Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Corps Veteran Raymond Nauni. Raymond served from 1963 to 1967 as one of the first Comanches to serve in Vietnam.

Raymond attended boot camp at Camp Pendleton, California, after enlisting in the Marine Corps. He was assigned to the 1st Marine Division Shore Party in Del Mar, California. In 1965, Raymond arrived in Vietnam where he served for 21 months.

During his service, Raymond was assigned to various positions, including combat service with the Marine Military Police, Navy Corpsmen and the Korean Marines. Raymond was honorably discharged at Marine Air Station El Toro, California.

Raymond received multiple medals and honors for his service. The following were awarded to Raymond; the Presidential Unit Citation, the Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct, National Defense Service, Vietnam Service with Four Battle Stars, Vietnam Service with Four Battle Stars, Vietnam Campaign with 1960 Device, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Vietnam Civil Action 2nd Class and the Marine Corps Commandant’s Award for Expert Rifle Marksmanship.

Thank you for your service, Raymond!

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to with as much information as you can put together, along with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.

Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at

Graphic By Kierra Willis: Kierra Willis is a Graphic Communication Major at the University of Maryland University College. She currently has an AAS in Graphic Design and Visual Communications.

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Published on Dec. 23, 2017

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