Registration Nr.:    320925

Birthday:    11.06.1932, Esch/Alzette

Father:    Nicolas WEYLAND

Mother:    Barbe dit. Berthe BACK

Service entry:    29.05.1951

Contingent:    2nd

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

Death:   09.02.2008, Esch/Alzette

It was not until May 1951 that Albert was called into the Luxembourg Army, where he served as a regular rifleman (“fusilier”). He later volunteered to join the second contingent to fight in the Korean War. Due to his merits on the battlefield, he was promoted to Soldat de 1re Classe. On 16 September 1952, during a mortar attack on the front position at Chokko-Ri, Albert was injured by shrapnel, which caused a long stay at a Japanese medical facility. An elaborate collection of photos, taken during his stay in Japan, and several calling cards of highly frequented facilities bear witness of Albert’s affection towards Japanese culture.

Like several other Korean War veterans, even though Albert was liberated from the Army shortly after his return, he remained eligible for field manoeuvres. In 1956, he was granted a free pass twice. In 1958 however, after the third refusal to report for duty, the Army pressed charges against him and led an investigation, which brought to daylight that Albert had organized, alongside other Korean veterans, a boycott of field manoeuvre call-ups. During a police interrogation, Albert argued that he had provided military service worth a lifetime in Korea.

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