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PFC Ray Palmer Fairchild


Private First Class Ray Palmer Fairchild, at the age of 21 years, passed away on November 27, 1950 from a wound received in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir near Yudam-ni, North Korea.  Ray was a member of Company D, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.  In 1954, the United Nations, the North Korean government, and the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces exchanged the remains of war dead during Operation Glory.  It was not until July 29, 2019 Private First Class Ray Palmer Fairchild's remains were positively identified by the, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).

PFC Ray Palmer Fairchild was born, November 2, 1929 in the Mash Fork Community of Magoffin County, Kentucky to the late, John H. and Allie Prater Fairchild and was the brother of the late Bonnie Fairchild Cantrell.

Ray is survived by one brother, John E. Fairchild of Portsmouth, Ohio.

Ray was a member of the Salyersville First Baptist Church and is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Military Rites and Services honoring Private First Class Ray Palmer Fairchild will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, November 23, 2019 from the Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel with Brett Unger officiating.  Burial will follow in the Fairchild Family Cemetery at Mash Fork in Magoffin County, Kentucky.

Anyone wishing to honor the memory of PFC Ray Palmer Fairchild may do so by visiting the Magoffin County Funeral Home after 10:00 A.M. Saturday, November 23, 2019 until time of services at 1:00 P.M.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Magoffin County Funeral Home. 



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