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DAVID ROBERT RAY


is honored on Panel 29W, Line 82 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of HM2 David R. Ray

    Posted on 10/13/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On the night of March 18-19, 1969, Delta Battery 2/11 Marines was located at Fire Support Base Phu Lac 6, adjacent to the Liberty Bridge near An Hoa, RVN. A few hundred meters distant was the command post of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines. In the early morning hours of March 19th, both areas were attacked, first by a barrage of mortar and rocket fire, then by a ground attack estimated to be in battalion size. Thirteen Marines and two Navy Corpsmen died in the two attacks, 12 from Delta 2/11 and 3 from the 1/5 command post. The NVA left 79 bodies strewn around the artillery compound alone. Medal of Honor winner HM2 David R. Ray placed himself upon a Marine after he saw an enemy-thrown grenade land near them. Ray died after the grenade blast, while the Marine he sacrificed his life for lived. Ray was formally assigned to the Headquarters Battery, but was Delta 2/11's senior corpsman during the battle. The fourteen other men lost were CPL Richard Gilliam, CPL Charles E. Wheeler, LCPL Charles E. Grooms, PFC John F. Allen, PFC Donald R. Bartley, PFC Dennis F. Ellis, PFC John M. Goodwin, PFC Robert R. Highfill, PFC George N. Myers, PFC Loring W. Watson, PFC Paul Wilson, GSGT Floyd M. Keefe, HN Lee T. Hamman, and PFC David B. Arnott. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, wikipedia.org, and virtualwall.org]
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  • Medal of Honor

    Posted on 3/19/17 - by A US Marine, Vietnam, 1969
    David Robert Ray
    Date of birth: February 14, 1945
    Date of death: March 19, 1969
    Burial location: McMinnville, Tennessee
    Place of Birth: Tennessee, McMinnville
    Home of record: Nashville Tennessee
    Status: KIA

    AWARDS AND CITATIONS

    Medal of Honor

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Hospital Corpsman Second Class David Robert Ray (NSN: B-308634), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Hospital Corpsman Second Class with Battery D, Second Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, at Phu Loc 6, near An Hoa, Republic of Vietnam, on 19 March 1969. During the early morning hours, an estimated battalion-sized enemy force launched a determined assault against the battery's position, and succeeded in effecting a penetration of the barbed-wire perimeter. The initial burst of enemy fire caused numerous casualties among the marines who had immediately manned their howitzers during the rocket and mortar attack. Undaunted by the intense hostile fire, Hospital Corpsman Second Class Ray moved from parapet to parapet, rendering emergency medical treatment to the wounded. Although seriously wounded himself while administering first aid to a marine casualty, he refused medical aid and continued his lifesaving efforts. While he was bandaging and attempting to comfort another wounded marine, Hospital Corpsman Second Class Ray was forced to battle two enemy soldiers who attacked his position, personally killing one and wounding the other. Rapidly losing his strength as a result of his severe wounds, he nonetheless managed to move through the hail of enemy fire to other casualties. Once again, he was faced with the intense fire of oncoming enemy troops and, despite the grave personal danger and insurmountable odds, succeeded in treating the wounded and holding off the enemy until he ran out of ammunition, at which time he sustained fatal wounds. Hospital Corpsman Second Class Ray's final act of heroism was to protect the patient he was treating. He threw himself upon the wounded marine, thus saving the man's life when an enemy grenade exploded nearby. By his determined and persevering actions, courageous spirit, and selfless devotion to the welfare of his marine comrades, Hospital Corpsman Second Class Ray served to inspire the men of Battery D to heroic efforts in defeating the enemy. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

    Action Date: 19-Mar-69

    Service: Navy

    Rank: Hospital Corpsman Second Class

    Company: Corpsman (Attached), Battery D

    Battalion: 2d Battalion

    Regiment: 22th Marines

    Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein) FMF
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  • Remembering a American "HERO", REST IN PEACE..DOC, REST IN PEACE...

