Raymond Frank Ray
Born 12 December 1924
Died 12 May 1945
Buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Athens, TN

7th Marines, 1th Marine Division, Company C

Killed on Okinawa Island Ryuku Islands, US 1st Marine Div. Squad-A, PFC, Machine Gunner

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Oliver M. Ray, Rt 1, Riceville, TN

In a letter dated 5 Oct 1945 from his friend and Squad Leader Corp. Edward L. Isaacs to Raymond’s mother, “It is hard for me to write about it for I thought more of him than my own Brothers, and that is a lot.” “He got killed early in the morning, we were in the same hole and it happened-he got up to go to another place, and just left the hole and got hit-I pulled him back in with me, but it was too late for he died immediately – he never spoke a word or made a sound.”

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 12 December 1924
  • Date of death: 12 May 1945
  • County: McMinn
  • Hometown: Riceville
  • Service Branch: Marine Corps
  • Division/Assignment: 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Okinawa
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Cedar Grove Cemetery, Athens, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XV, Bottom Panel
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