Raymond Lee Hyson fought for his country on the Fourth of July, 1967.
The Marine lance corporal was in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. He was struck by mortar fragments as he defended his unit’s position and died of his injuries.
On May 30, 1968 — Memorial Day — people remembered Hyson’s sacrifice. Lester Hyson, Raymond’s father, wore a solemn expression as he picked up a red chrysanthemum that had been placed on his son’s grave at Vale Cemetery in Schenectady.
Other soldiers from the past were remembered during Memorial Day observances in 1968. Wreaths and flags were placed at memorials in Schenectady, Rotterdam, Rotterdam Junction and Scotia, among other places. At the Broderick-Fuller-Nekola American Legion Post 1005 on Chrisler Avenue, soldiers killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam were remembered.
Raymond Lee Hyson will be remembered again today, as communities bring American colors to local cemeteries and salute American heroes.