35th Infantry Regiment (Cacti) Association

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  PVT Ray H. Ainsworth    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"

George Company
35th Infantry Regiment
World War II

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

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PVT Ray H. Ainsworth, who died in the service of his country on January 17th, 1943 in Guadalcanal. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Ray was 20 years of age. He was from Jackson County, Mississippi.

The decorations earned by PVT Ray H. Ainsworth include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Ray was single and a farmer in civilian life.


National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific


Honolulu County

Hawaii, USA

Plot: A, 1059

Ray was a young man from Smith County, Mississippi. He was the son of Seborn "Sebe" and Letha (Yelverton) Ainsworth. He and his family worked as farmers of fruit orchards. Ray was very determined to serve his county and he enlisted in the army on his 18th birthday. He and his unit fought at Pearl Harbor and he survived but then, sadly, was killed in action in Guadalcanal in January 1943. In 1969, his body was reinterred to the Punchbowl in Honolulu, Hawaii. His death was greatly mourned by his family members. Ray was a WWII war hero and was awarded a Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. May his service never be forgotten.