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Ray Davis (soldier)
Raymond Gilbert "Ray" Davis (January 13, 1915-September 3, 2003) was a heavily decorated United States Marine Corps commissioned officer, serving in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. His single most notable endeavor was the salvation of hundreds of trapped American troops during the 1950 Battle of Chosin Reservoir while commanding the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment . His final rank, appointed by President Nixon, was General. He retired from the post of Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps on March 31, 1972, after more than 33 years with the Marines.
The Medal of Honor; the Navy Cross; the Navy Distinguished Service Medal with gold star in lieu of a second award; the Silver Star Medal with gold star in lieu of a second award; the Legion of Merit with Combat V and gold star in lieu of a second award; the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V; the Purple Heart; the Navy & Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation with four bronze service stars indicative of second through fifth awards; the Navy Unit Commendation; the American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp; the American Campaign Medal; the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one silver star in lieu of five bronze stars; the World War II Victory Medal; the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star; the Korean Service Medal with four bronze stars; the Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze stars; the National Order of Vietnam, 4th Class; the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with three Palms; two Korean Presidential Unit Citations; the United Nations Service Medal; the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; and the Korean War Service Medal (awarded posthumously).
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