#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Chester Ray Rackley

Army Veteran Chester Ray Rackley is today's Veteran of the Day.

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Chester Ray Rackley, who served from 1946-1966 and received a Purple Heart during the Korean War.

Chester Ray Rackley enlisted in the Army in 1946 and trained at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Between 1948 and 1950, Chester served in South Korea.

Following the outbreak of the Korean War, Rackley returned to Korea with the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. There, he and his fellow soldiers spent much of their deployment in the front lines. For spending over 30 consecutive days in combat with the enemy, Rackley received the Combat Infantry Badge.

Following the end of the Korean War, Rackley spent time stationed in South Korea, Hawaii and Germany.

While stationed in Germany, Rackley rescued three soldiers from a tank which had caught fire following an accident during a training exercise. For this, he received a Soldier’s Medal.

Rackley retired from the Army in 1966 after 20 years of service. Upon returning to his home state of Texas, he began a career as a carpenter. In 2002, Rackley received a Purple Heart in recognition of injuries he sustained in Korea.

More of his story can be found at: https://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/bib/loc.natlib.afc2001001.15891

We honor his service.

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Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.


Editor: Ashley Levi

Editor: Adam M. Stump

Graphic artist: Emma Catlett


Nicholas Rogers-Dillon

Nicholas Rogers-Dillon is a senior studying Philosophy and Political Science at Brooklyn College. He is originally from Brooklyn, NY, and is currently working as a writing intern at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, hoping to pursue a career in public service.


  1. Robert Bostic    

    We honor the service of Chester Ray Rackle.

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