Hunter, Billy Ray



Rank: Specialist 5

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

MOS: 63C – General Vehicle Repairman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Unit awards: Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 18-Jun-1951

Hometown: Jackson, Michigan

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 6-Aug-1968

Start of tour: 4-Jan-1970

Incident date: 30-Aug-1970

Date of casualty: 1-Sep-1970

Age at death: 19

Cause of Death:  Non-hostile, died of illness/injury. Accident. Accidental homicide. Other Accident.
Billy Ray Hunter was test firing a 45 cal pistol.  Another individual’s 45 misfired.  Hunter was helping to fix it and was accidentally shot.  Admitted to 24th Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh, on 30 Aug 1970 at 1930 hrs, placed on Very Serious Injured (VSI) list on 31 Aug 1970 at 0145 hrs and later expired.  Incident occurred on 30 Aug 1970 at 1845 hrs.

Location of fatality: Binh Duong, South Vietnam, XT 944 304

Place of interment: Spears Cemetery, Belcher, Kentucky, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 07W 031 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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