Along Brays Bayou at the intersection of N. Braeswood and Mullin Dr.

Captain Gary L. Herod, a Texas National Guard pilot, heroically sacrificed his life in March 1961, by staying with his failing jet in order to guide it into an open area along the banks of Brays Bayou and away from thousands of nearby homes, saving many lives. Funds are being raised to create a memorial plaza in honor of Captain Herod along Brays Bayou at the intersection of N. Braeswood and Mullins Dr.

The Herod Memorial is part of a larger trail project along Brays Bayou, between Chimney Rock and Hillcroft, that is being completed by Houston Parks Board in conjunction with Harris County Flood Control District.

Tax-deductible donations can be made below or via check payable to Houston Parks Board with a memo noting “Captain Herod Memorial Plaza”. Checks should be mailed to Houston Parks Board, 300 North Post Oak Lane, Houston, Texas, 77024. Donor names and gift levels will be listed here unless requested otherwise.


Sonic Boom ($1,000-$4,999)

William R. Gamble
David McKee

Flight Commander ($500-$999)

Bill Cox
Lanny Sachnowitz

Lead Pilot ($250-$499)
Shannon Cobb Evans
Sherry Hibbert
Arthur Kay
James G. Smith
David Swenson

Wing Pilot ($100-$249)

Alan Buck
Ramsay Elder
Howard Fisher
Gregory Illich
William Lamont
Nancy Nichols

Navigator (Up to $100)

Navil Aguillon
William Rubinsky
Vincent Smith
Earl Touchstone