Ray, Willie James


Rank: Private First Class

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

MOS: 11B – Infantryman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

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

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 17-Jan-1949

Hometown: Centreville, Mississippi

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 27-May-1969

Start of tour: 22-Apr-1970

Incident date: 6-Oct-1970

Date of casualty: 6-Oct-1970

Age at death: 21

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Explosive Device. Other explosive device.
Willie James Ray was killed while a gunner on a military vehicle on a military mission when a booby trap detonated. / Gunner on Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle (ACAV) on reconnaissance mission.  Detonated hostile booby trap.

Location of fatality: Binh Duong, South Vietnam, XT 797 285

Place of interment: Holly Grove Cemetery, Mississippi, USA

View this soldier‘s Find a Grave page (opens in a new window)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 07W 114 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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