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"We were just all in it together. That's the way it ought to be anyhow." (Video Interview, 29:09)

   Raymond Aleck Seay
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Raymond Seay, 2003 [detail]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Marine Corps
Unit: 1st Marine Division; 4th Marine Division
Service Location: Parris Island, South Carolina; Cuba; Quantico, Virginia; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands); Iwo Jima
Rank: Private First Class
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The son of a very poor Alabama family, Raymond Seay never knew his parents. He spent some time in an orphanage and was eventually raised by his uncle and sister, whom he learned to call "mom," during his adolescence. Seay served on Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. During one furious battle Raymond discovered a new purpose when he found God and started a new spiritual life.

Interview (Video)
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