Gagnier, Sgt. Raymond C.

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Sgt. Raymond Carl Gagnier 
Born: 9 August 1915 – Carbon Hill, Illinois 
Parents: Guy R. Gagnier & Josephine Sambrook-Gagnier 
– parents divorced
Siblings: 2 sisters 
Home: 
– 513 Hannah Avenue, Forest Park, Illinois 
– his family was from Joliet, Illinois 
Education: 
– Field Stevenson School 
– Proviso Township High School 
– Class of 1934 
– left before class graduated 
Occupation: Store manager – Western Auto and Tire Store 
– worked for his father
Selective Service Registration: 16 October 1940
Contact Person: Mrs. Jose Phine – mother
Enlisted: 
– 24 September 1941 – Chicago, Illinois 
– U. S. Army 
Serial Number: 36079796 
Training: 
– Fort Custer, Michigan 
– Camp Roberts, California 
– Fort Lewis, Washington 
– trained with jungle fighters 
– Australia 
Unit: Company B, 163nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Division 
Engagements:  
– Battle of Biak Island, New Guinea 
– landed 26 May 1944 
– met his brother-in-law S/Sgt. Terry Churchill who was also on New Guinea 
Killed in Action: 
– Biak Island, New Guinea 
– Americans attacked Ibdi Pocket 
– 6 June 1944 
Missing in Action: 
– 10 August 1944 – his parents received word he was MIA 
Death: 
– 14 September 1944 – parents informed he was Killed in Action 
Memorial Service: 
– 15 October 1944 – American Legion Home, Forest Park 
Buried: 
– Elmhurst Cemetery – Joliet, Illinois 
Medals: 
– Good Conduct Medal 
– Combat Infantry Medal 
– American Defense Medal 
– Victory Medal 
– Presidential Unit Citation 
– Purple Heart 

 

 

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