Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Harvey, U.S. Army (1920-1996), a Chickasaw Indian, served in World War II and the Korea War. He was decorated several times. His awards include the Distinguished Service Cross, three Silver Stars, three Bronze Star Medals, three Purple Hearts, Combat Infantry Badge, French Croix de Guerre with Palm and the South Korea Chung Mu Distinguished Service Medal.
While commanding Company C, 17th Infantry, 7th Infantry Division, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on 9 March 1951, near Taerni-Dong, South Korea. When his company was pinned down by automatic weapons fire from several well entrenched emplacements, he braved bullets and grenades to advance to the first North Korean machinegun nest and killed the crew with grenades.
Rushing to the edge of the next emplacement, he killed its crew with carbine fire. He then moved the 1st Platoon forward, but it was again stopped by automatic weapons fire. Disregarding the hail of fire, he charged and destroyed a third emplacement. Though painfully wounded he led the company forward and destroyed the enemy positions. He refused evacuation until the mission was accomplished.
His valorous and intrepid action upheld the heroic traditions of the U.S. Military Service.