A Hero Who Finally Made It Home


Raymond Edward Herr – Uncle

Raymond Edward Herr was born February 24, 1920, in Humboldt, Nebraska. He was killed in action on September 22, 1944, during the Campaign of the Rhineland. Raymond was a Sergeant in the 357th Infantry, 90th Infantry Division.

At some point, I believe in 1944, Raymond married one of my aunts who lived in Missouri. I always had the impression that this was a whirlwind romance.

Before embarking for England and then D-Day, Raymond had some period of time training in New Jersey. I only know this because my aunt went to New York to be close to him. I’ve had problems tracking down a lot of information. What I do know is this:

A newspaper article dated October 10, 1944, out of Omaha, Nebraska, read that Raymond was seriously wounded on September 22. It also mentioned his two brothers in service: Warren, a bomber radioman, and Don, in the Navy.

Later, my aunt received “the telegram”. Ray had been killed by a sniper.

From France to America

Raymond was originally buried in France, but over time the cemetery closed and U.S. soldiers were reinterred in the United States. On December 14, 1948, Raymond Herr made it home. He was buried in the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery at Leavenworth, Kansas.

On one of my trips to the Midwest I tracked down the grave so I could pay my respects to a man I had never known. Interestingly, he is buried a short distance from four soldiers who were also reinterred here – but from another battle – the Little Bighorn.

To this day I wish I knew more about him – what was he like, what was his personality, what about him so swept my matter-of-fact aunt off her feet. Sadly, I’ll never know.

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