BIWER, Eugène


Registration Nr.:    07917 / S 0340

Birthday:    31.07.1930, Lintgen

Father:    Pierre BIWER

Mother:    Claire AUDRIT

Service entry:    09.03.1949

Contingent:    2nd

Ranks:    Soldat de 2e Classe
Soldat de 1re Classe (1952)

Death:    08.06.1953, Bitburg (DE)

Eugene was conscripted into the Luxembourg Army between 9 March and 9 September 1949. Initially assigned to the Ist Battalion, he was transferred to the Corps de la Garde in May 1949.

He volunteered again in February 1952, joining the second Luxembourgish contingent. He served in the machine gun squad as an ammo carrier and rifleman. He was promoted to Soldat de 1re Classe in June 1952. In Korea, he allegedly found some gold crumbs which he brought back to Luxembourg.

Upon his return, he remained in the Army. According to his fellow soldiers, he was constantly plagued by anxiety and other symptoms of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). On 8 June 1953, he committed suicide in the Bitburg barracks in Germany. He was only 22 years old.

Croix de Guerre 1940-1945 (Lux.)
Korean War Service Medal (RoK)
Médaille Commémorative des théâtres d'opérations extérieures (Bel.)
Médaille du Volontaire de Guerre avec barrette en bronze (Bel.)
Médaille du Volontaire de Guerre Combattant avec barrette en argent (Bel.)
United Nations Service Medal (UNO)
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