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Major General Raymond Murray


In February 2005, the Vista Unified School District Board of Trustees decided to name the newest continuation high school in Vista after Major General Raymond Murray, the Hero of Chosin Reservoir and the former Camp Pendleton Commanding Officer. Major General Raymond Murray was not only an officer and legendary hero, but he was a kind and gentle human being. He was active in his community of Oceanside, CA, a father, devoted husband and someone you would like for your best friend.

Major General Raymond Murray was one of the most highly decorated United States Marine Corps officers. He earned two Navy Cross medals (one during World War II and one during the Korean War), a Distinguished Service Cross, four Silver Stars, a Legion of Merit and a Purple Heart. His military record is only a portion of the man everyone came to know as a hero. What people remember most about him was his integrity, honesty and humility. Major General Raymond Murray graduated from Texas A & M college, originally intending to become a teacher.

Ultimately, he died on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2004. The community of Oceanside, CA had honored him on January 30, 2003 by naming a bridge in town the "Murray Bridge". An illuminated flag at the same location was installed January 31, 2005 in his memory. 
Major General Murray