Virginia Heroes

Raymond Harrell Wilkins

Major, Army

Hometown: Portsmouth
Casualty Date: November 2, 1943
Died In: Simpson Harbor near Rabaul, New Britain
Awards: Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Silver Star

Awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for action in air raid over Japanese naval base at Rabaul, New Britain on 11/2/1943. Continued runs over target after his plane was crippled by enemy fire, until his plane crashed at sea. Major Wilkins was one of 14 Medal of Honor recipients in World War II from Virginia.

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