KIA February 16, 2009
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky
SFC Raymond Munden died February 16, 2009 at Forward Operating Base Tillman, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked the base using indirect fire. Raymond was on his sixth combat tour and only three weeks away from completing his tour when he was killed. He is survived by his wife, Kelly; daughters, Sydney and Kailey; sons, Gaven and Garrett; and parents, Ralph Munden and Billie Clark.
Raymond grew up in Texas and graduated from Mesquite High School in 1991. He joined the Army only three months later in August 1991, following in the family military tradition. His father served two tours of duty in Vietnam and his brother, Brad, served in the Navy. Raymond and his brother both set their sights on serving their country at a young age. “We both knew growing up that that’s what we wanted to do,” said Brad Munden. “He always had that passion.”
Raymond arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2002, and also was assigned duties across the world, serving at Fort Drum, Somalia, two tours of duty in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. Raymond was three weeks shy of completing his final tour and was excited about beginning his new career as an instructor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Raymond loved to play sports and participated on football and softball teams. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially with his family.
SFC Raymond J. Munden was 35 years old from Mesquite, Texas.
Original portrait was presented February 16, 2014 to his mother and family during Sunday Services at the Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.