Thank you Marine for your service to this great nation and to our Corps....
Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same
The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces
Each one of you answered the call
willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives
"War drew us from our homeland
In the sunlit springtime of our youth.
Those who did not come back alive remain
in perpetual springtime -- forever young --
And a part of them is with us always."
--- Author Unknown ---
God Bless You
US Marine LCPL Raymond Farley Trantham, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Murphy, NC.
US Marine Lance Corporal Raymond Farley Trantham was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Marine Corps, LCPL Trantham served our country until May 19th, 1968 in Quang Tri, Khe Sanh, South Vietnam. He was 18 years old and was not married. It was reported that Raymond died from an undetermined explosion. His body was recovered. Raymond was born on June 6th, 1949 in Murphy, North Carolina. LCPL Trantham is on panel 63E, line 015 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for less than a year.
Raymond I think of you so often. I still can feel your fingernails piercing my ears when you came up behind me in the hall at school. We all miss you and thank you for the "extreme" gift that you gave so that we can live in a free country. You are gone but you will never be forgotten. Thanks Old Friend. Rick Gillenwater.
Raymond Trantham was a friend of mine. It seems so long ago but as a Vietnam Veteran myself, we will never forget. Luke Bayless.
I can still feel Raymond coming up from behind you in the hall at high school and playing some kind of trick on you from behind, when you least expect it. He was a great football player, a great friend, and a great patriot. He believed in what our country was doing. It's been 32 years and I still remember as if it were yesterday. Raymond, we will never forget you or what you gave to us. We'll see you again someday, my friend. Larry Ellis.
He served with Foxtrot Company, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, 3rd Marine Amphibious Forces.
He was awarded The Combat Action Ribbon(CAR), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal.