Cooley, Raymond Henry, S/Sgt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Primary Unit
1941-1945, 745, 27th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1941 - 1945

Staff Sergeant


One Service Stripe



Six Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Tennessee
Tennessee
Year of Birth
1945
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Cooley, Raymond Henry (MOH), S/Sgt.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Dunlap, Tennessee
Last Address
South Pittsburgh, Tennessee

Date of Passing
Mar 12, 1947
 
Location of Interment
Cumberland View Cemetery - Kimball, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Unknown

 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II Honorable Discharge Emblem (WWII) 25th Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor
  1945, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1945, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Cooley served as a Staff Sergeant, United States Army, Company B, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. He was awarded his medal for service Near Lumboy, Luzon, Philippine Islands, on February 24, 1945. His citation reads-He was a platoon guide in an assault on a camouflaged entrenchment defended by machineguns, rifles, and mortars. When his men were pinned down by 2 enemy machineguns, he voluntarily advanced under heavy fire to within 20 yards of 1 of the guns and attacked it with a hand grenade. The enemy, however, threw the grenade back at him before it could explode. Arming a second grenade, he held it for several seconds of the safe period and then hurled it into the enemy position, where it exploded instantaneously, destroying the gun and crew. He then moved toward the remaining gun, throwing grenades into enemy foxholes as he advanced. Inspired by his actions, 1 squad of his platoon joined him. After he had armed another grenade and was preparing to throw it into the second machinegun position, 6 enemy soldiers rushed at him. Knowing he could not dispose of the armed grenade without injuring his comrades, because of the intermingling in close combat of the men of his platoon and the enemy in the melee which ensued, he deliberately covered the grenade with his body and was severely wounded as it exploded. By his heroic actions, S/Sgt. Cooley not only silenced a machinegun and so inspired his fellow soldiers that they pressed the attack and destroyed the remaining enemy emplacements, but also, in complete disregard of his own safety, accepted certain injury and possible loss of life to avoid wounding his comrades.

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
27th Infantry Regiment
  1941-1945, 745, 27th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)
  1942-1943 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1944 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomons Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
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