to our Country and for Freedom.

May Gregson Rest Safely in God's Loving Care and may the Peace of God continue to be with the Gourley family.
Those who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice, So Many and So Young, shall Never Be Forgotten, my brother among them. KIA-Vietnam 1967.

"I will lift up my eyes to the hills-
from whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth."
Psalm 121:1-2

I am sincerely hoping that you continue to feel the thoughts of Caring and Support that surround you each day, as this Country Remembers Someone Very Precious to you, who is a Hero to all of us.
I am So Deeply Sorry for your loss.
Garnet Jenkins
February 21, 2007
I am not sure what to say, I knew Gregson very well. We were in the same platoon in c 1-327. I knew him as a brother. For his family I say thank you and may God ease your pains for he is a much better place now. Gregson I will never forget. Love you brother.
david white
December 15, 2006
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS. I HAVE JUST LEARNED OF YOUR GREAT LOSS AND WISH TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES. PLEASE KNOW THAT YOUR HERO WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. HOLD TIGHT TO YOUR TREASURED MEMORIES THAT HIS SPECIAL SMILE MAY CONTINUE TO SHINE. I PRAY THAT PEACE WILL FIND YOU ALL. STAY STRONG AND GODSPEED. SEMPER FI
ROBYN GARSIDE
May 1, 2006
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2006


Virginia/Jose Olivo-Llera
April 17, 2006
I wanted you to know we wree thinking of you. We don't know your Greg, but we still felt for you, having him pass on ahead of you.
March 24, 2006
Psalm 23

1
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3
He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

This is a verse that I have found to be comforting to me during my husbands death. Remember that when it seems that no one else is round, God is still there with you! And he will be your rock! And that we now know our "Guardian Angel" personally!

My daughter,McKaLyne, and I send our heartfelt sympathy for your loss! God Bless this warrior, God Bless those whom serve freedom's cause! They are our true HERO's!!!!

If you need anything, please feel free to contact me!!!

Wife & Daughter of the Late
Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford
KIA May 23, 2005
Vangi & McKaLyne Lunsford
March 21, 2006
Greg was weapons sguad leader in 1st platoon c co. 1-327 and i was 2nd squad ldr. I was fairly close friends with him in the months following the fall of saddams army.He was a great nco and most of all one hell of a good guy he will be missed ...
JAMES WARD
March 19, 2006
We are sorry for your loss and thank you for your sacrifice. Rest in peace SSgt. Gourley.

Michael & Deborah Miles
Proud Marine Parents of
Sgt. Sean H. Miles
KIA 24 January 2006
Al Karmah, Iraq
Michael & Deborah Miles
March 13, 2006
To the Gourley Family,

Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss, may God bless you to feel his peace.
Bill & Shirley Coyne
March 13, 2006
Dear Gourley & Hansen Families,
We were saddened to read on-line of the death of a very courageous Utah soldier, Greg Gourley, but it wasn't til the next day that we found out from our daughter, that we knew Greg's in-laws, LaMont and Leslie in high school. We can't imagine how hard this must be for you, your daughter Collette and the Gourley family. Greg is truly an American Hero & we thank him for his selfless service. We know that you are all so very proud of him. May you be blessed with God's choicest blessings as you mourn the loss of His special son. Please accept our deepest sympathy and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

