My Brother Ray, An American Heroe, Thank You Ray for Serving our Country

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A tribute to my brother Ray, a Viet Nam Veteran who gave two years and more to his country.

My brother went to his eternal reward over five years ago.  Ray was generous to a fault, aggressive beyond description when it came to anything physical, a wonderful grandfather and a great husband.

When Ray and I were growing up on the family farm in Idaho we worked together, played together and had occasional physical battles.  It did not take me long to learn trying to defeat Ray was a futile endeavor.  I learned to be a diplomate very quickly.  Ray respected me for that and even became my protector in a rather rough environment.

Ray was an all star in football, the enforcer in basketball and an all state wrestler.  
As a sophomore he bested the "tough man on campus" and was pretty much respected on campus "as the guy not to mess with" the rest of his days at Kellogg High School.  

Being a tough farm boy going to college never seemed like an option to Ray.  After graduating from Kellogg High School Ray joined the Marines.  It just seemed like the "right fit" for Ray.  He arrived in Viet Nam just before "The Tet Offensive."  This was one of those battles that was technically won by our US troops.  However it was also the battle that began to change public opinion of the War in Southeast Asia and that may have caused us to eventually leave without victory.

Ray experienced the atrocities of war and he shared with me occasionally the memories and awfulness of coping with the aftermath of spending two years in Viet Nam.  

Ray was exposed to Agent Orange on numerous occasions which most likely brought on his diabetes at an early age.  He also lost some hearing from fungal diseases that were incurable.

Ray came home from Viet Nam and met a wonderful woman who was his greatest fan and supporter until his death.  He eventually moved back to the old family farm in Idaho.  His son Dwayne now lives on the farm.

Ray is just one of  thousands who gave their lives serving in Vietnam.  Many like Ray survived the war and came home to live with the consequences.  Ray was never bitter, always worked very hard and did not complain.  Thank you Ray for serving our country.
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Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

Beautiful post Paul. As an American, I want to say THANK YOU to your brother Ray. We need more Americans like him.

Nov 10, 2011 01:48 PM #1
Kym Wright
Prudential California Realty - Olivenhain, CA

Paul - What an incredible journey that your brother found in life.  It sounds like you had a very close relationship with him, I am sure a blessing for him while he was in Vietnam.  My father was on a ship in Vietnam and was exposed to more of the sea elements.  I pray for all Veterans on their day, they gave up their life for our freedom, I am so thankful!

Nov 10, 2011 01:49 PM #2
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Thank you Ray Campbell.  Semper Fi.

Nov 10, 2011 01:55 PM #3
Kathy Toth
Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
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I thank you so much for sharing this beautiful tribute of your Brother, Ray, who fought for THIS COUNTRY to keep us free.  We are the greatest Country in the World because of selfless men and women who gave their precious lives for our freedom. 

Nov 10, 2011 01:56 PM #4
Paul Campbell Realtor Lexington
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Donald, Kim, Al and Kathy,

Thank you for honoring my brother.  I still get to visit the family farm and spend time with his son and five grandchildren. There will always be a fondness for that piece of land and I am so thankful it is still in the family.

Nov 10, 2011 02:08 PM #5
Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411


Your brother sounds like a great brother and patriot, and a wonderful father and husband.  And very courageous going to Viet Nam when many, including me, tried to avoid getting drafted.  I was relieved when my lottery number was pulled; #337. 

Thanks for introducing me to Ray.

Nov 10, 2011 05:57 PM #6
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