Raymond Lawrence Whelpley

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
16 April 1947 - 06 September 1968
Lake Orion, Michigan
Panel 45W Line 058


Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Raymond Lawrence Whelpley

30 Oct 2007

I am hoping that I have spelled Raymond's name correctly. I know his name is on the Wall because I have seen it.

My name is Jenny Kesler (Wood) and Raymond and I went to the same church in Michigan. I had lost touch with Raymond when I moved away and was saddened when I learned he had died in Vietnam. Raymond was a wonderful Christian man and served well for his country. I was very blessed knowing him. Rest in Peace, Raymond.

From a friend,
Jenny Kesler

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 5-6 September 1968, seven Companies of the 101st Airborne Division conducted a cordon and search operation directed at locating and destroying the 7th VC Local Force Battalion. During the night of 6 September 1968 the 7th VC broke through the Alpha 3/187 position. Although Alpha 3/187 held its position against the much larger enemy force, SP4 Raymond L. Whelpley and 30 others died in fierce hand-to-hand combat. Overall, 34 American soldiers died in the three days at Ap Tran Dau:
  • A Co, 3rd Bn, 187th Infantry
    • SSG James H. Anderson, Anaheim, CA (Silver Star)
    • SGT James E. Barnhill, New York, NY
    • SP5 Dean A. Bell, Kansas City, MO
    • SGT Gregory L. Bomberry, Niagara Falls, NY
    • SGT William Cannion, Hayneville, AL
    • SP4 Robert O. Chambers, Camp Hill, AL
    • CPL Lloyd T. Darling, Kill Buck, NY
    • SGT Jeffrey A. Davis, Indianapolis, IN
    • SGT Benjamin T. Dawkins, Rockingham, NC
    • SGT Jeffrey A. Evans, Baltimore, MD
    • SGT Robert A. Gamber, York, PA
    • 1LT Merrill T. Geraghty, Mesa, AZ
    • SP4 George A. Gerald, Portsmouth, VA
    • PFC Carlton T. Goree, Mobile, AL
    • SGT Michael L. Griffith, Lancaster, OH
    • CPL Thomas W. Harris, Brandon, FL
    • CPT Kenneth B. Jenkins, Orangeburg, SC
    • CPL Michael C. Kolarov, Akron, OH
    • SGT Jimmy D. Lemley, Checotah, OK
    • PFC Steve A. Livengood, North Miami Beach, FL
    • CPL Anthony J. Montes, Yabucoa, PR
    • SGT Edwin A. Penn, Denver, CO
    • PFC Randolph Sampson, Jacksonville, FL
    • SGT Willie L. Toney, Dallas, TX
    • SP4 Raymond L. Whelpley, Lake Orion, MI
    • CPL Donald M. Wilbanks, Oklahoma City, OK

  • B Co, 3rd Bn, 187th Infantry
    • SGT Gus W. Johnson, Blacklick, OH
    • CPL James J. Neidlinger, New York, NY
    • CPL Charles G. Russell, Louisville, KY

  • E Co, 3rd Bn, 187th Infantry
  • HHC, 3rd Bn, 187th Infantry
  • C Co, 1st Bn, 27th Infantry
    • PFC Gerald M. Duarte, Campbell, CA

  • C Btry, 2nd Bn, 319th Artillery
    • SP4 Lloyd D. Doering, Roanoke, VA

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 30 Oct 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009