With Love,
Eldon & Janice Fortie
March 8, 2006
As an American, thank you Gregson for defending my country for me and giving your life. I don't know you but love you for it. I will pray for your family.
L. C.
March 7, 2006
We were deeply saddened to hear of your families loss. It seems like only yesterday that we were neighbors in Sandy. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May Heavenly Father comfort your family at this time and always.
RaNell & Merwin Coleman
March 6, 2006
Collette,
My heart aches for you and your family. I will always think of you and your beautiful family when I think of freedom and peace.
Janna (Conder) Richens
March 5, 2006
Dearest Gourley Family,
My husband had the blessed honor of being one of the bike riders to ride in the funeral prosession. I just want to tell you that your husband, father and son...has touched our hearts very deeply. We thank you for the sacrifice and the example that Gregson and you are to all of us. Know that many thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May Heavenly Father comfort you at this time and throughout your lives. May you be uplifed by him. May he carry you when the load is heavy...and walk beside you when it is light. May he bless your children...that they will know what an incredible hero and father that they have. Until you meet with him again...God Bless you all.
Kindest Regards...and all of our heart felt prayers,
R and D Tupai
D Tupai
March 4, 2006
I know that you have received many letters and condolances from people you do not know, And I am one of them. I had heard about your husbands untimely death though a friend of your's and your sister. I have known many people who have had friends and or family who have served and or died for their country. But I have never been prompted as I have today to write you and tell you just a few things. I had a father who served very proudly for his country during world war 2 and had many close calls with his life. Many time as I was growning up my father expressed his sorrow and felt guilty that his life was not taken during the war. He didn't realize the reason why untill soon before his death in July of 2000 that it was his mission to stay on this earth. Mrs. Gourley I know without a shadow of a doubt that your husbands mission was to serve his country. And he did with honor and with pride. And if anything you can rest easy in knowing that I am eternaly greatful for your husbands sacrafice, Ultimate sacrafice that he gave for his country. And from now on whenever I stand and place my hand over my heart and sing the national anthem I will remember the name Greg Gourley and his family. I am forever in debted to you and your husband and so is everyone in this country. For that everyone of us can sleep in peace at night.
R Blount
March 4, 2006
As Americans, we are so grateful to Greg for being strong enough and brave enough to leave his family behind to fight for something he believed in. We thank him for our freedom and way of life. He was a hero. May the Lord truly bless and keep all of you.
Sheree
March 4, 2006
Gregson,
The world is a better place because you lived. Thank you for your devotion to our great nation, and the sacrifice you made to make our lives a more peaceful place to live.
My thoughts and prayers are with you brother.
You will live forever as you walk with the Lord, and you will remain alive in the hearts and minds of all the multitudes you touched in life.
God Bless You
Airborne

Bill Hill
82d Airborne Division
WVC Utah
Bill Hill
March 4, 2006
My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the Gourley family. Gregson and you will be in my prayers. May God bless you all and give you strength through this most difficult time. Gregson is with the angels and will be watching over you.
God bless you all.
101st Mom
March 3, 2006
Thank you Gregson Gourley for defending the world's freedom. I served in the Pentagon and during Deseret Storm. I had many conversations with Gen. Colin Powell, and Gen. Norman Swartzkopf. I know what they would say and that is "Thank you!" Tears would be in their eyes and they would mean it. So would thousands of the nation's and the world's leaders. Trust me. I talked to them face-to-face for many years. You are remembered and honored. You are family to us.
Brice Jenson
March 3, 2006
To The Gourley Family,
I just arrived home after attending the beautiful services for Greg. I have not been so touched by so many kind words as those spoken about Greg. Jerome and Judy and the rest of the family, Dennis and I share in your sorrow. We want to thank you for the ultimate sacrifice of your son, husband, father, and brother in protecting our freedom. I can not imagine your sorrow but please know you are not alone. As we passed the flags and those honoring Greg on the way to the cemetery, I could tell others were touched by the sacrifice of Greg. We love you and want you to know you will continue to be in our prayers.
Dennis and Jo Ann Christensen
March 3, 2006
My deepest sympathys goes out to the Gourley family. You are all in my families prayers. I would also like to thank you for creating a man who is up for the challenge no matter what the obstacle, or sacrifice. It is because of men like Greg my child can grow up free. It is a priviledge to know Greg.
Ramsey Harris
March 3, 2006
Jerome
I am sorry to read in the paper of the loss of your son. I have lost contact with you and Judy, but, when I read that, I know I have to start keeping in touch with my special friends from the past. Of what I read, he must have been a great son and what he died for and the way he felt about his assignment and country is something you and Judy also felt. I will contact you and Judy when I get home from snowbirding in California around 15 Apr. God bless you both and his family concerning this loss.
J. Dan Davies
March 3, 2006
I wrote this poem for your family. I do not know any of you but wish you well in all you do. My prayers are with you all. Thank you for sacrificing this great man to all of us who live in a world where freedom truly exists.

