Sgt. Raymond W. Juilfs

August 25, 1922–February 26, 1945

Service #: 37651294
Residence: Jones, Iowa
Education: *****
Occupation: *****
Marital Status: Married, one child
Enlistment Date: December 26, 1942
Enlistment Place: *****
Service/Unit: 32nd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Division
Awards: Purple Heart
Burial:Plot E Row 12 Grave 26, Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium

Sgt. Raymond Juilfs 1922-1945

photoMemorial services for Sgt. Raymond Juilfs were held at the Wyoming Lutheran church Sunday. The Rev. Herbert Graening was in charge of the service. Mrs. Erma Graening sang two solos with Mrs. Luella Bahnsen at the organ. American Legion post No. 259 of Wyoming was in attendance. The colors were carried by 1st Lt. Donald Gerdes and Pvt. Raymond Hotz, both home on furlough. Pvt. Melvin Petersen also at home on furlough and Lafayette Bahnsen, honorably discharged veteran, formed tne color guard. A large group of Legionaires took part in the service.

Sgt. Raymond Juilfs was born at Amber August 25, 1922, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Garret Juilfs. He was reared in the Lutheran faith. Before he was called into the service on December 26, 1942, he was employed at the Rock Island arsenal. He received his training at Ft. Knox, Ky., in an armored division. He moved to Camp Campbell and then to Indiantown Gap, Pa. He was sent overseas September 19, 1943. He was moved to France 18 days after D-day to participate in the heroic activities of the Third Armored Division under the command of General Rose, who was recently killed in action.

Sgt. Juilfs saw constant action at the front since July, 1944. His narrow escapes were many. Many of his friends lost their lives and only a few of the original unit remain. Raymond died as the result of enemy action on the battlefield of Europe on February 26, 1945. He is buried in an American cemetery in Belgium. Committal services were conducted by a Protestant chaplain.

Surviving are his wife, Darlene, a son, Jimmy Ray, whom he has never seen; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Garret Juilfs and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Joe Jacobsen of Onslow, Mrs. R. Potter of Anamosa, Pvt. Mabel Juilfs of the WAC, El Paso, Texas, Pfc. John Juilfs in the European theater of war, Mrs. Dean Meade of Onslow, Edwin Juilfs at home, Pvt. Donald Juilfs somewhere in the Pacific and other relatives and friends.

Source: The Anamosa Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, April 26, 1945