Quantico Marine Corps Base in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
David R. Ray, U.S. Navy
Awarded the Medal of Honor (posthumously)
for combat operations against the enemy
in the Republic of Vietnam
on 19 March 1969 while serving with Battery D,
Second Battalion, Eleventh Marines,
First Marine Division
He gallantly gave his life for his Country
Location. 38° 29.982′ N, 77° 26.187′ W. Marker is in Quantico Marine Corps Base, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker is at the intersection of Belleau Avenue (Federal Route MCB-2) and Gilbert Road, on the right when traveling west on Belleau Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Quantico VA 22134, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. F/A – 18A Hornet (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); Raider Hall (about 700 feet away); William Groom Leftwich, Jr. (about 800 feet away); Heywood Hall (about 800 feet away); Gonzalez Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); 6th Marine Division Medal of Honor Recipients (approx. 0.2 miles away); 13th Special Basic Course (1952) (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Special Basic Class (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Quantico Marine Corps Base.
1. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class David R. Ray, USN (1945-1969)
David R. Ray was born in McMinnville, Tennessee, on 14 February 1945. He graduated from McMinnville High School in 1963 and attended the University of Tennessee until March 1966, when he enlisted in the Navy. Trained as a Hospital Corpsman, Ray served on board the hospital ship USS Haven (AH-12), at the Long Beach Naval Hospital, and at Camp Pendleton, California, prior to beginning duty in the Republic of Vietnam in July 1968. On 19 March 1969, while serving with Battery D, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, at Phu Loc 6 in Quang Nam Province, he was killed in action while providing medical aid to injured Marines during an enemy attack on his unit. Petty Officer Ray was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism in that action.
Naval Historical Center
2. Medal of Honor Citation
The President of the United States, in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting
the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to:
United States Navy
for service as set forth in the following CITATION:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a HC2c. with Battery D, 2d Battalion, at Phu Loc 6, near An Hoa. During the early morning hours, an estimated battalion-sized enemy force launched a determined assault against the battery's position, and succeeded in effecting a penetration of the barbed-wire perimeter. The initial burst of enemy fire caused numerous casualties among the marines who had immediately manned their howitzers during the rocket and mortar attack. Undaunted by the intense hostile fire, HC2c. Ray moved from parapet to parapet, rendering emergency medical treatment to the wounded. Although seriously
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