Raymond Stanley Joy, JrCorporal
1ST FORCE RECON CO, HQ BN, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
19 October 1942 - 16 December 1965
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The database page for Raymond Stanley Joy, Jr
Tonight I visited "The Wall" yet never moved so before.
But tonight I visited "The Wall" with Corky - Irby Dyer III and
Cousin and brother each so young, at 23 lost a year apart.
Twenty-four years later, Austin, a nephew arrives.
What will we teach him? Will he have a clue?
So, young and full of life yet, gave it all,
God bless those young men and women
From a family friend,
Stanley and I were classmates at Abernathy High School. He was a friend. And he is missed, I have thought about him for years. I just wish I could tell him "THANK YOU" for serving our country, and making this country what it is...
On May 26, 2006 my wife and I visited the memorial in Washington and we were both moved to tears at the site of Stanley's name.
He was a family friend and though I was only 16 when his life was cut short, I still to this day think of him.
God be with him and all the others who serve us.
Thank you, Stanley.
From a friend,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 1st Force Recon Company's Command Chronology for December 1965 contains the operations order and after-action report for the mission on which Corporal Joy and three other Americans died. According to OpOrd 4 dated 13 Dec 1965, the mission was a joint USMC/Special Forces effort which involved
At about 1900 two mortar rounds landed on the north side of the hill - but that was only the beginning of a vicious mortar attack accompanied by a ground assault by 150-200 VC and NVA troops. The friendly force was unable to establish a coherent defensive perimeter and lacked sufficient manpower to both defend the portions of the hill still held and counter-attack the areas captured by the VC/NVA. When it became apparent that the hilltop could not be held, the allied force broke into small groups and withdrew into the surrounding jungle with the intent of evading back to Ba To.
The withdrawing troops dribbled into the Ba To Special Forces Camp throughout 17 and 18 Dec. By the 19th there were 25 men still missing - 4 Marines, 1 Special Forces sergeant, and 20 CIDG troops. At first light on 21 Dec a force of 7 Marines, 4 Army Special Forces troops, 3 Australians, and 120 indigenous troops departed Ba To in search of the MIAs. The recovery effort was not opposed and 14 bodies were located - 4 Americans and 10 South Vietnamese. Thirteen bodies were extracted by helicopter at 1330 - but somehow the body of Army SFC Grayson West was left behind. He was recovered by a second mission on 22 Dec 1965.
In the meantime, one Marine and a number of South Vietnamese MIAs had made their way back to Ba To. Four Americans had been killed in the operation:
The photo was provided by Donald Callely, who went through recruit training with Raymond Joy at MCRD San Diego in 1963. It is taken from the recruit "yearbook".
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 11 Sep 2001
Last updated 11/13/2010