HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Borough of Hawthorne held a dedication ceremony Sunday to name a portion of Royal Avenue in honor of U.S. Army Pvt. Raymond E. Inlow.
The street sign on the corner Royal and Diamond Bridge Avenues will now bear Private Raymond Inlow’s name.
“This program started nine years ago when some friends of Billy Dutchess, who themselves were getting older, wanted a way to keep Billy’s name in our hearts and minds,” said Richard Goldberg, Mayor of Hawthorne. “Billy was the first Marine killed in Vietnam from Hawthorne.
“This is a proud moment for me as the mayor of the Borough of Hawthorne to recognize the sacrifice, not only of the men who didn’t come back but of their families,” said Goldberg. “People who lost fathers and sons, brothers, uncles, and cousins. This is important not only to the families but to us as members of the community, and I am so grateful when you come out to do this.”
Raymond Inlow moved to Hawthorne with his older brother Ron after his father’s death in 1946. Later, they settled at 29 Royal Avenue. Mayor Goldberg says that the borough tries to dedicate a street near where the deceased honorees lived.
In January 1966, Ray entered the U.S. Army at Fort Dix, NJ, for Basic Training and remained there after his training. On Sunday, May 22, 1966, Ray and a fellow soldier were traveling on Route 206 in Hammonton, NJ. Ray was not driving the car when it crashed with a truck, killing both Ray and the driver.
“We gather today to pay tribute to Ray by adding his name to Royal Ave, where he, myself, and our deceased younger brother lived and played,” said Ron Inlow, Ray’s older brother. “Ray was only with us for 20 short years, but in that short time he changed the lives of everyone around him for the better, enough for a thousand lifetimes.”
An emotional Ron told the story of his first day back home on leave from service overseas. He said Ray had just purchased a 1953 Cadillac and was outside working on it. Ron went outside to see if Ray needed any help on the car when his brother surprised him.
“Ray said 'what are you going to do for wheels the next 45 days?' He said 'take the car and use it',” Ron recalled during his comments to the attendees.
“Today is our turn to say thank you to him and all the men and women who gave their lives for their country,” he said.
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