Raymond Earl Carpenter

Army of the United States
08 March 1947 - 20 February 1968
Amboy, Washington
Panel 40E Line 037

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Raymond Earl Carpenter

18 May 2004

I did not personally know Ray, we were neighbors but out in the country you don't always get to know every one personally. His mother worked in our little country store. He was killed a short time after my brother Donald and I just felt so very sad about it. He is buried in the little cemetery on the hill overlooking Mount Saint Helens, there is a beautiful little chapel there over 100 years old. It is overlooking his parents' farm. He was a good boy and I know he would have grown to become a good man.

Georgia Kirk

02 Aug 2005

I am so proud to have such a hero in our family. With the world in such disarray it is nice to think that Raymond loved others as well as country more than himself. HE IS STILL GREATLY MISSED!!

From a cousin,
Lea Rios

06 Jul 2006

I was with Ray when he died that day in Vietnam. We were on patrol when we took enemy fire from a hedgerow in front of us. Terry Ogami and I went to pull Ray behind some cover, but he was already dead. As I grabbed Ray, Terry went down, shot in the head. Both Ray and Terry died at my side that day, the worst day of my life.

I had the opportunity to e-mail Ms. Kirk, whose comment is posted here as well. A wonderful lady who inspired me with her compassion. God bless Terry and Ray. I'll never forget them or that day, EVER.

former Sgt. R J Bailey
B Co, 1st Bn, 12th Cavalry Rgmt
1st Air Cavalry Division

From a brother-in-arms,
Richard J. Bailey

Fred Maher, left; Mike Harrod, right.
Both close friends of Ray's.

Jim Shaeffer, left; me in the middle; and Ray on the right.

Left to right at the table:
R J Bailey, Fred Maher, Ray Carpenter, Terry Ogami, Mike Harrod, and Ken Shipley.
Taken at the EM Club, 1st Cavalry Division base camp, An Khe

A Note from The Virtual Wall

B Company, 1/12th Cavalry, lost three men on 20 Feb 1968 during a patrol 9 kilometers north-northeast of Quang Tri airfield:
  • SGT Raymond E. Carpenter, Amboy, WA
  • CPL Terry Y. Ogami, Reedley, CA
  • SP4 Bobby R. Talton, West Monroe, LA

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a neighbor,
Georgia Kirk

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 18 May 2004
Last updated 02/07/2008