Thank you for my freedom, you strived to give us all.
Thank you for your bravery, one by one you're saving us all.
Thank you for your stature, the way you stand so tall.
Walking with your head held high, and wondering when the next will fall.
Thank you for your sacrifice, for leaving your loved ones behind.
Thank you for our freedom, the gift that some may never find.
Thank you for your courage, for the fight you led until the end.
Thank you God for giving us a man named Gregson Gourley, a soldier, a father, a husband, a Godsend.
March 3, 2006
From soldier's family to another, you are in hearts. We do not know you personaly but you are in hearts.

For those that serve, for those you defend. Go in peace and bless the family.
CC
March 3, 2006
I am so sorry about the loss of your son,husband,father, brother. May the lord bless you at this time of need. These young men who die for our country go above and beyond any call of duty. I know that he will be blessed by the lord.
Carol Salzetti
March 3, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with Collette, Austin, Brandon, Colton, Alexa and the entire Gourley family. Greg was a fine, honorable man who lived his life for his faith and his family. My family and I feel priviledged to have known him. The Edwards Family: Michael, Janet & Matthew
Janet Edwards
March 3, 2006
May the Lord bless and comfort the Gourley family at this most difficult and sorrowful time. I'm fond of our childhood memories so many years ago. You are a wonderful family. Please know my thoughts have been with you all week. With Deepest Sypathy and thanks for the service to our country. With Love, Nanette Banks Amis
Nanette Banks Amis
March 3, 2006
We express our condolences and deep sympathy at the loss of your son. May the Lord bless you and mend your hearts and the hearts of your family. We are sorry we could not be with you today as you celebrate his noble life.
Tom & Suzanne Curtis
March 3, 2006
Dear Jerome, Judy and Family: My heart is truely saddened by Greg's death and sacrifice. I was his battalion commander during Desert Storm and knew him as a man of intregrity and honor. I have always respected you both for your dedication and sacrifice of service. May the Lord's peace and choices blessings sustain you in this time of sorrow and loss and may the knowledge you have of raising an honorable and noble son also bring you comfort. Remembering many happy times in the Guard together as well as shared sorrow when you comforted us in the loss of our son Greg.
David Goff
March 3, 2006
We are saddened by the loss of Greg but know as you have told us he loved serving his country and we are so grateful to have men like him to stand up for the right. We in the Tenth ward also share our love and condolenses with you. Our hope and prayers are with his children and loving wife and with you and his mother. Love always, Members of the Tenth Ward and the Gillmores
Earl and Karen Gillmore
March 3, 2006
I was Greg's Platoon Sergeant. I met him when I came to C CO back in feb 05. He was in another platoon, but I could tell he was a professional soldier. We deployed and last month I found out that Greg was in route. I jumped at the opportunity to find him a home with our platoon. Upon his arrival he integrated well with his men and the platoon. He was a dedicated family man and soldier. This unit is better trained because of men like Greg. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I will miss him and think of him evryday. God Bless.
Pete Chambers
March 2, 2006
With Deepest Sympathy and Love.
Blair & Lynda Packer
March 2, 2006
Gourley Family,

I really only know Jerome Gourley, but may the Lord bless each and everyone of you.

