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  SGT Raymond John Churchill    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Alpha Company
2nd Battalion
35th Infantry Regiment

Vietnam War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SGT Raymond John Churchill, who died in the service of his country on August 4th, 1966 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms. At the time of his death Raymond was 19 years of age. He was from Lyndon Station, Wisconsin. Raymond is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 09E, Line 105.

The decorations earned by SGT Raymond John Churchill include: the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.

Raymond was the RTO for the FO serving A, 2/35. His parent unit was technically HHC, 2/9 Artillery but we chose to honor him as a Cacti Brother. Raymond died of wounds received on 8/2/66. At the bottom of these entries is a link to an article about the battle in which he was mortally wounded.

Dick Arnold
Cacti KIA Historian


Russ LaMarche
Rays Friend
4233 Milwaukee Street
Madison, WI53714 USA

You Will Never Be Forgotten.

I grew up with Ray and attended his funeral only weeks before I served with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam myself. Ray was a special type of guy returning to Vietnam after a full tour of duty. There will always be a special place in my heart for Ray. He will never be forgotten. Rays brother Lee (Ken) was also a special type of guy serving in Vietnam after his brothers death. Thank God Lee returned home to his family and friends. A Special Thanks To My Special Friends. Russ