Raymond Marshall Tanner

Specialist Five
Army of the United States
29 June 1941 - 27 October 1968
Lubbock, Texas
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Combat Medic

Bronze Star (2 awards), Purple Heart (2 awards), Army Commendation Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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27 May 2006

Raymond Marshall Tanner was a Midland, Texas native. He attended Midland schools and also lived in Lubbock, Texas. He entered the U.S. Army in 1960 and was trained as a medic. He served three tours in Vietnam, the first with HHC, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division in 1966, then with HHC, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry in 1967. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for Meritorous Service with the 27th Infantry, a Bronze Star for Meritorous Service with the 3rd Brigade along with an Army Commendation's Medal and a Purple Heart. He began his third tour with the 5th Mechanized Infantry on June 12, 1968. He was killed when his APC detonated an antitank mine on October 27, 1968. He was awarded his third Bronze Star and second Purple Heart posthumously. He is remembered by the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial located in Midland, Texas.

From a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762

24 Feb 2007

I was provided a picture from the 5th Mechanized Infantry Association.

"Ray is on the left, and I am sitting on the 50 in the group picture taken on the B Co. Angel Track. The man standing in the middle was a Special Forces Demo expert assigned to us to blow mines, booby traps and dud rounds. He also blew up a lot of really big ant hills. The fourth guy standing on the right escapes my memory."

Raymond Marshall Tanner
Photos courtesy of Hildy Buterbaugh

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 5th Infantry Vietnam history contains the following entry for 27 Oct 1968:
"On October 27, 1968, Company A and Company B of the 1/5th(M) were assigned the mission to clear and secure Highway 14, between Dau Tieng and Thanh An. At XT 510430 a mine was located and destroyed. At 1000 hours, about 500 meters south of that location, an APC from Company B detonated an AT mine. One medic was killed and five other Bobcats from Company B were injured. The APC was damaged beyond repair."

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 May 2006
Last updated 08/10/2009