Bray, Ervil Thomas, CPL

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11D10-Armor Reconnaissance Specialist
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 11D10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1966 - 1967
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Casualty Date
Jul 29, 1967
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Clay Hill Cemetery - Ruth, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24E 017

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Tributes from Others posted by IN Olsen, David O, SGT 548
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3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1967-1967, 11D10, A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry
  1967-1967, 11D10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
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  May 13, 2016, General Photos1
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Pulaski County, Ky: 20th Century War Veterans
By Turner Publishing Company

Bray, Ervil, T.  Vietnam War letter to mother, Matilda Phelps, from Department of the Army 20 Oct. 1967.  Dear Mrs. Phelps:  President Johnson has asked that I reply to your recent letter concerning your son, Private First Class Ervil T. Bray.  I can readily understand your desire to obtain more details of the circumstances attending your sons death.  Reports received in the Department of the Army indicate that, on 29 July 1967, Ervil was with his squad in an armored personnel carrier on a combat operations in Vietnam.  This is a light-weight vehicle which moves on tracks rather than wheels and has armored protection on all sides.  It is operational on both land and water and is primarily to transport infantry personnel from one point to another.  Your sons work was that of a rifleman in armored cavalry.  At 11:00 A.M., the vehicle was struck by an enemy rocket with a high explosive charge designed to penetrate armored vehicles.  Ervil incurred fatal wounds and died before he could be removed to a hospital.  Casualty messages from Vietnam are forwarded by electrical means and are necessarily brief.  I regret that there is no information as to whether or not your son died instantly or whether he spoke after he was wounded.
     Your son was a brave and dedicated soldier and I am enclosing a statement of Honorable Service which you may appreciate.  On behalf of the President, may I extend my deepest symphathy to you in the great loss you have suffered.  Sincerely Yours,  C.A. Stanfiel Colonel, AGC  Acting the Adjutant General.
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 24E 017
MOS 11D10  SN 51942688
DOB 29 Mar 1942 Sommerset, KY

Kingsport News (Kingsport, Tennessee)
Church Hill Man's Brother Killed In Action

CHURCH HILL, - The brother of a Church Hill man has been killed in combat in Vietnam.  Army Pfc. Ervil T. Bray, 24, brother of Lowell Bray Main Street, Church Hill, was killed July 29.  He was in the Army eight months.

Survivors in addition to his brother include his wife Judy and his mother, Mrs. Milida Bray, of Somerset, Ky.; five other brothers, Dewey of Somerset, Rothel and Norman of Cincinnati, Glen of San Diego, Calif, and Coy of Louisville, Ky,; and one sister, Jean, of Cincinnati.

The body will arrive in Somerset today, with funeral services to be held Monday at 2 p.m.

Ervil was born 29 March 1942 in Pulaski, Kentucky.  His Father was Raymond Bray ( July 16, 1906 - April 24, 1949)  His Mother was Matilda B. Meece ( 1908 - 1978)  His Grandfather was William Logan Bray (26 Jan 1883 - Dec 19__)  His Grandmother was Lizzie Ellen Hunt (1884 - Dec 1975)  Ervil was drafted in November, 1966.  He was postumously promoted to Corporal. 
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
3/4 Cav AssociationThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorKentucky Vietnam Veterans MemorialVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1967, 3/4 Cav Association [Verified]2
  1967, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  1967, Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
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