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Richfield in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

PFC. Jimmy Berray

United States Marine Corps

 

1922 – 1942

 
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1. PFC. Jimmy Berray Marker
Inscription.  Mortally wounded Nov. 13, 1942 during the naval battle of Guadalcanal while serving on the cruiser USS San Francisco. Awarded Navy Cross for Distinguished Service in this battle.

Buried at Sea, Nov. 14, 1942

"On the early morning of Nov. 13, Jimmy was seriously injured by shrapnel from a Japanese warship and died later that day. A more gallant, inspiring fight for life I shall never again witness. Jimmy Berray is a hero, a true hero. While seriously wounded he constantly waived first aid so that it could be given to comrades. We are proud to have known him – for men like him are rare. He was true to country and Corps and answered unhesitatingly the call of duty when his country needed him most."

Capt. W.L. Turner, USMC Commander, Marine Detachment, USS San Francisco

Jimmy Berray was born and raised in south Minneapolis and graduated from West High School.


This memorial erected by his boyhood friend Curtis Bernstein.

 
Erected by Curtis Bernstein.
 
Topics and series. This historical
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marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Distinguished Service Cross/Navy Cross/Air Force Cross Recipients series list.
 
Location. 44° 53.756′ N, 93° 17.204′ W. Marker is in Richfield, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker can be reached from Lyndale Avenue South south of West 59th Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is in Oak Hill Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5901 Lyndale Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55419, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Crash of Flight 307 (approx. one mile away); World War Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Honoring All Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); The First Flag Raised Over Iwo Jima (approx. 1.2 miles away); Richfield Pioneer Homestead (approx. 1.3 miles away); Geology of Minnesota (approx. 2.4 miles away); Harriet Bandshells / Our Park Legacy (approx. 2 miles away); Como–Harriet Streetcar Line (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Military Times Hall of Valor. James Edwin Berray. (Submitted on July 25, 2013.) 

2. CA-38 Honor Roll Navy Cross. Berray, James E. (Submitted on July 25, 2013.) 
 
Additional keywords.
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3. Private First Class James Edwin Berray
James E. Berray
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 472 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 25, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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