Registration Nr.:    V 00777 / S 0341

Birthday:    23.07.1931, Wiltz

Father:    Paul KRYLOFF

Mother:    Cathérine EWEN

Service entry:    08.03.1949

Contingent:    2nd 

Ranks:    Soldat de 2e Classe
                  Soldat de 1re Classe (1951)
                  Caporal (1951)
                  Sergent (1956)
                  Sergent-Chef (1963)
                  Adjudant (1972)
                  Adjudant-Chef (1978)
                  Adjudant-Major (1980)

On 8 March 1949, Ilia joined the Army with the intention of becoming a military official. Later, ranked Caporal, he volunteered for the second contingent.

Following his father’s advice, Ilia adopted a non-Russian sounding name for the duration of his deployment to Korea, as his family had fled Communist Russia and was therefore branded enemy of the “Revolution”. Indeed, Paul Kryloff feared that his son might be handed over to the Soviets after being captured by North Korean troops. As an alias, Ilia took the French version of his middle name, Georgi, and his mother’s last name - resulting in: Georges Ewen.

During the war, he served as second in command of his squad and volunteered as a scout for every patrol conducted by the Luxembourgish platoon. In September 1952, he led his squad under difficult circumstances to the “KING” outpost and received a military commendation for his outstanding courage.

After his return to Luxembourg, Ilia continued to serve in the Luxembourg Army as a driving instructor for new recruits. After a successful military career, Ilia retired on 24 July 1986 with the rank of Adjutant-Major.

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