Raymond Henry Breuer

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  • Name: Raymond Henry Breuer
  • Location of Birth: Deer River, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: March 4, 1925
  • Date of Death: March 27, 1997 (72 years old)
  • Parents: Henry Kossow and Otilde (Kossow) Breuer
  • High School and Class: 1943 - Deer River High School, Deer River, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: PHM2 (Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class Petty Officer)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: July 5, 1943 (Enlistment Date))
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: March 27, 1946 (Discharge Date)
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    July 5, 1943 March 27, 1945
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  • Military Highlights:
    Raymond enlisted in the United States Navy on July 5, 1943. After a year of training with the Navy Medical Corps, he spent his tour of duty in Hawaii and on Johnson Island in the South Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged on March 27, 1945.

    Information in the United States, World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:
    Name: Raymond Henry Breuer
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Age: 18
    Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
    Birth Date: May 4, 1925
    Birth Place: Deer River, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Deer River, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: March 4, 1943
    Registration Place: Deer River, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Employer: Student and Farmer
    Height: 5' 9"
    Weight: 177
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Hazel
    Next of Kin: Henry Breuer

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Raymond married Nancy (Day) Bongo on September 26, 1945. They lived in Grand Rapids, Minnesota where he farmed 20,000 laying hens and had a produce route that sold eggs throughout the Iron Range. After his wife's death, he moved to Bemidji, Minnesota where he met and married Eleanor (McLeod) Oftedahl on May 11, 1981. They wintered in Homosassa, Florida for 14 years and moved back to Bemidji, Minnesota permanently in 1995.

    He was a member of St. Philip's Catholic Church in Bemidji, Minnesota and the Grand Rapids Knights of Columbus, Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; daughter, Karen Mellott; two grandchildren; a stepson, Charles Bongo; two stepdaughters; and eight step-grandchildren.

    Buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot C-C-04-0-4)

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