Raymond Richard Wright Citation_note (1945 - 1999) Icn_world

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Nicknames: "Buzzer"
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Birthplace: Moriah, New York, USA
Death: Died
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The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Specialist Fourth Class Raymond Richard "Buzzer" Wright, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifleman with Company A, 3d Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Ap Bac Zone, Republic of Vietnam, on 2 May 1967, during a combat patrol in an area where an enemy ambush had occurred earlier. Specialist Fourth Class Wright's unit suddenly came under intense automatic weapons and small-arms fire from an enemy bunker system protected by numerous snipers in nearby trees. Despite the heavy enemy fire, Specialist Fourth Class Wright and another soldier leaped to the top of a dike to assault the position. Armed with a rifle and several grenades, he and his comrade exposed themselves to intense fire from the bunkers as they charged the nearest one. Specialist Fourth Class Wright raced to the bunker, threw in a grenade, killing its occupant. The two soldiers then ran through a hail of fire to the second bunker. While his comrade covered him with his machinegun, Specialist Fourth Class Wright charged the bunker and succeeded in killing its occupant with a grenade. A third bunker contained an automatic rifleman who had pinned down much of the friendly platoon. While his comrade again covered him with machinegun fire, Specialist Fourth Class Wright charged in and killed the enemy rifleman with a grenade. The two soldiers worked their way through the remaining bunkers, knocking out four of them. Throughout their furious assault, Specialist Fourth Class Wright and his comrade had been almost continuously exposed to intense sniper fire from the tree line as the enemy desperately sought to stop their attack. Overcoming stubborn resistance from the bunker system, the men advanced into the tree line forcing the snipers to retreat, giving immediate chase, and driving the enemy away from the friendly unit so that it advanced across the open area without further casualty. When his ammunition was exhausted, Specialist Fourth Class Wright returned to his unit to assist in the evacuation of the wounded. This two-man assault had driven an enemy platoon from a well prepared position, accounted for numerous enemy casualties, and averted further friendly casualties. Specialist Fourth Class Wright's extraordinary heroism, courage, and indomitable fighting spirit saved the lives of many of his comrades and inflicted serious damage on the enemy. His acts were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 65 (October 22, 1968)

Action Date: 2-May-67

Service: Army

Rank: Specialist Fourth Class

Company: Company A

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 60th Infantry Regiment

Division: 9th Infantry Division

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Raymond Richard "Buzzer" Wright's Timeline

1999
September 23, 1999
Age 53
1945
December 5, 1945
Moriah, New York, USA
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Schuylerville, Saratoga, New York, USA