The Cory Packer Family
Cory Packer
March 2, 2006
We are so blessed as brothers and sisters to have "Sacred Warriors" here on earth. His battle will continue on now, in peace with our Savior-
March 2, 2006
I cried last night when i heard the news of his son receiving the letter from his dad telling him to keep his grades up and take care of his mom. Obvously family meant a lot to this man. Hold your loved ones close and tell them every day you love them. My condolences to the family - but I know from experience, you'll feel him around you in the days and years to come. He's watching over you now.
Dena Richardson
March 2, 2006
Judy and Jerome,
We have such wonderful memories that we have shared with you and your family for many years. I remember Greg as a little 4 year old at my door asking, “Is EE ear?” (translated: Is Eric here?) What a darling little boy that matured into a wonderful man. I have always remembered what Greg said at his missionary homecoming after serving his church for two years in Pennsylvania…
“ My name is Gregson Gourley. I was born in Salt Lake City, but I grew up in Pennsylvania.” He certainly did grow up and became a son, husband, father and hero that will always be remembered. Our hearts ache with yours over this tragic loss. We will never forget Greg or his sacrifice for our freedoms. We love you and your family and our prayers are with all of you.
Bethany Stewart
March 2, 2006
I AM TRULY SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. I AM SO VERY PROUD OF MY FREEDOM AND ITS MEN LIKE GREGSON THAT MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR MYSELF AND MY FAMILY TO LIVE IN THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY AND ENJOY OUR FREEDOM. MAY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY. GREGSON WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN HE WILL ON THROUGH HIS CHILDREN.
March 2, 2006
To the Gourley Family:
I am the company commander for Charlie company. Greg was a squad leader in my company. I have so many things to say about SSG Gourley, one of the most important things I remember about Greg was he loved his family, and was a extremely proud Dad. He had this hidden smile, like it hurt him to smile, but is was bright due to his gunuieness. Most Soldiers in the company would agree that he was a very professional Soldier, and one of the most professional NCO I have ever worked with in my 8 year term of service. The company is still trying to recover from missing our friends- these men were our brothers. We pray for the Gourley family, and our hearts are with you. God Bless!

CPT Cedric Burden
C/1-327 IN
CPT Cedric Burden
March 2, 2006
I have not had the opportunity to make acquaintence with any of the Gourley family; yet I feel great sorrow at the loss you have experienced.

May the Lord comfort all of you who knew and loved Gregson -- particularly his wife, his children and his parents. You should all be very proud of this Patriot's willingness to put his life on the line for freedom and human dignity. His service and sacrifice are a tremendous credit to his country, to his community, and especially to his family.

May God bless you all.
Duane Bishop
March 2, 2006
I am sorry that you have lost your husband, father, son and friend. There are no words that can take away the pain, but know that there are so many people that are thankful for hero's like Gregson, that are willing to fight for the freedom of millions. I do not know any of you, but want you to know that Gregson will not be forgotten and his sacrifice was not in vain. Please always remember to keep his memory alive in his children. Tell them stories of their father and tell them often as they should know that their DAD was a HERO and an ULTIMATE HERO FOR OUT COUNTRY.
March 2, 2006
Our sincere condolences to your family in the passing of Greg. Our son-in-law, Justin Hansen, has kept us informed about Greg's different tours of duty the past few years, and we are grateful for his willingness to serve his country and us. Our hearts are breaking for you. Please accept our most sincere sympathy in the loss of your loved one. You are in our daily prayers.
Brian and Kathy Withers
March 2, 2006
To the Gourley Family: My sincere condolences go out to your family. I am honored to have had such a valiant and courageous man like your son, husband, and father, fighting for my freedom, and for the freedom of all of us. My prayers are with your family. May god and peace be with you always.
Tami Brown
March 2, 2006
Thank you for your sacrifice for our freedom. Your family will be blessed now and forever.
March 2, 2006
Though we are half way around the world, Ourhearts are close. We send our love and we sorrow with you. Wish we we could close enough to help in any way possible. Our assignment in South Africa won't allow. We pray for you at this time.
With love
LaVoy & Janice Hansen
March 2, 2006
I was SSG Gourley's Platoon Leader. Greg was new to 3rd Platoon but not new to 1-327IN. He has done so much for this Battalion. He will not be forgotten. I am truly honored to have had him in my platoon. He had taken over WPN's Squad and was so professional and thorough. He was a true family man. He loved you Collette with all his heart and to Austin, Brandon, Colton, and Alexa Layne..know that your father is an American Hero. To Mr. and Mrs. Gourley, your son was one of the best, you are great parents. He will be in our hearts forever. God Bless.
Michael Frank
March 2, 2006
I echo what was said by Jerome Gourley: "Freedom is never free." I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Thank you for your sacrifice Gourley family. We love you.
March 1, 2006
Thank you Gourley family for sharing your husband, son, father and brother with me and my family. He along with many men and women have given their all to make it possible for me and my family to work, go to school and enjoy the wonderful things that are made available for us each and every day. I do not know any of you but I feel like I have also lost something special with his passing...we have all lost a hero. May the Lord bless and keep you at this painful and sad time in your lives. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
Michele McKay and family
March 1, 2006
Collette and Jerome,

