PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Wray, Waverly Wright "Charlie", "The Deacon" (Service number: 0-1030110)
Date of birth: September 27th, 1919 (Batesville/Mississippi, United States)
Date of death:  September 19th, 1944 (Nijmegen/Gelderland, The Netherlands)
Nationality:  American
     
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS (DSC)
Rank: 1st Lieutenant (Lieutenant)
Unit: Executive Officer Company D, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division "All-American", U.S. Army
Action: Citation:
First Lieutenant Waverly W. Wray, 0-1030110, 505th Parachute Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 7 June 1944, in France. While his platoon was engaged in a heavy fight with the enemy, Fist Lieutenant Wray, completely disregarding his own safety, crawled under devastating machine gun fire and although wounded, fought on until he had destroyed two enemy machine gun positions. Returning to his platoon he reorganized it and, securing a resupply of ammunition, led it in a successful attack upon the enemy. Only after he had driven the enemy from his platoon sector did he accept first aid for his wounds. The personal bravery and valiant leadership displayed by First Lieutenant Wray reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the armed forces.
 
     
SILVER STAR
Rank: 1st Lieutenant (Lieutenant)
Unit: Executive Officer Company D, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division "All-American", U.S. Army
Details: Citation unavailable.
 
     
PURPLE HEART
Rank: 1st Lieutenant (Lieutenant)
Unit: Executive Officer Company D, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division "All-American", U.S. Army
 
     
RIDDER VIERDE KLASSE DER MILITAIRE WILLEMS ORDE (MWO.4)
Rank: 1st Lieutenant (Lieutenant)
Unit: Executive Officer Company D, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division "All-American", U.S. Army
Awarded on: October 8th, 1945
Action: For having distinguished himself during the fighting by the 82nd Airborne Division in the area around Nijmegen between September 17th and October 4th 1944 by having performed outstanding deeds of courage, tact and loyalty and having repeatedly displayed outstanding devotion to duty and great perseverance and in all respects having set a praiseworthy example to all in those illustrious days during which he lost his life.
Details: Royal decree no.31 Awarded posthumously.
 
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Information source(s):   - NORDYKE, P., An Irresistible Force, Historic Ventures, LLC, McKinney, United States, 2011.
- NORDYKE, P., Four Stars of Valor, Zenith Press, St. Paul, United States, 2006.
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