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 The highest award given by the United States of America


Rank and organization:   Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class, U.S. Navy, and
                                                Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine (Rein), FMF.
Place and date:   Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, 19 Mar 1969.
Entered service at:   Nashville, Tenn.
Born:    14 February 1945, McMinnville, Tennessee

 Congressional Medal of Honor 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 wounded himself while administering first aid to a marine casualty, he refused medical aid and continued his lifesaving efforts.  While he was bandaging and attempting to comfort another wounded marine, HC2c. Ray was forced to battle 2 enemy soldiers who attacked his position, personally killing 1 and wounding the other.  Rapidly losing his strength as a result of his severe wounds, he nonetheless managed to move through the hail of enemy fire to other casualties.  Once again, he was faced with the intense fire of oncoming enemy troops and, despite the grave personal danger and insurmountable odds, succeeded in treating the wounded and holding off the enemy until he ran out of ammunition, at which time he sustained fatal wounds.  HC2c. Ray's final act of heroism was to protect the patient he was treating.  He threw himself upon the wounded marine, thus saving the man's life when an enemy grenade exploded nearby.  By his determined and persevering actions, courageous spirit, and selfless devotion to the welfare of his marine comrades, HC2c. Ray served to inspire the men of Battery D to heroic efforts in defeating the enemy.  His conduct throughout was in keeping with the finest traditions  of the U.S. Naval Service.

           The Congressional Medal of Honor, the Names, the Deeds.
                     Sharp & Dunnigan Publications, Forest Ranch, California, 1984,
                     pp. 133 and 134.
                     ISBN 0-918495-01-6, Library of Congress Catalog Number 






 Medal of Honor
 David Robert Ray


          DAVID ROBERT RAY, Bobby as home town folks know him and Doc as Viet Nam comrades know him, was born at the Medical Clinic on Main Street  in McMinnville, Tennessee to David Foster and Donnie Molloy Ray.  His sister is Mary Don Ray Lentz and his nephew is David Bryant Lentz. 
         Both, a highway and an elementary school in McMinnville are named for him.  The US Navy named a ship after him, the USS DAVID ROBERT RAY.  This ship was in supportive action in Desert Storm.  A barracks in San Diego, CA is named for him.  A medical facility in Virginia is named for him. 
         With pride and gratitude we dedicate this page to David Robert Ray, our hero and Warren County's  Congressional Medal Of Honor recipient.

        We are proud of you, Bobby.


Bobby Ray Medical Hall Dedication, 1988

Subject:         David R Ray
    Date:         Sun, 04 Jul 1999 23:42:59 -0700
   From:         danny mitchell <>
        To:         ladyejane@InfoAve.Net

      I served with Doc Ray from 8-68 until his death on 3-19-69.  I was with him several hours before he was killed.  He came down to my bunker to check on my condition and brought me several pairs of socks.  He was very concerned with everyone's well being.  I will never forget him and the night we got over run. I would like to visit his grave site some day, may be this fall. I live in Indiana my name is Danny Mitchell. I went to the Viet Nam wall back in '89.  I found his name and some of the other guys' names that were killed that night.

[Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell did come to McMinnville and visit Bobby Ray's grave, Sept. 1999.]

Bobby Ray Sermon, Memorial Day weekend, 28 May 2000


Dear MS Hunter, 
       I am a former Marine living in Murfreesboro. The article in the paper regarding Mr. Ray on Saturday in the Daily News Journal is prompting this message. I want to express my deep respect and admiration to this man's family. Your email address is the only one I have found and I am not quite sure of your relation to him. I want you and the other members of his family and friends to know that there are many Marines of the Viet Nam era, and before and after, that have a special place in their heart for Mr. Ray and for the many other Hospital Corpsman who have fought with the Marines. They ARE Marines in our eyes!
        When you have time please send me a note with the email, etc., of members of his family and friends. I would like to convey the thanks for his service for other Marines.

Thank you and Semper Fidelis,

Roy Cannon
Murfreesboro, TN 37129 
Monday, 04 March, 2002 10:11 AM