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David Robert Ray



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Mountain View Cemetery

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Born:  February 14, 1945 at McMinnville, TN

Entered Service in the US Navy from Nashville, TN

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism March 19, 1969 at Phu Loc 6, An Hoa, Quang Nam Prov., Vietnam

Died:  March 19, 1969 at the age of 24

During the early morning hours, an estimated battalion-sized enemy force launched a determined assault against an artillery battery's position, and succeeded in penetration of the barbed-wire perimeter. The initial burst of enemy fire caused numerous casualties among the Marines who had immediately manned their howitzers. Navy Corpsman Ray moved from parapet to parapet, rendering emergency medical treatment to the wounded. Although wounded himself he refused medical aid and continued his lifesaving efforts. While he was bandaging another wounded Marine, he was forced to battle two enemy soldiers who attacked his position, killing one and wounding the other. Rapidly losing his strength as a result of his wounds, he managed to move through the hail of enemy fire to other casualties. 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. His 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.



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