Members of the Armed Forces from Clay have long distinguished themselves. Here we honor them, and would be pleased to hear from you about other veterans who deserve attention.
Read about the Orange Park Veterans Memorial.
Soldiers and Sailors Discharge Books are available. We would be pleased if you have an interest in transcribing them.
Honors bestowed by the Country
ALLEN, S/SGT. GEORGE C. D. U. S. ARMY – VIETNAM
Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star (3), Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart (5)
See the full citation for his Distinguished Service Cross
CAREY, CAPT. KEN SPECIAL FORCES – VIETNAM
Bronze Star and Purple Heart
CROSE, SGT. BRADLEY U. S. ARMY – AFGHANISTAN
Sgt. Bradley Crose of the 1st Ranger Battalion at Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Ga. died in a gun battle with Taliban and al-Qaida fighters
GEIGER, GEN. ROY STANLEY GEIGER USMC – WW II
(DECEASED) Born in Middleburg
General Roy Stanley Geiger, who commanded both air and ground units during World War II, and was the first Marine to lead an Army, died 23 January 1947 at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, and was buried in Arlington Cemetery.
In March 1916, General Geiger joined the Naval Aeronautic Station at Pensacola, Florida, as a student naval aviator. He successfully completed the course and was designated a naval aviator in June 1917.
Further training followed and in July 1918, he arrived in France. He served with Group Number Five, Royal Air Forces at Dunkerque. He commanded a squadron of the First Marine Aviation Force and was attached to the Day Wing, Northern Bombing Group. He was detached to the United States in January 1919. For distinguished service in leading bombing raids against the enemy, he was awarded the Navy Cross. [Who's Who in Marine Corps History]
GREEN, SPC. QUINCY J. U. S. ARMY – IRAQ
Quincy Green was killed June 2, 2008 in Iraq from what the Army says were non-combat-related injuries. The Army says 26-year-old Spc. Quincy Green died Monday in Tikrit, Iraq. His father, Jimmie Green, said his son died from sniper fire and declined to comment on the Army report.
An Army spokeswoman says Quincy Green’s death is under investigation. Green is a graduate of Orange Park High School in a Jacksonville suburb. He was based at Fort Riley, Kan., which has lost 150 soldiers and airmen in Iraq. He is also survived by his wife and children. (AP)
Twenty-six year old Green, the son of a Navy veteran, was a chaplain's assistant assigned to the 601st Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas.
HAYES, SGT. JOHN USMC – AFGANISTAN
Sgt. John Hayes, of Middleburg, was killed July 8, 2009 when his Humvee tripped an IED in Helmand province, west of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Hayes was assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
TODD, S/SGT. ROBERT J. SPECIAL FORCES – VIETNAM
Bronze Stars (4), The Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Purple Hearts (4)
Honors bestowed by the County
General Roy. S. Geiger Memorial Highway
County Road 220
Civil War Obelisk
Master Sgt. John E. Hayes Memorial Park