I worked with the both of you for a short time at Utah Mortgage. I am sadden to hear about your tremendous loss. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.
Michelle Dill (Pulsipher)
March 1, 2006
My husband and I have had the honour of knowing the Gourley family in Oak Grove for a few years. We lived in the same neighborhood and attended church together. Both Greg's and Collette's integrity and sweet spirit have touched my family in a way that can't be explained. We will always be thankful for the time we were able to spend with Greg and his family. I pray that the spirit may comfort their family in this time.
Tania Marble
March 1, 2006
To The Gourley Family:

I served in the 1457th with Greg when he was a brand new Soldier in the Utah Guard. I was also his Company Commander during the deployment to Desert Storm. He was a fine young Soldier who always did his job and earned the respect of those in his platoon. He was always faithful to his values. I lost track of him after he left the Engineers to go Special Forces but I remember him telling me the reason he wanted to go SF. It was the challenge of doing something difficult that others could or would not do. I am proud to have know such a fine young man but terribly sad at his loss. I returned from Iraq a year ago and know something of the challenges there. The unselfish service of Greg and others like him is the hallmark of our nation and their service is making a difference in the world.

May the Lord's tender mercies be extended to your family at this time and in the years to come.
COL Edward Willis
March 1, 2006
To: Jerome and Judy,

This note is to express our deepest sorrow for the passing of your wonderful son Gregson Glen while protecting our country and helping an oppressed people to be free. I’m not sure he was a member of our ward before you moved, but if he was, he had to have been very young because you’ve been gone so long from our ward (So. Cottonwood 2nd, later So. Cottonwood 10th after a boundary realignment).

We know that nothing can possibly cause greater sorrow to parents than the passing of one of their children, but nothing can bring greater comfort than knowing that you will see him again after a time of separation.

We are told that our loved ones occasionally look in on us, so doubtless he will see you many more times than you will see him before you are reunited in the next life.

I hope Elva and I will be able to attend the memorial services, but unfortunately a pre-planned trip out of town will be interfering.

Our prayers for comfort and blessing with you and your children.

