LTC Richard P. Bray was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 12/18/2003 at the age of 72.4
Salem, OR
Date of Birth 07/31/1931
Served in the U.S. Marine Corps
This information was provided by Barry Geller, SSN deceased search

More detail on this person: SALEM -- Umatilla native Richard "Pat" Paul Bray, 72, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel and longtime employee of the Marion County Sheriff's Department, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, 605 Commercial St., S.E. at Oak in Salem.

The youngest of 12 children, Mr. Bray was born July 31, 1931, at Umatilla. He grew up in Umatilla and graduated from Umatilla High School.

In 1950, he joined the Marine Corps, serving in the Korean War, where he received two Purple Hearts. After the Korean war he was commissioned as an officer and attended flight school. He served in Vietnam during 1964-65, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross. He was also a member of the Commander Helicopter Squadron of HMH-363 at Santa Ana, Calif. He retired from the Marines in 1973 after 23 years of service.

The family returned to Oregon where he worked for the Marion County Sheriff's Department and retired from private business in 1994.

Survivors include his wife, Willa; sons, Barry and Rodney, both of Salem, and Dale of Eugene; six grandchildren; brothers, Walter of San Jose, Calif., and Bruce of Albany; and sister, Fern Rhode of Las Vegas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Oregon Affilliate, Inc., 380 S.E. Spokane St., No. 110, Portland, OR 97202.

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