Last month, a former soldier and retired business man made the single largest donation to the National Infantry Foundation by an individual.
Harry Gray, former chairman and CEO of United Technologies and a Battle of the Bulge veteran, gave the foundation $2.5 million in honor of the unit in which he served in World War II — the 2nd Infantry Regiment.
The pledge makes Gray, 88, the first person to donate to the museum project at the 5-star level, said the foundation's communications director Cyndy Cerbin.
Gray's generosity assures his beloved unit will forever have a presence in the 185,000-square foot museum. The mezzanine area overlooking the museum floor will boast the 2nd Infantry Regiment's name, museum officials said.
The National Infantry Foundation has raised approximately $81 million of its $104 million campaign goal.