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Years of service  1941–1942
Role  APD-96
Name  Ray Edwards
Launched  February 19, 1944
Unit  1st Marine Division
Rank  Corporal
Length  93 m

Born  November 11, 1923 Chicago, Illinois (1923-11-11)
Died  September 12, 1942(1942-09-12) (aged 18) Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy United States Marine Corps

Construction started  December 1, 1943
Builder  Charleston Naval Shipyard

Ray K. Edwards (1923–1942) was a United States Marine Corps corporal who received a posthumous Silver Star for his actions in the Guadalcanal campaign during World War II.

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Biography

Ray Keith Edwards was born on 11 November 1923 at Chicago, Illinois. He enlisted in the United States Navy on 16 June 1941, then was transferred to the U.S. Marine Corps at his own request and was rated corporal on 23 February 1942.

Edwards lost his life during World War II while receiving an important radio message during a Japanese aerial bombardment on Guadalcanal on 12 September 1942.

Awards

For his action on Guadalcanal on 12 September 1942, Edwards received the Silver Star posthumously.

Namesakes

The U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Ray K. Edwards (DE-237) was named for Corporal Edwards. During construction, she was converted into the high-speed transport USS Ray K. Edwards (APD-96), and was in commission as such from 1945 to 1946.

References

Ray K. Edwards Wikipedia


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