Raymond "Ray" Wayne Litchke

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  • Name: Raymond "Ray" Wayne Litchke
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: May 21, 1924
  • Date of Death: March 15, 2015
  • Parents: Otto E. Litchke & Pearl (Waisanen) Litchke
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  • Highest Rank: CPL (Corporal)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: March 1, 1943
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: August 10, 1945
  • Place of Discharge: McCaw General Hospital, Walla Walla, Washington
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    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
  • Military Awards:
    Purple Heart
    European African Middle Eastern Service Medal
    Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Raymond Wayne Litchke
    Race: White
    Age: 18
    Birth Date: May 21, 1924
    Birth Place: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: June 26, 1942
    Employer: Unemployed
    Weight: 155
    Height: 5-9
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Next of Kin: Otto Litchke, Grand Rapids, Minnesota

    Raymond Litchke was a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne division that landed at Corregidor, Leyte, and Luzon during the Philippine Campaign. He was seriously injured in battle on Luzon when he received rifle wounds to his right hand and shoulder. He was removed to New Guinea, and from there to the States for treatment.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Raymond Litchke married Kathleen McNew in 1946 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He was employed by the City of Grand Rapids as the general manager for Grand Rapids Public Utilities for 38 years and had also served as the Grand Rapids Fire Chief and the City Treasurer for several years.

    Raymond died in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Minnesota (I-B-08-04). He is survived by his children, David (Susan) Litchke, Paul (Susan) Litchke, Mark (Kim) Litchke, and Angela (Robert Larson) Litchke; four sisters, Elaine Skelly, Joyce Newport, Carol Tanner and Patricia West; two brothers, Terry and Donald; 12 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and 2 step-granddaughters.

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