Registration Nr.:    V 00932

Birthday:    23.05.1934, Hesperange

Father:    Jean-Baptiste WEISGERBER

Mother:   Marcelle COLLIGNON

Service entry:   29.05.1951

Contingent:    2nd

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

Death:    31.03.2013

First René worked as a tinsmith before joining the Luxembourg Army on 29 May 1951. Later, he joined the second contingent to fight in Korea. He was the youngest of all the Luxembourgish volunteers, which earned him the nickname “Kid”.

Until the 90s, very little information was known about his life. In 1995, however, his trace reappeared in the small village of Dellen. Here, he lived with the Meyers family and made his aliving as their farmhand. Around 2005, René moved to France, where he henceforth lived together with his son. Only two years prior to his death, in 2011, he managed to donate his entire military equipment, which he gathered over the years, to the National Military History Museum in Diekirch.

Croix d'Honneur et de Mérite militaire en bronze (Lux.)
Médaille Commémorative des théâtres d'opérations extérieures (Bel.)
Croix de Guerre (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.)
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