NAME
Raymond Leon Bray
NICKNAME
MCSN
295600
HOME OF RECORD
2728 King Street, Greenville, TX
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Mattie M. Bray
DATE OF BIRTH
April 1, 1918
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
September 13, 1940
DATE OF LOSS
August 7, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Gavutu / Hill 148
CASUALTY TYPE
KIA
UNIT
B/1st Paramarines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Corporal Bray participated in the amphibious assault on Gavutu on 7 August, 1942. During the attack, he led an assault on a fortified Japanese gun position, clearing it out after a vicious hand-to-hand fight.
At 1530, an American dive bomber mistook the Marines for hostile forces and attacked the position. Corporal Bray was killed by the bomb blast; no remains could be recovered from the site of the strike.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Navy Cross, Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Corporal
STATUS OF REMAINS
“Remains Not Recovered.”
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery
Namesake of USS Bray (DE-709)

Biography:
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Articles and Records:

Excerpt from the August, 1942 muster rolls of Company B, First Parachute Battalion. Note the different dispositions of the dead, even in this short sample. (“Footnote A” indicates “interred in 1st Marine Division Cemetery, Gavutu” on 9 August.)

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