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Ray Vivier was laid to rest in Arlington Cemetery. His ashes placed in a vase put in the columbarium wall at Arlington National Cemetery. which overlooks the Pentagon.
Who is Ray Vivier? Not a hero for sure in Marine Corps history, but he was a hero. He gave is life saving five others in a fire. Viver and three others lost thier lives in that blaze, and two people have been charged with their deaths.
Ray Vivier's body laid unclaimed and unidentified for many weeks, and was headed for a modest burial, as to most people, he was just an alcoholic, an on again and off again street person.
He had started to get his life together. He had gotten a job as a welder, and had an actual place to stay in a bording house, instead of living under a bridge in Cleveland. He was slowly picking up the pieces to his life.
A lady named Jody Fesco who Ray Vivier had met when she voulenterred at a soup kitchen had heard of his death and her and her husband contacted a friend who was an associated press photographer. He hunted up and contacted family members and helped arrange a proper funeral.
Vivier was a Private in the Marine Corps. in 1965-66. He was stationed at Parris Island, S.C. and never saw combat. He was divorced and seperated from his family for about 15 years. When his ex-wife was notified of his actions she stated " You can see from what he did , he had a good heart, and no matter what our difficulties in our marriage, I am proud of what he did."
Ray Vivier was 61 years old, and received full miliraty honors, to include Taps, and a fitring squad, and his ashes are placed alongside many other veterans inside the wall.
You will note that not one word of his heroism or his passing was mentioned on any news channel.
** This article was inspired by an article written by Brett Zongker. **
HOW MANY OTHER YOUNG CORAGIOUS HEROS ARE OUT THERE THAT WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT. I AM SICK OF HE P.C. ATTITUDE OF "THE PRESS" THEY SHOULD CHANGE THEIR NAMES FROM 'REPORTERS' TO PROFESSIONAL 'STORY TELLERS', THEN PEOPLE WOULD KNOW THEY ARE NOT TELLING YOU THE WHOLE STORY.