James Edwin Ray
|James Edwin Ray|
James Edwin Ray, U.S. Air Force
August 25, 1941 |
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1964–1990|
|Unit||469th Tactical Fighter Squadron|
Legion of Merit
Prisoner of War Medal
James E. Ray graduated from Texas A&M University in 1964. For two years, he flew F-105 fighter bombers in the U.S. Air Force. On his 11th combat mission, on May 8, 1966, Ray had to eject over North Vietnam and was immediately captured. He was decorated for his resistance to his captors and developing techniques for his fellow prisoners to resist his captors. He was not released until February 12, 1973.
Awards and decorations
|US Air Force Command Pilot Badge|
|Legion of Merit with bronze oak leaf cluster|
|Bronze Star Medal with Valor device and bronze oak leaf cluster|
|Purple Heart with bronze oak leaf cluster|
|Defense Meritorious Service Medal|
|Meritorious Service Medal|
|Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with bronze oak leaf cluster|
|Prisoner of War Medal|
|National Defense Service Medal|
|Vietnam Service Medal with silver and three bronze service stars|
|Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon with silver and bronze oak leaf clusters|
|Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon|
|Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver oak leaf cluster|
|Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon|
|Air Force Training Ribbon|
|Order of National Security Merit, Tong-il Medal|
|Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Award|
|Vietnam Campaign Medal|
- "Bio: James E. Ray". POW Network. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- "James E Ray - Service Record". United States Air Force. undated. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
- "James E Ray - Service Record - Bronze Star". United States Air Force. undated. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
- "James E. Ray". Veteran Tributes. Retrieved 2008-09-06.
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