DAVID R RAY
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HONORED ON PANEL 29W, LINE 82 OF THE WALL

DAVID ROBERT RAY

WALL NAME

DAVID R RAY

PANEL / LINE

29W/82

DATE OF BIRTH

02/14/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/19/1969

HOME OF RECORD

MCMINNVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Warren County

STATE

TN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

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POSTED ON 12.5.2015

School Named After War Hero Forces Child to Shave Off Military-style Haircut

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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POSTED ON 3.19.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear HM2 David Robert Ray, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 3.19.2012
POSTED BY: A Marine

Semper Fi

Semper Fi, Doc. Thank you for your service to our Country and to your Marines.
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POSTED ON 7.25.2009
POSTED BY: just another old friend

I miss you Bobby Ray

I went to boot camp with a nice young fellow from Tennessee, an easy-going bean pole just escaped from the state university. He talked about wanting to be a pilot and about being disqualified because of his height. It was a done deal that a waiver was in the works and that he wouldn't be with us long because when the waiver came through he'd surely be off to flight school. He was David to the company, Bobby not an option until just before "graduation" when he let it be known that his parents were driving out from Tennessee to watch him do his final boot camp drills. I met them briefly, nice folks, and my memory says they showed up in a pickup truck with an Alaskan cabover camper. All I know for sure is that I was knocked over a few years later when I read in the newspapers that a new Navy destroyer was being named the "David R. Ray" after a Navy Medal of Honor recipient along with a picture of Bobby Ray. David Bobby Ray, my buddy for awhile in the early '60s, died hard and that troubles me to this very day. Picture a Tennessee stringbean singing "Blue Moon" at the top of his lungs a cappella with half a dozen other Tennessee hillbillys. Now picture that same wiry kid doing hand to hand combat trying to stay alive and do his job as a Hospital Corpsman. I respect the fact that you did your job well Bobby Ray but godammit I miss you dude. I'm sick of war, it's all I've known since 1966. On the bright side, I can't have many years left and if there is an afterlife I'm sure I'll run into Bobby Ray along with the rest of my generation who died way too young.
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POSTED ON 9.19.2006
POSTED BY: HMCM John Bruneel, U.S.N. Retired

I'm the One Called Doc

Rest in Peace "Doc"



"I'm the One Called "Doc…"


I shall not walk in your footsteps,
but I will walk by your side.
I shall not walk in your image,
I've earned my own title of pride.
We've answered the call together,
on sea and foreign land.
When the cry for help was given,
I've been there right at hand.
Whether I am on the ocean
or in the jungle wearing greens,
Giving aid to my fellow man,
be it Sailors or Marines.
So the next time you see a corpsman
and you think of calling him "squid",
Think of the job he's doing
as those before him did.
And if you ever have to go out there
and your life is on the block,
Look at the one right next to you…
I'm the one called "Doc".


Harry D. Penny, Jr. HMC(AC)USN
Copyright 1975

"Permission to reprint granted
by the author/copyright owner".
(Permission for both poem & graphic)
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