Gary Gentry, a retired sergeant from the Army, will be keynote speaker at the North Lamar High School Veterans Day program on Tuesday, November 7 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the gym. Veterans, active military personnel, and the community are invited to attend.
Gentry, who enlisted as a combat engineer for the Army in 1988, was assigned border patrol of the Iron Curtain for two years in Germany. Later he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and deployed to Saudi Arabia where he fought in Desert Storm. Upon returning to the states, he was assigned to the First Division in Fort Riley, Kansas, “The Big Red One” as they are known. He exited the military for a short time only to rejoin after September 11, 2001.
Gentry is employed as a First Assistant in Cardio Thoracic Open Heart Surgery. He and his wife, Leeigh, have lived in Paris for 15 years. They have three children and one, Samantha Ballard, who is a library assistant at NLHS.