Raymon W. Herndon
|Raymon W. Herndon|
November 1, 1918|
Waterboro, South Carolina
|Died||September 14, 1942
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1942|
|Rank||Private First Class|
|Unit||1st Marine Division|
|Battles/wars||World War II
During World War II, Private First Class Herndon was serving with the 1st Marine Division during action against Japanese forces on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands on 14 September 1942. While engaged in a hazardous reconnaissance patrol on the southern slope of a hill, Herndon was mortally wounded. With the Japanese advancing rapidly on his position, and realizing that he had no chance to survive, he asked that he be left with a weapon to cover the withdrawal of his patrol to the top of the hill.
Private First Class Herndon was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for "extraordinary heroism and outstanding courage...His brave and loyal fighting spirit above the call of duty, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave up his life in the service of his country."
The United States Navy destroyer escort USS Raymon W. Herndon (DE-688) was named for Private First Class Herndon. She was converted during construction into the high-speed transport USS Raymon W. Herndon (APD-121) and was in commission as such from 1944 to 1946.