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Ray Eugene Duke
Birth: May 9, 1923
Whitwell
Marion County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Nov. 11, 1951, South Korea

Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a Sergeant First Class in Company C, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for hia bravery near Mugok, Korea, on April 26, 1951. His citation reads "Sfc. Duke, a member of Company C, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. Upon learning that several of his men were isolated and heavily engaged in an area yielded by his platoon when ordered to withdraw, he led a small force in a daring assault which recovered the position and the beleaguered men. Another enemy attack in strength resulted in numerous casualties but Sfc. Duke, although wounded by mortar fragments, calmly moved along his platoon line to coordinate fields of fire and to urge his men to hold firm in the bitter encounter. Wounded a second time he received first aid and returned to his position. When the enemy again attacked shortly after dawn, despite his wounds, Sfc. Duke repeatedly braved withering fire to insure maximum defense of each position. Threatened with annihilation and with mounting casualties, the platoon was again ordered to withdraw when Sfc. Duke was wounded a third time in both legs and was unable to walk. Realizing that he was impeding the progress of 2 comrades who were carrying him from the hill, he urged them to leave him and seek safety. He was last seen pouring devastating fire into the ranks of the onrushing assailants. The consummate courage, superb leadership, and heroic actions of Sfc. Duke, displayed during intensive action against overwhelming odds, reflect the highest credit upon himself, the infantry, and the U.S. Army". His Medal was posthumously awarded to his family on March 19, 1954. (bio by: grave hunter) 
 
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Chattanooga National Cemetery
Chattanooga
Hamilton County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: Section Z, Grave 272
 
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Record added: Dec 20, 2002
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