Sincerely, Dave and Elva Richardson
Dave and Elva Richardson
March 1, 2006
Thank you.
Thank you for my life.
Thank you for my freedom.
Thank you for your sacrifice.
March 1, 2006
I am sorry that you have lost your husband, father, son and friend. Thank you Greg for giving your life for my freedom.
God bless the Gourley family
Troy Johnson
March 1, 2006
To the family of Greg Gourley:
I had the honor of meeting Greg about 10 years ago while he worked at Genesis Youth Center. The impact Greg had on the youth there, as well as the honor of calling him a friend is something I will never forget. I know Greg had great pride in what he was doing and what it stood for. He will not be forgotten.
Chris Packard
March 1, 2006
Jerome, My sincere condolences to you and your family. May peace be with you this day and always.
Kim Plouzek
March 1, 2006
Jerome and Judy,
I was shocked and saddened to hear and read of your loss. It seems like so long ago we were in the So. Cottonwood 2nd Ward together. I know the blessings of heaven will attend you through this sad time of your life. May God bless us all to realize the great sacrafice that is required of many to keep our country free and great.
Riley Norton
March 1, 2006
I love you Collette. Tell the kids I say "hi". Greg was a good man. He changed the world one person at a time.
Elder Zachary King
March 1, 2006
We remember when you brought Greg home from the hospital as a new born...we remember Greg, Eric and Kerstin playing with our kids in our backyard...we remember watching Greg grow from a boy to a young man who was full of life with love for his parents and grandparents and the world in general...we remember when we heard that he was called on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints...we remember when we heard that Greg had been sent to Iraq...we remember when we heard that a new baby girl had found a home with Greg and Collette...we remember all the happiness that Greg created when with those he loved... we remember his love for life...you,Judy and Jerome, will like us, have these memories with us for eternity...this is the one great blessing that we have knowing where Greg is...May the Lord watch over you both...May the Lord give solice to Greg's wife and childern Collette,Austin, Brandon, Colton and Alexa Layne, for as sure as there is a tomorrow, we'll all be with Greg some warm sunny day...remember him as we do... even tho we are miles and miles away we are with you all in our prayers.
Ralph/Ann-Louise/Kevin Murray
March 1, 2006
I have wonderful memories of the Gourley family who hold a special place in my heart. My prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time. Thank you to Greg for helping make our lives safe and free. With love...Marilyn
Marilyn Hunt
March 1, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to the Gourley family in the loss of Gregson. I did not know Gregson, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. Gregson "Gentle Warrior" you are a hero and you will never be forgotten. Childred my heart is broken for each of you.Always remember your dad and always make him proud of him.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace
Tom

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
March 1, 2006
My prayers are with your family Gregson. You may rest assured that the family you were born into is one of the finest families that walk this earth. Your father is one of the finest men I have ever known. He and your mother always showed the utmost in love and respect for our son Greg, and they did so out of love and respect for you. I salute you.
Doug Wright
February 28, 2006
To the Family of Greg Gourley,

My name is Linda Mathis. You knew me as Linda Tautfest, your neighbor of over 25 years ago when we both lived in Sandy. I remember Eric and Greg as young boys who played with my sons, Eric and Jason. My Jason now serves in the Air National Guard flying F-16's for his country. We pray for all those who put their lives on the line for the betterment of us all, but the reality of the price we stand ready to bear is always with us. Indeed, the price of freedom isn't free.

May God console you in your grief.

Sincerely,
Linda Mathis
February 28, 2006
To the Gourley family,
I was SSG Gourley first squad leader when he joined the army back in good oh Fort Polk, La. I also served with him in Italy and Ft. Campbell. It saddens me deaply to know that I lost one of my own. Your son and husband ment alot to me. He was not only my soldier but also my brother fighting for freedom. SSG Gourley died fighting for the freedoms we all cherish and I will always be indebted to him for that. I cannot say enough about your son or what he did. I will however pray for him and his family. I will keep him in my heart forever. To Collette and his kids. I will always be here for you if you need anything! God be with you all in your time of need.

1SG Brian Harmon
Fort Polk, LA
Brian Harmon
February 28, 2006
To the Gourley Family,

I knew Greg in high school and prior to his mission. I remember him as being fun-loving, kind, and full of immense integrity. I remember his deep love for his family. It sounds as though those qualities only grew stronger later in his life. I’m so very sorry for your loss. It’s been many years, but I grew up near Collette. I remember Collette as being such a gracious and wonderful person. I know you will be able to rise to the challenge that is before you. Your children will grow up to be so very proud of their father. They will be proud of you too, Collette, for your strength and perseverance. My prayers are with all of you.

