WWII - USMC
From the rolling hills of Yakima, Ray Kempf enlisted in the Marine Corps at 17 years old, ready to see the world and fight the war. In February of 1945, that’s exactly what he got. A member of the 1st Joint Assault Signal Company, Ray splashed ashore on the black sand of Iwo Jima on D+5 as a part of the Fourth Marine Division. His time on Iwo would forever shape his life.