Archuletta, Ray Adam, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11C40-Mortar Platoon Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 11C40, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1954 - 1967

Sergeant First Class


Four Service Stripes



Three Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Colorado
Colorado
Year of Birth
1936
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Florence, CO
Last Address
Florence, CO

Casualty Date
Sep 07, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Lakeside Cemetery - Cannon City, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
26E 021

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Master Parachutist

 
 Unit Assignments
101st Airborne Division 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment
  1965-1967, 11C40, 101st Airborne Division
  1967-1967, 11C40, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Casualty Occurrence: Undetermined engagement at Doc Pho. See awards additional comments. 
   
Comments/Citation
 
 

 

HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES ARMY VIETNAM
APO San Francisco 96307

18 July 1966

GENERAL ORDERS
NUMBER 4742

AWARD OF The BRONZE STAR MEDAL FOR HEROISM

1. TC 320. The following AWARD is announced.

ARCHULETTA RAY A RA17404497 STAFF SERGEANT E-6 United States Army
CoB, 2d Bn (Abn), 502d Inf, 1st Bde, 101st abn Div, APO 96347

 

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device
Date action: 26 Mar 1966
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Reason: For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force Staff Sergeant Archuletta distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 26 March 1966 while serving as a scout team leader during a search and destroy mission near Tuy Hoa, Republic of Vietnam. As his four man scout team traveled along a dark trail, Staff Sergeant Archuletta detected a Viet Cong moving in the dense jungle. He immediately moved to the front of his patrol, charged the insurgent, and killed him, Moments after this initial contact, three men were pinned down by intense hostile fire. With complete disregard for his safety, Staff Sergeant Archuletta charged forward and killed two more Viet Cong before he was seriously wounded himself. Through his courage arid determination he contributed immeasurably to the success of the mission, Staff Sergeant Arcbuletta's personal bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Authority: By direction of the President under the provisions of Executive Order 11046, 24 August 1962.

FOR THE COMMANDER:

RICHARD J. SEITZ
Brigadier General, US Army
Chief of Staff
OFFICIAL:

L. T HARTIS
Colonel, AGC
Adjutant General



 

CITATION:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Staff Sergeant Ray Adam Archuletta (ASN: RA-17404497), United States Army, for gallantry in action. While on a search and destroy mission the point element of the First Platoon, Company B, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 502d Infantry, suddenly became engaged in a fire fight with an estimated enemy squad reinforced with a light machine gun. As the intensity of the enemy fire increased, Staff Sergeant Archuletta quickly determined the precarious situation of the point element. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Sergeant Archuletta jumped to his feet and charged through the withering enemy automatic weapons fire to within approximately twenty feet of the enemy machine gun position and threw a hand grenade into the emplacement, knocking it out. Sergeant Archuletta continued to advance on the enemy position and captured the enemy automatic weapons that had been abandoned by the wounded enemy soldier. Sergeant Archuletta quickly returned to his squad and continued to expose himself to the withering enemy fire while deploying his squad and personally directing their fire. Sergeant Archuletta on several occasions moved through the tremendous volume of enemy fire and personally pulled some of his wounded comrades to covered positions. His actions saved the lives of several of his wounded comrades and enabled the platoon to successfully assault and overrun the determined enemy force. Sergeant Archuletta's outstanding display of gallantry in action and his devotion to duty are within the highest military tradition and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. Headquarters, II Field Force Vietnam, General Orders No. 611 (August 1, 1967)


 

HEADQUARTERS
AMERICAL DIVISION
APO San Francisco 96374

16 October 1967

GENERAL ORDERS
NUMBER 892

AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR
(FIRST OAK LEAF CLUSTER)

1. TC 320. The following AWARD is announced posthumously.

ARCHULETTA RAY A RA 17404497, STAFF SERGEANT E6, United States Army
Company B, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 502nd Infantry

 

Awarded: Silver Star (1st Oak Leaf Cluster)
Date action: 25 Aug 1967
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Reason: For gallantry in action against a hostile enemy on 25 August 1967 near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam. While conducting a search and destroy mission, the point squad and platoon leader of Staff Sergeant Archuletta's platoon began receiving heavy enemy automatic weapons fire and were pinned down in an exposed rice paddy. Observing this, Sergeant Archuletta repeatedly exposed himself to the hail of enemy fire in order to properly position his men and direct their firepower. Seeing that the machinegunner and assistant machinegunner of the pinned down squad had both been wounded, Sergeant Archuletta, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, rushed forward through the heavy enemy automatic weapons fire to the machinegun position. After insuring that the wounded troopers were given proper medical attention and had been moved back to a safe position, he manned the machinegun and put out a heavy volume of firepower until running out of ammunition. Knowing that the machinegun was drastically needed in order to obtain superior fire power, Sergeant Archuletta fired his own rifle as he maneuvered from position to position in order to gather additional ammunition. After gathering the desperately needed ammunition, Sergeant Archuletta again opened up with the machinegun and was instrumental in saving one trooper's life and repelling the vicious enemy assault. Staff Sergeant Archuletta's outstanding display of gallantry and his devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect. great credit upon himself, and the Americal Division, and the United States Army.
Authority: By direction of the President under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 9 July 1918.

FOR THE COMMANDER:

ROBERT P. MUSSER
Colonel, GS
Chief of Staff
OFFICIAL:

MATTEW W. IRVIN
LTC AGC
Adjutant General

 

HEADQUARTERS
AMERICAL DIVISION
APO San Francisco 96374

18 October 1967

GENERAL ORDERS
NUMBER 894

AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR
(SECOND OAK LEAF CLUSTER)

1. TC 320. The following AWARD is announced posthumously.

ARCHULETTA RAY A RA 17 404 497, SERGEANT FIRST CLASS (then SSG E-6), United States Army
Company B, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 502nd Infantry

 

Awarded: Silver Star (2d Oak Leaf Cluster)
Date action: 7 September 1967
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Reason: For gallantry in action against a hostile force on 7 September 1967 near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam. Staff Sergeant Archuletta distinguished himself as his platoon was moving a wounded man to a landing zone to be extracted when they were suddenly brought under a tremendous volume of enemy automatic weapons fire. Seeing his machinegunner wounded. Sergeant Archuletta ordered his evacuation while he rushed forward with complete disregard for his own safety and in spite of the enemy fire to provide covering fire. As the wounded man was too heavy to be carried by the medic, Sergeant Archuletta again moved through the fire and helped carry him to the safety of a nearby wood line position. Nearing the wood line, Sergeant Archuletta was seriously wounded and in one last valiant effort he ordered the medic to take the wounded man to safety as he stayed behind and expended his ammunition to provide the covering fire. The outstanding gallantry, devotion to his fellow soldier, and his intense dedication to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Archuletta were in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Americal Division, and the United States Army.
Authority: By direction of the President under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 9 July 1918.

FOR THE COMMANDER:

ROBERT P. MUSSER
Colonel, GS
Chief of Staff
OFFICIAL:

MATTEW W. IRVIN
LTC AGC
Adjutant General

   
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