Soldier with ties to area killed in Iraq |

Soldier with ties to area killed in Iraq

A soldier with strong ties to the Colfax area has been killed in Iraq.

U.S. Army Pfc. Raymond N. Spencer, Jr., 23, died June 21 in Baghdad, Iraq, from wounds he received when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

“The Army called and said he was awarded the Bronze Star,” said the soldier’s father, Raymond Spencer Sr., who lives in the Weimar area between Colfax and Auburn. “Men like him are what make our country what it is.”

Spencer had not yet received information last week about what his son did to earn the medal of valor. The younger Spencer split time living with his father in Weimar and in Carmichael. He also was a volunteer firefighter in the Meadow Vista area.

“You can read about it and see it every day on the news, but this is real,” said Jean Spencer-Cooley, a neighbor of the Spencers in Weimar and no relation. “It’s in our four walls now. He was on his way to be a tremendous young man.”

Raymond Spencer was an outgoing young man who graduated from high school in Canada and played hockey, his father said. He entered the military to fulfill a long-standing family tradition of service.

The family will hold a private memorial service.


To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

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