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Beloved local retired Marine vet Ray Urban dies at 98 on 243rd birthday of U.S. Marine Corps

BOSSIER CITY, La. - A beloved local World War II veteran and former Marine died today on the 243rd anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Ray Urban, 98, Retired U.S.M.C. Master Seargent died this morning at the Veteran’s Home in Bossier City, La., according to his daughter, Jennifer Urban Thrash.

A Louisiana native, Urban served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He was a student at Louisiana Tech when Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941.

While serving in the Marine Corps in World War II, Urban wanted to be a paratrooper, but medical issues kept him from that dream.  Through the years, he never lost his desire to skydive, and when he was 78 years old, he made his first tandem parachute jump.

He made subsequent jumps on his 80th, 85th, 90th and 95th birthdays, and planned to make another on his 100th birthday.

After his retirement, Urban was an active volunteer and served as a member of the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Posse well into his 90s.  

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