VIETNAM - CROWDER, RAYMOND DESMOND JR

Crowder, Raymond Desmond Jr

VIETNAM - CROWDER, RAYMOND DESMOND JR
CROWDER, RAYMOND DESMOND JR

Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: K Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11B – Infantryman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Note: Operation Akron

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 10-May-1946

Hometown: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 29-Nov-1965

Start of tour: 3-Aug-1966

Incident date: 19-Jun-1967

Date of casualty: 19-Jun-1967

Age at death: 21

Cause of death: Hostile, Died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
Raymond Desmond Crowder Jr was on combat operation when his unit engaged a hostile force in firefight.

Ten Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SP4 Raymond Desmond Crowder Jr
SP4 William Jerry Dillon
PFC Edward Lee Fails Jr
SP4 Russell Louis Filiberti
SP4 Blaine Wilson Landers
PFC Bobby Louis Murphy
PFC Charles Howard Richards Jr
SSG Wayne Thomas Schumacher
SP5 William Norman Scott
PFC Leonard Vito Tedesco

Location of fatality: Phuoc Tuy, South Vietnam, Slope 30

Place of interment: Siloam Methodist Cemetery, Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 22E 010 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

SPECIALIST FOUR RAYMOND DESMOND CROWDER JR
19 JUNE 1967
K TROOP, 3rd SQUADRON
11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Specialist Four Crowder distinguished himself by valorous actions on. 19 June 1967, while serving as a rifleman on an ambush patrol in the jungles of Vietnam, Suddenly Specialist Crowder alertly detected enemy movement and hesitantly directed a devastating volley of highly accurate suppressive fire upon the Viet Cong positions. As the fierce firefight intensified, Specialist Crowder was critically injured by a burst of hostile fire. Disregarding his wounds, Specialist Crowder bravely crawled through the heavy insurgent fire to a wounded comrade. Rapidly applying first aid, Specialist Crowder simultaneously suppressed all enemy movement with his weapon. Observing that the hostile force was mounting an assault upon his position, Specialist Crowder courageously exposed himself in a fearless attempt to repel the insurgents. At that moment, Specialist Crowder was again struck by enemy fire but refused to leave his position. Although weakened by his wounds, Specialist Crowder gallantly resisted all enemy advances until a. burst of fire mortally wounded him. Specialist Four Crowder’s personal bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division General Orders No. 3072 (7 July 1967)

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