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Moriah community rallies for Medal of Honor recipient

Moriah honored Wright in 2000 with the creation of Raymond "Buzz" Wright Park in Mineville located at the intersection of Plank Road and Raymond Wright Road. The park has three monuments-one honoring Wright, another dedicated to Moriah men who died in Vietnam and a monument to World War I veterans.

There have been 3,469 Medal of Honor recipients in American history. Only 85 are now alive.

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in combat presented to United States servicemen. It is presented by the president on behalf of Congress and is commonly known as the Congressional Medal of Honor. Wright also received the Silver Star.

Wright, then 21 years old, was a member of the Army's 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam on May 2, 1967, when his unit came under attack. According to Army records, Wright and another soldier saved their unit during an ambush from enemy bunkers. Records show Wright personally destroyed four enemy bunkers.

Wright's citation reads:

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While serving as a rifleman with Company A, Sp4c. Wright distinguished himself during a combat patrol in an area where an enemy ambush had occurred earlier. Sp4c. Wright's unit suddenly came under intense automatic weapons and small-arms fire from an enemy bunker system protected by numerous snipers in nearby trees.

"Despite the heavy enemy fire, Sp4c. Wright and another soldier leaped to the top of a dike to assault the position. Armed with a rifle and several grenades, he and his comrade exposed themselves to intense fire from the bunkers as they charged the nearest one. Sp4c. Wright raced to the bunker, threw in a grenade, killing its occupant. The two soldiers then ran through a hail of fire to the second bunker. While his comrade covered him with his machinegun, Sp4c. Wright charged the bunker and succeeded in killing its occupant with a grenade. A third bunker contained an automatic rifleman who had pinned down much of the friendly platoon. While his comrade again covered him with machinegun fire, Sp4c. Wright charged in and killed the enemy rifleman with a grenade. The two soldiers worked their way through the remaining bunkers, knocking out four of them.

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