MOES, Fernand


Registration Nr.:   09812

Birthday:    15.06.1931, Paris (FR)

Father:    Dominique MOES

Mother:    Florence ERPELDING

Service entry:    15.11.1949

Contingent:    1st

Ranks:    Soldat de 2e Classe
                  Soldat de 1re Classe (1950)

Death:    13.09.2003

Called up for compulsory military service on 15 November 1949, Fernand reported to the first contingent in September 1950. Probably even before the Chinese attack at the Imjin River, he fell sick which caused him to be hospitalized in early to mid April 1951. Under surveillance of the Belgian military mission he was transferred back to luxembourg.

After he returned on 5 May 1951, he was discharged from the Army. He later immigrated to the United States, where he settled in Rush City, close to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The attached article from “Stars and Stripes” magazine not only shows his affiliation with the US Army, but also summarizes his personal fate during World War II and the Korean War as someone who escaped both the Nazis and the Reds. Considering the heroism and patriotism in the article, the story must be treated with caution. School reports have shown that during most parts of WWII, Fernand was a regular student in Bonnevoie, Luxembourg City. Furthermore, being only 12 years old at the final phase of the war, it lacks on credibility for him to have joined the Maquis and fought the Nazis in France. Neither was he later in Korea ranked a Lieutenant, nor was he captured by the “Reds”.

Korean War Service Medal (RoK)
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