Ray Hamblett
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Claude Ray Hamblett (1919 - 2006)

Claude Ray (Ray) "C R" Hamblett
Born in Benwood, Calhoun, Mississippimap
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Died at age 87 in Como, Lafayette, Mississippi (Harmontown)map
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WWII
Ray Hamblett participated in the Second World War.
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Ray Hamblett was WIA, World War II
in the Battle of Iwo Jima

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Biography


Claude Ray (CR) Hamblett started life as a farmer on family land in Benwood, Yalobusha County, Mississippi. He met and married Thelma V Kirksey who came to teach at Benwood School. He met her because his youngest sister, Louise (a fiery redhead) complained to him that her teacher was "mean". He declared to all that he was going to marry that school teacher the first time he met her.

Benwood, Yalobusha Mississippi Image 7

CR enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and like most southern boys was very good at shooting (their table depended upon meat that was hunted). He was marksman /Sharpshooter class. He was assigned to the 3rd battlion and was sent off to Iwo Jima. In that blood battle he was shot in the face. The bullet destroyed his jaw and went thru his shoulder. He spent over 2 years at Bethesda Hospital while they reconstructed his face. they removed bones from his hips for his jaw, and skin from his legs for his face. He did suffer nerve damage in the face and as a result he had tunnel vision on the one side. While at Bethesda he met Helen Keller, some of the members of the ST Louis Cardinals, and was personally greeted by President Truman. He returned home to find his wife was suffering with TB and so the family moved to Memphis inorder that his wife get proper medical care. She survived. He found work doing odd jobs, usually painting houses. He loved his CB Radio and his "handle" was Paint-dauber. All of his children went to university and left home. His wife, Thelma went to Egypt to help her daughter Audrey and ended up staying there some years. During that time he used his GI bill to get land in mississippi.........it was basically the old Love family land (his grandmother was a Love). He died at home gazing out the window. His last words were "I love this place"

ADDITIONAL: Arrangements for his Cremains to be interred in the new Veterans memorial cemetery in Kilmichael MS have been made along with his wife Thelma for Aug 22 2017. Up til now the cremains have resided enshrined in a place of honor under the TV set of their daughter Audrey.

Wounded 12 March 1944, spent several months in Florida then 27 months at Bethesda Hospital having his face reconstructed from wounds received in Iwo Jima

Farmer then house painter. 3rd Battalion US Marine Corp, Private, Marksman class sharpshooter/sniper Iwo Jima. Wounded in Action

Name

Claude Ray /Hamblett

Birth

04 FEB 1919, Mississippi

Death

11 APR 2006, Como, Lafayette, Mississippi (Harmontown) His death certificate has him as Como Panola county. This is because we are a small section of Lafayette county north of the lake. We use a Panola area code and post office even though we are part of Lafayette county. This corner of Lafayette county was cut off when they built the earth dam and created Sardis Lake.

Residence

Residence: Age: 0; Age: 11/12;
Date: 1920
Place: Air Mount, Yalobusha, Mississippi

Correction of place name: Air Mount. Census record spells it incorrectly.

Residence:
Date: 1930
Place: Beat 5, Yalobusha, Mississippi
Residence:
Date: 1943
Place: Memphis, Tennessee, USA[1]
Residence:
Date: JUL 1945
Date: JUL 1944[2]


Residence:
Date: BET 1935 AND 1993
Place: Memphis, Tn
Residence:
Residence:
Date: 1979
Place: Harrogate, TN
Residence:
Date: 1959
Place: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Sources

  1. Source: #S1 Data: Text: Residence date: 1943 CONT Residence place: Memphis, Tennessee, USA Object: @M1026@ LINK http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=usdirectories&h=857598446&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt
  2. Source: #S106 Data: Text: Residence date: Jul 1944 CONT Residence place: Object: @M1269@ LINK http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=marine_muster&h=18905563&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt
  • Source: S1 Author: Ancestry.com Title: U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta) Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.Original data - Original sources vary according to directory. The title of the specific directory being viewed is listed at the top of the image viewer page. Check the directory titl; Repository: #R1
  • Source: S106 Author: Ancestry.com Title: U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1798-1958 Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.Original data - Muster Rolls of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1798-1892; (National Archives Microfilm Publication T1118, 123 rolls); Records of the U.S. Marine Corps, Record Group 127; Nationa; Repository: #R1
  • Source: S107 Author: Ancestry.com Title: U.S., Navy Casualties Books, 1776-1941 Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.Original data - Various volumes. Washington, D.C.: Navy Department Library.Original data: Various volumes.; Repository: #R1
  • Source: S2 Author: Ancestry.com Title: 1940 United States Federal Census Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627; Repository: #R1
  • Source: S3 Author: Ancestry.com Title: Social Security Death Index Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011.Original data - Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security D; Repository: #R1
  • Source: S4 Author: Ancestry.com Title: U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings.Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public; Repository: #R1
  • Source: S5 Author: Ancestry.com Title: U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2 Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings.Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public; Repository: #R1
  • Source: S6 Author: Ancestry.com Title: 1930 United States Federal Census Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626,; Repository: #R1
  • Source: S7 Author: Ancestry.com Title: U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.Original data - Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) Death File. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.Original data: Beneficiary Identificatio; Repository: #R1
  • Source: S8 Author: Ancestry.com Title: World War II Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945 Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.Original data - State Summary of War Casualties from World War II for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel [Archival Research Catalog]; Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel; Repository: #R1
  • Source: S9 Author: Ancestry.com Title: 1920 United States Federal Census Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.Original data - Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Reco; Repository: #R1

Notes

Served in WW2, 3rd division, Marksman, United States Marine Corp. Fought at Iwo Jima. Took a bullet to the jaw. Had to have reconstructive surgery using skin and bones from his hips and legs. Purple heart
Occupation, Farmer and painter.
Loved his chickens and geese.
Served in WW2, United States Marine Corp. Fought at Iwo Jima. Took a bullet to the jaw. Had to have reconstructive surgery using skin and bones from his hips and legs.
Purple heart




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Daddy Ray was born in a small community called Benwood in Yalabusha County Mississippi. He enlisted into the Marine corp during ww2 and was a rifleman, Marksman or then called Sharpshooter, He served in the 3rd battalion on Iwo Jima. He survived and was sent first to Florida and then to Bethesda. There he was visited by President Truman, Helen Keller and the St Louis Cardinals. He was a farmer, a fisherman, a hunter a painter all his life. He loved chickens and ducks. He raised also geese and peacocks. He died peacefully looking out his window while drinking coffee. His last words were I love this place
posted 26 Oct 2015 by Erinne (Kennedy) Kennedy-Dock   [thank Erinne]
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hi

with new naming standards, please change

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