    Posted on 6/29/16 - by Steve Truax



    "DOC" No one will ever Forget You

    Steve Truax
    truaxdiamonds@visi.com
    Doc Ray was our Corpsman
    3245 - 48th Avenue South Minneapolis MN 55406-2337 USA
    Remembering Doc Ray 40 years after 3/19/69
    Doc Ray was our Corpsman on the hill at Liberty Bridge when he was killed. Doc was the greatest human being I've ever known: caring, courageous, smart and fun. I was wounded that night 3/19/69, came to on a litter and heard someone dying next to me, Doc Ray. Our other corpsman was working on him to no avail and I could only hold Doc's hand while he slipped away. I was med-evaced out and only recently learned Doc Ray was awarded the MOH. No one deserves it more. Gunny Keefe was KIA that night too. God Bless & Semper Fi!,,, GOD'S LOVE AND PEACE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

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  • Peace with Honor

    Posted on 5/3/16 - by Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MN
    You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor David.
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  • School Named After War Hero Forces Child to Shave Off Military-style Haircut

    Posted on 12/5/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    By Todd Starnes

    Adam Stinnett looks up to his older stepbrother – a soldier in the U.S. Army. So when it came time to get a haircut, the seven-year-old told his mother he wanted a basic military-style cut. And that’s exactly what he got – high and tight – just like his stepbrother.

    Adam got his haircut on March 8. On March 9, his mother got a letter from the principal of Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School in McMinnville, Tennessee.

    It seems they were not all that thrilled with the second grader’s new hairdo. The principal told Amy Stinnett that her son’s haircut was distracting – and needed to be fixed.

    Amy refused to comply.

    The following day, she was summoned to the principal’s office where she was given an ultimatum.

    “We were told that we had to either cut his hair or he could not return to school,” she said.

    Amy tried to explain to the principal that her son’s haircut was meant to emulate his older brother. But her explanation was dismissed and the principal demanded that the boy’s hair be “in compliance with our rules.”

    “I have the utmost respect for the military and its members,” the principal wrote in an email to Amy. “However, we are not a military school and the boy’s haircut is against our rules.”


    She tried to reason with the principal – but it was a lost cause. So Amy complied with the school’s demands.

    “In order to fix the high and tight, I had to shave his head – like he has no hair,” she told me.

    Apparently the principal at Bobby Ray Elementary School doesn’t seem to think a bald-headed second grader is going to cause a distraction.

    But Amy also did something else – she contacted the Southern Standard newspaper. And as it turned out – the pen really is mightier than the clippers.

    “Military hair cut deemed distracting by Bobby Ray Elementary” was the headline – and boy did it create some controversy around McMinnville.

    “They shamed my son and they shamed a lot of military people – that’s how I feel about it,” Amy said. She also would like the school to apologize to her son.

    The Warren County School District responded to the newspaper story with a four-paragraph statement telling folks they could not comment on the incident or the investigation – on the advice of their attorneys.

    “This is an internal school matter and the administration of the school district has been advised to address it as such from this point forward,” the statement read.

    While the district does not have a policy about hair styles, individual schools are given authority to make such decisions.

    “Neither Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary, nor any school in Warren County School District, prohibits military haircuts,” the statement declares.

    Well, someone at the district office might want to clue in the principal -- because according to her email – military style haircuts are clearly against the rules.

    It’s a pretty sad state of affairs in McMinnville – especially when you take into account that Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School is named after a local war hero.

    Navy Corpsman David Robert “Bobby” Ray was killed in action during the Vietnam War. His final act of heroism was to use his body to shield a Marine from a grenade. The Marine survived. Ray did not. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

    “We are extremely proud that Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary was named in honor of a true American hero,” the school district stated.

    And yet, they chose to shame a seven-year-old boy who wanted to look like a soldier. That school district doesn’t know the first thing about honor. [Taken from townhall.com]
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