Ellis, Raymond, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
110X-Unrestricted Line Officer - No Specialty Engagement
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 110X, Naval Advisory Group Vietnam
Service Years
1949 - 1965

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Philadelphia, PA
Last Address
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Casualty Date
Sep 30, 1965
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Dinh Tuong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Gettysburg National Cemetery - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02E 099

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Naval Reserve Forces CommandSERE SchoolNaval Advisory Group Vietnam
  1950-1959, AD-0000, Naval Reserve Personnel Command (NRPC)
  1965-1965, 110X, SERE School
  1965-1965, 110X, Naval Advisory Group Vietnam
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  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (65)/Operation Piranha
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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  1954-1950, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
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Last Known Activity
A Gettysburg educator, Ray was born in Philadelphia on May 21, 1930. He graduated from Middle Township High School in Cape May, New Jersey in 1948 and six months later on January 6, 1949, entered the Navy. He spent a year on active duty as an aviation machinist mate, then joined the reserves. 
He wanted to continue his education, so in 1950 Ray enrolled at Shippensburg State Teachers College in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, where he majored in geography, social studies and English. Captain of the football team and widely regarded as one of the best players of the game in his division in the nation, Ray even tried out for the Baltimore Colts. After his graduation in 1954, he landed his first teaching job in Delaware, but left to accept a position as a social studies teacher and coach at Gettysburg High School. He married Doris Malamos in 1953 and the couple had a daughter, Laura, in 1954. ?Ray was a true gentleman. He was well liked by staff and students alike,? recalled Paul Burkholder former Gettysburg principal and friend.
Although teaching was Ray?s first love, he found it difficult to support his family on the salary. In the summer of 1959, he resigned his position at Gettysburg and reentered active naval service. By then a commissioned officer, Ray traveled extensively and held various assignments, including a naval advisorship to Taiwan. He volunteered to serve in Vietnam and arrived in the country in spring, 1965.
A naval advisor with the 27 River Assault Group assigned to the South Vietnamese Navy in the southern portion of South Vietnam on the Mekong River, Ray never forgot his first calling as a teacher. Even in the war-ravaged Mekong Delta region of the country, Ray found time to volunteer as an English teacher at a Saigon school. He made the 80-mile roundtrip by helicopter twice every week. Always eager to help others, he died on September 30, 1965 while attempting to assist a wounded Vietnamese sailor in a firefight that killed 57 Vietnamese servicemen. 
Ray now rests in the Gettysburg National Cemetery with his wife, who passed away in 1990.

Name of Award
Silver Star

Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Raymond Ellis (NSN: 0-621357), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity on 30 September 1965, while serving as advisor to the 27th River Assault Group, Vietnamese Navy, in the hostile area of Dinh Tuong Province, Republic of Vietnam. Lieutenant Ellis assisted in planning and executing the attack on a heavily-fortified Viet Cong stronghold. During the assault, as enemy fire increased in volume and accuracy, he continuously exposed himself to this fire while calling for air support and artillery bombardment. He personally maintained the integrity of the force by preventing the command craft from grounding. He was mortally wounded by hostile fire while attempting to replace the fallen gunner of an automatic weapon. Lieutenant Ellis, by his leadership, courage and devotion to duty, upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: All Hands (August 1966)
Action Date: September 30, 1965
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Advisor
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