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Paul J. Raber, Sgt., USAF (KIA)April 21, 1954 – May 14, 1975
The Daily News, Port Angeles, Washington, published the following article on September 3rd, 1975 titled: Bronze Star is awarded Air Force Sgt
“Paul J. Raber, 21, of Port Angeles has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal posthumously for his actions in Thailand from July 31, 1974 to May 12, 1975. Sergeant Raber died in a helicopter crash in May two months before his duty in Thailand was to end. According to the citation, Raber distinguished himself by “meritorious service as a CH-53 helicopter mechanic while engaged in ground operations against an opposing armed force at Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base. During this period Sergeant Raber was called upon to assist in the rescue of the crew members of the merchant ship Mayagues being held by hostile forces….By his heroic actions and unselfish dedication to duty….Sergeant Raber has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.” His immediate family includes his mother Margie Raber of Port Angeles and Freeman Raber of Eden Valley; brothers Steve and Bruce and sister Beverly, all of Port Angeles.”
Another source, the afsf.lackland.af.mil site says in part “Later, all those killed were posthumously awarded the Bronze Star for Valor.”
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