Henry Ray WickerLance Corporal
A CO, 1ST BN, 4TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
31 August 1946 - 08 May 1967
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The database page for Henry Ray Wicker
Henry Ray Wicker was a year ahead of me in high school and a year ahead of me in Vietnam. He was a very fun-loving, likable type person during our high school years. Everyone could not help but love his personality, even the teachers. Henry had learned to keep life on a lighter note with his laughter and his charm. Everyone treasured this young, free-spirted patriot's friendship. Many Marion County, Kentucky locals could not understand why Henry would join the military and especially the Marines. Although my Vietnam service was as an Army Infantryman, I can only imagine why Henry chose the path in life that he did. The cry for true Americans to step forward and display their patriotic spirit was stirring to many during those Vietnam War years. Henry answered that call. To join the Marine Corps was a warrior's dream. He became one of America's Finest and made our community so proud of his accomplishments.
No one was prouder of Henry than his younger brother, Bill Wicker. The two brothers were very close family members, but were even closer friends. I have been blessed to have known both brothers in my lifetime. Henry was and still is Bill's true American Hero. Being a close friend of younger brother Bill and a fellow Vietnam Veteran, I have tried to share my war experiences with him. It will not replace the stories that big brother Henry would have shared with the family had he not perished in combat, but perhaps my stories will offer some understanding of our proud, patriotic ordeal called war. Truly "All Gave Some, Some Gave All."
I Am Not DeadDo not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am diamond glints of snow;
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush;
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds encircled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.
Lyrics by Mary Frye (1932) and Wilbur Skeels (1996)
From a hometown friend and Vietnam Brother,
I served with LCpl Henry Ray Wicker when he was a member of Hotel Co, 2nd Bn, 26th Marines, before his transfer to 1st Bn, 4th Marines. There is a memorial in Stanton, Michigan, dedicated to the men of Hotel 2/26 which has Henry's name inscribed in it.
Paul H. Minillo
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, was among the Allied forces engaged in bitter fighting around Con Thien on 08 May 1967. The 1/4 Marines lost 36 men on that day, 13 of them from Alpha Company:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 08/10/2009