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Raymond Vargas, click to enlarge
Raymond Vargas

War: World War II
Service Dates: Oct. 1942 to Feb. 1946
Branch: Navy-Marine Corp.
Unit: 1st Marine Assault Unit, Special Forces
Service Locations: 
Great Lakes, NOB, Norfolk, Virginia
Lido Beach, Long Island
LST 508, Southampton, England
Highest Rank: Pharmacist 2nd Class, Surgical Tech.
Medals/Special Service Awards: 
Presidential Unit Citation for the American, European, and Pacific Theaters
English D-Day medal and French D-Day medal and presentation
Birth Year: 1924
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois


Mr. Vargas also provided the following information about his military service:

"I participated in D-Day June 1944 in the Utah Beach 3rd assault wave as a surgical tech, attending to approximately 300 wounded, three doctors, and 20 corpsmen. When Europe was secured I was sent to California to train with 1st Marine Assault Unit Special Forces to train for the Invasion of Japan … I finished my tour of duty with the Shore Patrol in Honolulu, Hawaii."

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