Raymond Edward Walsh

Army Badge
  • Name: Raymond Edward Walsh
  • Location of Birth: Cando, North Dakota
  • Date of Birth: July 9, 1923
  • Date of Death: November 9, 1944 (21 years old)
  • Parents: Harry E. Walsh & Gertrude (Warner) Walsh
  • High School and Class: 1942 - Deer River High School, Deer River, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: PFC (Private First Class)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: July 1942
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: KIA - November 9, 1944
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Military Awards:
    Purple Heart
    Silver Star Medal

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Card – Young Men
    Name: Raymond Edward Walsh
    Race: White
    Age: 18
    Date of Birth: July 9, 1923
    Place of Birth: Cando, North Dakota, USA
    Place of Residence: Deer River, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: June 29, 1942
    Employer’s Name & Address: Unemployed
    Height: 5-10
    Weight: 165
    Complexion: Light brown
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Hazel
    Name & Address of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address: Gertrude Walsh, Deer River, Minnesota

    After entering the service, Raymond trained in Texas, Louisiana, California, and Pennsylvania. He was sent overseas August, 1943.

    Raymond was a member of the 377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division.

    Information from news article in Grand Rapids Herald Review, dated December 6, 1944:
    Raymond saw some heavy action in the Invasion of Europe before being killed. He was a rifleman in the United States Infantry.

    Information from news article in Itasca News-Deer River, dated December 7, 1944:
    Mrs. Gertrude Walsh, formerly of this place but who is now making her home in Grand Rapids, received word Monday that her son, PFC Raymond Walsh, who was reported missing in action since November 9, had been killed in action in the Battle of Metz, Germany, where he was a member of the 2nd Army, 95th Infantry Division.
    Mrs. Walsh had received word on November 27 that Raymond was missing in action at Metz. Monday the word came that he had been killed in action.

    Information from Itasca County Independent, dated February 1, 1945:
    Mother Receives Son's Purple Heart Citation
    Mrs. Gertrude Walsh received last week the citation and purple heart, which was awarded her son, PFC Raymond E. Walsh. PFC Walsh was killed in action in France on November 9.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:
    Killed In Action

  • Civilian Life:
    In 1923, Raymond's parents came to Deer River, and he made his home here from that time until he entered the service in July 1942.

    In school, Raymond was in the band and he was a member of the FFA (Future Farmers of America) organization of boys taking the agricultural course in the high school.

    Raymond is survived by his mother, Mrs. Gertrude Walsh; three brothers, Donald, Lyle, and Larry; and two sisters, Mrs. Viola Staeger and Mrs. Harold (Ethel) Welte.

    Raymond's monument is at Lorraine American Cemetery, Saint Avold, Normandy, France. No photo of marker is available at this time. (Plot J, Row 18, Grave 16)

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