Gary Dwight Jefferis was born on August 11, 1945 and was a 1965 graduate of Great Valley Senior High School. Prior to entering the service, he was employed by Delong Construction Inc. He was also a member of the Hopewell United Methodist Church. Gary had six siblings.
According to a telegram received by Gary's parents, he died on September 8, 1966 due to injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. On September 6th, 1966, a vehicle in which Gary was a passenger skidded out of control and overturned due to inclement weather. S-4 Jefferis was assigned to the First Air Calvary Division, D Company, 5th Battalion, 7th Calvary. He was drafted in October, 1965 and had been in Vietnam for three weeks prior to his death. He was twenty-four years old at the time of his death. Funeral services were held at the Hopewell Methodist Church and he is buried at Hopewell Methodist Cemetery in Downingtown.
Research by Dale Campbell, WCMSC