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  • Monument Name

    Sergeant Ray E. Eubanks, Medal of Honor, Snow Hill

  • Type

    Obelisk

  • Subjects

    World War II

  • City

    Snow Hill

  • County

    Greene

  • Description

    The Sgt. Ray E. Eubanks Medal of Honor memorial is a lectern top, rectangular granite stele several feet tall. The lectern top holds a bronze medallion framed with olive branches and an AIRBORNE patch at the top. Directly under this patch is an Airborne Paratrooper Glider Patch beneath which appears the inscription. Under the medallion, incised into the granite, is a representation of the Army Parachutist Badge, commonly referred to as “Jump Wings.” Sponsor inscriptions appear on the stele front.

    Images: Bronze medallion | Sponsor | View of Sergeant Ray E. Eubanks, Greene County Confederate and Veterans memorials

  • Inscription

    Bronze medallion: SERGEANT / RAY E. EUBANKS / CO. “D” 503RD PRCHT. INF. REGT. / CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR / 23 JULY 1944 / NOEMFOOR ISLAND / DUTCH NEW GUINEA / SNOW HILL / NORTH CAROLINA

    Stele, front near top: IN TRIBUTE / FROM / 503RD PRCHT. / R.C.T.

    Stele, front at bottom: AMERICAN LEGION / POST 94

  • Custodian

    Greene County

  • Dedication Date

    November 11, 2001

  • Decade

    2000s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.455670 , -77.670290 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Abbott, Donald E. “A Condensed History of the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team, WWII,” The Drop Zone, (accessed August 25, 2016) Link

      “Eubanks, Ray,” Walk Of Honor, http://walkofhonor.com, (accessed August 25, 2015) Link

      “Greene County Courthouse,” The Living New Deal, livingnewdeal.org, (accessed September 2, 2016) Link

      “Sergeant Ray E. Eubanks, USA (July 23, 1944),” Their Finest Hour, http://theirfinesthour.net, (accessed August 25, 2016) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite, bronze

  • Sponsors

    503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment and American Legion Post 94

  • Subject Notes

    From "The Congressional Medal of Honor, The Name, The Deeds" (Sharps & Dunning Publication - 1984) about Ray E. Eubanks: "Rank and Organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company D, 503rd Parachute Infantry. Place and Date: At Noemfoor Island, Dutch New Guinea, 23 July 1944. Entered Service at: La Grange, N.C. Born: 6 February 1922, Snow Hill, N.C. G.O.: 20, 29 March 1945. For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty at Noemfoor Island, Dutch New Guinea, on 23 July 1944. While moving to the relief of a platoon isolated by the enemy, his company encountered a strong enemy position supported by machine gun, rifle, and mortar fire. Sergeant Eubanks was ordered to make an attack with one squad to neutralize the enemy by fire in order to assist the advance of his company. He maneuvered his squad to within thirty yards of the enemy, where heavy fire checked his advance. Directing his men to maintain their fire, he and two scouts worked their way forward to a shallow depression within twenty-five yards of the enemy. Directing the scouts to remain in place, Sergeant Eubanks armed himself with an automatic rifle and worked himself forward over terrain swept by intense fire to within fifteen yards of the enemy position and opened fire with telling effect. The enemy, having located his position, concentrated their fire with the result he was wounded and a bullet rendered his rifle useless. In spite of his painful wounds he immediately charged the enemy and using his weapon as a club killed four of the enemy before he was himself hit and killed. Sergeant Eubanks' heroic action, courage, and example in leadership so inspired his men that their advance was successful. They killed forty-five of the enemy and drove the remainder from the position, thus effecting the relief of our beleaguered troops."

  • Location

    The obelisk faces northwest, away from the Greene County courthouse and toward the intersection of N Greene St and SE 1st St, Snow Hill, NC.
    Greene County Confederate Monument and Veterans Memorial stand right to the left of the obelisk. Tuscarora War/Lord Granville and a Fallen Police Officer markers stand on the right side of the front lawn, at the intersection of N Greene St and SE 2nd St.

  • Landscape

    The memorial obelisk stands on the left side of the courthouse lawn.

  • Post Dedication Use

    Annual Memorial Day services are held on the Greene County Courthouse lawn.

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