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Raymond Leroy Murray

  • Birth 30 Jan 1913 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Death 11 Nov 2004 Encinitas, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Burial Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 9922008

United States Marine Corps General. During his 33 year military career Murray earned numerous medals and decorations including two Navy Crosses, the Army Distinguished Service Cross, four Silver Stars and a Purple Heart. His career included service during three wars: World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He was awarded his first Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism under fire on June 15, 1944 while serving as a Lieutenant Colonel on Saipan during World War II where he was in command of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division. Though seriously wounded, he remained at his post and continued to direct his battalion. During the Korean Conflict he served as Commanding Officer of the 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. After fierce assaults by the Chinese in sub-zero temperatures at the Chosin Reservoir, he led his men on a nearly 100 mile evacuation to safety. Urging his exhausted men on and refusing to leave stragglers behind he became known as the “hero of Chosin Reservoir”. For his Korean service Murray earned the Army Distinguished Service Cross and his second Navy Cross, and was promoted to Colonel in January 1951. He was promoted to Brigadeer General in June 1959, and in March 1961 he became Commanding General of the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, serving in that capacity through June 1962. He was promoted to Major General during his subsequent assignment as Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. His last tour of active duty was as Deputy Commander, 3rd Marine Amphibious Force in Vietnam. After his retirement from active duty on August 1, 1968 Major General Murray resided in Oceanside, CA where he served on the boards of several organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Club, and the Armed Services YMCA. He passed away on Veteran's Day at age 91.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: O'side Native
  • Added: 19 Nov 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9922008
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Raymond Leroy Murray (30 Jan 1913–11 Nov 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9922008, citing Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .