Raymond Frank Ray was born 12 December 1924 in Riceville, Tennessee. He was the son of Oliver “Ollie” MacAaelly Ray and Sarah Lucinda “Lucy” Bayless.
Died 12 May 1945 on Okinawa Island, Ryuku Islands

7th Marines, 1th Marine Division, Company C, Machine Gunnerarents: 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 wrote 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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