Paul Darwin Raymond

United States Air Force
10 January 1943 - 15 November 1973
Deposit, New York
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USAF Pilot

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Paul Darwin Raymond

24 Mar 2002

"To live in the hearts we leave behind,
is never to have died."
(Thomas Campbell, circa 1888)

From his son,
Michael Raymond
1400 Blueberry Lane, Charlotte, NC 28226

21 Mar 2004

I just want to say God bless the family and friends of Captain Paul D. Raymond.
I received his POW/MIA bracelet through my ROTC detachment and have been wearing it for 2 years now.
I think of him often and of his family.
I am always proud to tell people what this bracelet is for, and always will be, till the day he comes home.
God bless you all and God-speed to Captain Raymond.
Cadet Captain Matthew A. Thompson, AFROTC

Matthew A. Thompson
314 E. 19th Ave, Columbus, Ohio, 43201

05 May 2006

I also am proud to wear a POW/MIA Bracelet honoring Captain Paul D. Raymond.

It is a true honor to pray for the friends and family of Captain Raymond.

I send my love and blessings to the family and friends of an American Hero,
Captain Paul D. Raymond.

Cadet Jessica J. Murray

04 Dec 2006

I have received a POW/MIA name with Captain Paul D. Raymond's name on it. It is an honor for me to wear this and I think about what I am doing every day. I would like to live my life as couragiously as Captain Raymond. Wearing his name around my wrist is a huge inspiration and motivates me to never give up. To me he's a hero and a larger than life figure that I will always think about.

Dennis Chim

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 05 Sep 1967 1Lt Paul D. Raymond and Capt. Donald W. Downing of the 557th Tactical Fighter Squadron were shot down in F-4C tail number 63-7547about 10 miles north of the city of Vinh Linh while on a mission over Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam. Since there was neither confirmation that they survived the crash nor evidence that they had died, the two men were carried as Missing in Action. None of the POWs who returned in 1973 had any knowledge of the two men. On 15 November 1973 the Secretary of the Air Force approved a Presumptive Finding of Death for Captain Raymond and his status was changed to Killed in Action/Body not recovered. As of 24 March 2002, neither he nor Captain Downing have returned.

There is a memorial to
Paul Darwin Raymond,
Captain, USAF,
USAF Academy Class of 1965,
in Section B-006 of the
Air Force Academy Cemetery.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his son,
Michael Raymond
1400 Blueberry Lane, Charlotte, N C 28226

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 Mar 2002
Last updated 01/16/2007