Raymon W. Herndon
Raymon W. Herndon
|Born||November 1, 1918|
Walterboro, South Carolina
|Died||September 14, 1942 (aged 23)|
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1942|
|Rank||Private First Class|
|Unit||1st Marine Division|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Raymon W. Herndon (1918–1942) was a United States Marine who received a posthumous Navy Cross for his actions in the Guadalcanal campaign during World War II.
Raymon W. Herndon was born on 1 November 1918 at Walterboro, South Carolina. He reported for active duty with the United States Marine Corps on 29 April 1942 at New River, North Carolina.
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.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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