MARCH 1, 1920


Born in Sulphur, Oklahoma (OK), Harvey enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1939. During World War II, he was cited for extreme gallantry in combat & awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, 2 Silver Stars, 2 Bronze Stars & 2 Purple Hearts. Recalled with the Korean War, in July 1950, Harvey participated in the Inchon Landing. On March 9, 1951, Captain Harvey’s company led the attack on “Hill 1232.” With his company pinned down, Harvey advanced under fire and single-handedly wiped out 3 enemy machine gun nests & a pill box despite being wounded.  In August 1950, he received the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman. After the war, Harvey was technical advisor for the 20th Century Fox film Fixed Bayonets (about his exploits in Korea) and for Cease Fire (1953) & Verboten (1959). Retiring in 1962, Lt. Col. Harvey was Director of Indian Affairs, Arizona State Emergency Services. He died in 1996. Harvey was posthumously inducted into the OK Military (2010) & Chickasaw (2017) Halls of Fame.

Sources: “Raymond Harvey,” Chickasaw Hall of Fame.  Retrieved 5/25/2021, Raymond Harvey | Hall of Fame (
Photo: U.S. Army, 1952. Public Domain.

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