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Biography of Raymond F. Hejny

Ennis, Texas

Raymond Hejny was a private first class in the U.S. Marine Corps. He enlisted in the Marines in November of 1951. He was assigned to Company I, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. 

His unit shipped out to Korea, and he arrived there in February of 1953. While defending his outpost, which was under heavy artillery and mortar fire, he was struck and instantly killed by shrapnel on March 27, 1953.

Hejny's commanding officer wrote to his parents, "The manner of his passing on in the heat of battle aroused the greatest admiration in all who knew him. He was a brave and cool Marine."

Raymond was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Hejny of RFD 2, near Telico. He was born in Ennis on May 31, 1930. He attended early school in Telico, but graduated Ennis High School. Before joining the service he was engaged in the business of farming with his father. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and active in the Sokol Club. He was a member of the ZCBJ Lodge in Ennis. 

He was survived by his parents, two sisters, Miss Rosie Hejny and Miss Irene Hejny, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Hejny and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Skrivanek, all of Ennis.

 Raymond Hejny was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal and the United Nations Korean Medal. He is listed on the Memorial monument to Ennis War Dead and the Ellis County Veterans Memorial.

Jack Lummus Memorial Park   Ellis County Veterans Memorial

The picture is courtesy of Perry Giles, Giles Monument Company, Waxahachie, Texas.

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