God Bless,
Jodi (Burton) Watson
February 28, 2006
I am so sorry for your terrible loss. I don't know any of you. But I would like to thank you for your sacrifice and his that lets the rest of us live free with out fear. I am so saddened that the price is so high.
February 28, 2006
Thank you for your service to our Country. A fine Soldier who has paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. My heartfelt condolences to Gregson's family
John Crosby (1SG RET)
February 28, 2006
Know that you are in our prayers Uncle Jerm and Aunt Judy. Our hearts broke when we heard the news. We love Greg very much and we are grateful for his service.
Christian and Amanda Richards
February 28, 2006
To the Family of Staff Sgt. Gregson G. Gourley:
My heart breaks again as I sign yet another guest book of another courgeous young man who gave his life so selflessly. We lost our son 12/1/05.
I know first hand there are no words right now that will bring you the comfort and peace you need. Just know that you are not alone. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you all as you mourn this loss. We don't know each other, will probably never meet, but will forever be united in the loss of our Heroes. We have, unfortunately joined a group, an ever-growing group of families in this situation. May God grant you peace and strength to get through this and be able once again to smile at a memory rather than have only the tears that flow so easily now. To be so proud of your loved one and so saddened at the same time is a mix of emotions very difficult to deal with. They will never be forgotten, never able to be replaced, but sometime, someday your memories will sustain you. This courageous soldier will forever now be your Angel watching over you all for the rest of your lives. It's what brings me peace and comfort and I hope it will you as well. If you ever want to talk, I'm only an e:mail away. God Bless this courageous soldier and his family.
Pam Adams (SFC Brent Adams, KIA 12/1/05 Ramadi, Iraq)
[email protected]
(Millersville, PA )
February 28, 2006
To The Gorley Family,

Our family was so sorry to hear about your loss. We also have a family member doing a second tour of duty in Iraq and is currently serving on the Syrian border. He lost 2 good friends a few weeks ago due to a road side bomb. We as a military family know the sacrifices made. Our prayers and thoughts are with each and everyone of you.
The Scow Family
February 28, 2006
To the Gourley Family:
I am saddened to hear that your family and our country has had a true American Patriot die. I am only acquainted with Jerome and if Greg was anything like his father, he will be remembered by many people for a very very long time. I hope your family continues to talk about Greg to his children who will need to know what a great man he was. And I hope everyone continues to keep reminding yourselves of his presense as you look forward to being reunited with him after we leave this earth. You are in my prayers. Sincerely,
Julie Newland
February 28, 2006
jerome,
am very sorry to read of the loss of your son. it has been many years since your dad was an influence in my life.
merrill davidson
February 28, 2006
My name is Carol Fisher, my brother-in-law, Terry Cox works with Jerome. I just wanted to thank your family for the ultimate sacrifice that you have made for me and my country. My prayers are with you in this difficult time.
Sincerely,
Carol Fisher
Carol Fisher
February 28, 2006
We express our deepest condolences to the Gourley Family, and we express our appreciation for Greg and his desire to defend our freedom and liberties. Our prayers are with the Gourley Family.
Andres & Nayibi Dominguez
February 28, 2006
I offer my sincerest condolences at the loss of your loved one, a true hero. I give him the utmost respect and honor at having gave his life for his country. I am so sorry for your loss at this sad time. I will pray for your comfort and keep you in my thoughts. I am so glad that families are forever and that you and your loved one Gregson will be reunited again someday beyond the veil. May the Lord comfort and bless you and surround you in His loving arms. Again my sincere sympathy to you. I hope to thank Gregson and all the the many people who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of freedom. I will never forget. Much love to all of you.
Lianna Black
February 28, 2006
To the family of Staff Sgt Gourley -
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. While we did not know him, we know what you are going through having lost a soldier in Iraq just seven months ago. We are deeply saddened to hear of his passing and just wanted to share our condolences. He is a true American Hero. We appreciate the sacrifice that he has made in an effort to help others. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this very difficult time.
Sincerely,
The Dobson Family
(Family of SFC Ron Wood)
Katie Dobson
February 27, 2006
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