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First Name: Raymond

Last Name: Bray

Birthplace: Greenville, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Home of Record: Greenville, TX
Middle Name: Leon

Date of Birth: 01 April 1918

Date of Death: 07 August 1942

Rank: Corporal

Years Served: 1940-1942
Raymond Leon Bray

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Raymond Leon Bray

Corporal, U. S. Marine Corps

Navy Cross

SPOT AWARD, Commander, South Pacific: Serial 1113 (SofN Signed December 4, 1943)
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal Raymond Leon Bray (MCSN: 295600), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the FIRST Parachute Battalion, FIRST Marine Division, during the assault on enemy Japanese forces at Gavutu, Solomon Islands, on 7 August 1942.
When the progress of a company was retarded by heavy sniper opposition, Corporal Bray and others courageously attacked a heavily barricaded three-inch gun emplacement from which the deadly fire was emanating. Utterly disregarding his extreme danger, he charged forward and, without waiting for his comrades, unhesitatingly plunged through the entrance and in spite of great odds engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand combat until reinforcement by other Marines insured elimination of the hostile position. Corporal Bray's daring, aggressive, and gallant conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. In a subsequent operation against the enemy on the same day he gallantly gave his life for his country.

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Texas WWII Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 126968   Created by: MHOH




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