|Birth: ||Nov. 28, 1923|
|Death: ||Apr. 26, 2009|
U.S. Army World War II veteran.
29th Infantry Division
116th Infantry Regiment
Teamed with the U.S. 1st Infantry Division, Ray's unit, the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Division was the first assault wave to hit Omaha Beach at Normandy at 6:13AM on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Ray was first wounded in action on July 15, 1944 and was transported to a field hospital where he was treated and returned to duty.
On January 4, 1945 he was again hit by German fire. Ray's wounds were much more severe this time and he spent 11 months recovering in a military hospital.
After the war, he also served his country in the U.S. Air Force.
Ray married Netty Jean Taylor in 1948 in Travis County, Texas.
The following is Ray's obituary published in the Austin American-Statesman on April 29, 2007.
Raymond E. Malmquist passed away April 26, 2009 in Austin, Texas at the age of 85. He was a loving husband, brother, and friend who will be greatly missed. He served as a courageous war hero for our country.
Webster defines hero as a "mythological or legendary figure of great strength or ability, a man admired for his achievements and qualities, the chief male character in a literary or dramatic work". Ray didn't have superhuman strength, and he wasn't a famous personality. He was just a common man, who, when drafted into war, served his country with courage and valor.
He was born in Pflugerville, Texas on November 28, 1923. His parents were farmers who worked hard raising their children. A graduate of Manor High School, he was drafted into the United States Army only two days before his 20th birthday.
Sent to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas for basic training, he was soon transferred to Camp Butner, North Carolina, for Combat Infantry Training. With training complete he was shipped overseas headed for Europe. There he was assigned to the 116th Infantry, 29th Infantry Division and remained on a troop ship until his unit was deployed.
If there is such a thing as a hell on earth, it was D-Day, June 6, 1944 when U.S. forces stormed the beaches at Normandy, France. No words could have prepared this young man for what was to come. Sworn to protect his country, he proceeded on fighting German Forces in what is known as World War II.
Wounded in action on July 15, 1944, he was transported to a Field Hospital where he stayed for a short time before returning to duty. War continued, months dragged by, and then on January 4, 1945 he was again hit by enemy fire. Seriously wounded, he still managed to get both himself and an injured buddy to a field hospital. With his combat career ended, he spent the next 11 months in a military hospital recovering from his injuries. In 1945, he was discharged from the Army with 50 percent disabilities but not before receiving the following medals: Purple Heart, six Good Conduct Ribbons, American Campaign Medal, European African Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal with Berlin Airlift Device, Medal of Humane Action, National Defense Service Medal, and the Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon.
Over the next two years, he worked as a delivery driver for Dr. Pepper and Coca-Cola; however, his military career was not over. Waiving his disability status, he rejoined the military, enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. Serving as a Supervisor in the Military Police, he received various assignments overseas. Finally, in 1965, he retired with the rank of Technical Sergeant and began his civilian career. Ray worked for Austin National Bank for 10 years before becoming self-employed as a florist. He was employed by the State of Texas for over 24 years, serving as a security officer with the Department of Public Safety Capitol District before retiring on April 30, 2008.
Ray was the kindest most gentle man you would have ever had the privilege to meet and work with.
He was a common man who grew up on a farm and loved tending his garden and feeding the birds.
To those who knew him, he was truly as Webster describes; a man admired for his achievements and qualities. With our humble respect, you are truly a hero among men and we are honored to have known you.
Surviving Raymond is his wife of 61 years, Netty; two sisters, Elaine Eytcheson and Frances Ashmore, Bear-Bear, his little dog and many other family members and friends.
Eric Bror Malmquist (1887 - 1971)
Annie Augusta Malmquist (1896 - 1992)
Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery and Mausoleum
Created by: Dennis Alan Deel
Record added: Apr 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36457130