Raymond L. Bray

NAME
Raymond Leon Bray
NICKNAME
SERVICE NUMBER
295600
UNIT
Company B
1st Parachute Battalion
HOME OF RECORD
2728 King Street, Greenville, TX
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Mattie M. Bray
DATE OF BIRTH
April 1, 1918
ENTERED SERVICE
September 13, 1940
DATE OF LOSS
August 7, 1942
REGION
Solomon Islands
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Gavutu / Hill 148
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Paramarine Corporal Raymond L. Bray participated in the amphibious assault on Gavutu on 7 August 1942. During the attack, he led an assault on Hill 148 and cleared out a fortified gun emplacement 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 & 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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