Registration Nr.:    05353

Birthday:    15.04.1928, Dudelange

Father:    Joseph SCHAMINÉ

Mother:    Louise KOHNEN

Service entry:    26.02.1948

Contingent:    1st and 2nd 

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

Death:    01.07.1973

Called up for his compulsory military service in February 1948, René had to quit his job at ARBED. Thus, the family lost their main provider. When the military was notified of the precarious family situation, they agreed to shorten his service term to 6 months. On 24 August 1948, René was released from military duty, to be called in again two years later. He decided to join the first contingent, probably to alleviate his family’s financial problems, as a Korean War volunteer earned good money. He later reenlisted for a second term.

Following his promotion to Caporal on 10 June 1952, he was permanently released from military duty in December 1952. It seems like he broke with his military past because he never went to gatherings or reunions of any kind, nor was he a member of the Luxembourg Korean Association. According to the statements of other Korean veterans, René lost touch with society and lived for several years on the streets in Luxembourg City’s central station district, where he apparently squatted in deserted houses. One day, this became his undoing, when he entered a demolished building to find shelter. Not recognizing the drop, René fell and tragically succumbed to his severe injuries.

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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