Enners, Raymond James, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Infantry


Ranger
First Lieutenant


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1945
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Farmingdale
Last Address
Farmingdale

Casualty Date
Sep 18, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
U.S. Military Academy West Point Post Cemetery - West Point, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
43W 026

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Infantry Shoulder Cord


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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1963-1967, United States Military Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Early life

Ray Enners was born into an athletic family. His father, also named Raymond, played football for a semi-pro team in Farmingdale, NY. Ray Enners attended Half Hollows High School in Dix Hills, New York. During his time at Half Hollows, he served as captain of the football, basketball and lacrosse teams. He excelled in lacrosse, fondly nicknamed "The Machine" by his teammates. During his senior year, he was an All-County, All Long Island and Honorable Mention All-American. He played varsity lacrosse for five-years and played in the first five Suffolk County championships. Enners continued to play lacrosse while he attended the United States Military Academy, from which he graduated in 1967. He was the 1967 NCAA/USILA Honorable Mention All-American.

Vietnam War and death

Enners served as a first lieutenant for the United States Army in the Republic of Vietnam. On September 18, 1968 he was serving as platoon leader with Company A, 1st Battalion, 20th and 11th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division in a combat sweep near the village of Ha Thanh. His platoon was outflanked and ambushed by a camouflaged North Vietnamese Army squad amongst the hills while they crossed a small valley. A leader of Enner's squad was severely wounded and fell within twenty meters of the North Vietnamese. The squad leader called for help, and Lieutenant Enners attempted to rescue him despite strong enemy fire.

Lieutenant Enners advanced his position from one hundred meters back to a dike that sheltered his forward squad twenty meters shy of the wounded squad leader. He dispersed his men to provide cover fire at the hostiles. He and another squad leader then made it to within ten meters of the wounded squad leader. The North Vietnamese lobbed grenades at them and forced them back to the dike. Enners continued to maneuver his men closer to the enemy so they could provide better cover. He then ran into the crossfire to reach the wounded squad leader. After reaching him, he applied first aid and picked him up to bring him to the medics. When Enners was within fifteen meters of the enemy, a North Vietnamese machine gun barrage killed him.

Military Awards Received

Enners received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart posthumously for his service in South Vietnam. His name is listed on the Vietnam War Memorial and one of the athletic hallways at West Point is named after him.

Lacrosse Awards named after Lt. Enners

  • The Lt. Raymond Enners Award is presented by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association to the NCAA National Player of the Year in men's lacrosse.
  • The Lt. Ray Enners Award is given by the Suffolk County Coaches Association to the top boys high school player in Suffolk County, Long Island each year.
  • The Lt. Enners-Chris Pettit Award is given to the Army Offensive MVP each season
   
Comments/Citation

      To All Who Shall See These Presents Greeting:
This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Takes Pride in Presenting

 

THE
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
to
Raymond James Enners


The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Raymond James Enners (ASN: OF-111531), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division.


First Lieutenant Enners distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 18 September 1968 while serving as a platoon leader during a combat sweep near the village of Ha Thanh. While moving across a small valley, his platoon was ambushed by a reinforced North Vietnamese Army squad firing machine guns, automatic weapons and small arms from camouflaged positions on a hillside. A squad leader was severely wounded and fell within twenty meters of the communists. Helplessly trapped by raking fire from the enemy gunners, the badly bleeding squad leader called for help, but the deadly hostile fire kept anyone from reaching him. Lieutenant Enners, hearing his cries, began moving forward to rescue him. From his position one hundred meters back, he crawled forward through the rice paddies and leaped across the intervening dikes, dodging through continuous bursts of enemy fire until he reached his forward squad trapped behind a dike twenty meters from the fallen squad leader. With the aid of one of the other squad leaders, he dispersed his men and signaled for covering fire. He and the squad leader then jumped over the dike and ran forward through the blistering fire to within ten meters of the wounded man, but were forced to turn back when the North Vietnamese began throwing grenades. Calling for a second burst of cover fire, the two men again raced across the bullet-ridden paddies, only to be halted again by the shrapnel of exploding grenades. Returning to the scant cover of the dike, Lieutenant Enners reorganized his men, maneuvering one squad twenty meters to the right of the enemy emplacements and directing the remainder of the platoon to areas from which they could lay down the most effective cross fire. Signaling a third time for his men to open up on the aggressors, he and the squad leader vaulted the dike and again attempted to reach the wounded man. Braving rounds scorching the air around them, they raced to the injured man's position and took cover behind the dike, After applying first aid to the man's wounds while the squad leader fired at the North Vietnamese, Lieutenant Enners picked up the injured man, again disregarding the risk to his own life to carry him back across the battlefield to the care of medical aidmen. Moving the squad on the right through a hail of fire, he moved to within fifteen meters of the enemy before he was fatally wounded by hostile machine gun fire. First Lieutenant Enners' extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 403 (February 5, 1969)

 



   
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