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SFC Ray Eugene Duke

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SFC Ray Eugene Duke

Birth
Whitwell, Marion County, Tennessee, USA
Death 11 Nov 1951 (aged 28)
South Korea
Burial Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA
Plot Section Z, Grave 373
Memorial ID 7024582 View Source
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Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He 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.

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MEDAL OF HONOR
MSGT
US ARMY
KOREA

TENNESSEE
21 INF
24 INF DIV
WORLD WAR II
BSM-PH


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  • Added: 20 Dec 2002
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7024582/ray-eugene-duke : accessed ), memorial page for SFC Ray Eugene Duke (9 May 1923–11 Nov 1951), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7024582, citing Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .