Gary Olen Byrum was born on 4 January 1950 to Myrtle Estelle Delaney and Buford Raymond Byrum. Gary attended high school in California and earned his Associates Degree from Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA in 1972. Gary passed away surrounded by his loving friends on 29 August 2021. He is preceded in death by his parents.\n\nGary joined the Army in the early/mid 1970's and became a 74C (Communications) where he installed, operated, and maintained the equipment. Gary spent several years in Germany, where he played softball and picked up golf. While stationed in Germany with the 66th Military Intelligence Group, he received many laudatory comments from his chain of command. Upon his return to the United States, he was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (A).\n\nWhile assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (A), he deployed with members of the group to Iran on an exercise where they were awarded Iranian Jump Wings. Gary attended the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1985, as an 18C (Engineer) and reassigned to the 7th Special Forces Gp (A). He was further assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion, 7th SFG (A). As an engineer, Gary made numerous deployments to Central America. Finally, Gary was assigned to the Directorate of Training and Doctrine (DOTD) at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School from which he retired. Upon his retirement, Gary worked as a contractor and spent time in Kosovo, Kuwait, Iran, and Afghanistan.\n\nGary and Mariano Camacho served together in B/1/7 SFG (A) and became very close as brothers and friends over the 36 years they knew each other. As brothers do, they laughed and argued, but they always came back and apologized to each other, to continue on as if nothing had happened. Gary and Mariano accepted each other for who they were, never trying to change the other man. For Gary's last 45 days in the hospital, Mariano stayed with him as his brother and friend. He will be sorely missed.\n\nGary believed in serving his Country and the Red, White, and Blue. Gary was fierce about those colors, OUR FLAG, and his Harley Davidson! Rest in peace, Gary, until we meet AGAIN! Your race has ended.\n\nA service in Gary's honor will be held at Adcock Funeral Home on Wednesday, 15 September 2021, at 1:00 PM. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery at 2:00 PM.