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John Ray, ADBC Commander



ADBC Commander, 1962-64



John Ray PictureJohn Ray was born Dec 10, 1912 in Sommerville, MA. He attended Medford Schools before moving to Seattle, WA, and enlisting in the US Army.  He served from July 1935 t o 1938 at Fort Lawton. After his Army stint, he joined the Marines in Aug. 1940.  He was assigned to Hq. Co., 2nd Battalion, 4th Reg. U.S. Marines in Shanghai, China.  He was stationed at Subic Bay when the war broke out and he took part in the Corregidor defense.  He was interned at Bilibid, Cabanatuan Camp No. 1, Clark Field and Hanawa, Japan where he worked in the copper mines. He was discharged March 28, 1946 as a tech sergeant..  He earned the Silver and Bronze Stars, Purple Heart, American Defense and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.  He was the past national commander of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor; the past commander of the DAV, Chapter 27, Sommerville, a member of the James A. Logan Post 6800 VFW, Sommerville, and a member of the Order of the Purple Heart.

He married Mary Bertha Landry.  He retired from General Services Adminstrations as an information technician in December of 1974. 

John passed away Nov.11, 1997.