Registration Nr.:    321007

Birthday:    01.11.1932, Kapenaker

Father:    Mathieu REIFFERS

Mother:    Marguerite SEILER

Service entry:    29.05.1951

Contingent:    2nd

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

Death:    25.03.2002

On 29 May 1951, at the age of 18, Paul was called up for his compulsory military service. During basic training, it seemed that Paul lacked the necessary military qualities, his instructors and senior officers criticising learning problems and unwillingness to improve as major shortcomings. At the end of July 1951, after completing his basic training, he was assigned to the IInd Battalion as a medical assistant.

When Paul applied to join the second contingent to fight in the Korean War, he indicated that he wanted to join the armed forces as a driver (“chauffeur”). He eventually went to Korea to assist medical personnel in an infirmary close to the frontline. On 4  February 1953, he signed up for a second term in Korea, which proved to be short-lived. On 29 June 1953, the Minister of Defence himself released Paul from his military obligations.

United Nations Service Medal (UNO)
Korean War Service Medal (RoK)
Médaille Commémorative des théâtres d'opérations extérieures (Bel.)
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