Army Badge
  • Name: Raymond "Ray" Louis Meyer
  • Location of Birth: Frazee, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: June 25, 1923
  • Date of Death: July 12, 2003
  • Parents: Louis Meyer & Mary (Tobeck) Meyer
  • High School and Class: 1942 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: TEC 5 (Technical 5)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: March 1, 1943
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: October 31, 1945
  • Place of Discharge:
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Raymond Louis Meyer
    Race: White
    Age: 19
    Birth Date: June 25, 1923
    Birth Place: Becker, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: June 30, 1942
    Employer: Unemployed
    Weight: 155
    Height: 5-9
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Louis Meyer

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota – April 16, 1943 – “Dear Mrs. Dargan: I received the package from the Service Men’s Club and was very glad to get it. The army life isn’t bad for a young fellow like me. There is always some kind of excitement to keep a fellow occupied. They still have me in the hospital, but I expect to get out soon. I sure miss a lot of training, but it won’t be so hard to catch up again. The weather out here is sure getting hot. It used to rain a lot, but seems to have let up a lot in the last couple of weeks. I imagine the weather around there is getting better too. This camp sure is a big place. It is 4 miles long and ¾ miles wide. We have about 90,000 men here right now. Thanks a lot for the package. It seems to boost a fellow’s morale when he gets something like that. Yours truly, Raymond L. Meyer.”

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Raymond Meyer married Linnea Erkkila in Cohasset, Minnesota in 1945 and they made their home in the Grand Rapids area, eventually moving to Embarrass, Minnesota, where they lived for 30 years. While in Embarrass, Ray served for 16 years on the Embarrass Fire Department. In 1996, they returned to Grand Rapids. Ray worked many years for the iron mines on the Range and retired in 1983. In 1996, he began working as a greeter at Wal-Mart in Grand Rapids. He was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Babbitt, Minnesota.

    Ray died in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Minnesota (C-D-05-05). He is survived by his wife, Linnea; a daughter, Jane (Peter) Carlos; two sons, Daniel (R’Milla) Meyer and Scott Meyer; two brothers, Herbert (Caroline) Meyer and Deloy (Faye) Meyer; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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